Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Letter to Junior (for assignment)

This should be part of my practicum portfolio content. A letter to junior. So here it goes.


Dear my beloved juniors, (if you ever exist)

I’m writing this to share with you my experience being in MRSM Kubang Pasu for my practicum and will also pass to you some useful advices. Brace yourself, it’s gonna be an honest revelation.

                    The first thing I would like to share with you is about MRSM system. Since I come from SBP, learning about MRSM during the first week was so overwhelming. I don’t understand why they want to rebrand everything that KPM has. As simple as PIBG. In MRSM, it is known as Muafakat. Just like the US vs. UK. Okay that was one. I don’t know if you find this annoying but it is for me. 


                 Second is about different programs in MRSMs. My MRSM particularly has the IGCSE program. Hence, this makes the school more hectic as compared to other normal MRSMs. Usually, the ‘critical’ forms are form 3 and form 5 since they are having their national examination. For IGCSE MRSMs, form 4 is also considered ‘critical’ because the IGCSE exam is in form 4. Not to mention form 2 which is also going to have their checkpoint exam. So, you can tell how exam-based the school is. In terms of academic performance of course, this MRSM is one of the top ones. But due to the exam-based environment, I feel like losing a sense of ‘human’ in the students as well as the teachers (everyone’s like a robot). There is little chance for you to get to know the students, especially you are there for only 3 months and that minus their weeks of exams and whatnot.

                    Being a student-teacher who has ambitious visions to make change to the system, I think the least I could do is to change the students’ perception towards the subject. I can say that I have achieved this. From the letters I received from my students, a lot of them mentioned about how they enjoyed all the games and fun learning environment I have created in their class. Some of them also mentioned how their attitude towards English have changed and they have improved a lot on grammar and vocabulary. As a teacher, there is nothing more I can be happy with than the students telling me they are improving in the subject area. Even a little improvement from them, you will feel a huge satisfaction.

                    Another thing I learnt in this practicum is the fact that students are everything for a teacher. Students will always be the determiner whether or not I had a good day despite any issues at the school. There were times when I entered the class, my students were all standing and clapping hands cheerfully. At least, they are looking forward to what I have for them every day and that is better than anything else. Tell me how could I not feel sad leaving them?

                    Next I’d like to talk about the working environment. Jumping from a student life to a working life is not easy. There are a lot of expectations you should be prepared with. The least you could do is to have an open heart and accept your colleagues for what they are. I always believe, in a committee, it is impossible for everyone to work well with each other all the time. There are always hard times that we will face. But never take that as an excuse for you to talk bad about your colleagues or to even give them certain labels. Instead, try to be someone cooperative, especially you are there as a new teacher so don’t be someone difficult.

                    I think that is all from me. I’m afraid this will go too long. I think I’ve conveyed my main message. Last but not least, whatever disaster comes, students are always the main reason to keep moving forward. Sincerity is the key in teaching. If you are sincere, the knowledge passed will easily be penetrated in the students’ hearts. Till then, good luck!


Your cheerful senior,
Niena

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