Breaking the ice on the first day

A teacher introduces various traditional kuih to pupils in class to break the ice on the first day.

EVERY year on the first day of school, we as teachers want to create a positive vibe so that everything will be smooth sailing throughout the whole year.

For examination classes, the students are the ones who are always tensed.

We try to make them feel calm and relaxed so there is no nagging on the first day and everything is cool. I make sure I shake their hands and wish them ‘Happy New Year’ and bribe them with sweets and chocolates, a wish that the whole year will be prosperous. I do this for all the classes that I teach.

This year I brought traditional kuih to class. (see the photo of the kuih I brought to school) It was sad that not all students got the names correct.

These kuih were famous during the 1970s and 1980s and many teenagers fancied them.

Nobody knew what “asam ketok” was, after tasting it, they knew it was something sweet and sour.

When we were kids we ate them and there were a lot of seeds in them and our tongue would turn red, what a memory! We should introduce our traditional kuih to these young children too.

In some primary schools, they have mascots on the first day. These include – Spiderman, Batman or Superman. But there are none in secondary schools.

The only time we had mascots was during Chinese New Year when the different animals according to Chinese Zodiac such as rooster or rat came to the school.

There was also a lion dance troupe.

Thanks to the Chinese Language Society and the Chinese teachers for having these traditions in school.

It was a happy celebration for the students and school community.

I should bring more traditional delicacies which are famous in Malaysia to school.

School is still the best place to introduce everything about culture.

by SWEET MEMORIES.

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