The pep talk somehow got a bit sentimental and as I was leaving the class, Dasshany said loudly, "I feel like crying". The unexpected outburst made the whole class laugh and I was spared from the embarrassment of shedding a few tears myself.
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Then I entered 3Q. Again, I hammered home the points that I want them to remember when writing their essays. When I wanted to leave, the girls swarmed me to kiss my hand.
Nadiah asked me earnestly, " Cikgu doakan kami satu kelas tau"
I nodded my acquiescence.
Nadiah looking uncertain, double-checked, "Semuaorang tau"
"Semuaorang dapat 9A", Nadiah reiterated, wanting to make sure I got my supplication right.
To please her, I said loudly, " Saya doakan kesemua 27 orang kelas awak dapat 9A"
The other girls' faces lit up but Nadiah still wasn't satisfied. She corrected me, "kesemua 27 orang kelas 3 Qudus..."
I repeated my supplication to include the word 3 Qudus and at last she was happy. I felt like a groom pressured by the crowd to get the wording of the solemnization oath right (!).
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Later, as I was doing some work in the staff room, Munir, Muzzammil and Aiman from 3S came to see me. These 3 boys were always trying my patience in class.
They sheepishly said, "Cikgu, kami datang nak minta maaf"
"Sebab kitaorang banyak buat salah dengan cikgu"
I tried to repress the smirk that was forming on my face. I feigned ignorance to prolong the drama.
"Awak buat salah apa?"
They then looked guiltily at one another, signalling for the others to start.
At length, Munir started the ball rolling by saying, "Saya selalu makan gula2 dalam kelas cikgu"
I looked unimpressed. "Makan gula2 je? Lagi?"
Muzzammil added on, "Kitaorang selalu lari2 dalam kelas cikgu"
I nodded in agreement (now, we're talking!). "Anymore?"
"Kitaorang selalu tak buat kerja cikgu"
(and this one's my favourite:) "Kitaorang tak concentrate masa cikgu mengajar"
That last confession made me laugh out loud. They looked surprised and were relieved by my laughter. This proved that they do have a conscience after all! It may be partially obscured at times but still intact nonetheless :)
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I had 3K for my last period. I came to class early but nobody was there. I proceeded to write the sample essay on the whiteboard first.
But even after the whole essay was finished, nobody entered the class. I ended up staying for more than 40 minutes until the final bell rang.
A few minutes later, the students came in to take their bags. Their previous lesson ran over time and nobody thought of notifying me.
They looked guiltily at the whiteboard and I overheard someone said, "Kesian Teacher"
Ram gestured to the board as if to say 'do we need to copy it?'
I shook my head and let them off. Then every single one of them came forward and kissed my hand before leaving the class.
*lump in throat* (this is 3K after all)
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It is days like this which make teaching such a rewarding and meaningful job...