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.

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.

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.

Yesterday’s Orientation

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Yesterday’s lunch in orientation!

Yesterday was a long day in Orientation and  I had been quite nervous about it for the past few weeks and days. However, alhamdulillah everything went on smoothly. I feel like me being stressed out beforehand and reading through everything from Blackboard way before Orientation, helped me in a way yesterday.

While others were stressing out on certain things, I was quite calm while guiding the others especially in retrieving their student ID and student email.

I honestly don’t know how they can be so nonchalant about the email. Weren’t they excited to go to school? I check my email every now and then to prepare myself before school starts! And I’m really glad that I organised my schedule for this trimester. I’m not judging, I’m just wondering whether I’m the only one who is enthusiastic about studying?
I need to keep it up though, so that I can continue doing this before every trimester starts.

An organised schedule and plan will bring a peace of mind.

Anyway, I made friends quite easily yesterday! The first friend I’ve ever made was XF, and she was so funny, easy-going and really friendly. She also had the Malay accent a bit because she mixed around with a lot of Malays, along with her parents coming from Malaysia.

So it’s safe to say that we clicked.

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The 2 girls that I made friends with!

However, when I get to know more of my course mates, I realised I might not be able to spend everyday with them this trimester!

I’m exempted from 3 modules, and during this trimester, I have to take 2 Year2 modules in replacement, while the others are doing the 2 modules that I was exempted.

But the good news is that, I will be seeing them for 2 days since we take the same leftover modules for this trimester.

I’m honestly a bit anxious since I’ve never seen my future classmates for the Year 2 modules… I hope they are all nice. (And thank God one of my course mates will be going to the same class as I am on Monday! I think she has 6/8 module exemptions. Pretty cool.)

 

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My student card !

Over all, I’m pretty much ready to start school. Despite the stress over allowance and transport money (my part-time pay is for me to save for my trip to Australia for Professional Experience), I am determined to learn!

Besides wanting to have good grades (so that I am eligible to head to Australia), I also want to make new friends and gain experience during my uni years.

I am also interested in joining Music Club in my uni. I heard they do performances on charity shows and volunteer work, so I guess why not? I think that makes my resume look pretty much polished for work!

At the end of the three years, I’m looking forward to a transformation of myself as a talented educator who had conquered challenges in all aspects of her life. InsyaAllah, all will be well.

xoxo

Amira

Teaching.

Today’s class – First Lesson, Second Term

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When I was on the way to work, the side effects of changing medication dosage were starting to show. I was so out of it, sleepy, in a daze, and I felt like I would nod my head to sleep and got surprised, but thankfully, none of that sort happened.

My head felt heavy and I was already lethargic despite not even working yet. The journey to work was even more rough because of how hot the weather was and how reckless the first bus driver drove (eurgh).

As soon as I entered the kindergarten, had already arrived and was signing in. I greeted him and we talked about the students in my class (3 N2 kids + 4 K1 kids).

I was given the materials, attendance and workbooks, then headed to my classroom to sort them out.

After arranging the tables and chairs for 7 students, I sat down in front, and looked through the materials and workbooks. One by one, the kids came in, some were smiling excitedly, some were a bit confused and one cried.

Of course, not all kids are the same.

The topic for today’s lesson supposed to be Mirror Image, but I managed to complete next week’s lesson as well, which is about Symmetry.

Before the class started, I told them the rules and discussed on solutions if certain conflicts and problems happen.

When all the kids seemed to understand, I started with breathing exercises; inhaling like an inflated balloon, exhaling like a deflated balloon while trying to find different seats, eyes training; shutting of eyes, widening of eyes, following instructions when covering one eye or the other, and following the pen with their eyes.

Next, I started the lesson, trying my best to explain to them mirror image. We did mirror image games by following the person in front of us like a reflection; the kids were grouped in pairs and had fun with following their partners.

I have to admit; the workbooks were not really suitable for the kids who are around 4 to 5 year olds.

Maybe if simple shapes and figures are shown, it will be easier for them to understand. And of course, it was difficult for me too.

Despite the difficulty, I strive on anyway to explain as patiently and as simply as possible, while going through the workbooks.

As soon as many have finished the workbooks, one kid exclaimed, “Now I know what you meant, teacher!

That really touched my heart, but I became anxious again when I realised I had to find things to do with them next week since the workbooks have been completed.

I’ll be finding worksheets and games about Symmetry, which is suitable for 4 to 5 year olds, for the next week.

Wish me luck!

 

Xoxo

Amira

 

p/s: I honestly hope I have a better sleep tonight! My eyes have been so heavy the whole day zzzzz