Words of wisdom from Miss Niv (also affectionately known to her students as Niv Sensei), the English Coordinator at our Muar campus.
Name: Nivani Kathirgamoo
Designation: Teacher and English Coordinator at Orbix International School, Muar.
Teacher at Orbix since: 2020
How has the MCO affected life at Orbix?
It has taught us to be flexible and creative! Limitations have a funny way of inspiring creativity as we are made to think of new and innovative ways of engaging with our students.
Advice for students adjusting to online learning?
Keep cool and go with the flow. There will be lots of hiccups but together we can overcome them.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned from being in lockdown?
It is important to find things that fuel your passions. Appreciate the simple things in life… a smile, an assuring pat on your shoulder, the health and well being of your family and friends.
What do you do to de-stress?
Solitaire Mahjong, which I highly recommend. I also love to draw.
What is your favourite book and why?
Dracula by Bram Stoker. I first read it when I was young and was home, sick with a scary book to read. Getting to skip school and read as much as I wanted to helped considerably.
What is the best thing about being a teacher?
Seeing my students persist even when faced with failure, and then watching them achieve their goals—the look on their faces makes my heart swell with pride. And knowing that I get to be that person to applaud all their accomplishments, even when said goals are not met. I think that the role of a teacher differs greatly from that of a parent in that we do not have the same expectations. Rather than telling them what they should be, I get to show them what they could be.
What is the best piece of advice you have received that you would like to share with your students?
It is not about how many times you fall down, but how many times you get back up.
What are you proudest of?
When my students grow to become confident and compassionate contributors in society.