Monthly Archives: May 2009

Today is called Motivating Monday

Today is the day! Today is my first day of School Experience Programme. What day is today? Today is Monday! How do you perceive this day? DJ JJ and Rudy from 92.90hertz (If only you were living in the Hell of K) would say Monday Blue? Dear my friends, let’s change our mindset and called it MOTIVATING Monday? For the first day, my ‘girlfriends’ and I just went suck the humid air of the friendly-environment school. Examination was going on. Anyone who farted could even be heard by mosquitoes. What we were doing then? Chit-chatting meaningfully, girls were gossiping and keep mourning the word: boring, disturbing and honing my national language with other teacher in the staffroom, reading like a geek, shopping at the school. Task A left 80% and we just have to ask, smile, and communicate! Today is quite tiring. We signed off at 4.30pm because we took part in in-service Training. I could see vividly how the course Personal Leadership and School Management applied for the first day. In-service Training is one of the ways to enhance teachers’ professionalism. Scroll down a bit then you can read some details that I managed to jot down during the in-service Training……

Name of the Programme: Peranan Guru Sebagai Pendidik
(Kecemerlangan diri and organisasi)
Date: 25.5. 2009
Time: 2pm-4pm ( best time for taking my siesta)
Venue: Makmal Bestari

Random notes that I managed to jot down:

“Only Dead fishes swim with the flow of water.” How about living fishes? What does it mean? Can anyone of you tell me? Then he talked about self-actualization. Self actualization is the process of striving to actualize one’s potential capacity, abilities, and talents. One must do what he or she can do. How to reach this higher level of Maslow’s theory? Firstly, we need to vary our lifestyles. My own example would be dancing while jogging? Secondly, we need to have goal! Without a goal is like a hunter holding a gun and no idea where to shoot the flying bird. Great people are really ordinary people who commit themselves to extraordinary goals. Then he talked about some criterions of workers that needed in the job market in the future based on research done by Harvard University. The criterions are high cognitive thinking skills, critical thinking, good communication skills, good problem solving skills, espirit de corps, eager to learn new things, and possess high intrinsic motivation. Open your hearts, open your mind, you would not easily open your clothes! Then come to conclusion which is the best part I like! Study from University of Massachusetts has shown that people say, ‘I love my work’ would hardly get heart diseases. Instantly after that I said it to myself, ‘I love my work!’ (1000 times). Yeah, I won’t get heart diseases anymore. Do you enjoy your work? If not then find a way to quit or else say it insincerely ‘I love my work?’ Overall I enjoyed 2 hours free motivation talk. With his cool sense of humour, he managed to talk 2 hours without saying to us, ‘okay ladies and gentlemen, now you can take 5!’ because today is called motivating Monday!

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Titanic is back!

Relief! The head invigilator announced those sweet words I long to hear, “You may exit the class now”. I felt myself flying very high up to the sky. Although examination is over, it is not an end in itself. Learning definitely is a life-long process and I am thirsting to learn more and more. Let’s  back to the subject!

Does it look comparable to Titanic carrying 73 passengers? It is real Titanic! It is back! It is a Journey not to reach a destination. I would say half journey to achieve our mission. I would say journey to uncertainty. Cohort 4 Philharmonic orchestra is conducting a piece of symphony. A sweet melodies played by Cohort 4 entitled, ‘One Moment In Time’ by Whitney Houston. We present its inaugural performance under the Music Director, Sir Aaron. I raise my hand. All the instruments –violin, clarinet, horn, trumpet, viola, cello, keyboard and flute are ready. Standing ovation, a remarkable example of harmony among different cultures and states from Kelantan to ‘the land below the wind’, we play with one band one sound:

Each day I live
I want to be a day to give the best of me
I’m only one, but not alone
My finest day is yet unknown
I broke my heart for every gain
To taste the sweet, I faced the pain
I rise and fall,
Yet through it all this much remains

I want one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams
Are a heart beat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel, I will feel eternity

I’ve lived to be the very best
I want it all, no time for less
I’ve laid the plans
Now lay the chance here in my hands

Give me one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams
Are a heart beat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel, I will feel eternity

You’re a winner for a lifetime
If you seize that one moment in time
Make it shine

Give me one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams
Are a heart beat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I’m racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will be, I will be, I will be free

I will be, I will be free

The song is simply inspiring and powerful. ‘ I’m only one, but not alone, my finest day is yet unknown.’ The greatest part of all is watching how a certain group of people with contrasting personalities get along and watching how friendship grows. Moving on from port IPIK to port UM, no one can impede the ship from moving! No matter how hard we try to oppose it, no matter how we fight back, change will continually happen in our life. We have changed. All of us! I don’t know in what way or how much, for better or worse. Me? I learnt gradually the art of learning and teaching in English. Of couse one thing is discovering different personalities of individuals!

Once in awhile I would look back at collection of pictures and laugh. Recalling how we used to be. Be it all the silly things we did together and things we used to complain about. Those sweet smiles and laughters were captured. But time never goes back, it never rewinds. Never! So all we can do is ensuring that those smiles and laughter do not fade into a mere memory of you and me. Let it be something we experience in the present for as long as possible.

If there’s anything that you could change about the past we had together, what would it be? I was ruminating, then I realised that I would change nothing. Yes, we had moments where we disliked each other, times when there were conflicts and times when we blame the other been wrong. But without those moments, we wouldn’t have learnt something. Some of us may have grown apart a little; some of us are bonded even closer. Anyhow, we still have our weekly mamak stalls to gather round later and for that I am thankful! Inspired by a song, I proudly sing in G chord in the bathroom ‘I’m only one, but not alone, my finest day is yet unknown ‘.