I still get demoralized very easily when lessons don’t go well. And honestly, they haven’t this new term. 3 days of battering my confidence in teaching. What’s worse… to spend a lot of time planning and preparing for a lesson, and then watching it FAIL right before your eyes.. I don’t think I can describe the dejection and disappointment I felt.
Thankfully, I thought today’s class with my P2s went rather well. I know it when I complete my tasks (at least most of them), have the kids under control, and when I enjoyed myself. I enjoy the interaction with the kids… they make me smile, they make me laugh. Nothing beats an attentive, participative and engaged class. :)
Unfortunately, my rapport with my P4s seems to have disappeared over the March holidays. I’m not sure what happened, or if its me… But both classes on Monday and today I felt were terrible. :( And I feel like I’m losing control of that class… SIGH. They break my heart.
I hope tomorrow will be a better day. And that the next 6 weeks will be better. *crosses fingers*
'To be future-ready, education must develop the whole person,' he said.
This was less about content knowledge, as content will have to be re-learnt and even un-learnt during one’s lifetime.
Rather, he said, it was more about how to process information, discern truths from untruths, connect seemingly disparate dots, and create knowledge even as the context changes.
'It is about developing an enduring core of competencies, values and character to anchor our young and ensure they have the resilience to succeed.'
- Minister of Education Heng Swee Keat, Budget Debate 2012, from The Straits Times.
Even though I’m not sure what I feel about the new minister. I think this quote sums up what I feel about education, especially after my experience in university. The world is changing too quickly. What is the point in focusing on content if we cannot even be sure that it would be the absolute truth? Naturally, I feel that it is far more important to acquire the skills necessary to acquire new knowledge and think critically about what we learn.