Thursday, November 24, 2011

Inspirational Video: Poem - Knock, Knock

Dear All,

The video that I've uploaded below is a poem recitation that was done passionately & powerfully. You can sense the energy and clear message that the man is trying to say.

One message from this poem is that we teachers can make a difference in people's lives.

Enjoy & share it with other teachers and students.



Rodney Tan Chai Whatt

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Inspirational Teacher: The Ron Clark Story

Dear All,

Ron Clark is an unusual teacher with a passion and a mission to educate his students to love studying and to excel in their academic achievements.

This award-winning educator had been invited to the White House and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

His achievements were recognised and he was awarded the Walt Disney Teacher of the Year.

He has travelled to schools and 49 districts in the USA, and also internationally.

An inspiring movie entitled "The Ron Clark Story" was made about him and it can be viewed in parts on YouTube.

He has written 2 New York Times bestseller entitled : "The Essential 55" and "The Excellent 11: tips about how to motivate, inspire and educate children".

Ron Clark had set up the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA. This school was primarily for fee paying student but most of them are actually on scholarship. But the main aim this special school was set up was to teach teachers his unorthodox methods that seems to be paying dividends in terms of the students love for learning and their above average academic and co-curricular achievements.

Below is the video from the CNN about this extraordinary teacher, his unusual methods and the school he had built in Atlanta.

Be inspired teachers as I have!

Rodney Tan
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Inspirational Story: Treat People Right & Hope That They Will Treat You Right

Dear Readers,

Its heartwarming to know that one simple action can change the mind, heart and life of a person who had intended to steal.

Here's a true story about a social worker, Julio Diaz who practiced a principle espoused by Jesus of Nazareth. If someone were to strike you on the left cheek, you will give him your right cheek (Matthew 5:39). He gave not only his wallet but he also offered his coat as well so that the robber could keep himself warm. The result of this unusual encounter between a thief and his victim was just amazing.

Something to ponder about in our own lives.

Have a life-changing day!

Rodney Tan Chai Whatt

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Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.
But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.
He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife.
“He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, ‘Here you go,’” Diaz says.
As the teen began to walk away, Diaz told him, “Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you’re going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm.”
The would-be robber looked at his would-be victim, “like what’s going on here?” Diaz says. “He asked me, ‘Why are you doing this?’”
Diaz replied: “If you’re willing to risk your freedom for a few dollars, then I guess you must really need the money. I mean, all I wanted to do was get dinner and if you really want to join me … hey, you’re more than welcome.
“You know, I just felt maybe he really needs help,” Diaz says.
Diaz says he and the teen went into the diner and sat in a booth.
“The manager comes by, the dishwashers come by, the waiters come by to say hi,” Diaz says. “The kid was like, ‘You know everybody here. Do you own this place?’”
“No, I just eat here a lot,” Diaz says he told the teen. “He says, ‘But you’re even nice to the dishwasher.’”
Diaz replied, “Well, haven’t you been taught you should be nice to everybody?”
“Yea, but I didn’t think people actually behaved that way,” the teen said.
Diaz asked him what he wanted out of life. “He just had almost a sad face,” Diaz says.
The teen couldn’t answer Diaz — or he didn’t want to.
When the bill arrived, Diaz told the teen, “Look, I guess you’re going to have to pay for this bill ‘cause you have my money and I can’t pay for this. So if you give me my wallet back, I’ll gladly treat you.”
The teen “didn’t even think about it” and returned the wallet, Diaz says. “I gave him $20 … I figure maybe it’ll help him. I don’t know.”
Diaz says he asked for something in return — the teen’s knife — “and he gave it to me.”
Afterward, when Diaz told his mother what happened, she said, “You’re the type of kid that if someone asked you for the time, you gave them your watch.”
“I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It’s as simple as it gets in this complicated world.”
This is amazing.. Its kinda epic & life changing! ♥
Inspirational Story

Posted on January 28, 2011



Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.

But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.

He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife.

“He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, ‘Here you go,’” Diaz says.

As the teen began to walk away, Diaz told him, “Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you’re going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm.”

The would-be robber looked at his would-be victim, “like what’s going on here?” Diaz says. “He asked me, ‘Why are you doing this?’”

Diaz replied: “If you’re willing to risk your freedom for a few dollars, then I guess you must really need the money. I mean, all I wanted to do was get dinner and if you really want to join me … hey, you’re more than welcome.

“You know, I just felt maybe he really needs help,” Diaz says.

Diaz says he and the teen went into the diner and sat in a booth.

“The manager comes by, the dishwashers come by, the waiters come by to say hi,” Diaz says. “The kid was like, ‘You know everybody here. Do you own this place?’”

“No, I just eat here a lot,” Diaz says he told the teen. “He says, ‘But you’re even nice to the dishwasher.’”

Diaz replied, “Well, haven’t you been taught you should be nice to everybody?”

“Yea, but I didn’t think people actually behaved that way,” the teen said.

Diaz asked him what he wanted out of life. “He just had almost a sad face,” Diaz says.

The teen couldn’t answer Diaz — or he didn’t want to.

When the bill arrived, Diaz told the teen, “Look, I guess you’re going to have to pay for this bill ‘cause you have my money and I can’t pay for this. So if you give me my wallet back, I’ll gladly treat you.”

The teen “didn’t even think about it” and returned the wallet, Diaz says. “I gave him $20 … I figure maybe it’ll help him. I don’t know.”

Diaz says he asked for something in return — the teen’s knife — “and he gave it to me.”

Afterward, when Diaz told his mother what happened, she said, “You’re the type of kid that if someone asked you for the time, you gave them your watch.”

“I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It’s as simple as it gets in this complicated world.”

This is amazing.. Its kinda epic & life changing!