Award Winning Teachers

Principal:
Assalamualaikum and good morning. Thank you for being here today. Okay, I won't take much longer and without further ado I will just go into the issue for today's meeting. There's only one issue, anyway, which is regarding the SPM Straight As workshop that we'll be having later this month. How many students do we plan on having, Teacher Dabest?

Excellent Teacher Dabest:
180 students, sir.

Principal:
180? Okay, sounds manageable. Have you decided on which students you are planning to bring in to the workshop or are you planning to make it open for everyone and let students decide whether to join?

Excellent Teacher Dabest:
I have decided to bring in students from the first three classes from Form Four and Five respectively, sir.

Other Teachers:
Owh...

Teacher Nobadey:
Wait, the first three classes? Only the first three classes? Why don't we make it open for everyone?

Excellent Teacher Dabest:
Because we all know that students from the first three classes will really use this chance to improve themselves. They are excellent students, motivated and more reliable.

Teacher Nobadey:
Yes, I agree with that, but what about students from other classes?

Excellent Teacher Dabest:
There won't be any students from other classes. They will not be interested to join.

Teacher Nobadey:
What if there ARE students from other classes who want to join and improve themselves?

Excellent Teacher Dabest:
Well, even if they are interested, the chances for them to score As are not as good as those students from the top classes.

Teacher Nobadey:
Oh, so you're saying that if they are not capable of scoring an A in the exam, they are not allowed to join a workshop and improve their grades? If that's what you mean, then these students WILL NEVER score an A, ever.

Excellent Teacher Dabest:
Look, let me tell you something. Students from the first three classes are capable to handle all the pressure around them. They can handle mountains of homework, workshops and extra classes. They can handle being scolded by teachers for not being able to finish their homework on time. They don't skip classes!

Teacher Nobadey:
And that is why we need to give this chance to other students who are not from the top classes as well. Because they weren't really involved in the classroom, so maybe here they will get involved or at least learn from the top students.

Excellent Teacher Dabest:
You are not getting the point. The probability for top students to learn something and improve from this workshop is way higher than those from other classes. So it is better for us to bet on them.

Teacher Nobadey:
And ignore the others?

Excellent Teacher Dabest:
Look, you're new here. You are a new teacher. While I am an award-winning teacher. I have been here for years. I am the best. I have produced straight-A students more than any other teachers here. I have given thousands of exercises, extra classes, and homework to thousands of students. I have always taught the top students and I know what they are capable of. I have used methods that no other teachers are willing to do. I think I know if I am making a bad decision, but I am not sure about you.

Principal:
Err... calm down. Let's have a cup of tea, everyone.

Teacher Nobadey:
Have you taught students from weaker classes?

Excellent Teacher Dabest:
Excuse me?

Teacher Nobadey:
The reason why all those styles of yours worked on those students is because you taught good students. Like you said, they are motivated. They really care about their performance and they fight for better grades. So no matter how difficult or ridiculous your methods are, they will just deal with them. Because they don't want anything to happen and prevent them from getting the best marks and grades possible.

Excellent Teacher Dabest:
What are you trying to say?

Teacher Nobadey:
Unlike these teachers around you, they have to deal with weaker students. Students who are not motivated. Students who don't care about their marks and grades. Students who are ready to skip a class the moment it gets boring or too difficult. Because of that, these so called not-the-best teachers have to use different methods. Because they have to start from the very beginning - which is to motivate these students. To make them want to learn. To keep them interested. Your job is half done because you get good students, which I'm not saying it's easy - you might face difficulties as well, but these teachers... they have more to deal with.

Excellent Teacher Dabest:
......

Teacher Nobadey:
So what I'm trying to say is, just because your students always score a lot of As all the time, it does not mean you're the best teacher. What about those teachers who care more about their students than their results? What about those teachers who stay up late at night because their students call and cry because of family problems? What about those teachers who don't give mountains of homework and extra classes because they know that their students can't keep up? I believe that when a weak student wants to remain in the class when the teacher is around - that teacher has done a good job. When a weak student wants to remain in the class even when the teacher is NOT around - that teacher has done a great job. Scoring 20 As is not the only way for you to measure a teacher's success. Keeping them away from wasting time doing meaningless stuff, making them stay in class and learn step by step, and giving them hope and belief when they don't score - these count too. And trust me, while you are busy counting the amount of exercises you have yet to give to your students, these teachers bang their head against the wall trying to come up with activities just to make sure their less motivated students learn something.

Excellent Teacher Dabest:
........

Teacher Nobadey:
So when you say you know what your top students are capable of, we know what our weak students are capable of, too. And they deserve every chance you believe your top students deserve. So with all due respect, make it open for everyone.

Principal:
Hoyeahhhhhhh!!!

9 comments:

pretender January 17, 2012 at 6:57 PM  

dkt sekolah sy,pljr sederhana je yg disisihkan.pelajar yg dpt result cemerlang n teruk akan dimasukkan pelbagai program2 kecemerlangan sekolah.kami yg result sederhana ni pandai2 la hidup.

Igniz January 17, 2012 at 7:04 PM  

pretender: ni la masalahnya kengkadang. i understand sekolah try to focus on yg memerlukan, tapi what about students yg diorang sangka tak perlukan but actually memerlukan? hehe.

Anonymous January 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM  

totally agreed. everyone deserve the chance to change for a better. we never knew others' real ability if we never try to really give them chance.

and one word to teacher Nobadey : hoyeahhhhh!! :D

Igniz January 18, 2012 at 6:30 AM  

anonymous: jyeahhh! :D

_me_ January 20, 2012 at 6:05 PM  

i believe the 'teacher nobadey' is u.. :)

Anonymous January 28, 2012 at 1:57 AM  

i also believed 't.nobadey' is u. U alwiz motivate us.

that's y i hated school n some teachers. Our education system sucks.

I believe tht NOT all 'good students' can perform well all the time n vice versa. But ppl tend to expect so much frm these students without knowing their probs or capability. Adding more unnecessary stress in life. ~fatema

cik ina January 29, 2012 at 3:52 AM  

totally agreed. this things also happened when i was still in school.it's obviously that most teachers really urge to teach top students from top classes, cause they think their job would be easy as the students have motivation to study.they tend to ignore the other classes. i had friends from lower class who loved to ask me questions and asked me to study together.

Igniz February 2, 2012 at 7:51 PM  

anonymous fatema: hehe. thank you. :D and yes, i agree with u. at the moment our school education system still needs some adjustments.

cik ina: kan? when i was studying, there were some of my friends from lower classes who wanted to join a seminar or something, but were not allowed. huhu.

Igniz February 2, 2012 at 8:11 PM  

_me_: not yet. hehe. :P

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