Daily Prompt : Partner

In response to one-word prompt : Partner

My friend Kamila, lives in Malaysia,

She is the best looking woman in Asia.

She likes food that is spicy,

Her humor is sweet and icy,

Her dress and smile says, ‘I’m  from Malaysia!’

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DP Daily Prompt: Circle of Five

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A writer once said, “you are the average of five people you spend the most time with.”  If this is true, which five people would you like to spend your time with?

The five people I’d like to spend time with are my best friends Mini and Dilruba  , my colleague Atiya, my daughter Selina, and  my neighbor Agnes.

All of them are known to me for several years, of course I know my daughter since she was born.

Mini my best friend was my classmate in my post graduate class, we became very good friends while in school, we kept it up to this day.

I met Dilruba when I moved to North America, I visit her  when I go to Montreal, we love each others company. Our conversation begins with food and ends with diet.

Atiya was my colleague when I first started teaching in Residential Model school. She is a very kind person.

Selina and I have a good time discussing various foods and which one is good for us and also the ones we should watch.

Agnes was a very dear neighbor when I lived in her town. We were next door neighbors, Agnes liked baking cookies, I was always on her list when she distributed them. She is an excellent cook and  a very friendly person.

The above are the five people I’d love to spend time with, all of them are very good to me, I always enjoy their company.

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/dp-daily-prompt-circle-of-five/

 

 

365 Writing Prompts: Your’e a mean one, Mr.Grinch

What is your least favorite quality in others? Extra points for sharing your least favorite personal quality in yourself.

I remember my teaching job in a boarding school, there were a few things I didn’t know about the system, I’ve already mentioned in my previous post I did complete the degree in education, unfortunately I did not learn that much from the  experience .It certainly helped me  get a job.

I had a colleague who knew everything about the system, she was one of the most experienced teachers, she was very nice to me, I was sure she’d help me if I needed it, but I had a very rude awakening, whenever I asked anything about the school system,she changed the subject,after a few times I learned she won’t help me.

I watched and figured out myself, months later, she took me aside and said, “I like to let you know, do not teach anything to the new teachers.”

I was not pleased to hear it, I already knew how she avoided telling me anything, I did not like her selfish behavior.

I dislike people who are selfish even if they are my relatives.

Human nature is peculiar, we are so different, one of my worst habit is I’m very sensitive, this makes me  do things  I’m not proud of .

I presume things without being sure, as a result I take action with my writing, sometimes it’s better not to put things in writing, it may come back to haunt you, I make up my mind not to repeat the mistake, so far I am not successful maybe some day I will!

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/365-writing-pr…-one-mr-grinch/

 

365 Writing Prompts:We can be taught

What makes a teacher great?

Before I try to write what makes a great teacher, I’m eager to find out, who deserves to be a teacher?

With the above question in my mind I went about reading different people’s notion of evil and good, it breaks my heart to think these so called educated people, have given their verdict on who is evil, according to them some children are born evil.

When a child is born, he/she comes with a clean slate, they are at the mercy of their parents, guardians or others who take care of him/her. Can you honestly say that this child is evil, if you do, it means God has poured all the evil genes in him before sending him to earth, who else would you think, because the people on earth didn’t get a chance  to make him evil,it was taken care of by the creator.

For starters my feeling is people who have a twisted mind like this should not be allowed in the teaching profession.

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to become a teacher, one must have proper education on how to deal with a pupil or student.

I also know what one learns in education seldom helps in teaching, one learns as he or she begins a career in teaching. I am thinking how I learned the art of teaching, it wasn’t educational Psychology,history of education, none of these things I learned, prepared me for teaching. It was by stepping into a classroom, my how to teach began.

I remember it was the second year of my teaching, I had taken a job in a local “Residential model school, in Bangladesh,” I asked a few questions to my colleague, I noticed she always changed the subject, it became evident she did not want to transfer her knowledge to me.

I wasn’t scared I knew I can learn on my own by watching the kids.It was my first day in that school, there were forty-two boys in my class, they were six year old rambunctious kids, One of them came up to me and said,”You are our sixth teacher in two months.”

Like Julie Andrews in ‘Sound of Music, I quietly thought what’s wrong with these kids?

I found that out soon enough, when the recess bell rang, I heard a loud roar within seconds the boys were out of the class in the playground noisily jumping and running. They were I assume thinking, ‘how long will she stay with us?’

After recess they all came in like a bunch of ruffians eager to see what I may have to offer. I did nothing that day.The following day after assigning their work for the first two periods, I looked at my time to find out when will the bell  ring for recess, when I saw there were only five minutes left,I got the attention of the boys and made a very firm announcement, I said, “the recess bell will ring after five minutes, if any one stands up before I say so, you will not have recess.”

There was pin drop silence each looked at the other, the bell rang they stayed glued in their seats, I looked at them and told them to stand up, they were to remain silent and leave the room one row at a time. The boys were quiet and did as I asked.

From that day onward I had no trouble with them, they did not dislike me on the contrary they liked me a lot.

I still cannot answer the question what makes a teacher great, I think loving one’s job, loving the kids one teaches, and be firm when needed. Children like discipline, it doesn’t mean take a stick in your hand and demand good behavior, trust me it does not work.

: https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/365-writing-pr…-can-be-taught

Writing Prompt: Impossible

I’ve read and heard in the past that nothing is impossible. Since this is before breakfast, the first meal after a long fasting of the whole night. It can be impossible to perform tasks that involve my brain.

Having admitted this I must congratulate me because I finished my morning prayer which takes twenty-six minutes before breakfast. For this one excuses are not going to cut it,my clock reminds me it’s prayer time, I must complete it before sunrise or I don’t get any credit. Why must I look for credit only because during the day I may have been actively gossiping about someone who is probably not even on this planet to defend himself or/herself or some old classmate or colleague who gave me a hard time while I was studying or working with them.

Then there is the odd shop owner who sold me a defective product and refused to take it back, or the gatekeeper at the mosque who snatched my water bottle,thinking everyone who visits that place is some kind of a terrorist. Imagine taking the trouble to go for pilgrimage and harassed by some doorman trying to show off his fluency in Arabic. Do I care I don’t even understand the language, does he think  he told me off ,no I’m sad to let him no, his screaming words were a bunch of rubbish which I didn’t comprehend.

Then there is the postal fellows who don’t know the difference between forward and send back to the owner.You come across so many inefficient and good for nothing people you can’t help but talk about it until the cows come home.

If you count you’ll see there are many humans spoiling my days and nights,if I talk about them it’s gossip and it is a sin my Mom told me. So I have to spend twenty-six minutes to pray before breakfast, otherwise my chances of being forgiven is a Big Zero.

What is impossible to complete before breakfast you ask?

1. writing the daily prompt.

2.writing a story.

3. doing my exercise.

4. reading my book which is saying “read me you have me for months.”

5. writing a question for the on-line course.

6.All of the above.

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/365-days-march18-impossible/

DP Daily Prompt: Moved to Tears Post by Ranu

It happened in my second year of teaching.I was teaching in an all boys school.It was a ‘Residential Model School.’There were boys ranging in age from five years to twelve. One of the five year old was asked by my colleague,’Who was his favorite teacher’? He immediately, said “Chaman Apa”. ( Apa means big sister in Urdu) It sounded so beautiful,to me a five year old only thinks of his mother.This really moved me to tears.

I knew then, my decision to teach little kids was the right one.