We had school today—on a Saturday! @.@
It was a school replacement day, for one of the days during the Chinese New Year holidays. Thankfully, though, it was following the Friday timetable, and so we finish at 12.15 pm. 🙂
However, we did not really have classes; the students had their own programs like motivational seminars for the exam years, and the teachers had their own programs as well, like a gotong-royong.
So after the assembly and the students were sent for their respective programs, all the teachers helped to clear out the staff room. Mostly, the staff room wasn’t dirty, it was just a little messy. There were quite a number of teacher’s tables that no one really knew to whom they belonged to, with files and stuff dating way back to 2008. En. Yahaya, the president of the Teachers’ Club, told me to get rid of anything that didn’t seem important (how was I really to know that? @.@) and separate all loose sheets of papers and books into coloured and black+white ones.
Sun and I, as well as the other practical teacher from UKM teaching Physics, Hasrul, soon came to be known as the-ones-in-charge-of-recycling-corner. We separated all the books and papers into piles for recycling. The teachers would clear out their table and then send the paper stuff to us to be sorted. Strangely, the three of us working together actually seemed rather fun. 😉
Then Pn. Mazira, the head of the English Panel, and also our guru pembimbing had me sorting out the English Language cupboard in the staff room. It was quite messy, seeing as the students would often take and return things however they liked. So I arranged the reference books and other materials like CDs in as organized a manner as I could—according to level, form and even alphabetically or numerically, for some.
Before we knew it, it was already 10.15 am and we had to head over to the Bilik Mesyuarat Inspirasi for our first Latihan dalam Perkhidmatan, or LaDaP, as it is referred to here. This was my second time being in the teachers’ meeting room since the first Mesyuarat Guru-guru the other day, on Tuesday. I like the place—nicely air-conditioned with comfortable chairs. I even caught a few teachers catching some shut-eye during the meeting! I don’t blame them; all of us have had a long day.
The speaker for our first LaDaP was very charismatic and, I would say, a good speaker indeed. I managed to gain something out of the talk, I feel. If nothing else, I learned that our attitude goes a long way. If we are always saying “I can’t,” then how can we expect to be able to do something? If we are pessimistic all the time, how can we expect good things to follow us? Something a little related to the Law of Attraction. So, maybe, if I want to be able to control my class, or help my students, I have to keep telling myself, “I can.”
And keep praying for both the kids and myself, of course—for God to soften their hearts to be open to learning and my teaching, and for patience and wisdom to handle them.
Had a very tiring, but fruitful Saturday in school 🙂