Hello! Do you have a nice day today? I hope so. 🙂 Before I share what we had learnt in GGGB 3223 Learner Diversity & Differentiated Learning, I am glad to share one educational story that I’d read. I hope it helps you. The title is ‘LET GO OF YOUR STRESSES’.
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: ”How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!
All right! Move on! In this post, I will share with you about 1Malaysia concept (YES, I am a MALAYSIAN and I’m proud to be so) and also about cooperative learning. AHHA! Don’t get confused. Cooperative learning, NOT collaborative learning. What’s the difference? I’ll explain later on. Basically, this is the last presentation of our task. After this, we are going to do a presentation (KIT presentation) which is a group work. It will include a slide presentation (assigned topic), a poster and also a video with digital message. But for now, put aside the KIT. Here is the last task and the presenters (including me). 😀
Ayie & Prasna:
a) Explain five strategies to achieve the goals of 1Malaysia.
b) Describe five obstacles which may prevent the achievement of these goals.
a) Describe cooperative learning.
b) Choose one model of cooperative learning and show how to implement the model.
Ayie did good when explaining on what is 1Malaysia to the class before starts his presentation. Upon ascending to Malaysia’s highest public office on April 2009, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak has made waves to all corners of the nation with the introduction of 1Malaysia concept. The concept evolves around a culture of excellence, perseverance, acceptance, education, integrity, meritocracy, humility and loyalty. It also encompasses NKRAs on six major issues. Since independent, national unity has been made top priority – unity in education, culture, socio-economy, political, regional, etc. 1Malaysia seeks to improve the relations of all Malaysians, regardless of racial, religious or cultural backgrounds. There are certain major concerns that need to be addressed in order to seriously engage in 1Malaysia concept. 1Malaysia concept caters the needs of all sectors of the plural society and to ensure equal distribution of wealth between racial groups, between states and federal.
“1Malaysia’s goal is to preserve and enhance this unity in diversity which has always been our strength and remains our best hope for the future. I hope this Website will initiate an open and vital dialogue exploring our Malaysian identity, purpose, and direction. I encourage each of you to join me in defining our Malaysia and the role we must play in its future. Each of us — despite our differences — shares a desire for a better tomorrow. Each of us wants opportunity, Respect, friendship, and understanding.” – Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak
Prasna had discussed with us such a really educational information. She explained about five obstacles which may prevent the achievement of of 1Malaysia concept. They are school system, religious sentiments, language, goal and speciality. Thanks Praz for sharing this with us! It is really an eye-opener to me and I believe to others as well (I mean my friends. Hope it includes you). 🙂
1. School system
– ethnically & linguistically polarized primary school system (Chinese & Tamil )
– separated school system at primary level
– 90% (Chinese)/ 50% (Indian) – no opportunity to interact with Malays in the same age category
– quota system (MRSM/ MATRICULATION/UNIVERSITIES)
2. Religious sentiments
– ethno-centric (superior compared to other community) – weird, inferior and immoral
– differences measured by :customs, family background, attitude, attire
– unhelpful religious sentiment which undermines the practices and institutions of other religions
– mother tongue ( tamil / chinese )
– very strong
– cannot accept that Bahasa Melayu as official language
– it shows the differences between the races
– do not want to give up or want to learn and apply other languages
– not common and shared goal
– not ethnically integrated
– peace , living in harmony
– full & fair partnership
– special positions of Malay/ Bumiputera (Constitution)
– Article Rational 153 privileges : position in public service, scholarship, education, business, special facilities
– Malay reserve land so that the reserve land is protected from the non-Malay.
I am the last presenter of the day and also for this task! OK. Great. My task is about cooperative learning and in the end, I have to choose the most suitable cooperative learning model and show how to implement it.
In the end of our presentation, Ummi praised all of us for our hard work and she loves all of our presentations. Ummi also had asked me to add extra info about cooperative learning model and share it with others. Thank you Ummi for your support! Last but not least, Ummi reminded us to start working on our KIT presentation and do our best! In sha Allah Ummi! We will! 🙂