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  2. 2. 1.0 Introduction As pre-TESL (Teaching English as Second Language) students, we are expected to be aneducator in the future. It doesn’t matter either as a school teacher or as a lecturer. Both of theseprofessions have the same responsibility is to educate students align with the NationalPhilosophy of Education’s purpose which is an on-going process of producing wholly developedstudents in terms of physically, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. Therefore, as apreparation for us in becoming an educator, we need to do a research regarding what it takes inbecoming an educator by interviewing lecturers of UiTM Campus Alor Gajah. The objectives of this research are to prepare us in becoming the future educator and as aneye opener for us in what an educator really does. There were two lecturers that we hadinterviewed which one of them have more than 3 years experience and the other one have lessthan one and a half years experience. Both of these lecturers are from the Faculty of Mathematic.Both of these lecturers were interviewed in their office during their free time. The interviewswere carried out and recorded in the same time using a voice recorder. All the three of usinterviewed the lecturers together and the documentation of the research was done together. An educator is someone who delivers knowledge by educating or teaching his and herstudents either inside the classroom or outside of the classroom in holistic manner. There arethree factors that make a great educator. First, great educators have a desire to see all studentslearn. Second, great educators have passion for what they do and the third one is great educatorsmust be committed and dedicated in doing their work. (Ronald Claiborne, 2012) Educators musthave the desire to educate because students nowadays are much more challenging to teach rather
  3. 3. than the students before the 21st century. Everything is modernized nowadays and students prefer to learn using the technology rather than traditional teaching method. Therefore, it will be quite challenging for our new and seniors educators nowadays as they have to know what interests the students and how to approach them effectively. In instance, this research is really helpful for us in certain aspects. Firstly, this research helps us to find out more about how to become a great educator. Secondly, this research helps us in investigating how to handle disciplinary problems among students and organizing our teaching plan. Thirdly, this research really helpful for us to know what we have to prepare before we enter the class. Finally, this research is an eye opener for us to the reality of education world. Lecturer’s BiodataMadam Yusarima Bt. Miss Farah Yasmin Bt. Yahya 11 years teaching experience 1 ½ years teaching experience Diploma in Mathematic Matriculation for 1 year Degree in Mathematic Degree in Mathematic Master in Calculus (5 years) Master in Mathematic (1 year) Taught in UiTM Segamat (2006-2010) First time teaching in UiTM Alor Gajah Transferred to UiTM Alor Gajah (2010-2013) Fresh graduated
  4. 4. 2.0 Literature Background Issues and challenges are unavoidable for all people around the world. In all professions thatavailable in this world, there must be issues and challenges that they need to overcome toproduce better results. It is same goes to teaching profession. There are several issues andchallenges that teachers have to face in this modernized era. Three issues that are beinghighlighted nowadays are teachers have too many workloads, the changes in language used toteach Science and Mathematics (PPSMI) made by the government and the students’ behaviors. Teachers nowadays have too many workloads that need to be settled each day and evenduring the weekends. Teachers in today’s world are under a growing pressure to perform.Higher expectations and greater needs now pressure the teachers to perform effectively inclassroom. (Hazri Jamil, Nordin Abd. Razak, Reena Raju & Abdul Rashid Mohamed, 2010) Itis because teachers are not only teaching and grading papers anymore. They need to fill up theirstudents’ record book, organize school events, become a judge in a competition and take care oftheir students’ and schools’ welfare too. Teachers nowadays are expected to be able to domultitasking and in the same time perform effectively in classroom. The pressure from the heapof works on the teachers causes the students to perform poorly in their studies. Teachers areoften burdened with endless duties and chores besides the main task of teaching. Teachershighlighted the lack of time as the greatest challenge in implementing effective professionaldevelopment. (Thang et al, 2010, restated by Hazri Jamil, Nordin Abd. Razak, Reena Raju &Abdul Rashid Mohamed, 2010) It is because the teacher will come into the classroom and askthe students to study by themselves so that the teacher can settle the paperwork at school insteadof settle the paperwork at home. The teacher and the students will perform poorly if this
