RAWANG: “Adapt! Adapt! Adapt!”
This, according to Newspaper-In-Education (NiE) senior trainer Tung Soo Kee, is the golden rule for teachers.
“Teachers will not go wrong if they adapt activities based on the proficiency level and ability of their students,” said the retired teacher at the first NiE workshop for the year here yesterday.
The workshop got off to a roaring start as 51 teachers from Hulu Selangor were given an eye-opening experience on how to use newspapers in their lessons.
“Only today did I learn that the newspaper has other uses besides good reading. It can be used as a teaching tool,” said teacher Wan Mohd Faizal Wan Yusoff who only started teaching less than a month ago.
Another teacher, Suhida Mohd Sharif from SK Bandar Sungai Buaya here, said the NiE supplement would bring excitement to the classroom as there were a whole range of activities that teachers could engage their students in.
“This has been such an eye-opening workshop,” she said after attending the half-day workshop conducted by Tung at SK Taman Bunga Raya (1), Bukit Beruntung near here.
The workshop was organised by Star-NiE with the assistance of the Hulu Selangor district education office and SK Taman Bunga Raya (1). It was co-sponsored by Pizza Hut, The Star’s partner in NiE.
Hulu Selangor academic management sector assistant officer Kamsah Mokhtar told participants that the lack of trained English teachers was a huge problem for schools.
The district education office’s language unit head Hamidah Abdul Samad said Hulu Selangor teachers had their work cut out for them as the district lagged behind others when it came to English.