A Teaching Practicum
In January 2013, I spent three and a half weeks teaching Chemistry in SmK Sultan Abdul Samad, a coeducational government secondary school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The school population (of about 1200) is comprised of students from a mix of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. In the photo you can see the three main ethnic groups: Malay Muslims, Indians, and Chinese. Students can converse fluently in both Bahasa Malay (the national language) and English. Fortunately for me, English is the language of instruction in science and maths.
Armed with my guitar, Chemistry songs I had spent the past two months preparing, and a copy of the Malaysian Chemistry curriculum, I entered the classroom... .