I purchased this book on 31/8/2019, at MPH Bookstore, Nu Sentral, and finished reading it on 7/8/2019. It’s not it took me a year to read it but, after a year I managed to find the time to read it. The book was written by Anne Rooney. For someone who is teaching Mathematics, I found the book very practical as it helps to relate everything around us in mathematical language.

Here’s some of my take from this book:

- Most of the mathematics in this book falls under the heading of ‘applied mathematics’ – it’s mathematics that is being used to solve real-world problems, applied to practical solutions in the world, such as how much interest is charged on a loan, or how to measure time or a piece of string. (pg 9)
- The Ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician Plato proposed in the early 4th century BC that everything we experience through our senses is an imperfect copy of a theoretical idea. (pg 16)
- We have probably developed a base-10 number system because we have ten fingers and thumbs so that making counting in ten easy. If instead of humans, three-toed sloths had become the dominant species, perhaps they would have developed a base-6 or base-3 number system – or even base-12 if they were happy to use the toes on their hind limbs as well as those on their forelimbs. (pg 40)
- The division of an hour into 60 minutes and a minute into 60 seconds comes from the Babylonian number system, though the Babylonian could not measure time that accurately. (pg 61)
- Hign number work harder – People consider the large numbers to be more significant than smaller numbers. (pg 81)
- On the familiar Mercator map, Greenland looks about the size of Africa, and Antarctica looks larger than all the warmer countries put together. In fact, Greenland is about a fourteenth the size of Africa. And Russia, which looks vast using Mercator’s projection, is also smaller than Africa in reality. (pg 106)
- If you are just reading the results of a survey in the media, look out for the sample size and demographic to give you a rough idea of how reliable the results might be. (pg 141)
- A pathogen’s guide to success – Epidemic and pandemic diseases such as flu and bubonic plague are caused by pathogens – often bacteria or viruses. To cause a pandemic, a pathogen needs to; be easily transmitted between people, be transmissible before people are so ill they can’t go out and make contact with other potential victims and let people live long enough to pass it on. Ideally, a pathogen needs to know some mathematics so that it gets all right. (pg 147)
- Size and the speed of light – The radius of the observable universe is greater than 13.8 billion light-years, even though the universe is reckoned to be 13.8 billion years old. (pg 155)
- Primes had a pretty lazy time of it until the need for data encryption came along. Now we send gazillions of secure transactions and other secret data across the internet daily, primes provide the equivalent of the Securicor vans that data travels in. (pg 164)
- Probability is at the heart of gambling. Indeed, it was gambling that prompted the first work in probability, the mathematical face of chance, or risk. A casino owner or bookmaker has to understand probability well enough to come out ahead most of the time, otherwise, they won’t make a profit. But they have to present the odds in a way that makes a bet look attractive to people. (pg 170)
- Bayesian Tanks – During World War II, the Allies tried to assess the production of German tanks by carrying out Bayesian analysis on data from tanks that had been captured or destroyed. ..Comparing the results of the statistical assessment with German records (after the war) revealed that statistics was a far more reliable method of working out military capability than intelligence gathering had been. (pg 180)
- The animal most deadly to humans is not, as you might think, a shark, tiger, hippo or anything else large. It’s not even a dog. It’s a mosquito. (pg 183)
- There are two common ways of misunderstanding risk, that can be summed up in statements like these; ‘I’ve been doing this for years and it’s never gone wrong, so I’m sure it will be fine’ and ‘You’ve been lucky so far – your luck’s bound to run out’. (pg 188)
- Perhaps it would be fairer to say that reality does not have to mimic mathematics since the reality we know is that of continuities and if mathematics fail to model them satisfactorily, that’s mathematic’s problem, not reality’s problem.

Alhamdulillah, I finished reading this article on 10/5/2020. This article was written by Heflin et.al, 2017. Here’s some of my take from this article:

- The treatment was collaborative learning using mobile phone apps, HeadsUp
- The variables measured were engagement, critical thinking abd attitude
- Comparison has been made by 3 groups using mobile phone, desktop and traditional hand writing.

- Many authors suggest that the use of mobile devices abd educational software in general is most effective when teachers are able to design the learning experience to match the device, program, and/or software with the learning outcome goals of the educational experience.
- Using multimethod model of analyzing; questionnaires, classroom behavioral observation and a completed written product.
- Three types of collaborative learning environments; common practice, intentional practice and HeadsUp
- Students in each intact class were divided into small groups of three to five students.
- Behavioral Engagement Related to Instruction (BERI) categories a model for developing the coding for engaged and disengaged behaviors in the video recording analyzed, Lane and Harris (2015).
- Video analysis was done using chi-square analysis.
- Paragraph response used one-way ANOVA.
- Questionnaire used factorial ANOVA.
- The author recommend that students generate paragraph responses with computers or on paper rather than with mobile device.
- Students that has experience using HeadsUp had more positive perception.
- We need to a pre-survey on using experience in learning using mobile phone in previous school.

Alhamdulillah pada ahari Ahad, 10/5/2020, saya telah selesai membaca buku salah seoarang sahabat Nabi Muhammad SAW yang sangat hebat iaitu Abu Zhar Al-Ghifari RA. Buku ini telah dibeli pada 10/5/2013 di Pekan Buku Universiti Malaya. Syukur setelah 7 tahun Allah SWT berikan kesempatan untuk saya membaca buku sehingga habis pada 16 Ramadan 1441H.

