Teaching.

What even…?

So something happened at work on Friday after I finished teaching my class. I was supposed to update here but didn’t have time to do it, sorry! Too busy with readings and assignments!

The grandfather of one of my students started to ask me what was she learning.

I told him that we were learning about subtraction, but there is a concern because she’s not able to write numbers! However, I managed to make it simpler for her by writing the numbers in dotted lines.

And then all of a sudden, it turns out to be my fault, and him trying to preach me about what I should do as a teacher and about children’s psychology…

…okay

And then I told him I will talk about it to the teacher-in-charge because I’m obviously not in-charge, but he began “tsk, tsk, tsk..” me with his head up high proud, saying that I should be the one planning.

Hold on right here Mister.

We are enrichment teachers. We teach according to what the lesson plan has been organised by the superior. In fact, we only spend 1 hour of your granddaughter’s time, teaching. We are not your main kindergarten teacher who spends the whole day with her.

He talked about how he couldn’t talk to the other teachers because they’re busy (absolutely, especially when you keep on beating about the bush for 30 mins with me, do you think they have the time when they have a bigger class?) and that I have listened to his concerns, and that he has listened (no) to my feelings.

I suggested that I would do extra work for her so that she would practice writing. But guess what?

“She won’t listen to me, to her mummy, to her daddy at home. So she won’t do anything at home even if we said so! She only listens to the teacher especially if the teacher is firm and strict.”

After he said that, I realised that he is trying to push their responsibilities to me just because I am a teacher and he even told me to be strict with her?

THEN WHAT HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN DOING AT HOME?

Education at home is equivalent with education in school. If you don’t or ‘can’t’ discipline your daughter/granddaughter to learn, then what makes you think you have the right to tell me all of this bs?

I told G about all this since he’s in-charge of maths, and he said, “Some people only know how to make babies but have no idea how to educate them!”

The thing is G had advised the grandfather before abt doing practices with his granddaughter, that’s the only way she can catch things up in school! But oh wow, the grandfather complained, “it’s been 3-4 months and I don’t see any difference!”

Well, firstly, it’s a learning journey. Some kids transformed for over 6 months if you’re consistent and patient.

However in your case, Mister Grandpa, you need to discipline and educate her at home as well.. You told me to be strict and firm? Do your part too!

Anyway, G will be talking to the school about the girl’s performance before he called the parents to tell about this issue.

Urgh, I swear some people can be so frustrating!

I’ve never had any guardian talking back at me and “educating” me rudely when I told about the progress of any child. The others listened, understood, asked qns for suggestions and open for ideas, and then thanked me.

But this old man just came up to me, being snobbish and arrogant while talking bs about the bush (it took me so long to be able to get what he’s trying to say I swear), belittling the teacher’s role and responsibilities, and never even say thank you.

Sigh.

My Daily Life.

#throwback: 1st Anniversary, 210717

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21 JULY 2017 is probably the best day of my life so far.

I’ve never gotten gifts for anniversaries before during my past relationships, hence, when I do receive surprise gifts here and there, I would always be genuinely blessed and grateful.

2 days ago, I was doing my revision before work and there was a delivery man right outside my door.

I thought it was my calculator but he said, “Flowers?”
😍😍😍😍😍 The bouquet is so beautiful and omg the ballllooooonnnnn 😍😍😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️😱😱😱😱😱
What a lovely surprise!

After I came back from work, I saw 2 tins of Lemon Chamomile from boyfriend because chamomile tea is good for asthma and he knows that I love tea!
I’m so so grateful to have such an amazing man who respects and values me as a woman, and loving me unconditionally.

Thank you, love! xo

Mental Health, My Daily Life.

Nightmare -> Anniversary

So I woke up from a nightmare (I guess?) and my head hurts ever since.

My heart was beating so fast, I had to calm myself down a bit before entering the washroom.

I dreamt that i had to be in a machine and somehow something hooked at the bottom of the machine to carry us up to a tower…

So can you imagine? We were basically being dragged up in the air by the bottom of our machine, and we were literally hanging upside down.

And then when the loop at the sides have to be hooked onto the tower, the announcement said, "You can close your eyes and you won't fell so scared."

After a while, everything was still and I heard someone guiding us out.

I opened my eyes and I saw that we were already in the restaurant's balcony and mannnn…

The view was beautiful!

It was so high up in the sky, it's the same level as the fluffy clouds!

I looked at the spread of the buffet and it looked definitely scrumptious.

But I woke up with my heart beating so fast because it still wouldn't stop despite reaching the restaurant safely.

And then when I wanted to update Boyfriend about it, I realised today is our 1st year anniversary!

