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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Delima Diaries : Of Pencils

   My pupils eat pencils. Figuratively, of course. Since the start of the year, I've gone through at least 7 boxes of pencils. Most of them never bring pencils to class, and if they do, they'd lose them in five minutes. They don't seem to have an appreciation for their own things. If they lose something, it's either borrowing from somebody else or simply buying a new one. And then losing it all over again.

   That's how 2 Delima is. In fact, that's just a tiny piece of what defines 2 Delima.

   My pencils either go missing. The ones that come back are either broken into two or three pieces, or are whole but with the leads inside broken, or split into two,etc. Some of them even look as if they'd been chewed on.

   You may say, why pamper these children? I should be strict and insist that they bring their own pencils. Well, I've tried and it doesn't work. I'm just not at the level where good teachers are yet. I feel that what's important is that pupils are able to do their work, and if it means I should bring pencils, then I will.

   A month ago, I stumbled upon twelve boxes of pencils sold at around RM 12.00 (less, I think). In exasperation, I bought the whole lot. 12 boxes times 12 pencil equals to 144 pencils. That should last at least three months, I thought.

   I'm happy to report that after two weeks, I've only has to use and am still only using one box of pencils. All twelve pencils from that box are still in good condition. None is missing. Only one has a broken lead but it's still usable.

   I guess 2 Delima has grown up a bit. Maybe I'm getting better. I don't know. What I do know is that in this profession, you should never, ever give up. Never. Ever. Your children need you. You need them too.


  1. Assalamualaikum Teacher Mayah! I really like your writing! This post really struck a chord inside of me. I am also teaching Year 1 and Year 2. And I find it very hard to control my classes because the pupils are very energetic. Sometimes, I walked out from class feeling a century old! I hope that we could exchange ideas and tips to improve our teaching and learning.

  2. Waalaikumussalam. Thank you for your lovely comment. I've only taught for six months and I know there's still a long, long way to go. I think what new teachers who struggle to find ways to manage their pupils should look for the little things that make them happy. Don't dwell on the negative parts of teaching advising myself too as I write this!)The whole purpose of this blog is to share experiences, tips and ideas, so yes, I'd love to! I hope you have a blog or site that I can visit :)


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