Saturday, October 29, 2011
I have always been very proud of where I stay as I love the surroundings and estate very much especially when new things start to sprout out. It gives me a sense of humility and I just feel blessed to be able to stay where I am as we started off with nothing much. Now, I feel like we have everything that I look for in an estate...great scenery, lush greenery
Just recently, my mum commented that she is very proud of me. That really made my day...She said that she is proud of what I have achieved and what I am doing now for my students and my family. I feel humbled and touched as at least, there's someone who recognises and supports my effort in the things I do and love doing. Personally, I try my very best in what I am given- my role as a teacher, a wife, a mother and a daughter. I try my best to be involved in all that I do and not neglect my roles and responsibilities. But of course, it has not been easy especially when this year, for the first time, I have been given a Sec 3 and a Sec 4 math class to teach. Usually, its only one level per year. I have been spending a lot of time with my Sec 4s by giving them a Math camp during the March Holidays, many night classes till 9 pm, Sat classes etc.. I enjoy being with them and though I have only started teaching my Sec 4s this year(which is another rare case as most of the time, the Sec 3 teachers would follow them up to Sec 4 which I didnt teach them last year...and for the record, I have been teaching Sec 4 consecutively from 2008 to 2011. My last Sec 3 class I taught was in 2007), I have grown so close to these group of students. During this time, was a very busy period for me as I have been very busy with my robotics training, in preparation for their Asia Pacific Vex Robotics Championship in Taipei which is in Nov and on top of that, I have to prepare my Sec 4s for their O levels. I even had to arrange my students to come my house for extra lessons if they need just to squeeze out time..
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Posted by Dawn at Saturday, October 22, 2011
My daughter is a very unique girl...or rather, she chooses to be different, independent and has a mind of her own. Every time I see her, its like a reflection of myself as I like to do things my way and we are both quite stubborn in character. Here's Danielle getting ready for dinner. She chooses her own clothes and the way she wants to dress. If you choose for her, she would fuss and cry. She likes things HER way! I don't usually give in to her as I do not want her to think that crying or fussing can be used as a weapon against me. (though I was like that when I was young and I enjoyed crying for attention and love)
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Posted by Dawn at Sunday, October 16, 2011
My son loves art. As and when he is free, he would take his pen and paper to start drawing, regardless of the time. It could be as early as 7am in the morning.. Here's some of his recent drawings at age 4 years old...His drawings are inspired by the cartoon movie, Cars and Cars 2.
Friday, October 14, 2011
This year has been an exceptionally good year for me in terms of bonding with my students. Whenever students ask me why I become a teacher, one of the reasons I usually give is.."because I enjoy talking to youths and bonding with them..." This year, I taught 2 Sec 4 classes combined which comprised of only 18 students. Despite only teaching them for less than a year, the bond that we established is quite amazing. My 18 students even came up with a Math class T-shirt which says, "Dawn's Army" in front. I felt as if we have been through so much together. Maybe because of the late nights I spent with them giving them night classes, having lessons even in Ikea, my house as well as overnight camp during the March Holidays...
Besides love for food, family and friends, I discovered one more..that is, robotics. I volunteered to join my school Robotics CCA and since then, my interest for it grew. I have to say, it has been tough juggling all my responsibilities, trying my best not to neglect my family, friends and teaching at the same time. Robotics has taken up a lot of my time but no complains. In fact the ones complaining are the people closest to me as they sense my absence. Time spent learning with my students and being with them makes me happy and to see their robots come alive after spending days building it, excites me. An exhilarating feeling that I cant describe..
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Posted by Dawn at Saturday, October 01, 2011
One of the places I enjoy bringing the children is to Changi Beach. The reason is because they not only have good food right at the doorstep in Changi Village, not as crowded as East Coast Park but also the bicycle kiosk has the right bicycle size and colour for Danielle! However, when we went there today, the bicycles were all rented out. So we made do with it by allowing the kids to play with sand. They were fine and contented...