Last Monday, 4th August 2014 was the first day after a week of Raya holidays (I haven’t jot down about my Raya days in the blog, yet!) and so, the lay-back ambiance was rather eminent but nonetheless, the workload and teachings were resumed as usual. It felt good to meet the pupils and the colleagues; their laughter, wits and spontaneity make my life as a teacher in SK Serendah, Hulu Selangor filled with joy. I guess that’s the remedy of youthfulness? LMAO! Anyway, circa 1.15 p.m (another 15 minutes before the last bell rang), my office called me and told me there was a course letter I have to take at the office and sounded very urgent!
The scenery from IPG Kampus Bahasa Melayu at Lembah Pantai. My first time there, though.
At the office, I learned that my letter and my 3 other colleagues’ letters JUST ARRIVED at the office at that 1.15 p.m. and guess what? WE HAD TO ATTEND A COURSE & IT ALREADY STARTED ON THAT MONDAY ITSELF!!!!!!! The question is :-
“WHOSE FAULT IS THAT BECAUSE SURELY THE SCHOOL JUST RECEIVED THEM??!!!! And for information, not only my school; seemed like there were a few other schools as well receiving the letters LATE!! So, it would be illogical to pinpoint to the school as the scapegoat. I don’t wanna be controversial or what but the letter dated 7th July in impossible it took ONE MONTH to reach us?! And not to mention that a friend of mine teaching in Klang has been shunned TWICE via this type of late negligence which is NOT HER FAULT! So, whose fault is THIS??? CURIOUS!”
Everyone was flabbergasted and things gotten helter-skelter! This isn’t any course, it is “Continuous Professional Development” or affectionately known as CPD, a course made compulsory for teachers of DG41 to participate, as a prerequisite criteria to be elevated into DG44 based on the 8 years time-based (slow right? But still, that’s the perks of being a teacher despite the society’s jeers and calumnies!). Apart from me, Kak Mazalina, Suganthi and Kak Sarini were to attend the course as well. Since they do not know how to go to IPG Kampus Bahasa Melayu at Lembah Pantai which happened to be the location of the course, they decided to car-pooled with me & like usual, I have no qualm on that as I already had experience attending the MBMMBI curse in 2011 at IPG Kampus Bahasa Antarabangsa (I have written in my blog but lately WordPress prohibits hyperlinks so I cannot insert the URL here!) located just besides the IPG Kampus Bahasa Melayu.
One for the album!
So, on Tuesday 5th August 2014, I drove there and predictably with the congested traffic jam (as it was our first day, so we were still juggling with the timing!), we arrived quite late at 8.15 a.m. and we saw a few other late comers waiting outside the room. We then were whisked to the upper floor where my friend, Salim (who received the letter early from his school) was stationed. The committee of the course actually had no idea where or how to put us, the ‘extra baggage’. So by hook and crook, we were compressed into the already congested room; Kak Maza, Suganthi & Kak Sarini were in one group (Group 7) while I was ordered to sit in front in Group 1 (partly because there was an empty seat there).
My group, Kumpulan 1.
As a casual orator, I make myself amenable to the new crowd, breaking the ices by initiating conversations and participating in the activities. Naturally, it all went well and I had good time with my teammates as most of them are very spontaneous and friendly and willing to cooperate with each other. There was this one mock discussion held in front of class where a few selected groups were to choose a representative to play certain role for the discussion. So happened that I was elected to play part as a lecturer. I thought this was a good opportunity for me to embody with the ambiance of a lecturer; so I succumbed to my team’s suggestion to play part as the lecturer, along with other teachers playing parts as headmistress, PIBG representatives, etc. We were given a problematic situation where a teacher finds difficulties in handling a class with various types of pupils; some were energetic while others were slow learners. So, as a lecturer (I was assigned to talk on possible theories, etc. I had fun!), I elaborated the points I discussed with my teams and what I recalled back from what I have learned in the pedagogical classes during my 2009 KPLI days, that that teacher should :-
- Follow Gardner Theory which fathoms on the 8 Multiple Intelligence and not to merely focusing on the academic per se;
- Insert the element of fun a.k.a. “Didik Hibur” in the learning sessions (I quoted my own experience of teaching KSSR English this year by encouraging my own pupils to do solar system models as well as to sing the modified version of “Old McDonalds Had A Farm” with solar system lyrics)
We were asked to draw the emotions or our hopes from the course. A lot of metaphorical symbols and drawings came out! Haha!