  5. 5. situation often happens in our classroom. In conclusion, one of the issues a teacher needs toface today is too many workloads. The changes in language used to teach Science and Mathematics (PPSMI) made by thegovernment is one of the issues that are being highlighted these days. This issue is always beingtalked each year since its implementation. The alteration of the language always has been madeby the government without considering the students and the teachers themselves. However, theteachers are the most important people that the government should consider first. It is becausesome Science and Mathematics teachers learn these subjects in Malay and some in English. Theterms used in English and Malay language are totally different. Even teachers can get confusedwith these terms. It is unfortunate that many teachers are still not proficient in English but thenagain, proficiency in any language requires continuous practice and requires a long time tomaster. Short courses here and there will not guarantee proficiency and mastery. It has to be theteacher’s individual effort, the school’s buddy system and support from the communitycomplementing each other and a long time that will help teachers be more proficient in English.Proficiency breeds confidence and with confidence teachers will be more at ease to teach inEnglish. Five years is too short to show that both teachers and students are at ease listening toand begin to communicate and comprehend the English language and the science and mathtaught in English. (Dr. Jaafar Jantan, 2008) Hence, the government should decide whichlanguage is easier for the students to use and make it fixed so that it will not be an issue for theteachers. There are some prejudice thinking which are the students who do not have theefficiency in English, they would prefer to learn in Malay and learn in English will not help themto master the subject or even English language. These thinking are totally unacceptable asstudents are getting better in English when they learn Science and Mathematics in English andthey master both of the subjects better than in Malay language. Hence, the government needs torevise back the PPSMI’s policy and consider both teachers and students before making adecision. In conclusion, changes in language used to teach Science and Mathematics (PPSMI)made by the government are also one of the issues that a teacher faced.
  6. 6. Last but not least, the most common issue that a teacher faced is the students’ behavior.There is a big comparison between the students in the 90’s and the students nowadays. It isbecause the advancement and evolvement of technology that make the students nowadays areexpecting to learn or adapt something new and fresh from their teachers through the usage ofICT rather than in traditional ways. Students learn better when they are interested in the subjector the teacher who teach the subject. However, when the students are not interested in thesubject, they will sometimes throw tantrums toward the teacher or even totally outcast theteacher. These students are what we call problematic students or lack of discipline students.These students nowadays are so extreme up until the extend of hurting the teacher themselves,flattening the teachers’ car tyres, smashing the teachers’ car mirror and so on. Challengingbehaviors such as these do meet some basic needs for a student. Students who act out do getmore attention, higher levels of physical contact, or escape from work. But while meeting theirimmediate needs, disruptive behavior (such as aggression) interferes with others, especially ininclusive settings. (Michael B. R. , Higgins C. , Glaeser J. C. B. , Patnode M. , 1998) Hence,teachers need to be prepared mentally and physically in handling these extreme students so thatthey do not easily get terrified by their threats and threaten remarks. Teachers need to knowwhat are their roles and to whom they can report these problematic students. The most importantthing is teachers should not be afraid of their students instead their students should be afraid andrespect their teachers. In conclusion, one of the issues that teachers have today is the students’behavior. In a nutshell, the students’ behavior, the changes in language used to teach Science andMathematics (PPSMI) made by the government and the teachers have too many workloads aresome of the issues that teachers are facing nowadays. These issues cannot be resolved if thereare no actions taken by the government and also by the teachers themselves. Therefore, first andforemost, teachers need to know how to discipline their students either during class session oroutside of the class. There is no other way but only by discipline and rules implemented by theschool authorities that can make those problematic students to behave. Next, the governmentshould revise back the policy of the PPSMI. I believe that a modified PPSMI can change theEnglish proficiency shortcomings faced by universities and the workforce but most importantly,
  7. 7. the revised PPSMI can raise the standards of knowledge level of Malaysian citizens if theinstructional strategies are carefully aligned with the learning outcomes. It is a promising policyto turn Malaysians into knowledge generators and knowledge exporters rather than just end-usersof knowledge. (Dr. Jaafar Jantan, 2008) Last but not least, the paperwork and the workloadsneed to be lessened. This is to ensure teachers can perform in class and outside of the class. Ifteachers are stressed out, of course the students are not interested in learning too. Therefore,there must a balance between a teacher duties and an employee of a school duties. In conclusion,the government and teachers should walk hand in hand to overcome these issues.
