Saturday, October 29, 2011

My darling students...

Posted by Dawn at Saturday, October 29, 2011
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..
Another interesting occasion I had with one of my students was to bring him for a haircut. He is my Robotics student, Benedict and he recently had a brush with the discipline master for his hair. And because we have been training so much from 7am till 9pm, he didnt really have time to have his hair cut. So today, we manage to squeeze some time off during training and I drove him all the way to his barber for a hair cut! (And by the way, I have become like his godma)
One of my students commented that teaching is in my blood and I really hope that is true as I do enjoy teaching and I really hope I will not have to quit teaching because of any unforeseen circumstances... My students also commented that if I dont become a teacher, I can always be a motivational speaker.. I am always amused and grateful by all the interesting comments that my students make about me as it makes me think about how I am doing and how I can improve as a teacher or as a person. Anyway, whatever happens, I will continue to do my best and hopefully, inspire my students in some ways and to mold the future of Singapore! Whoo hoo!

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