Refuelling the Tom Riddle Way


Communicating with your students always presents a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, Teach For Malaysia Fellow Koo Wei Juin found an ingenious way to figure out what her kids are thinking – with a little inspiration courtesy of Harry Potter.

As a teacher it is important for me to perform non-academic analysis. I like to think of this as a form of ‘refuelling’ myself on a daily basis. Recently, I just started these “on-book” conversations with my kids as a nice way to help keep them occupied when they finish their in class practices quickly. How this works is that they write how they feel when they get correct answers during guided practice that occurs in the class. I reply them as I mark their books.

It’s a great idea to encourage students to speak out, as it is very similar to having a private chat space with their teacher.  It’s like Tom Riddle’s diary in Harry Potter – without the morbidity.

Knowing my students have actually understood what I taught and like Maths because they now know that they can master it is what drives me on a daily basis. Thanks to them, I shall strive more. For they will be the ones running the world soon and the world should be a better place, for you and for me.