how do you handle boys who asks too much, and likes to distrupt the class?  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

you ask them heaps of questions, i mean HEAPS. and you asks all of em in quick succession.

here are some examples of what you can ask them:

y r u not listening to me?
what makes you think you can not listen to me?
do you think youre better than me by not listening to me?
if your not listening to me y are you at school?

the more you ask, the more 'putus asa' their face will look like to counter your challenge. then they'll let go of their antics and surrender themselves to your authority.

i love crushing these boys. it hurts them more then just a scolding, or a whack on the ass.

teaching stint in VI  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

im currently in a teaching stint in VI for 3 months, so ill reckon ill probably blog quite a lot of teaching stuff.

beginning teachers we are.  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

this particular article is taken from its as relevant to us as having to shower everyday. do read it if youre a beginning teacher. if youre not, do read it too and gain some insight into the profession.

Hello all, congratulations to those who have started your official 4-year service completing or to most of us, our official lifetime career. For those who are still goyanging kaki, hmmmmm….oh well~

There are a few points I would like to share with you regarding us being a new teacher. I haven’t got to know my posting yet, but I have been thinking about a few possible problems that I may/may not face in school. Actually, all of these ‘problems’ are very well known to all of us, and I am just going to point them out and try to give few suggestions, and I would like to invite you to give some other suggestions.

Insecurities and low self-esteem:

Have you ever feel like lacking in any way about yourself? “I am no better than him”, “I am ugly compared to her”, “They like him/her better because I am not good enough”. If you can find the pattern (…Dr. Lawrence *coughs*), these sentences are all about comparing yourself to someone you think is more ideal in that situation. Insecurities is all about emotions, not self-image, that’s why you found people who has got the ‘package’ – pretty/handsome, smart, rich, popular, etc – still finds themselves wanting more and feeling low at times. As a human being, it’s normal to be kiasu, except that now being a teacher, we must get ourselves to change this mindset, not because we are lying to ourselves saying that we are good, but because we ARE actually that good.


We are all well-prepared and there’s no such thing as “I am not good enough to be doing this profession”. What you can do is believe in your core ideas of self-image, look in the mirror: “I am well-prepared; I am not disable in ANY way (looks, personality etc)”. Because your students cling on to you, they think highly of you (some, very discreetly). Walk straight, chin up, and you will already feeling better. Don’t slouch. Portray a good image as a teacher and your secret I-hate-myself-thoughts (false self-image) will fade away as well. If it does not, it’s time to apply for a second intake on B.Ed courses this June.

Feeling unworthy and discriminated for being ‘different’:

You are new; you do all you can to impress the people around you, you gave 120% when you do a task given to you and all you get – Nothing. Sometimes you get this funny look when you turn your back, and you hear a crispy whisper along with a snicker. Well, in the bilik guru there’s always a brotherhood of cikgu, led by a harsh, very opinionated ‘guru darjah’ with a queen bee character, and no matter how nice you are to them, you can never join this fraternity.

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The Chinese Dillema  

Posted by Nigel J. W. Ong

bought myself a copy of this book while shopping for stuffs to bring back home for the long break. I was initially not too sure about buying the book, due to the fact that the title reminds me heaps about Dr. Mahathir's famous 'The Malay Dillema' - a book whose ideas and thoughts can be quite blunt and offensive. nevertheless, i believe the book will be able to answer some questions i have regarding my understanding of Malaysia, as the reviewer mentioned at the back page:

"What the author has done is to discuss publicly issues which are often discussed privately, and that he has adopted a non-partisan view...This book should be read by the younger generations of Malaysians. It may help unprejudiced mind to see things in a better perspective"

Khoo Kay Kim

Different from Dr. Mahathir, Ye chooses to explore Malay-Chinese relations in a more cautious way - his delicate approach is good enough to even allow those hardcores to continue reading. He also has some points that made me look hard and deeper inside of me as a Malaysian Chinese. He tries to convince his readers that affirmative action is not as bad as portrayed, but understand that crutches must be released some day so one could walk properly on one’s two feet.

He also made a point that the Chinese is not always right. He does not see much sense at crying foul whenever opportunity arises without really understanding why, though he acknowledges that most of it is due to our shared history and to this.

Its a book of balanced view, and is not intended to influence people. its more of a book to present you arguments from both sides, and leave the decision making to you yourself.

My advice:

if youre a Chinese that likes to complain and moan about the problems in the county, read it. youll realize that things are as bad as they look like.

if youre a Malay, this book can help you gain an insight of a Chinese mind, what is he thinking, and why is he thinking in such ways.

* ready to borrow the book shall anybody wants to read it.