I’m a #FriendofTFM: Mah Xian Zhen

My name is Mah Xian Zhen, and I’m a #FriendofTFM. I believe the work of building a nation starts in the classroom. My friend connected me on a personal level with Teach For Malaysia. I first heard about Teach For Malaysia through Nawar, a college friend who was a staff member there. I knew about Teach…

Satu Suara, Satu Hati

“We come from different backgrounds, but music unites us as one.” 2017 Fellow, Koay Yi Zhuang grew up with the opportunity to explore her passion for the arts, especially the harmonica. Seeing her students who share the same passion she had but have no platform to explore it, she vowed to bring the joy of…

Why winning isn’t everything

“As a teacher, I realised that what I want for my students is not necessarily for them to win, but for them to develop their knowledge and skills.” – Khor Wei Ken, 2016 Fellow Wei Ken is a second-year English teacher at a high-need school in Pasir Gudang, Johor. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in…

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…

#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…