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A Teacher is A Gift from God

My school is a private school. That means the money to pay everything comes from the fees that we charged to the students.To say our staff is underpaid is an understatement.Here in Malaysia,it is common knowledge that private schools either charged too much or charged too little as most of everything done in school is voluntary.Needless to say, I can't afford to hire the best and the most experienced of teachers.Therefore,I opt to hire fresh but capable high school and college graduates. To…

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Added by Sarenawati Jaafar on May 7, 2011 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Being a new principal to a new school

I love teaching.I adore making my students' faces lit up with enthusiasm about a topic of interest.I love to do research online and follow all the best practices other teachers swears by.I love teaching more than being an administrator.

 

The day I became a principal was the day I realised that I didn't know how to run a new school efficiently. My school would not crumbled but with my existing moderate knowledge,my school would not flourished.It dawned into me I had to be an…

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Added by Sarenawati Jaafar on May 3, 2011 at 5:35am — 1 Comment

A Visit from USA EMBASSY officer to my school

It is 4.15 pm now in Malaysia.I just had an interesting visitor from USA Embassy officer.The officer is Malaysian and he is contemplating to put my school into consideration to benefit from USA EMBASSY charitable educational programmes.Previously, the embassy had only taken middle schools and high schools under its wings.So,now they are thinking of candidate schools from elementary level.The embassy focuses on English Language Educational programmes by sponsoring teachers and students for…

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Added by Sarenawati Jaafar on April 27, 2011 at 4:28am — 2 Comments

Greetings from Malaysia

Hello, I am a principal in an elementary school in Malaysia.My school is a private school.We started the school in 2009 with 30 students from Year 1 (7 years old) to Year 3 (9 year old).In 2010,we had a drastic increase from 30 to 80 students.Presently, we have 120 students.We have also opened classes for 10-11 years old.It is arguable whether it is relevant for me to be here and to learn from overseas school administrators. I've studied cases from schools in North America and almost every woes… Continue

Added by Sarenawati Jaafar on April 27, 2011 at 1:09am — No Comments

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