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.

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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

Teaching.

Brief to-do list for Math Olympiad Class this afternoon.

  1. Arrange chairs and tables so it is easier to check and correct their works.
  2. Drink water while looking through the laminated materials, sorting them out to match the workbook pages.
  3. Take attendance.
  4. Play the AAB Pattern Song a few times and dance with the kids. OR
  5. Play simple Mathematical games.
  6. Set the rule, what to do and what not to do.
  7. Give out the workbooks and go through one by one, making sure all the kids have completed, before moving on to the next question.
  8. When everything is done, mark the workbooks and make sure they keep them in the files/bags.
  9. If there are some time left, do further pattern games to make the kids familiarise with completing patterns.

**Updated

G gave me this a while ago about today’s lesson:

Hopefully all will be well later! A bit anxious, just like how I am every time before every class, but I believe I can do it!

xoxo
Amira

Teaching.

First class for the new term.

After a month of not working due to June holidays (and I was lucky because I didn’t have to work during fasting in Ramadan), tomorrow will be the first class of a new term.

Graham told me that instead of handling the older group, aged 5 to 6 years old, like previously, I will be handling the younger ones, aged 3 to 4 years old, instead.

I’m feeling a bit nervous because it’s been a while, but I know I have to get things straight before tomorrow.

  1. I need to find out how to do the actions for the new AAB Pattern song, that will be played during the start of every lesson now.
  2. I have to make sure I go through the rules after the song, and before I start my lesson. (Respect teachers, respect friends, study hard. Hands should be up when they want to ask questions, hands should be on themselves and not on others, eyes should be on the front.)
  3. Since I will be handling the younger students, I have to slow down a bit and go through the materials together, as they write down their answers.

 

I think that’s all for now. Because my bae is on the phone and I’m distracted. (I love you though)