Abu Zhar Al-Ghifari RA sememangnya sangat dikenali dengan kehebatan beliau berdakwah apabila telah mengubah seleuruh kaumnya di Lembah Waddan kepada kepercayaan agama Islam. Beliau merupakan seorang yang sangat zuhud dan sangat berhati-hati dengan harta. Pada pemerintahan Khalifan Uthman ibn Affan RA, beliau sangat lantang memperjuangkan golongan miskin dan cara pengurusan harta Baitulmal. Semoga Allag SWT merahmati beliau dan semua umat Islam.

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Alhamdulillah, I have finished reading the book, Second Chance by Robert T. Kiyosaki on Tuesday, 28 January 2020. I purchased the book on the 6th September 2019 and it took me a while to find the free time to read this book. I have always been a fan of Kiyosaki. But all of his books, this one has been the most disturbing to me right into the core.

Understanding reality really gives you a goosebump but at least we know how the money world really works and how it shapes everything around us. Most of us probably asked the same question like, who decides what is taught at schools, what are we producing from school, why nobody taught us about financial education at school etc. The most disturbing thing is when you realized that schools trained us to work on the tertiary wealth whereas the rich controls the primary and secondary wealth.

But Alhamdulillah, we have the religion Islam that teaches us that this world is temporary and the hereafter is the everlasting place. Imagine if you are in this world forever, that would be so cruel. I suggest everyone read this book to understand the reality of money today and, at the same time read on the Quran and Hadith to understand the reality of life. You can get the book here:

https://www.mphonline.com/en/productdetails/books/finance-and-investment/9781612680897

For the first year of my PhD journey, I have attended 2 courses and 2 workshops. I had to. Attending workshops increase my learning process and cut short the time I need to spend if I had to do it on my own. It also decreases the risk of making mistakes in the actual study.

Being a PhD student, I believe we need to be a specialist in a subject and at the same time a generalist in all sort of things. You need to have the technical skills, emotional skills, interpersonal skills, intrapersonal skills, management skills and other sorts of skills.

Here are the courses’ and workshops’ materials that I have attended that might be of your interest. I would be happy to share my knowledge. The more you give the more you shall receive. InshaAllah.

1819 SEM2 Research Methodology Course

1920 SEM1 Designing Conducting Mixed-Methods Workshop-200109

1920 SEM1 Statistics for Research in Education Course

1920 SEM1 Workshop Systematic Literature Review Workshop-191212

Good luck in your study and please pray for my success too.

For the subject Mathematics 1 for this Semester 1, Session 2019/2020, I have tested organizing contents using Google Classroom. With Google Classroom, loads of contents can be shared with the students. The old ways of teaching tutorials were by discussing the tutorial questions given to the students. If they managed to answer the questions, then they are good to go.

With limited time, it is understandable that the focus should be given on completing the tasks given. However, with applications like Google Classroom, we can share more materials with the students and hopefully, they can learn some extra things. So for this semester, using Google Classroom I shared with them the lecture notes, Tutorial Questions, Example on Applications and Mathematical Figures. Surprisingly, a survey that I conducted shows that the students found the mobile application as not helpful in their learning. This means a lot more research should be done. Here’s the classroom:

https://classroom.google.com/u/1/c/NDA4MjQ5NDI0Mzla

Buku ini kalau tidak silap saya beli pada tahun lepas, 2018. Alhamdulillah berjaya juga mencari masa untuk membaca dan selesai membaca pada 19 Ogos 2019. Buku ini merupakan perkongsian secara santai oleh Harith Faisal yang telah memulakan pelaburan hartanah bermula sekitar 25 tahun. Satu inspirasi bukan sahaja kepada anak muda tetapi yang telah banyak umur!

Untuk berjaya di dalam mana-mana bidang sekalipun memerlukan ilmu dan pengorbanan. Ramai orang gagal kerana tidak berusaha mencari ilmu atau terlalu takut untuk melakukan pengorbanan. Ada banyak sebab. Gaya penulisan yang sangat santai tetapi sangat informatif. Doakan saya dapat membeli rumah ketiga saya tahun 2020 (kena kumpul duit modal dahulu 15% :)).

On 14 & 15 August 2019, the Center of Foundation Studies in Science, University of Malaya organized the 2nd National STEM Seminar 2019. I took this opportunity to present my action research. The research title was “Mobile Learning in Tutorial Classroom: Effects on Students’ Motivation”.

The findings show that the students’ motivation decreased when using mobile phone compared to the students’ taught using the conventional method. Further investigation will be conducted to understand the cause of the results and how to improve.

This year, since January 2019, I need to prepare breakfast for my 3 kids before they go to school. It’s not an easy task to do. So I decided to let them choose on their own. Inspired by Air Asia menu selection, I created my own using Google Form. So I list out the menus and every Sunday they will make an order for the following week.

The idea is to empower them and most importantly to get them to eat!!! It works well and they even gave suggestions on new menus Smart kids. Here’s the order form:

https://forms.gle/hmqjFAS512APnh4G9