A Job That Inspires For Life

Teachers have many opportunities to inspire the love and joy of learning.

Teachers may not see what the inspired kid may become in future but we can be sure that the motivation that comes from inspiration can bring many to see their dreams come true.

Staying true to the inspiration can be hard when the reality of life challenges come.

A teacher can inspire a child that challenges and failures are normal.

The right mindset to accept challenges and failures as stepping stones would have already become the motivation and inspiration to overcome the difficulties for greater future successes.

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May there be more inspired teachers to inspire kids under their care.

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Inspired By Students

Tawana Weichker used to be a high school teacher who was passionate about teaching.

She was inspired by her student when her student showed her how waste can be turned into something useful.

There is no limit to the possible creativity that our students can have.

She found new meaning in teaching and learning for her own mental growth.

She resigned as a teacher and became a biofuel eco-entrepreneur. She became the founder of a Columbus NC based company called Warhorse.

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Her whole career had a turning point when her student was able to inspire her to live up to her potential and overcome her own fears of failures.

May our hearts as parents and teachers be opened to new ideas that may just come from our kids at home or in school.

The spark of a new idea from our kids can just be the breakthrough that we wanted for a long time.

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Inspire The Passion Of Hidden Gems

As teachers, we cannot allow our students to do other stuff while we are conducting our lessons.

A student who is good at drawing or writing can be inspired to develop his talent by simple gestures of a teacher.

The impact that we can have as teachers to students cannot be seen now but many years later.

Below is an inspiring videoclip of how a teacher had inspired her student in her talent.

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I hope all teachers and parents can nurture each child in their respective talent.

Every talented child may just need the encouragement from us to realise the precious gift in them.

As parents and teachers, we can make a difference in every child when we believe and be positive in the little interest that we see our kids have.

An interest is often the seed of a gift or talent that needs to be nurtured and watered for growth and development.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

Using Singapore Math Curriculum For Homeschooling

Getting the right curriculum to homeschool kids can be challenging especially most parents may not be trained teachers.

I found an interesting videoclip by Niki. She shared about how a parent can use the Singapore Mathematics Curriculum to homeschool our children at home effectively.

She started sharing using the Home Instruction Guide which has the scheme of work to guide any parent how to structure learning for the whole year.

As an educator, I know that Singapore Mathematics is well-known around the world and it has data to prove since its result had been compared internationally.

Below is the videoclip by Niki.

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I do hope this post provides an idea of how any parent can make use of Singapore Math to guide your child in learning at home even homeschooling is not what you are doing.

As a Math teacher, I just want to suggest that you should try to think of ways to provide more hands-on activities when you are using the package so that your child can have a rich learning experience.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

An Unseen Impact Of A Teacher

Very often, many adults would leave a rebellious child alone after trying to help endlessly.

The videoclip below is based on an actual story of a teacher, Mr Kumar, who did not give up on a rebellious teenager.

The boy decided to leave his house and quit school. He eventually was arrested and sent to a Boy’s Home due to misconduct.

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During his confinement, he recalled his memory of his teacher who had given him a book and he started reading it.

It was the turning point when the fragment of memory that his teacher who did not give up on him even when he was no longer under his care as a student.

Teachers can never know the impact we can have on our students even if we do not see it now.

By not giving up on any child, we have infused a positive change even for the rebellious ones which may not be immediate.

When my ex-students visited me during Teacher’s Day, they would recall that I told them not to give up even at the last moment of their examinations.

I have taught many challenging students down the years and the reward of seeing the change in students is one of the greatest reward as an educator.

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Remembering Teachers

Do you remember some of the things your teachers used to do?

I am quite sure you do as I can still remember my Primary School teacher who had made lessons fun for me when I was a low progress student.

The impactful moment of teachers can last a lifetime of change.

Below is a little videoclip of short recall of different professionals about their teachers.

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I do hope teachers around the world can feel inspired as our impact can last a lifetime even many years after we are gone.

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Mental Health Of Teachers

Teaching may look like an easy job to outsiders but it is actually an extremely stressful job these days.

A teacher must cope with classroom teaching, handle parents and lots of administrative work after school hours.

Many teachers suffer depression and have to leave the occupation when their mental health is affected badly.

Below is a videoclip that I happen to come across where a teacher lost her cool during a school meeting.

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Mental health issue is real and we should never neglect the need to self-care and maintain good mental health regardless of occupations.

We should get treatment early and do not assume that everything would simply become better like magic.

When we can be honest with our own mental health status, we can prevent and make the necessary adjustment to the way we work or the need to have a job change.

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The Spell Of An Inspiring Teacher

This is an inspiring story of a teacher, Mr Edwin Wan, who used magic to spark his students’ love for reading.

Very often, struggling students would give up trying easily due to lack of confidence and determination.

They are unable to believe they would ever be able to master their weak subjects.

Giving up is the easy way out but a teacher can make a difference if we do not give up on them.

We can ignite the passion of learning when we can raise their confidence in learning and mastering their weak subjects.

Below is an inspiring videoclip of how Mr Edwin Wan was able to inspire his student using magic tricks.

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I hope you are inspired to help your struggling child after watching this videoclip.

Thank you for your visit and reading my short inspirational post to help struggling learners.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

Making The Change In Student

Very often, students give up when they face their failures and they get discouraged.

Giving up is a natural reaction of many students especially for those who have never gained success before.

I had a boy in my class who used to cry during all Math examinations last year.

I led him to experience little successes this year. He gained confidence in doing better for his Math and he even scored above the passing marks.

Below is another inspiring story of Mr Arun with his student.

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As parents and teachers, we should never give up on helping every child whenever we can.

The little effort and the personal touch from us can just be the turning point for many children.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

Kampong Glam Learning Trail

My students had just completed their National Examinations so one of the usual post-exam activities was to visit Singapore Heritage Site.

I was told that teachers would have to be the guide for the visit so I had to do a bit of my own research.

There are quite a few resources available online actually.

https://www.nhb.gov.sg/~/media/nhb/files/places/trails/kampong%20glam/kgglamtrail.pdf
https://roots.sg/visit/trails/kampong-glam-heritage-trail-one-kampong-glam

There are actually quite a few ready-made learning trail like those above to learn about this Malay Heritage Site, Kampong Glam.

I found a videoclip that shares about Kampong Glam.

This videoclip is definitely a good resource to be shown before the actual trip so that my students can have prior knowledge of the site that they are going to visit.

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As a modern day educator, we must be resourceful and adapt from available resources rather than coming with a new package that takes up too much of my time.

Bear in mind that I am a Math teacher so leading a tour may not be my comfort zone.

The fact that getting a tour guide may not be cost effectively so it is good way to cut cost for the school.

I must ensure I have enough information for each location that I introduce to the students.

I guess education is not just about filling their brains with academic knowledge but the awareness and appreciation of the diverse culture of other races in Singapore.

The learning journey is going to be on 1st November 2019 so I still have a few weeks to plan and discuss with other teachers to refine the learning journey learning package.

Thank you for reading my short post.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.