Month: March 2018

Teacher, can you call my dad?

The story that I am about to share with you happened exactly 3 years ago when I joined a tahfiz school as the Pengetua Hal Ehwal Akademik (HEA – but more likely was like the student well-fare teacher). It happened twice with two different students. One day, a man came up to our school reception area and requested to see his son. As the other staff had not much power to give the green light, Rabbani, a colleague of mine knocked at my door, “Teacher Syarifah, ada bapak nak jumpa anak. Boleh ke?” (Teacher Syarifah, a dad comes to see his son. Can he do so?) A little bit puzzled, I replied, “bolehlah. Why not?” (Sure, why not?) Rabbani murmured, “ye lah,…

Learning How To Learn – Picking One From The 7 Types of  Intelligences (Kinaesthetic Intelligence)

Dear parents, In case you are seeing one of your children highly active in sports or dancing activities rather than the rest of the entire family, be happy that this child is actually high with kinesthethic intelligence. Children with kinesthetic intelligence love building things. On top of that, they also love physical activities and are aware of their bodily movements. These children usually come with strong motor skills. Instead of learning from blackboard and chalk, books and worksheets, they would prefer to learn by being directly involved in the activities that will give them the results in hand. As such, children who are good with building blocks is one of the examples. So is there any future for the kids…

Teacher, I’m pregnant.

Wait, before your roll your eyes or discontinue reading, think if you are in my shoes (the teacher) or the pregnant student. Have we ever actually have this been discussed in school? No. But are we all (women) exposed to this probability? Yes. If you had read no first before yes, then, proceed to read…until the end. Often times we either fall into the majority of outraged society or the ones who shrug their shoulders and go on with their own lives. Imagine either of these are done by teachers, what would our teenagers be? Whom will they turn to for help? I used to know a girl, just got her key to life (being 21 years old and away…

What Is It In A Name?

Ada apa pada nama?  That is probably the nearest translation I can give to our topic today. While it may be a small matter to some, it is actually not really small in the real fact. All of us, who have had a child, a pet or simply anything we love would have come across this naming dilemma. So is it really that name is not important? In Islam itself  parents are responsible to give good names to their children. These good names do not mean that you have to give the children nice-sounding ones, but what is more crucial is what the names mean according to Islam. Hence, there are a few ways in giving the children good names….

Seeing Potential In Every Child

This week was the second week for me and Ammar to spend our weekend (Saturday) together after I initiated the idea of separating the classes for both Ammar and his younger brother, Aqil. It was somehow essential for me to take the step as I came to a dead-end with my teaching having both of them seated at the same time. Ammar, who is an autistic child, lacks vocabulary although he reads and writes well, whilst Aqil, who is just 8 years old needs normal education where his grammar concerns me the most. As the classes started, I began to feel the huge difference for both of them. The first class with Aqil was so fruitful. I had the time…

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