  8. 8. 3.0 Interview Report 3.1 Comparison and Contrast of 2 Lecturers’ Views about What Makes an Educator. 3.1.1 Transcription LECTURER A LECTURER BQuestion 1: Describe the best lesson you have Question 1: Describe the best lesson you havedelivered. Why was it successful? delivered. Why was it successful?Answer 1: The best lesson I have delivered Answer 1: The best lesson I have deliveredwas in year 2011. All of the students in my was last semester. I taught a class of businessclass passed their calculus paper with flying statistics’ students. It was the best lessoncolours despite the changes of syllabus at that because all of the students passed with flyingtime. They were struggled to adapt with the colors and none of them have failed in thisnew syllabus which was harder but they subject which I am teaching in. It wasmanaged to do well. The easiness of Math successful because there were two waysdepends on the students skills, knowledge, and responds, the students were hard working andhow well they use their techniques to solve the they did all of the exercises that were given toproblems given. Therefore, the first thing that them.I always do before teaching is I describe theterms on the topic that they will learn and howthey related together with the techniques onhow to solve the problems given. Theexplanation before starting the class isimportant because sometimes student will bemisunderstood with the questions given andthey will not answer correctly according to thequestions. How the students answer thequestions depends on the students situationthemselves either they focus and understand ornot the questions given.Question 2: Have you developed any new Question 2: Have you developed any newideas about teaching in the past few months? ideas about teaching in the past few months?Describe one or two of them for us Describe one or two of them for usAnswer 2: For me, it is hard to develop new Answer 2: - First, I have prepared manuals,formulas or ideas because the formulas are notes and exercises for my students. Some ofalready fixed and proven to be effective and the exercises I took them from the internet buteasy to understand for the students. It is time I did some alterations to the materials to ensureconsuming if I want to create a new formula it suits the students credibility.
  9. 9. for the students. Therefore, I just use the same - Second, mathematic has many ways toideas for my teaching in these past 11 years. solve its problems. Therefore, I prepared a few ways for my students to solve the problems and they can use any of the ways that they feel confident with and easy to apply to the questions given. Mathematic is a flexible subject because whatever ways that we choose to solve the problem, we will still get the same answers.Question 3: How would you apply technology Question 3: How would you apply technologyto enhance daily instruction and increase to enhance daily instruction and increasestudent learning? student learning?I would use power point to give the exercises Answer 3: None…that have long explanation to the questions tomy students and to show them the preciseshapes of the graphs and sometimes I will useit to show how to solve the problems given too.However, for Math it is better to teach thestudents in old school way which is using thewhite board to show them how to solve theproblems as they will understand better and Ido not have to worry about the symbols ascomputer do not have certain Math symbols.Question 4: How well organized are you? Question 4: How well organized are you?Why is organization important for a teacher? Why is organization important for a teacher?Answer 4: I am very particular when it comes Answer 4: 1) As an educator, organization isabout organizing. Organization is very very important. As for me, I always plan andimportant for an educator. As for me, starting prepare beforehand before I come to thethis semester I am teaching new subject for campus the next day. It is because students cancalculus (MET 183). Therefore, I need to detect if you are well prepared or not when youstudy everything that I need to know about this enter the class. It is the first impression of mesubject and be prepared beforehand. If I just towards the students and I need them to feeldirectly teach my students without myself do confident with me to teach them.not have a better grip on this subject, they will 2) I will prepare my tutorial questions fordefinitely have a hard time to understand what my students and I will google other questionsI am trying to teach them. I also will be that available on the internet to give them morepuzzled to answer the questions if I do not exercises needed. If I think the questions arefamiliarize myself with the questions and the quite difficult for my students, I will adjust andways how to solve the problems if I do not do some alterations to them and make sureprepare and organize everything before I enter they can solve the questions easily.the class.Question 5: What do you include in your daily Question 5: What do you include in your dailylesson plans? lesson plans?Answer 5: In my lesson plans, I would include Answer 5: For my lesson plan, I will includewhich topic I want to teach to my students. tutorial questions. I will have a target which
