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Let me teach you a lesson.

Welcome September holidays!

Teachers, you can more or less have a little break while I handle the kids for a week.

Now, to just stay at home and do nothing can be achingly boring. I can just foresee myself being so occupied with my work. My girls on the other hand, will just turn to TV once they run out of things to do. I am being realistic here.

“An empty mind is devil’s workshop.”

SO MUST PLAN LOTS OF EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR THEM.

IF ALL ELSE FAILS, BRING THEM OUT. MUST MUST MUST.

Besides, kids just love the word holiday because it just means play, freedom and fun.

Where to bring them during the September holidays, you ask me?

What to do with them?

I get it parents; we do have a love-hate relationship with holidays.

Sure, we do not have to wake up that early rush for school, or worry about their homework or exams. But we have to keep them entertained for one whole week from the moment they wake up till the moment they go to sleep! If we cannot find activities to keep the kids engaged, then there are better off at school, aren’t they? After all, if they are in school, we do not really have to worry about anything. Just drop them off, go for some self pampering session or running, and fetch them few hours later.

BASICALLY, WE LEAVE IT ENTIRELY TO THE SCHOOL AND TEACHERS TO HANDLE OUR KIDS ON WEEKDAYS.

I was in the teaching line myself before. So I guess I can really empathize with my girls’ teachers.

Golden rule: Always be kind to them.

Be damn kind to them, in fact.

Respect them. Make your kids respect them.

Be understanding to them.

So what if they make a typographical error in that newsletter? Probably that was typed out at night on a school night when everybody else was snoring away, with tired eyes desperately trying to blink away the exhaustion.

No need to make it such a big deal.

No need to call the principal and complain.

No need to write an essay to the teacher to question her capabilities as a teacher.

Believe me, there ARE parents like that.

BUT OF COURSE IF THE TEACHER KEEPS MAKING THE SAME TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR, SOMETHING MUST BE WRONG SOMEWHERE THEN. :S

If you ask me, teachers do not really get to rest. (That was the reason why I left the service. I could not cope with being a teacher /admin assistant and a mother.)

THE THING ABOUT MOST PARENTS IS, THEY DO NOT REALLY UNDERSTAND THE JOB OF A TEACHER.

They really think teachers come to school to just teach, and that’s all. Of course, if most parents were to try teaching for a couple of weeks, their perspectives might change. But the chances of that happening are pretty slim.

So since I was a teacher before I became a parent, let me tell you hor. 

In school, must teach and do markings. Must come to school early to do paper work. Must come to school early for meetings. Must set exam papers. Must plan for school events. Must go for training before or after school. At home, must plan for the following week’s lessons in advance. Must continue with the markings. Must attend to family at the same time if teacher has one. Must help with kid’s homework, if teacher has one.

We are already pulling our hair whenever our kids bring home their homework and ask us for help. Imagine what the teachers might be pulling every single day at home. LOL.

DO NOT BLAME THE TEACHER IF YOUR KID DOES NOT GET A GOOD GRADE FOR HIS/HER TEST.

That’s your kid ley. You should know him/her better. Be realistic in your expectations. If your kid needs individual attention, that means he/she needs a little more help than what he/she is already getting at school. Help your kid yourself. Work alongside the teacher. If you do not have the energy to help your kid because you are just so tired after work everyday, do not expect the teacher to have the energy 24/7.

Do not send your kid to a good school with the one hope that your kid will be the top student in that school when your child does not even know how to read properly.

A good school does not determine good grades. And it does not mean that you do not have to do anything as a parent the moment you put your kid in a good school.

Family background and support are crucial in determining your child’s performance in school.

IF YOUR KID MISBEHAVES IN SCHOOL, THE TEACHER HAS THE RIGHT TO REPRIMAND HIM/HER.

Why must you write a long letter to the teacher or worse still, the principal, to ask why your kid was reprimanded?

YOU SHOULD KNOW YOUR KID BETTER.

I get it, your kid is like an ornament for your ego. Your kid is a manifestation of your very being. Your kid reflects who you are.

NOBODY CAN SCOLD YOUR KID, RIGHT? NOT EVEN THE TEACHER.

So whose fault is it then if your child lacks discipline?

Cannot leave it to the teachers to turn your kid into the ideal person you want her or him to be. Teachers are also human beings. They are allowed to fall sick occasionally. They are entitled to take medical leave.

THEY ARE NOT ROBOTS WHO WORK 24/7. EVEN ROBOTS NEED OFF DAYS FOR MAINTENANCE.

Do not ask the principal why the teacher is sick. Like duh?

What am I trying to say here?

Teaching is physically and emotionally taxing. They need a break too sometimes. Teachers are an extremely important facet of any society for a multitude of reasons. Teachers are not just teachers. They are also nurses, classroom interior designers, presenters, psychologists, recess monitors, social workers, counselors, secretaries, copy machine mechanics, and the list goes on.

Appreciate the good teachers.

Gifts are not exactly what they need. It’s more about being appreciated. It’s most about us parents being thankful.

 

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The picture above was taken when I was still teaching and pregnant with Sharleez. This was my first form class, 1 Peace.

I guess I was really fortunate to be able to have such wonderful kids and parents! Truly miss every single one of them. 🙂

Anyway…

Teachers should also play their part and ensure that they are giving nothing but their best to their students through the teaching and the imparting of knowledge upon them in their most impressionable years. What kids learn from their teachers at a young age will most likely stay with them in some facet for the rest of their lives.  I am sure almost everyone of us who had a good teacher before can vouch for that.

Happy Teacher’s Day.

AND THANK YOU FOR TEACHING MY NADYAS! <3

 

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I sure do miss marking piles of books. 😀

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