Small school with a big heart II

There are about 35 students in the Year Five class that I observed. Some of them are illustrated below:

1) Johan is a bright student. He stays in the Year Five class although his ability permits him to be in the Year Six class*₁. It is because he just came to the class last term, thus it didn’t allow him to skip the class. He is fast learner. He does well in both Numeracy and Literacy subjects. It is interesting to note that his ability is quite contrary with a few of his habits. One of his problems is that he is consistently absent from class without any reason. At least once a week which is on Friday. According to the class teacher Miss White, it is because she doesn’t teach on Friday*₂. The other teacher will replace her on that day. The student indirectly tells that Miss Black is not as good as Miss White). I just wondered can students decide with whom they want to learn the lessons. Of course not..

2) Selamat is an average ability student in the class. He is a very polite student. However, he doesn’t pay his full attention in class, maybe just 40-60% of the concentration. He just concentrates at the things that he sees interesting. For instance, in the science lesson, he raised his hand to almost every questions asked by Miss White. However, when each student was given a science dictionary as they need to copy some of the terms that were taught in the lesson, he just carried away when he spotted many ‘interesting’ things that could be seen in the dictionary. After being told repeatedly to be on task, he managed to finish the task. The other example is, he always wants to tell everyone about anything that he discovers, even the sound that a rope makes when he swings it can just amaze him. Scientist to be? Hmm..

3) Melati is a good student in Literacy but she is not really interested in Numeracy. However, she manages to just follow the flow in the classroom. The problem is that she always creates problem with the Miss White as well as both of the assistance teacher, Miss S and Miss R. It seems that she wants to get attention from the adults in the class. The mystery was revealed when I interviewed talk to the teacher. She told me that Melati has divorced parents. She stays with her mother and her behaviour in the class will become worst if he stays with her father, usually over the weekends.

4) Kencana is an average ability student. He is very good at mathematics. Even his mental calculation is better than me. Huhuhu. He is very detail in doing his art works. Maybe he is a perfectionist. However, he is not that good when it comes to literacy. That is not the problem. The only problem is about his behaviour. He likes to physically disturb others as well as in the verbal way. Bullying? He cannot be blamed on that. It is because he has seen a lot of the examples that he is not supposed to watch at his age. His father abused her mother. Her mother took drug. She is not in the rehabilitation centre now. Moreover, both of his parents don’t really acknowledge him as their son. The same goes to his younger brother. He is now staying with his aunt separately from his brother who is staying with the adopted family.

5) Wangi is a bright student, both in Literacy and numeracy. I can say that she has the most fascinating cursive handwriting in the class. It is like she is using computer to write the sentences. However, she has some behaviour problem as well. She often does not paying attention in class, chatting with other students. She disturbs her friends and does silly things in the classroom. Maybe all of these unpleasant behaviours are done unconsciously. According to the teacher, she has had a very stressful life at home. It is because her family is staying in a bed house. It means that everything is done in one room. This includes cooking, studying, playing, sleeping and etcetera. The house that they had before was being sold because of the debt that her parents have. Her father is no longer staying with her because of the crowded room.

6) Selasih is a hyperactive student. She always disturbs her friends. She talks loudly in the class. She even treats the teacher and the teacher assistances as her friends. Maybe she cannot distinguish which is right and vice versa. If she does not get enough playtime in the recess time, she may end up not being able to control herself in the class, as if her energy is exploding and it is surely disturbs the teaching and learning process in the classroom.

7) From my observation, Jambu is an excellent student. He is focus when he does his work, obey to the teacher’s order, participate in the classroom’s discussion and ect. I was told by the teacher that he may change in the future because he makes friends with teenagers outside the school. He usually stays with his friends and came back home late at night. Even when he stays at home he has difficulties to sleep at night. If he sleeps at 9, he wakes up at 10 and not being able to sleep anymore until 3-4 in the morning. It is actually affects his studies in the classroom. However, he tries his best to stay focus in the class.

the diversity and variety of students. each of them is unique.

These are just a few students in the classroom. Some of them are very obedient and some of them are a bit ‘naughty’. What will you do as the teacher? What are your strategies to handle all of them at the same time? How do you cater the differences among them? As some of them are fast learner and some of them are still struggling to read and write? Some of the like subject A rather that subject B. What will you do to make everyone happy in the class? There are still a lot more to tell, have a thought on this part first.. till then..


*All of the names used are not the real name.

*1. The school practises the arrangement of students not only based on age, but also on the ability of students.

*2. Teachers in primary school teach all subjects in the same class for the whole day. They have 10% time off to do the marking, planning, meeting and ect. Other teacher will be hired to teach the remaining 10% of the classroom lesson.



  1. zairaza said,

    May 24, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    adoi pening gok jdi cg neh. but sounds fun i guess.
    rather than thinking about how to make artificial retina… haih

  2. halaa said,

    May 25, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Jambu’s sleeping habits sound so much like the current me. hehe… (pretty good names u got there.. 😛 )

    erm… how about some triazolam before class? it has the shortest duration of drug action for relaxation and sedation. u can handle them easier then. hmm? (geez, i suddenly know why i didnt proceed with B.Ed after my matriculation.. huu~~)

  3. Hafzan Lazim said,

    May 25, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    No, abe buleh buat artificial tears. nok secetong pon buleh.

    acu describe perangai 5 beradik ni lah. tp jange guna nama sebenar.

  4. paih said,

    May 25, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    I want a pair of artificial retina.. My eyes have become more and more powerless.

    good drugs may make pupils calm for a while.. but good education can make them calm forever?

    abe je:
    if i’m not mistaken, you don’t have much tears anymore.. not enough even to wear the contact lenses.. huhuhu.. need to watch cerekarama a lot.. huhuhuhu.. just kiddin..

  5. June 19, 2008 at 6:07 am

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Overattentiveness.

  6. paih said,

    June 19, 2008 at 8:23 am

    maybe you need to read the part 1 as well..

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