  10. 10. After that, I would prepare what I want to say my students need to solve the questions in theto my students for the introduction and how targeted duration and I will discuss the answerseverything are relatable to each other. Then I with them together after all of them havewould make sure that I will achieve the targets solved the questions. The duration given to myor objectives that I have for my students. I students to solve the problems are dependingwould make sure all of them will understand on their credibility either they can finishfully what I have teach them and I will give answering the questions within the time limitthem further explanations if they do not fully or not.understand.Question 6: Describe your philosophy Question 6: Describe your philosophyregarding discipline. regarding discipline.Answer 6: I am an easy going person. After Answer 6: My students are already 19 yearsteaching for 11 years, I can detect which old and above. They know what are the prosstudents are problematic and which are not. I and cons of their actions. Unfortunately, I amrarely have discipline issues in my class. It is not the type of person who get angry easily.because my philosophy regarding to discipline Therefore, my philosophy regarding to theis if my students respect me, I will respect discipline would be…them back.Question 7: What techniques would you see to Question 7: What techniques would you see tohandle discipline problems that may arise in handle discipline problems that may arise inyour classroom? your classroom?Answer 7: After 11 years of teaching, in each Answer 7: Some of the discipline problems areclasses that I have taught every semester, there not too serious in my classroom. As for me tomust be latecomers, talkative students and discipline my students, I always threaten themstudents who do not focus in my class. I would to reduce the test marks if they did somethinghandle these students without giving any that against my instructions.pressure on them but in the most delicate waywhich is I would approach them like a motherapproaching her children. However,sometimes I can be a cold hearted person tothem if the students are too stubborn anddisrespectful to me.Question 8: Share three interesting Question 8: Share three interestingtechniques used in the classroom. techniques used in the classroom.Answer 8: 1.Sarcasm: This technique is used Answer 8: 1) Sarcastic : Students who arefor my students who always talking during my always late and texting in my class, I willlecture or texting or do not focus in my class mention their name and say something to them 2. Punishment: I would ask the like a friend but in a very sarcastic way. Thislatecomers to sing in front of the classroom technique makes them feel embarrass in frontbefore they take a sit. of their classmates and it works tremendously. 3.The hardest punishment that I did 2) If the students are too annoying andwas I do not let the latecomers to enter my they are too hard to handle, I will leave theclass even though they are 5 minutes late classroom immediately to show to them that I am angry and they need to show some respect to me. Some of the students are too rude and
  11. 11. they do not listen to my instructions. They do not treat me like a lecturer instead they treat me like a friend. Therefore, for last semester, I did this technique and it worked on the students. I gained my respect from them and they never disobeyed and rude to me after that incident. 3) If there is anything that bothers me from my students, I will stop the lesson and tell them a story about my life as a student before. I will compare their attitude with my friends and even my attitudes toward our lecturers. This technique causes them to do a self reflection and I will regain my respect from them after that.Question 9: Why do you want to teach? Question 9: Why do you want to teach?Answer 9: Teaching is my passion since I was Answer 9: It is my passion and interest. Ia child. It is the field that I always wanted to never thought of teaching before. I am onlyinvolve in despite the commitment and interested in mathematic. However, after Isacrifices that I have to made to become an finished my matriculation, I was attracted toeducator. When my students did well in their teaching. Therefore, I continue my studies forstudies and succeed in their life, I feel satisfied degree and master with the intention ofand proud for them and also for myself. becoming an educator.Question 10: What do you enjoy most about Question 10: What do you enjoy most aboutteaching? teaching?Answer 10: The students respond when they Answer 10: I feel satisfied whenever Iunderstand what I have taught them and their managed to deliver my knowledge to myresult for tests or examination. It is because all students. They understand everything that Iof these are indicators for me either I did well have taught them and they did well in theirin teaching them or not. I feel really satisfied tests and final exam.and enjoy when they are nodding and smilingbecause they have understood what I havetaught them and answer the questions easily.Question 11: Tell me three things you believe Question 11: Tell me three things you believeabout teaching. about teaching.Answer 11: 1. You need to share and deliver Answer 11: 1) There must be two wayswhatever you have learnt to your students as respond.they are your responsibilities. 2) Sincerity is important to make sure 2. Even though if one day I do not both me and my students will benefitget paid for my teaching, I am still feel something from my teachingsatisfied because I am truly passionate toward 3) In whatever that we do, we must enjoy,teaching. never give up and love executing it. 3. Teaching sometimes can bestressful, however, if you see the positive sideof it you will definitely be an excellent
