LAST_UPDATEThu, 19 Jul 2018 11pm

Maths Teacher’s Touching Story Of Her Attachment To An Introverted Student Goes Viral

What a teacher does matters every day, and there is a saying that the best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.

On Twitter recently, a teacher who goes by the name of Amy Mistika (@amymistika) shared of her ordeal in handling one of her introverted students Yip Kah Shzen.

The mathematics teacher shared how when she first entered the noisy classroom, every student stood up to introduce themselves, with the exception of Kah Shzen who refused to do so, and just looked down at his desk.

One of his classmates told her, “Teacher, he’s shy” and that it was perfectly normal for him to act that way.

However, she took notice of his odd behaviour which was persistent even when she shifted his seating position, placing him in front of the classroom – and devised a plan to closely monitor him.

Amy relayed how she noticed during her classes, the student had no calculator or work book, so she decided to lend them for him.

And ever since she monitored him, she was surprised to find out that Kah Shzen was actually paying close attention in her classes.

In fact, to her surprise, he copied apple to apple everything she had scribbled on the whiteboard.

Once he had his school tools, Kah Shzen started making progress and improving in his studies – he even submitted his homework on time and answered 80 per cent of her questions correctly.

“He’s not useless. He just needs extra attention and I personally gave him my attention,” she relayed, adding that she always made extra time to make sure he understood what was taught after each lesson.

While other teachers she queried said they had long given up on Kah Shzen, Amy saw it pertinent to mould him into a better student.

She would even write messages to motivate him further and frequently asked him to give her a smile.

During the last week of school, the class organised a farewell party in which the teacher personally hoped that Kah Shzen would attend.

“I hope you’ll make it,” she told him and though he did not respond, while she was exiting the classroom, a classmate handed the teacher a note from Kah Shzen which said: “THANK YOU, TEACHER.”

On the day of the farewell party, to Amy’s surprise, Kah Shzen showed up after he sent her a WhatsApp message, asking if he could still make it.

The elated Amy relayed that Kah Shzen has taught her the true meaning of patience in educating someone.

“He taught me to never give up, and proven to me that everyone has their strengths and weaknesses,” she wrote.

Amy’s story has touched the hearts of many, with many giving praises to the teacher:

“You are a great teacher. I felt so happy after reading this, Malaysia needs more teachers like you,” wrote Arvinash Singam.

“You’re such a nice teacher! Keep doing great,” said Hanis.

“I’m speechless, you're surely are a wonderful teacher, different than most people, you definitely changed what seems impossible,” nä added.

“I cried reading your thread, the world needs more people like you. May Allah bless u! We may not be able to change the world, but we have the ability to change somebody's little world," said Ayu Fatarina.

This story proves that while the world is filled with a majority of extroverted people, we should be more aware of our surroundings as 20 per cent of the population are deemed introverted.

And while introversion is often miscontrued with a negative judgement of being ‘shy’, there is a big difference, as introversion is a preference for solitude and minimally stimulating environments.

What teacher Amy succeeded to notice was paying attention to a student who is wired differently, who carries a lot of emotion on the inside, but most of the time, doesn’t show it externally.

All we need to do is take a moment to understand that it’s completely normal.