Singapore Symphony Orchestra - Classics in the Park at Botanic Gardens, 10 May 2015
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February 17, 2007, 22:33
i've always wondered if teachers worry about their popularity.
especially if you're a secondary school teacher, you are under alot of critique.
because in primary school, i don't remember complaining that much about teachers.
and in JC, i don't think the students will be that bothered by teachers then.
and most importantly, secondary school students are in their prime of being a tonky wonky teen.
so anyway, if you're a teacher, and you're reading this, [although i sincerely hope you are not one >.<] this would be good advice to you. especially if you're a new teacher. in a secondary school.
relief teachers or new teachers always do the same stuff that makes them cry because we're too rowdy, so here are the 'do nots':
-do not appear unconfident of yourself.
-do not appear soft spoken. or be one.
-do not recite from the textbook
-do not ask us to play interactive games applying to the subject, although you were taught to be innovative in your lessons in teaching school.
-do not make us do group work unnecessarily; believe me, we don't learn anything.
-do not appear affected by cutting remarks
-do not appear flustered when there is a technical breakdown of the visualiser or computer
-do not attend to single groups of people only
-do not discontinue the lesson when the class is noisy with the threat that you're not teaching anymore
-do not ignore our idiosyncrasies - a.k.a throwing fishballs, fishcakes, wantons from the wanton mee stall across the classroom, and laughing like crazy
-don't succumb to our bargains
LASTLY, DON'T CRY! O.O!
but there are some teachers who managed to win our attention, and what they were able to do was:
-manage our idiosyncrasies [like when we call you by your first name; mr keith!!]
-able to make the class roar with laughter and end up with stomach aches
-able to make two periods seem like a half period
-able to make a boring subject really interesting [vowel practices during english! XD!]
-able to make us get what you are teaching
-able to control the class, but be really nice
able to make the lesson really interesting really. and you must have an interesting personality. i know that being a teacher is just being a person who teaches, and you're not exactly going all out for the most popular teacher award, but you know how boring school is. and how life is so short. and how some of you teachers out there love to read student's blogs.
and when you actually do get our attention and get us really interested, that would be great for you, because we would get great grades, and your appraisal would have glittery golden sparkles on the borders while your colleagues have slightly bedraggled appraisals that looked as if it had been thrown across the classroom at someone's head.
so basically, its not impossible to become a protagonist in secondary school, even if you wear BRIGHT yellow shirts, have weird accents and denies having them
laughs at your own jokes, reads out random stuff from fangying's science notebook
speaks broken english, is older than the rest of the school population, uses the overhead projector too often, carries a ruler that he bangs around, causing it to shatter and leave the ruler looking like a shortened stake,
catches people for their socks, shoes, skirt, nails, hair, glasses, nametag, shirt, pants, too low-pants, too high skirts, too many hair pins, too little hair pins, too short ponytail, terrorises the lower secondary, wears black...
screeches in a high voice, has a naggy voice, is agitated when we don't know simple facts, says - "you understand or not! yes or not?!" wears different socks with velcro strapped slippers
talks about her boyfriend all the time, pmses, talks about girly stuff
make jokes about people, loves to show off his singing, teaches history which is boring
oh the list goes on and on.
October 15, 2009, 20:16
OH MAI GAAAWD! Today was pretty interesting. before morning assembly i was watching the 'commotion' over mr. toh's weird shirt which was laughed at by the other teachers. i could hardly keep a straight face when ms chan was talking to me after morning assembly because before that i overheard ms chan's comparison of the shirt to 'mentos'. XD LOLMUCH.
then ms chan surprised us with a laminated note for each of us - and then if it wasn't already pretty sweet, she went to the back of the stage room and revealed the two bags of awesome goodness she hid there! it's a little paper bag filled with goodiez. sneha was FAWNING all over the paper bag but not it's contents. XD
AND AND AND ms chan gave the very responsible and albeit silly literature rep A.K.A YOURS TRULY a Borders voucher! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! <3 THANKS MS CHAN! it's so nice of her! i mean i feel so touched that i'm honoured with a gift. :3 the Borders element to it is an added bonus. ZOMG THIS TOTALLY CALLS FOR A TRIP TO PARKWAY BORDERS. <3 and go Paperchase crazeh! BOOKZ AND MOAR. AWESUM.
...but maybe after As. :(
oh and ms chan revealed the story why she doesn't wear her green dress anymore - because it blended in with the green doors of the classrooms when they repainted them. XD and then Jaswin(was it you Jaswin?) reminded her of the slip of paper she gave us in our first class dictating the rules of her class that included bringing our journals everyday - but the rule sort of dwindled away...unnoticed..and ms chan observed how it 'seemed like it was only yesterday'(yes, cliched phrase) that she gave us that slip of paper.
JC LIFE HAS BEEN SO AWESOME. and it's officially ending tomorrow. unofficially i'm still going back to school next week, but there are no more timetabled classes and morning assemblies. just on my own now, studying to the last moments.
I enjoyed it so much. I actually liked going to school. except for some days. my classmates are a unique bunch of people and the only class i've been in with five left handers (including me) and thankfully very artsy-fartsy and all around people that i relate to. then there was choir where i learned so much about singing, music and people. and my subjects in general really made me see the world in such a clearer light.
i'll leave the lovey-dovey, thankyou and i wuv-all-my-classmates post for tomorrow. and tomorrow will be an awesome day because we have a parteh after farewell assembly!! WOOHOO. definitely bringing my camera. toodles for now!