  12. 12. educator.Question 12: What are your plans for Question 12: What are your plans forcontinuing your professional growth? continuing your professional growth?Answer 12: If God willing, I will further my Answer 12: If God willing, I will further mystudies in PhD in Mathemathic as soon as studies in PhD while working as a lecturer herepossible. in UiTM Alor Gajah.Question 13: What are your suggestions to Question 13: What are the difficulties that younew lecturers in terms of; How they can face as a less experienced educator teaching inbecome better educators/lecturers teaching in UiTM?UiTM?Answer 13: 1. They need to prepare before Answer 13: 1) As I am a new lecturer here, Ithey enter the class. These new lecturers are don’t have a wide range of knowledge andstill new to teaching, they cannot handle their experience like the senior lecturers do,nervousness in front of these students. They however, I am still doing my very best tosometimes do not really feel confident in front deliver my knowledge to my students and helpof their students, therefore, they need to them in their studies.prepare, prepare and prepare. 2) As I am one of the young lecturers2. If they do not understand certain terms here, many people expect something moreor ways on solving the problems, they need to from me. I am trying my hardest to reach theirseek for the senior lecturers to get further expectations and with God willing, I will gounderstanding and explanation regarding to beyond their expectation.their issues. 3) I am always being compared with the3. They need give further explanation to lecturers who have been taught for more thantheir students and not only read the notes given 10 years which is sometimes can be one of thein the module. reason why I feel unmotivated.Question 14: What the institution (eg. Question 14: What are your hopes oracademic, lecturers, staff, units) can do to help expectations towards the institution (eg.new lecturers? academic, lecturers, staff, units) to help you become better educators?Answer 14: 1. The senior lecturers can help Answer 14: 1) Uitm needs to make a lot ofthem by make a special class for them if they workshops for the new educators so that theydo not understand certain topics. will be aware of any changes and challenges2. The coordinator, HEA or HEP should that they will face in each change. They needbe able help them if they have any problems to get a lot of briefings about the students,regarding to students, teaching, or the syllabus. systems and the institution itself.3. UiTM can prepare workshops for the 2) The manual given to use in the classnew educators so that they will be aware of any and for the students must be updated andchanges and challenges that they will face In according to the latest syllabus.each changes. They need to get a lot of 3) Provide textbooks for the students andbriefings about the students, systems and the lecturersinstitution itself. 4) Uitm needs to be aware of the latest syllabus and knowledge that the students need to learn. If needed, reorganize the syllabus and create a new one so that the students are updated with the latest knowledge that they
  13. 13. need to learn.3.1.2 Report Similarities Both of the lecturers have the same personalities which are warm-hearted, sincereand open-minded. For Mrs. Farah, she was very warm-hearted and anticipated our interview.Thus, we felt eager to interview her. Even though she is a young junior lecturer, she has shownus a very matured thinking and how dedicated she is in her job. Her personality has inspired usthat age does not matter if we really want to excel in this field. As for Madam Yusarima, we cansee the same personality in her which exists in Mrs. Farah too. Her dedication for work isoverflowing. Even when we are in the middle of interview, when her colleague called her to aska few question regarding Calculus she excused herself in order to help the colleague. It showshow dedicated and sincere she is in educating people. On the other hand, they also use the same discipline technique in their class. Both of themthink that kicking the students out from the class is not a good solution to make the studentsbehave instead it will fabricates more problems. For example, students love to play with theirphone nowadays even when the lecturer is teaching. They did not have a respect towards theirlecturer. Thus, these two lecturers did sarcasm techniques. However, if they still do not listen,Mrs. Farah and Madam Yusarima will take an action towards them for instance, consult them ifthey have any problem or give them counseling. They would handle these students withoutgiving any pressure on them but in the most delicate way which is they would approach themlike a mother approaching her children. Aside from that, Mrs. Farah and Madam Yusarima both are using the same technology.Since they are Mathematics and Calculus, it is quite difficult to teach the students by using widearrays of technology. Madam Yus would use power point to give the exercises that have longexplanation to the questions and show them the precise shapes of the graphs and sometimes she
