Taking a break from the usual lesson drills and mock test papers, an English teacher in Sarawak has taken a creative approach in prepping his students for their final exams - solving a "murder" case in their very own classroom!
Drawing inspiration from a worksheet he found online, Raee Yeoh turned the classroom into a crime scene, complete with a "dead body", clues with number tags, and even police barricade tapes
Yeoh himself was dressed up as a hot-headed "head detective" who reprimands the newly-recruited detectives a.k.a. the students if they speak any other language besides English while discussing the case
The point of the activity is simple - figure out who's the killer based on the clues around the dead body as well as the confession texts laid out around the classroom
The detectives-in-training were given exercise sheets where they are required to write down each suspect's motive, alibi, and any additional clues to help them find the murderer.
According to Yeoh, this "cool detective skill" is actually a form of reading comprehension the students have been practising since primary school. Hence, while they were having fun, they were also honing their skills in information transfer.
Their reward for solving the case? Getting to take photos of the epic props, especially the giant bloodied knife that took Yeoh two hours to make!
Yeoh has also conducted a bunch of fun, hands-on activities for his students in the past, including an election day simulation, a Train To Busan-inspired team activity, as well as a Harry Potter-inspired lesson on hopes and values
While our teachers gave us book smarts, going to secondary school taught us some pretty valuable life lessons too: