Why I Love Teaching

Why I Love Teaching

WHY I LOVE TEACHING

I love teaching especially when it comes to October, November, March, April and May.…
5 months in a year I am free to learn anything I wish …
I may learn about Allah and I may learn about computers.
I may learn about how to teach and how to learn.
I may learn about chess and implement it into my working strategy…
I may make mistakes along the way.
And nobody tells me what to do except my boss just giving me the guideline of what not to do.

5 months in a year I am free to read whatever my heart desires.
5 months in a year I am free to write.
5 months in a year I am free to program.
5 months in a year I am free to build my own library of knowledge.
And 5 months in a year I am free to test if what I am doing is right.

And I keep on teaching because of my fond memories and reflections…
I teach because of Nazri …
I feel gratified when the little artist turn into a great multimedia designer.
I teach because of Shah…
I love to see the glow in his eyes when he got an A for Geography and the rest of the PMR subjects.
I teach because of Shazri, Nazamudin and Azlimi…
I feel the need to make up for the hurt that I have caused them.
I teach because of Izwan…
I feel honoured to have the world greatest student…cushy, sincere, diehard, obliging and honest…
I teach because I love to see the smile in Wan’s face after all the tears
I teach because of  Aida, Juli and Ramadhan…
because of Norleen…
because of Idura…
because of Aimi, Izzuddin and Alif…
because of MRSM Kulim, Jelebu, Kuala Klawang…
because of my beloved KP6/93, KP6/95 and the CyberKids at Cyber Lab

because of SRI ABIM and Tarbiyyatul Aulad
because of
all my students at UKM and previously at UKM…
 
And of course I teach because of KZ, Faisal, Khairi, Aiman, Amir, Hafidz, Luqman, Hudaa and Ariff.
One thing for sure, I certainly  don’t  teach because  teaching is easy for me.
It is  the  most  difficult  thing for someone like me.
Who likes to work alone and focuses on tasks rather than people.
Who never feel  ready to  teach no matter how late I stay up preparing…
Who is always nervous thinking that  I will  be  found  out  for  the fool  that  I am.
Who always leaves the classroom, convinced that I was even more boring than usual.
            
And certainly I don’t teach because I think I know how  to teach and have all the answers… 
Because sometimes I feel my course is a big failure.                                                                     
I really teach  because I like  to ask questions that students must struggle to answer.
And I like to ask questions because the  world  is  full  of  right  answers  to bad  questions.
And while asking, I sometimes find good questions for a good answer.

I really teach because teaching helps me built not only my own character but also my kids, my students and my friends.
It gives me challenge  and time to think…
And it gives me opportunity to keep on learning.
I teach because of the memories of those who grow and change in front of me.
I teach because I get  paid  to  do  what  I  enjoy: reading, writing, analyzing, researching and  experimenting ideas.

I teach because I love the  power that was bestowed upon me to nudge, to nurture and to  suggest.
I teach because I love to point out  pathways and to change views and old paradigms.
I also teach because teaching  offers  something else  besides money and power.
I teach because it offers love…
The love of reading and searching for new information.
The love of generating and implementing ideas and values.
The love of critical and creative thinking.
The love for acquiring new skill in information retrieval.
And last but not least…
The love for  that  rare  student  who  walks  into  my life.

And above all I teach because of Allah…
He promised He …
“…will give another blessing which you love, help from Allah and a near victory, and give glad tidings to the believers” (61:13)

And He is the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful…
“Most hateful it is with Allah that you say that which you do not do” (61:3)

I teach to remind myself of His reminder…
“So keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can; listen and obey, and spend in charity; that is better for yourselves.  And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness (materialism), then they are the successful ones..  And if you spend for Allah’s Cause, He will double it for you, and will forgive you.  And Allah is Most ready to appreciate and to reward, Most Forbearing, All-Knower of the unseen and seen, the Al-Mighty, the All-Wise.” (65:16-18).

 Allah is God, I bear witness that there is no deity but God, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger.  Ashhadu an la ilaha illla’llah wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasuluh.

Rosseni
Last revised 27/07/07 based on my first  teaching experience upon giving up my programming job in 1993 till the present…

146, Adelaide Tower Apts.
King Williams St.,
Adelaide, Australia
(posted while doing a small part of my PhD field work here, right after the HERDSA2007 conference at Hilton, Adelaide)

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3 Responses to Why I Love Teaching

  1. musafir says:

    assalamu’alaikum…

    salam ziarah…

    just one phrase of words – May Allah bless us to be great teachers for all. *amin*

    “KZ, Faisal, Khairi, Aiman, Amir, Hafidz, Luqman, Hudaa and Ariff” KZ? i wonder who’s KZ? hehe.. must be Kamarul Zaman, kan? saje gurau2

    love being a fren of Faisal’s. insyaAllah, akan sama2 berusaha utk jadi yg tbaik..

