Exams can’t measure a student’s worth

“The most important lessons in life are not always found in textbooks.” – Nadia Nicole, 2016 Fellow At the end of 2016, Nadia’s students completed their end-of-year English exam. Their results were impressive, but Nadia is not convinced that exams completely capture her students’ intellectual and social growth. Like many children throughout Malaysia, my students are…

Stories from Sarawak: Ellen and Jasmine

“It was a privilege for me to see how she helped transform her school, and most importantly – how she transformed as a person.” – Ellen Chong, 2015 Alumna I first met Jasmine when I was assigned to teach her class Maths. Her class was the largest Form 4 class at the time, about 40 students. The…

#TanyaTFM: What happens after the Fellowship?

Last week, we curated @twt_malaysia’s Twitter account!  Here are some #TanyaTFM highlights – in case you missed it. We’ve had some great discussions with the Twittersphere over the past week about the impact teachers have on our nation, plus some frequently asked questions about the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship. Now you’re probably wondering, what happens after the two years? Well, our…

#TanyaTFM: What is the Fellowship?

Last week, we curated @twt_malaysia’s Twitter account!  Here are some #TanyaTFM highlights – in case you missed it. The Twittersphere sent us some really great questions about the Fellowship. We thought this would be a good place to start: Thanks for bringing us back to basics, @nooratiqahabdu1! TFM is short for Teach For Malaysia – we’re an independent, not-for-profit organisation…

#TanyaTFM: Why Teach?

Last week, we curated @twt_malaysia’s Twitter account!  Here are some #TanyaTFM highlights – in case you missed it. We kicked off the conversation by popping the big question: A flurry of responses came in. Some recounted fond memories of their teachers, many shared that their teachers even changed the trajectories of their lives. @HyukBaoBei wrote how her headmaster supported her family…

I met Teach For Malaysia at Graduan Aspire – and the rest is history

“I found out about Teach For Malaysia through Graduan Aspire. I’m a teacher now, and the rest is history. Come say ‘Hi’ – you don’t know what you are going to find at the Teach For Malaysia booth!” Puteri Nazatulshima graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science & Technology from Universiti Teknologi Mara. She found out about…

Career switch: Shahrun Sofian

Shahrun Sofian is one of many Malaysians who switched to a career in education through the Teach For Malaysia Fellowship. She graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and previously worked in engineering. She joined the first cohort of Teach For Malaysia Fellows in 2012, and is currently a sixth-year teacher at a high-need…