Archive for the ‘school holiday activity’ Category

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The Long Week :.

June 18, 2007

In case you’ve been wondering why I’ve been MIA this past week, it’s because the school holidays are here, and we’ve been running activities for kids..

It was a harrowing 5 days, let me tell you.. i don’t think I would have made it if it hadn’t been for Green and Bubu..

I feel like I’ve aged quite a bit in these last few days..

But by the same token, I feel like I’ve done a lot for my kids.. I am really proud.. because they seem to have taken awy good experiences from this.. despite all the threats of fuzzy noses, blue feet, and getting on the naughty list…

I have a job that I love.. even though I complain about it a lot.. and it is hard work, and I get little or no reward for it.. But like any Teacher that truly loves their job, and really believes in what they’re doing.. The satisfaction of watching these kids spread their wings and fly is amazing.. What feels even better, is that when they come back to you as a trusted friend and confidante.. I wanna be that person.. I may be bad guy most of the time, someone has to be.. But one day I hope they will discover that under that ‘Oscar The Grouch’ exterior, I want so much for them, more than I can ever dream for myself..

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Little people and big plans :.

May 15, 2007

I’m starting to get ready for the School Holiday Activity Programme at Leaps.. I’m excited.. I can’t wait to work with the kids again.. I have to admit, I missed them a little.. and it’s quite exciting, ’cause working with little people can teach you so much.. I’ll be working with Maria, the mother of two of the kids involved in the programme before.. and it gives me great confidence.. because she works for a school, and she ‘gets’ it, and is helping with the planning with a couple more activities we have planned.. Yayes!

It’s gonna be more hectic though, because this time, we’re planning morning AND afternoon sessions.. The morning will be for the younger kids, and for the new ones.. The afternoon sessions will be for the older kids (ages 9 – 14), especially those previously involved in the programme..

We’re sticking to our 15 kid maximum for the mornings, and 12 in the afternoon.. Should be a managable number. Even though I have older kids in the afternoons, I don’t want to have too many because I want to be able to give them each individual attention, and not make it feel like a class but a more social group.. and they’re also testing grounds for my future book club.. Fun, fun, fun!

I love how parents are still coming back to me and saying, “Oh, my kids wanna come back to fun school.. they can’t wait!” I feel so good because I worry that I’m not doing enough for the kids, or maybe they didn’t like it.. or they’re not being stimulated enough.. and to get such positive feedback like that means that I’m doing something right.. and I should keep going..

I believe the children are our future..
Teach them well and let them lead the way..

The Greatest Love Of All

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Trouble in Paradise..

March 20, 2007

My class of perfect kids became a class of perfect horrors today.

All because of one child…

.. who shall remain nameless for the sake of his privacy.. But this awful child disrupted everything from minute one.. and by the second hour.. I had little kids coming to me, pulling my hand saying “Teacher.. he’s doing this.. Teacher, he’s doing that..”

It came to the point where I was forced to tell him to behave, or else.. an ultimatum I never expected to use on an 8 year old.. I had visions of ‘Supernanny’ and ‘the naughty step’ in my head as I had to discipline someone else’s child.

Siti and one of the other parents were telling me he was also a disruptive child in school.. my worst fears were confirmed that just this one child became too much to handle..

I’ve given him two stern talks.. and tomorrow, I’m gonna have a new set of rules, just to address this new disruption..

Overall though.. the kids still surprise me..  I never expected the words drug addict and oxycontin to come out while I was talking to some of the older kids after class.. It just shocked me that they even knew Oxycontin was a drug..

What happened to days of blissful ignorance? The fact that these kids are getting too smart scares even me.. and I’ve seen the ugly side of life..

I have to laugh though.. my mother sat in for ten minutes of the class, and she found 15 screaming kids, demanding lots of attention too much to handle.. I think she was gonna throw a fit at the disruptive kid.. As much as I would have liked to see, I know no child is ever gonna recover well from that..

I’m exhausted.. I’m gonna try and take a nap now.. need to recover for round 3..