  14. 14. will use it to show how to solve the problems given too. However, for Math it is better to teachthe students in old school way which is using the white board to show them how to solve theproblems as they will understand better and I do not have to worry about the symbols ascomputer do not have certain Math symbols. Plus, they also use LCD to show the students a fewexamples of questions. Lastly, their planning skills which are kind of similar to each other. Madam Yus recentlyare assigned to teach new subject for Calculus (MET 183) ) therefore, she need to studyeverything that she needs to know about this subject and be prepared beforehand. She wouldfamiliarized herself with numerous kind of question so it will be faster for her to master thissubject and teach her students effectively. Madam Yus lesson plans also include topic that shewants to teach that particular day then, she would brief her students about the topic and explainhow it is relatable. Then she would make sure that she will achieve the targets or objectives thatshe has for her students. The same goes for Miss Farah, she will prepare tutorial questions for herstudents and she will Google other questions that available on the internet to give them moreexercises needed. If she thinks the questions are quite difficult for her students, she will adjustand do some alterations to them and make sure they can solve the questions easily. She also willhave a target which her students need to solve the questions in the targeted duration and she willdiscuss the answers with them together after all of them have solved the questions. The durationgiven to her students to solve the problems are depending on their credibility either they canfinish answering the questions within the time limit or not. Differences As we done interviewing these two lovely lecturers, we recognized that their teachingtechniques are totally different. Miss Farah prefers to play pop quizzes and battle between sexesto encourage them to be more competitive because the students seemed to give a great feedbacktoward this activity. It also helps em to reinforce their calculation skills and their memory inmemorizing the formulas. However, Madam Yusarima favors the traditional methods of teachingmore. If she wants to give an exercise, she just simply gives them handouts. She has never tried
  15. 15. to make any games yet but she is looking forward to make some changes in her teachingtechniques. Another vast difference between Miss Farah and Madam Yusarima is their commitment.Since Madam Yusarima is a married woman, she will have to divide her time wisely betweenfamily and work. Madam Yusarima said it is slightly difficult for her to make an extra classduring nights because she has to spend time with her daughters and sons too. However, she hasmade several extra classes already. She acknowledge that her job as an educator require a lot ofsacrifice and patience. Different from Miss Farah who is still single, she gave all hercommitment in educating her students. She made classes when her student want to have classand she also made an extra class during weekend or at night with the students who got low marksin test. Madam Yusarima is a senior lecturer who has 11 years of teaching experience. Shealways gives a hand for her colleagues whom need her help. Apart from that, Miss Farah hasbeen teaching for 2 years and she is a new lecturer, she admitted she don’t have a wide range ofknowledge and experience like the senior lecturers do, however, she is still doing her very best todeliver her knowledge to her students and help them in their studies. Miss Farah also stated thatshe always being compared with the lecturers who have been taught for more than 10 yearswhich is sometimes can be one of the reason why she feel unmotivated. Suggestions and Comments by Lecturers. LECTURER A: Madam Yusarima Madam Yusarima gives a lot of suggestion regarding the tips to become a great educatorand how they can improve themselves. She said the junior lecturers need to understand certainterms or ways on solving the problems, they need to seek for the senior lecturers to get furtherunderstanding and explanation regarding to their issues. Furthermore, they need give furtherexplanation to their students and not only read the notes given in the module. Moreover, thecoordinator, HEA or HEP should be able help them if they have any problems regarding tostudents, teaching, or the syllabus. She also suggested that UiTM to prepare workshops for the
  16. 16. new educators so that they will be aware of any changes and challenges that they will face Ineach changes. They need to get a lot of briefings about the students, systems and the institutionitself. She also commented that we, as a future educator need to explore these younggenerations’ world nowadays. It will be easier for us to approach our students if we can interactwith our students by exchanging opinions in different issues related to their generation.Then, we also need to be prepared mentally and physically because not all students are fastlearners. It can be stressful sometimes if there are no responds from our students but we need tokeep calm and do not get angry. The most crucial thing is, we need to be prepared to sacrificeour time by preparing the materials for our students and grading their papers. To conclude,commitment is everything in teaching, without commitment you cannot excel both in yourcarrier and your own personal life.LECTURER B: Miss Farah Miss Farah suggested that Uitm needs to make a lot of workshops for the new educatorslike her so that they will be aware of any changes and challenges that they will face in eachchange. They need to get a lot of briefings about the students, systems and the institution itself.Next, the manual given to use in the class and for the students must be updated and according tothe latest syllabus. Plus, they also need to provide textbooks for the students and lecturers. Lastly,UiTM need to be aware of the latest syllabus and knowledge that the students need to learn. Ifneeded, reorganize the syllabus and create a new one so that the students are updated with thelatest knowledge that they need to learn. She said in her comment regarding the tips to become a great educator, first and foremost,we need to have passion in teaching then sincerity is important since teaching needs a lot ofpatience and virtue. We also need to have high expectation toward our students and feelconfident with them to ensure they will try their best in whatever they are doing.