Next, there was this once incident where suddenly 2 of the participants were accused of being “ignoramus” and “irresponsible”!! The coordinator came in with stern tone and accusatory voice and arrogantly said that these two names would be penalized and dropped from the course!! I was so pissed off with this sudden revelation! The coordinator was blabbing for 10-15 minutes but no one said anything!! So, when she asked all of us whether we ought to give chance to these two, I WAS THE FIRST ONE TO STAND UP (and so happened that I was in front)!!! She gave the microphone to me and I clearly said that these two people MUST BE GIVEN CHANCES TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND TO BE TOLD EXPLICITLY WHAT MISTAKES HAD THEY COMMITTED??! Yes, I was being VERY VOCAL on that particular time (people who know me will understand my personality when I feel repressed, persecuted or dissatisfied. I will become an aggressive person, in contrast to the demure, childlike and meek persona I usually portray to public!!). After I voiced out my points, a few other people stood up and supported. To cut the story short, it was just a mock-play of birthday surprise for these two participants!! Hhahahah! Damn! Although I was like having a “CHEH!!” moment but I am kinda proud of myself for be able to stand up and spoke my mind. I felt liberated!
On whole, I enjoyed the course although I received it late and missed the first day. I had wonderful journeys back-and-fro with my colleagues (Kak Maza, Suganthi and Kak Sarini – only for 2 days; another 2 days she car-pooled with the Bukit Beruntung teachers) and also gained a lot of new knowledge from the lecturers especially on the technical parts such as action researches, etc – much like a refreshing winding-back moment from my Communication Research Methods class in UPM for my Masters’ Degree (I got A- by the way from the difficult Prof. Madya Dr. Muati; much of it contributed by my Proposal of “The Relationship Between Tagline Usage & Beauty Umaira’s Marketability”. I am proud of it!). I think these are great knowledge to help me to become a better teacher if I were to remain in the system and survive the DG44 (we’ll see how it goes) for the upcoming 3 years as the time-based 8 years will be approaching, soon.
My own emotion and hopes from the course. Yes, the focus is to get PhD. How? I am not going to do in education as I am now pursuing Masters’ Degree in Corporate Communication. Yes, I am thinking of going out from the Education of Ministry system. Amin, may ALLAH SWT grant and enlighten my path. Hopefully the new knowledge I gain from this course will improve and prepare me to become an upcoming researcher.
Nevertheless, the course also had several weak points. First, the food catering were totally sucks. I am sorry but that was the most appropriate word to sum up. Perhaps Government has allocated some money for the tender but the caterer didn’t do any justice to it. A raw Nasi Lemak; uncooked Masalodeh; and all other “cincai” (reckless) food were served to us, unmatched with the course’s prestige as well as the IPG’s name. Don’t know what went wrong because my colleagues who also attended the course last 2 months at the same place COMMENTED ABOUT THE BAD FOOD AS WELL!!!!! Hopefully, IPG Kampus Bahasa Melayu will take action.
The simple Closing Ceremony.
In addition to that, I found quite annoyed with some of the lecturers WHO KEEP BOASTING ABOUT THEIR GRADES AS DG52 and so on and so forth! The idea is to ridicule us who are still in the greenhorn “DG41” and “DG44” which is like a milestone-of-fathom-below in comparison to them. You know, some of the DG41 teachers have so much talents and knowledge that they just hide their claws out of respect to these elders and simply didn’t want to stoop that low. I thought it was a bit hilarious when all these lecturers actually BEGAN FROM THE HUMBLE POSITION AS MERE TEACHER, have the guts to ridicule us?! And some were trying to show off the so-called Queen’s English. Well, I am not trying to boast but I think if I were to really show my claws, I speak and write better than that with a more convincing accent rather than the fabricated bogus one put on by this one lecturer!
Everyone so wanted to go back home!
But of course, not all. Most of the lecturers are very cooperative and very resourceful in helping us. I really like lecturers who are down-to-earth and use casual approach. In this case, I think I have to give credit to a lecturer named Ustazah Aziah bt Mohd Jesan. She is soft and speak cautiously with her religious approach and try not to insult the audience but rather take her own flaws as the examples. I like her approach, so this is one of my way of giving her merit. Good job, Ustazah!
A refined version of our group’s picture by Kak Hanim. We only met a few days but the bond created.
On whole, lovely experience. Great new knowledge, great new friends, sucky foods; but all is well. (,”) It is so Charles Dicken’s “Great Expectations”. Haha!