movie review that I have been watched was title Teacher’s Diary from the
director Nithiwat Tharatom. This movie was about two new teachers that name Ann
and Song. The character was a lonely teacher that needs to teach students at
the same school located in rural area (a remote floating school without
electricity and phone signal) but a year apart. With a different background,
these two new teachers have a difficulty when they reach the school at first.
The girl being assigned first, attempted to write her thoughts on a diary,
being stuck out in boonies.
day Ann has to be transferred to another school and she left the diary. The
male teacher, Song came by as a substitute and saw the diary thus falling in
love with the unacquainted writing by Ann. The male teacher was in the real
situation when he rewind what Ann have through the experience in the school and
students behavior before he came one year after by read her diary. He also
wrote his thoughts on it. The male teacher also left and the female teacher
returned and saw that there are added articles on the diary. Ann also fell in
love with Song but having a hard time looking for him after he not more teach
at the school when she just coming back.
Song was a former wrestling athlete who became to teacher at
the rural school. This school has only four students and one teacher. The
school was really old, made from wood and had to go by boat to reach the place.
The school was very isolated and plain. Before he commanded to taught in that
place, he already registered in the public school as a sport teacher but there
was no vacancy, so he was commanded to teach in that place. That school was
different from public. The school on the lake, there were no uniform, book, and
the facilities were only blackboard and chalk.
When he arrive the school, he saw nobody at the school and
feels weird of the surroundings. Then one day, he ask a woman that ride a boat
near the place he stay where all the students because a couple of day he there,
he not see the students come to school. Then the woman said the students not
know the presence of new teachers here. And Song went to village called the
students to come to school. The school was far from the student’s houses so
they had to be in that school for several days.
In another day, the students come sending by their parents but
he not very ready to teach because he not have an experience become a teacher before.
He asking for them to introduce themselves but the students ignores what he
said. Suddenly he saw the diary of Ann a former teacher on top of the black
board. It was only thing that makes the understanding of his students and reduces
his loneliness. Many stories of Ann at this school were written in her diary.
He was so impressed and felt like with Ann because make he inspired more to
become a good teacher.
A year later, Ann returned as a teacher at this rural school
again. She found her diary with his stories written drained out in the book.
But she does not know why Song leaves this school and where he is now. But it
makes sense to be back at school never being the same. This school was filled
with remembrance. She was looking for him by call the number given by the head
master of the school but not reach anymore. Then she goes to Song house and the
new tenant said he was moving out from the house.
One day, Ann fiancé came to the school and asking for the
forgiveness from what have happens before. Suddenly, Ann changes her mind to
get back with her fiancé and forget about Song. Before this, Ann have receive a
letter from Song that he will coming this school holiday to meet the students.
But in the same day, she goes with her fiancé to left the school to get the new
life and Song came to the school. Suddenly, on the way to go she change her
mind to go back to the school because she feel like she love to be at the
school surroundings. When she arrived the school, she found that the school was
very quiet and think that everyone not there anymore. Then the light up and she
found that Song was there repair the school facilities.
These movies actually inspire me to be a good teacher where
ever I will go for posting later. The more rural area you will be posting, the
more strongly you need to change the mind of the students to come to school and
important to have knowledge. From what I have internalized from the story, it
makes me think how should I act and respond to my students in future. What
behavior to use and how I will communicate with them.
Being a teacher not an easy task. There’s a big challenges
that I will faced not be easy as I was become a student in university. As
future teachers, I should follow the rules and regulations of the school that
I’ll be teach. Be a good example to my student and motivated them to study hard
was very important.
In Malaysia, the traditional classroom is a place where a group of students will follow the learning process. In this type of classroom, students usually sit in the order of chairs and tables that are arranged line by line. For instance, students who are tall should sit at the back whereas students who are short or have poor eyesight should sit front. But from the movies I have been watched, the classroom was very poor and there were no facilities and enough equipment at all. The students will be collected in same classroom with all standards of students that were standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. They will learn different level of standards in the same class and the teacher need to have a special privilege to teach all the standards.
Not on that, in terms
of teaching strategies, student-centered is actively approach in the process of
teaching and learning. This is because it raises an interesting environment in
classroom and stimulates the process of teaching and learning. Students should
be mastered with oral, reading and writing. Students who could not master any
subjects, the student will be sent to remedial classes. From the movie
Teachers’ Diaries, the learning process is more to teacher- centered where the
teachers need to give all the knowledge to the students. Same like education in
Malaysia, the class also has a final exam to find out level of understanding from
what have been learn before. But from the movies, when they failed the exam,
they cannot change their standard and must take another exam to up their
standard. Here if the students not pass the exam, they can still move to the
other standard but will go to the last class necessary.
important step in teaching children to be comfortable with their cultural background
and essentially themselves is to encourage and value their input in a small
group of other students. From what I have been watched from the movies, the
students came from the same area which is from fisherman village. They only saw
their parents occupation and one day when they growth up, they also want to be
a fisherman as same as the their father. These show that, children will saw the
surrounding to see how well and bad of something from their experience. These
shows how responsible a teacher need to be to make sure their student become
successful in one day.
From what I have
learned in the movie Teacher’s Diaries, traditional
teaching and learning is changing to keep up with the rapid developments and
changes. As a person that will become a teacher one day, I hope I will able to
engage and interact with a wide variety of information from an ever increasing
range of sources. Where ever I will go for posting, I hope I can be like those
character Ann and Song that able to teach student even do not have good
facilities and not familiar with the environment.
difficult for new teachers to teach and for students to learn in places
that have leaking roofs, rotting floors and inadequate lighting, heating, and
air conditioning. Rural students, like all students, are entitled to attend school
in a building that is healthy, safe, and conducive to learning. Yet,
historically rural school facilities have been ignored, neglected and under-funded because states tend to rely on local
communities to pay all or most of the costs of school repairs and maintenance.
Education is more
important than ever much of the public seems less willing to pay for it. Given
that constraint, teachers need to find ways to tap the naturally occurring
curiosity of students so that we can turn them loose to do more learning on
their own. Students also will not have fixed single careers. Instead, they are
likely to follow a working trajectory that encompasses multiple careers and as
they progress, they won’t be able to depend on what they learned in school a
decade earlier. They will need to be able to gain new skills outside today’s
traditional educational institutions.
Teachers need to put in practice a new teaching style
that can improve students’ abilities and attitudes for lifelong learning. Classes
in rural schools are relatively small and teachers tend to satisfaction with
their work environments and relatively few problems with discipline. But
teacher turnover is often high, and hiring can be difficult. From the
observation, the rural schools have a below-average share of highly trained
teachers. Compensation in rural schools tends to be low, perhaps because of a
lower fiscal capacity in rural areas, thus complicating efforts to attract and
As the conclusion,
the challenge for educators is to present an effective education foundation by
means of which all children can learn to accept others. The goal of education
is not only to teach children about other groups or countries. It is also to
help children become accustomed to the idea that there are many lifestyles,
languages, cultures, and points of view. The purpose of curriculum is to attach
positive feelings to experiences so that each child will feel included and valued,
and will feel friendly and respectful toward people from other ethnic and
cultural groups. One key to helping young children develop a sense of being
citizens of the world lies with the early childhood teacher.
Creating classrooms is a growing priority for
all teachers. This includes restructuring the curriculum and classroom
evaluation, but more importantly it includes embracing difference and opening
up the classroom for communication. Schools in Malaysia are making vast
improvements in this area but more still needs to be done. Otherwise, children
can grow to adulthood unaware of and insensitive to the exp