  17. 17. 4.0 What We Have Learnt From the Assignment o Communication Skills o Manners o Teaching is not as easy as it looks o Patience is important This assignment has given us a lot of knowledge on what the world of educating and howto adapt in it. As we interviewed the lectures, it is proven to us that educating is a serious matterand must be guided with seriousness, dedication and determination. As we are required tointerview the lectures who fulfil the criteria needed, we have improved our communication skills.Among peers, our communication skills lack of profesionalisme as we do not take each otherseriously. However, as we interviewed and interacted with the lecturers, we have discovered aform of profesional communication skills which is useful to use in the near future. Besides that, we developed better manners. As the fellow lecturers are older than we are,it is important to be polite and graceful. When we were needed to interview the lecturers, first ofall, we searched for their phone numbers so that we could arrange an appointment. Afteragreeing on the time and venue, we remembered to thank the lecturers for willingly to beinterviewed by us. We ensured that we arrived at the venue minutes before the actual time sothat we would not be late. Even we bought some gifts for the lecturers as a sign of thanks andgratitude (however, we did not get anything for Miss Farah as we forgot). Other than that, we discovered that teaching is not as easy as it looks. One can’t simplystand in front of a class, face the students and speak out facts like a robot. Such as the quote ‘TheMediocre Teacher Tells, The Good Teacher Explains, The Superior Teacher Explains, The GreatTeacher Inspires’.
  18. 18. And last but not least, the importance of patience. It is common to have students whowill come late to class, ask silly questions or even create havoc in class. A teacher must remaincalm and cool. If a teacher over reacts, the outcome will not turn out good. Hence, it isimportant to be patient. Even in our religion, Islam, states that patience is a virtue. 4.1 What We Like o Lecturers attitude ( heart-warming, welcoming, open minded ) o Exchange point of views o Gain knowledge During the interview, not only did we just interview them about the world of an educator,we also were able to interact and get close the fellow lecturers. Even though things got serious atfirst, we were able to see the soft side of the lecturers. We even exchanged stories. Both of thelecturers had nice attitudes. They were heart-warming, welcoming and even open minded. After the interview, as the lecturers had more free time, we exchanged point of views onlike how to become a good educator, what to do to become educators and how to survive the lifeof a university student. As we were able to interact with each other, heart – to – heart, we actually gained a lot ofknowledge. For example, the life of a student and the life of an educator. 4.2 Challenges o Find the lecturers who fulfil the criteria needed o Misunderstanding o Lack of cooperation o Finding the suitable souvenir/present for the lecturers It would be a lie if we say that the assignment was a ‘breeze’. As the criteria needed wasto interview a lecturer who had experience of 1 ½ years and a lecturer of experience of 3 ½ years,
  19. 19. there was a lot of calls made. Most of the lectures who were willingly to be interviewed did notmatch the criteria and those who did match were not plenty full. Other than that, there slight misunderstanding. As one of us called a suitable lecturer andasked if the lecturer was free, the lecturer said she was free. However, she did not mean she wasfree to be interviewed. She was actually free if one of her students wanted to meet her and askabout the assignments. In the end, the caller got scolded. Moving on, there was an issue on lack of cooperation. There were quite a few lecturerswho did match the criteria. However, they refused to be interviewed. And lastly is the search of the gifts. As this is our first experience on interviewing, wehad no idea on what to give them. Fortunately, the area near the faculty had an open fair so webrought some eatables for them. 4.3 Our Comments o Challenging o Time consuming / tiring o Enhance interaction skills o Eye opener to what makes an educator We all agree that the assignment given has been quite a heck of a challenge. We have tosearch for the suitable lecturers, give them a heads up call, organize venues and appointments,walk long distances under the scorching sun, get gifts and plenty more. The assignment has been quite time consuming and also very tiring. However, all is for agood cause. By interviewing with profesionalisme, we had developed and enhanced our interactionskills.
  20. 20. The interview has also given us an eye opener on what lies beyond the world of aneducator.5.0 Conclusion