This Spotlight is sponsored by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
DidikTV, an education-based channel, officially launched earlier this week. It provides educational content for both primary and secondary school, and aims to help students learn better from home.
Airing from 7am to midnight daily, DidikTV is an initiative by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to help improve home-based teaching and learning (PdPR). Besides daily classes on various subjects, the special channel will also feature edutainment, content produced by students, and more.
Only the top teachers, who are experienced in their respective fields, are handpicked to be part of DidikTV. The programmes also feature creative learning methods to keep students engaged.
To find out what it’s like to be a teacher on DidikTV, we spoke to Cikgu Juraiti binti Mokhtar, fondly known as Cikgu Jue.
Hailing from Kampung Chempaka Lanchang in Pahang, Cikgu Jue has 11 years of teaching experience, specialising in Pendidikan Seni Visual (PSV). She has come a long way, from being a head of department in school, to a National Head Trainer of PSV – one of the highest ranks for PSV teachers in Malaysia.
After working in Johor and Negeri Sembilan, Cikgu Jue recently moved back to her hometown in 2020 and now teaches in SMK Lanchang, Pahang.
“I was super excited when I got called up to be a presenter on DidikTV! But, it was a totally new experience for me, teaching in front of a crew and studio cameras.”
“I got a call to audition with the Bahagian Pembangunan Kurikulum, because they saw the teaching videos on my YouTube channel. They put me in together with a group of other potential PSV teachers, and alhamdulillah I was chosen to be one of the presenters!” shared Cikgu Jue.
“I felt my heart racing right before the live broadcast, because it’s really not easy to teach in a studio with only virtual students. The pressure is immense, and we can’t afford to make mistakes on screen.”
“Nevertheless, it’s been fun teaching on DidikTV. I’ve been able to learn about camera angles, interacting with hosts, and maintaining good facial expressions on screen. Most importantly, this experience has made me confident to be in front of the camera.”
Cikgu Jue says that teaching on TV is very different from teaching in person, and a lot of preparation needs to be done beforehand.
“When you teach live on TV, you need to have very detailed preparation, and plan what you want to say beforehand. That’s why I draw a storyboard of my lesson and make sure I have my teaching materials ready. Besides that, I also look to other teacher friends for feedback and help whenever necessary,” said the 36-year-old teacher.
“Ultimately, I feel like DidikTV has brought a positive impact to my school and kampung, because I was able to show how even a kampung girl like me could succeed and make it!”
“I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about DidikTV from both my students and fellow colleagues. The channel helps students to do revision at home, especially those who are lesser fortunate and without Internet access. It also allows students to broaden their knowledge – they can learn from their teachers in school, and gain another perspective from DidikTV teachers at home,” said Cikgu Jue.
The one thing that Cikgu Jue misses the most about teaching physically in school is her students and all their funny antics.
“I definitely miss the vibrant classroom environment, where we can share stories, draw, and paint while listening to music, and laugh out loud together. I also miss our Art Appreciation sessions, where we critic each other and display the best artwork from students,” shares Cikgu Jue.
“I rindu my students the most, and all their funny antics. I remember once, I asked them to draw a fish according to an example I gave, but they ended up with hilarious designs instead. Some drew fish with scary faces, some drew fish with lipstick, and one even drew a fish that kering macam nak mati. Oh, COVID cepatlah pergi!!”
To help students with drawing tips and tutorials, Cikgu Jue even has her own YouTube channel.
Cikgu Jue’s YouTube channel has over 100 videos, teaching students how to draw objects like ants and crabs, as well as giving tips on how to answer exam questions.
Interestingly, Cikgu Jue’s husband, Cikgu Syukri Hassan, is also a Pendidikan Seni Visual teacher and has his own YouTube channel as well!