Spent the last 4 hours with a wheezing patient. Although a mother of 2, I’m still lost in the world of childhood ailments. Each bout of sickness seems to open a different can of worms. Especially this episode. From a harmless vaccine jab to a flu which caused hives, to a cough which escalated into wheezing. Went to kkh twice in 2 weeks. The initial prognosis wasn’t optimistic, we were warned our boy had to be hospitalised as his x ray showed dark spots (mucus). He was given a dose of neubilizer and 14 puffs of the inhaler (check out his expression). Thanked God my boy was given the green light. I took this chance to get Kai to pray and he did. He was scared to hear his brother had to be hospitalised and he quickly prayed. Jesus hears our prayers and we are thankful. I wasn’t keen in spending the night in a hospital too. All well ends well!
Throwback 7 years ago! Was collating my cards for this year’s, and came across these. I love receiving handwritten cards over store bought gifts. Maybe I’m old school. Love cards so I can keep and read. This card revived my memory. I could not remember using newspapers to teach English for that long. It’s a good memory walk for me. Really glad to make that difference in her life and I remembered I was amused to receive her card. Filled with newspapers clippets. She should be 19 years old now. Pray she’s doing well in where she is.
Below are a few more of my past students’ cards. As much as I have impacted their lives, they too, left their imprints in my heart. I’m thankful I’m still able to remember their faces with their names.
This, is the reason for my passion.
Oh yes, now it’s my turn, as a parent, to help my 4 yo prepare cards for his school teachers. His penmanship does need improvement. A. Lot. Of. Improvement. Although I am a teacher, I admit my patience for pre school age is private limited. Simple words as seen above, but to get my active son to sit down and write, it took 20 full minutes! Granted, I allowed him to choose which cards for which teachers, but he kept changing his mind and ended up with the above. Next, came the writing part, and despite me practising with him on a separate piece of paper, he messed writing his name on the blue card, on purpose! Argh.. imagine his school teachers having to deal with a class full of such mischief… thank God for a spectrum of teachers whose hearts are filled with patience for such behaviour. I am humbly in awe of preschool teachers!
Glad my teaching method works. This p5 girl came to me with borderline marks, and saw great improvement within 5 lessons! But I will like to emphasise that this is no miracle. This takes effort to communicate with the parent as well as with the child, and of course, understanding a child’s learning needs and address it accordingly. Most importantly, the parent and child must trust me as well. All in a day’s work. 🙂
I’m proud my method works, but this is no mean feat. It takes constant reminders and effort on my part to ensure my p6 students accept what I teach. It’s a different ball game from yesteryear. As children are approaching into their teens, getting them to follow you without questioning you is far and few. I need to come out with ways to bring my teaching across.
This was my p6 boy. He was very confident he would score. Asked him why, he said he managed to predict 3/4 of the questions asked by the examiners and they nodded their heads and said ‘very good!’ to him. He was able to prepare beforehand and was confident. That’s my aim of my teaching. To be prepared and confident. He was convinced of my teaching methods and his learning attitude turns for the better. When a child holds ownership of his/her learning, it’s like a sponge, ready to accept and absorb anything and everything from you! (The right things, of course)
First Teacher’s Day gift from my P5 girl. Been teaching her since P2 and she’s really a sweet girl. I love handwritten notes and they hold a special place in my heart. The words say it all. Aside the academics part, there should be a fun element for students to remember you by. This, spurs me on to be a better teacher and a better listener. I enjoy teaching her too. 🙂