I had a small chat with one of my year three students about his misbehavior in the classroom. He used to tease his friends physically and verbally. Using the theories that I have learned during my schooling days, I told him to rasionalise his actions. At last, he admits his wrong doing.
I asked him to promise that he will be a better person in the future and not to be naughty again. He happily says “Ok Mr Faiz”. He than confidently pointed his little finger to me. My brain worked fast to d igest the sign that the boy gave. Oh, that I remembered that tricky move. It is a sign of making an oath or promise to yourself and your partner. I than point my little finger to him. We shake (entwine) our little finger to make the promise. The contract was at that moment on. The boy left me while I was still smiling (my heart was laughing loudly for quite some time).
the little bai’ah
I used to do the same thing when I was a child like him. It was such a long time since I last used that kind of sign. If lawyers use proper contract that needs to be signed, some uses handshake, some take picture and video, but we just shake our little finger or also called as pinky swear. Perhaps the trust that we have are stronger than any other means. Or maybe tomorrow I need to remind again the student about promise that we have made before.
What I am really sure is that the boy has made my day. I am smiling giggling alone when I remember the little bai’ah that I have with him. huhuhu