1 week down, 11 weeks to go!
Whew! I never knew that teaching is so tough, so stressful, such a roller coaster ride!
I'm teaching in the afternoon session so I usually arrive at the school at 12.30pm (except on Fridays) and leave at 7pm.
But that six and a half hours is so exhausting. I can readily attest to the "overworked but underpaid" complaints.
Concerning the roller coaster ride:
Sometimes, when lessons went well, you feel so exhilarated.
But when they don't, you feel so demoralized.
The students can make you smile, laugh and even melt your heart.
But most of the time, they test your patience to the limits.
It's true when teachers say that they remember the naughty ones' names first. I've memorised several already.
But despite its ups and downs, practicum beats Sem 1 anytime.
I now have my own list of "students say the darndest things":
1) I wrote on the board that I came from Institut Perguruan Bahasa-bahasa Antarabangsa.
One student then quipped: "Jadi Cikgu tahu Bahasa Iban la?"
2) I told them that I studied in Sydney, Australia for 2 years.
The next day, another student asked: "Cikgu kat Sweden diaorang main baseball tak?"
Me: "Kenapa Sweden ye?"
Student: "Kan Cikgu belajar kat sana"
Me: "Oh, saya belajar kat Australia - Sydney. Bukan Sweden"
Student: "Ha.. kat situ la!"
3) Yet another student wrote in her biodata: Favourite actor: Ronaldo DiCaprio.
Oh anak muridku!
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I've been meaning to finish my Umrah journal but I couldn't find the time...
InshaAllah, I'll update later.
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To my fellow comrades, all the best surviving the next 11 weeks! We can do this!!