Miss Norjan was my form teacher in Form 1. She continued teaching us in Form 2 and Form 3.
An honour it was for me today to give a speech in appreciation of Miss Norjan, at the MEXSA (Methodist [Parit Buntar] Ex-Students Association) high tea with Miss Norjan and Deepavali celebrations.
I opened my speech by saying that unlike last time when I gave a speech in honour of Principals Mr. Subramaniam and Mr. Ling, this time I do not need to read from a script, because it is easy to speak from my heart… because, “Miss Norjan, I feel close to you.”
I reminisced the fond memories that my classmates and I had with her.
Azizah Mahmud who came all the way from Parit Buntar today, remembers Miss Norjan teaching Home Science, and Azizah learned how to make kuih sagu dalam bungkus daun pisang.
Teoh Kheng Huat remembers that after our Industrial Arts class, we boys got invited by Miss Norjan to the Home Science class to eat the beehun goreng the girls cooked.
Katie remembers Miss Norjan down on the field, during sports day, Katie doing folk dancing under Miss Norjan’s teaching.
I remember Miss Norjan’s pronunciation and diction in English.
Okay, so I quoted Carol Dweck, David Allen and Chalmers Brothers at last week's event, plus I played the YouTube video of A Tale of Two Frogs. However, there was an original piece of work that I brought into the presentation: I had put together a "word-cloud" of all words I could think of related to "Mindset." Not that I explained why I chose ALL the words when I presented; I will explain them in a future post. In the meantime in this post, let me summarize my presentation.
Early in the presentation, I asked the audience for words related to mindset. Two of the words they said out loud were viewpoint and paradigm. Then I revealed my word-cloud:
I can't think on top of my head what local folklore is similar to A Tale of Two Frogs (the Russian fable), but I'm sure someone will suggest to me.
I played the video at an event for some 40 entrepreneurs on 30 September 2015, organized by MyIPO. Thanks to Nur Hidayah Mohd Seni (an enlightening and artful name!) for having suggested this tale to illustrate the two mindsets (fixed mindset and growth mindset) coined by Carol Dweck. The tale is such a fitting metaphor.
The most powerful message I got from the story is that the growth mindset is that of learning and discovery. Get out of the building (swim away from the lily pad) and out there are abundant with opportunities (more flies for food) and wonders to learn and receive from. Learning and discovery, seeing wonder and awe in new things and keeping a "beginner's mind" is central to the growth mindset.
By the way, I told the audience that I have a problem with the tale portraying the old as having fixed mindset and the young having growth mindset. So don't take the metaphor too far; the two mindsets are found at any age!
"Don't give up" may be the conclusion the young frog gave to the elder sister, but more than that, I saw the unpredictability of the turn of events to be the fitful happy ending. Effort (and I also used the Bahasa Malaysia word "ikhtiar" during my presentation) often brings surprising successful results.
It's a good tale to share with kids, but sharing it with adult entrepreneurs meant that it is a great reminder to all of us that we require the growth mindset.
What else do you get from the tale? What similar folklore and stories can you suggest to me?
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