He had a long text with a video to wish me Happy 1st Anniversary! ❤️🌸

I planned to make a wish but I fall asleep instead 😕

Anyway, I'm so blessed to know that we manage to pull through for 12months. Long distance relationship can take a toll on us but our love is so bold, we manage to overcome certain challenges coolly.

Thank You, God, for guiding us through and never forgetting our relationship 🙏🏼🌸❤️

Mental Health, My Daily Life., Teaching., Uni Life.

I am competitive.

I may look like I don’t care

I may keep quiet as friends start to compare marks with each other

It’s not because I can’t be bothered,

But, I just wish to leave that course as soon as possible.

It was never my passion to be a Food Technologist.

However, when I started entering uni

Not only did I become organised but I’ve been trying my best to be as efficient as I can be

Studying daily, something that I’ve never done in my whole entire life before this

Making sure I score at least a Distinction for tasks and assignments

Giving my all in all school work.

I am competitive.

Because what I’m doing now is my passion

And studying for me now is both a want and a need.

Mental Health, My Daily Life., Uni Life.

A Little Update…

Hey guys!

Omg I know I have not been blogging as frequently as before ever since I started uni! I really apologise for that! I swear it seems impossible to find extra time for blogging every day when I have to study every day after school (heck sometimes there’s not enough time to do homework!)

So, how was school so far?

Hmm besides feeling intimidated by the innumerable amounts of tasks, assignments and quizzes, I feel that it’s okay as long as I am consistent in my daily study routine. I did feel overwhelmed especially today when I spent the whole day at school but I believe I can continue with where I’ve stopped, tomorrow since I have no lesson tomorrow!

Tonight, I can’t make myself study because my mind is overloaded with a lot of things that I really need rest. I’ll probably spend most of my time tomorrow to study, and revise! I have yet to make study notes for 3 modules in total, and homework for 2 modules as well.

So I’ll just organise and plan the things I need to do tmr so that i won’t miss out anything, and that I won’t be too stressed!

I might not be able to update my blog as often, probably 1-2x a week, but I appreciate those who always dropped by to read!

Thank you so much xo

Teaching., Uni Life.

Revelation?

After only 2 lectures, I have already asked myself, “Man, what have I been doing all these years? Heck, what have all the Singaporean students been doing all these years?”

For example, Singaporean children learn how to be “fluent” before learning how to “understand”. In Australia and some other parts of the world, children are taught the Understanding before Fluency, after which, Problem Solving will be much easier for them.
In short, we excel in Mathematics mainly due to memorisation instead of understanding the concept behind it like our friends in overseas.

And if it comes to Preschoolers, even though in Singapore, we do teach children how to solve “problems”, it is actually not enough. Australian preschoolers are already equipped into making bird/beetle houses, changing of water waves, knowing what to do and have already done picking and cleaning up litters, also not forgetting, finding ways to accommodate handicapped people.
No, I’m not kidding. They are younger than Primary 1 students but they’ve already done big things as compared to the kids here.

I told Ibu about this realisation and she said, “Because Singaporean parents are afraid to hurt their children, too afraid to expose their kids.”
When she said that, I realise that ang moh kids play with dirt and whatever to explore their little world, but Singaporean kids?

Something to ponder about eh?

My Daily Life., Uni Life.

Games Day! (Yesterday~)

Oh my I was so drained out last night after I reached home that I didn’t get to update my blog about the day!

We were out in the drizzle throughout the day, I had to quickly head to the hot shower when I reached home so that I won’t get sick.
I already had a headache and my previous knee injury was in pain.

So, yesterday was AMAZING! I wasn’t looking forward to Games Day but mannn the peeps were so sporting, enthusiastic and competitive! It makes it even amazing! The team leaders played a huge role in giving us the boost of energy!

Even though I didn’t get to participate in one of the games, I am pretty proud of myself considering I wasn’t athletic (I love swimming but I stopped because of my allergy).

Overall, I love the day yesterday despite having to be wet and dirty. I’ve never felt so competitive before and it surprised myself a lot, as told by Boyfriend.

Here are the photos taken yesterday:

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Team 14!
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Preparing to start the Caterpillar game where we have to put balloons in between us and walk through the maze.
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One of the side games (to earn points): Piggyback one of your team members!
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Another one!
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Another side game: Feeding each other.
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**Not my team** This was one of the games that we aced by getting 7 water bombs into the bucket.
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This game is pretty fun, and where I get mostly drenched since I was at the bottom, covering the holes of the pipes. So we have to fill up the pipe with water until we are able to retrieve the object that was floating inside. And yep, we won!
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Side game: Take a photo around the JCU sign.
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The BBQ Dinner was good. Sadly I didn’t have any appetite because of my wet socks and shoes, and probably due to lethargy.
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SP52 GAMES DAY 2017!