  2. Cikgu says:

    Waalaikumsalam wbt.,

    Thanks for the du’a and may we be blessed and given the strength to be ibadurrahman.

    Jazakaullahukhairan kathira for being a good friend of Faisal. Semoga ukhuwah kalian dapat membawa kebaikan bukan sahaja untuk diri tetapi juga keluarga dan masyarakat sejagat. Sesungguhnya seorang mukmin kepada mukmin yang lain seperti satu binaan, sebahagiannya menyokong sebahagian yang lain (hadis daripada Abu Musa al-Asy’ari riwayat Bukhari & Muslim).

    Dan semoga ukhuwah yang dibina dapat memimpin diri masing2 ke arah mencapai redhaNya seterusnya memberi manfaat kepada keluarga dan saudara seIslam yang lain: “Kamu semua adalah pemimpin dan kamu semua bertanggungjawab terhadap penjagaannya (orang yang dipimpin). Hadis riwayat Bukhari dan Muslim daripada Umar r.a.

    Moga usaha kita memperoleh rahmatNya dan melayakkan kita berada di bawah naungan rahmatNya.

    Ya, tepat sekali tekaan itu!.

    Salam Sahur dan jzzk kerana sudi ziarah ke mari…blog akademik yang “dry” tetapi insyaAllah akan cuba mengintegrasikan akademik dalam kehidupan seharian kerana Islam itu adalah segala-galanya, it’s a way of life and teaching & learning is just another aspect of life.

    Ummu Faisal

  3. Cikgu says:

    waalaikumussalam wbt.,

    jzkk kerana ziarah ke mari dan kerana menjadi teman setia Faisal. Moga Allah limpahkan rahmatnya kepada sekelian jemaah di sana dan di sini juga.

    “Hai orang-orang yang beriman, bersiap siagalah kamu, dan majulah berkelompok-kelompok, atau majulah bersama-sama!” [4:71]

    Sesungguhnya tiada pengecualian dalam menuntut ilmu. Sabda R.A. saw daripada Anas bin Malik r.a. bahawa “menuntut ilmu adalah wajib ke atas setiap muslim”.
    (Riwayat Ibn Majah dan Abu Ya’la)

    Dan menyampaikan itu juga wajib. Sabda R.A. saw, “sampaikanlah daripadaku walaupun satu ayat”.
    (Riwayat Bukhari daripadaAmdullah bin ‘Amr ra).

    InsyaAllah jika kita ikhlas, Allah akan mencukupkan masa dan keperluan kita dan kerja2 jemaah ini tidak sedikit pun akan mengganggu-gugat tugas hakiki yang diamanahkan kepada kita (memperoleh segulung ijazah itu…) dan ganjarannya amatlah besar.

    Daripada Abu Umamah al-Bahili, RA saw bersabda, “Sesungguhnya Allah, malaikat dan ahli langit dan bumi; sehinggakan semut di dalam lubang dan juga ikan paus mendoakan kebaikan ke atas orang yang mengajar perkara yang baik kepada manusia.”
    (Riwayat al-Tirmizi)

    Maka sama-samalah kita menunaikan amanah ini dalam berhati-hati dan penuh perancangan yang strategik kerana sabda R.A saw lagi daripada Jarir bin Adbullah al-Bajari r.a., “Siapa yang mengadakan ikutan yang baik dalam Islam, ia mendapat ganjaran amalan itu dan ganjaran orang yang mengamalkan selepasnya, tanpa kekurangan sedikit pun. Dan siapa yang mengadakan ikutan yang buruk dalam Islam, ia mendapat dosa daripada amalan itu dan dosa orang yang mengamalkan selepasnya, tanpa kekurangan sedikit pun.”
    (Riwayat Muslim).

    Semoga Allah beri kita kekuatan untuk terus berjuang dan jzkk juga kerana mencetuskan semula semangat untuk terus menulis dan rangka perjuangan ini, moga tinta pena kita membawa manfaat. Amin ya rabbal alamin.

    *KZ, Faisal, Khairi, Aiman, Amir, Hafidz, Luqman, Hudaa and Ariff” KZ? i wonder who’s KZ? hehe.. must be Kamarul Zaman, kan? saje gurau2…

    Tepat sekali telahan itu!

    Salam dari bumi kelahiranmu,

    Ummu Faisal

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