Today I took my dad to the hospital and back for his gastroscope. For the record, I really HATE multi-story carparks… most probably because of my inability to accurately gauge how to maneuver those ramps. I mounted the kerb with my back wheel TWICE (oh the horrors because we were parked on L4). I always have this fear of scratching the passenger side of the car against the wall.
I also went for a run. FINALLY. After goodness knows how many months of my sloth-like behaviour. I am SO unfit. I almost died after only running approximately 2.7km and had to walk the rest of the way home. HAHA. OH WELL. That being said, I loved how I felt after the run. Not immediately when I feel like I’m about to puke and pass out, but after cooling down and drinking some water. I just felt refreshed and lighter, and I just don’t think so much; it’s just so much easier to take my mind off things. No wonder I ran like a mad woman back in 2010 (up to 4 times a week).
So in conclusion, I should run more; it’s good for my emotional well-being. :)
Today I went for a Destination Imagination Team Manager’s training. The training itself was ok but I thought the program was pretty darn cool. I think the boys could benefit a lot from it.
I just wish it could really be about the kids and how they would benefit and learn from it. Instead, at the end of the day, I feel that it’s still all about fulfilling some checklist, in order to obtain some awards to beef up someone’s portfolio. ^____^ How disappointing.
Then I just felt very jaded about everything.
Wow! I haven’t blogged in a long time. It’s almost the end of the year!
As a student, I think I dreaded school and looked forward to the school holidays. Surprise surprise! I didn’t realize that teachers felt the EXACT SAME way. *looking forward to the long break!* :)
Wow… I haven’t blogged in a long time!
I can’t believe I have been teaching for 7 weeks already! And I’m definitely looking forward to the upcoming school holidays!
I’ve been feeling rather pmsy of late. I can’t think another reason for why so many things piss me off or annoy me.
1) A parent made a police report against a teacher for verbal abuse of his daughter because she said ‘I don’t want to see your face’ to the girl.
Granted, I don’t necessarily agree with what the teacher said, but what the parent did really pissed me off big time. Perhaps Im not a parent and hence fail to fully comprehend the extent of the ridiculousness of the comment, but i honestly don’t even think it was a particularly nasty comment. In any case, even if it was uncalled for and really upset your daughter, shouldn’t the first call of action be to contact the teacher directly to raise your concerns and your unhappiness? And if abd only if the teacher is unreasonable and or recalcitrant, would it be neccessary to escalate the matter to the principal. Personally, i feel that matters should end here. I am actually of the opinion that the ministry should not even entertain every little complaint that parents have. Shouldn’t they have more faith in their principals to deal with the issues appropriately? Unfortunately, parents feel that the FIRST thing they should do when unhappy with a teacher, is it *drumroll* go straight to the police! No wonder the police is so busy if they have to entertain nonsense like this. Others just go straight to the press.
As a teacher to be, I find this phenomenon extremely disturbing. How can a responsible teacher take any proper action if they are constantly in fear of unreasonable parents complaining about anything and everything? I feel that we should trust the judgement and decisions of the teachers more. It is almost impossible to be an effective teacher if one is unable to assert reasonable authority and discipline the class. Of course, even the best teachers a only human beings who WILL make mistakes. Therefore, if there’s anything a parent is unhappy about, I’m sure a responsible teacher will take the time to hear them out and explain their point of view. Parents should then try to understand why a teacher might have needed to say or do something. If what was said or done was really unneccessary or wrong, I’m sure the teacher would also really like to know of they have upset or a hurt a student that they care about. I’m sure a teacher would make a conscious effort not to make the same mistake twice, and also apologize to the student. What’s the point of making such a big fuss out of nothing and going straight to the police?
I just hate how people like to use underhand means to assert what power they feel they should have. People like to use external agencies and the higher ups to pressurize the schools and teachers to give them what they want. Instead of really wanting to right the wrong and help both their teacher and their child, they are just spiteful and want to get the teacher in trouble. perhaps they just want to vent their unhappiness and anger. Is a top down approach in situations like this reply helpful and neccessary? I really beg to differ. No wonder so many teachers just try so hard to protect themselves these days. I just hope I will never end up like that, and that I will dare to make decisions and do things based on my beliefs and what I feel is right. Why can teachers be treated with dignity and respect as they once were?
That being said, I know that not all parents a like that. I really appreciate the nice parents out there. I think it is ok to be demanding, after all, I know parents want what’s best for their kids, I firmly believe that. Surprise surprise, teachers care too! Most anyway. So why not work together? Just please do not be unreasonable. And the first person you should speak to when unhappy is the teacher. Thank you. I mean, if your colleague was unhappy with you, wouldn’t you appreciate them speaking nicely with you than going straight up to your boss? Same logic.
Attended Adelene’s wedding and finally got to meet the lucky dude! :) (Well, actually it was just the dinner held in Singapore. Her actual wedding was held in Melbourne sometime in April!)
It was really fun helping out, in whatever little way I could. I just can’t describe how happy I feel, watching my dear friends get married. It’s just watching them move on to the next stage of their life, watching them embark on the next chapter with a person they love who loves them back.
It’s amazing because I’ve known the twins for more than 10 years now! Time just flies so ridiculously fast. I can still remember the many times I went to their place to hang out before ballet, or the many times I met them for lunch during their lunch break at work… <3
Ms Ho and I taking photos at the reception desk - duty part 1. :)
It was also a LOT of fun seeing my ballet friends again. Honestly, my table was rowdy beyond words. We were all just very happy for the couple, and we wanted to have fun. We were using our chopsticks to hit our drinking glass (an aussie/western tradition) to get the couple to kiss, took photos with our phones, laughed at my pathetic driving in a carpark skills, and we talked and laughed about everything from children these days (many teachers at the table!), dance, and even traveling! All I needed to do was say that I wanted to go to Sri Lanka for a holiday at the end of the year and all hell broke loose. My ballet teacher and her husband went on and on about how UNpleasant the place was. I think they were kinda high, but the way they described the place was just hilarious. I think, it might have been one of the most fun weddings I have attended. Can’t remember the last time I laughed this much.
Our crazy table with the gorgeous couple! :)
Ballet girls all grown up with our hot ballet teacher! LOL! The lucky bello among the bellas! :):):) Our ballet teacher’s hubby kept getting us to show off our legs and point our toes to take this photo… all the time calling us ‘bellas’ at the top of his lungs!
Finally… a photo with the gorgeous couple. :):) Congrats Adelene & Liam! <3<3<3 I wish you 2 a happy and blissful marriage! Can’t wait for us to have dinner before you 2 head back to Aussieland!