Secret Life Of A Latchkey Kid

This post is simply a sharing about a recent discipline issue that I had to handle as a teacher.

It is not to teach anyone what to do but it may just be an alert to parents with children that are going back to an empty house daily after school.

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It was a shock to many teachers when we found out about what had happened as the boy had presented himself as a polite 12-year-old boy who rarely had discipline issues even though he was diagnosed with ADHD.

The Story
The family is facing with a crisis as the older brother is diagnosed with Leukemia and was warded in a hospital to undergo treatment.

His mother had to visit the hospital daily while his father continued to work to support the heavy financial burden of the family.

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As a result, there was no one in the house in the afternoon. My student was given the house key so that he could return home to rest after school on his own.

His parents had the good intention since he was viewed as a boy with good character but he betrayed their trust.

He had brought several friends home for a few months.

He had kissed with physical contact with a younger female student several times.

The schoolmates reported this to the discipline head of the school.

Consequence

It was a serious case but fortunately it did not go further than physical touching and kissing.

The parents of both the girl and the boy were informed and had a meeting with the discipline master.

The girl’s mother did not proceed to lodge a police report and she agreed for her daughter to receive counselling.

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The boy’s father took back the key and the boy would have to wait for someone to fetch him daily after school with his freedom taken away.

The boy also had to go through counselling.

Love or Infatuation

All of us were young once and we had our own infatuation when we were young.

The infatuation we had was definitely not true love.

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It was really the physical attraction and the unstoppable excitement of affection.

The truth is young children may not even understand the difference between love and infatuation.

We need to educate them so that they do not regret foolish acts that they cannot reverse time for change.

They may lack the maturity and they may be greatly influenced by social media by the wrong ways.

In Conclusion

It is definitely hard for the boy’s parents when they are facing a crisis at home.

The trust is broken and it may be hard to believe the boy again.

As teachers, we have educated our students about the danger of physical contact but they may not have taken our words seriously.

The boy was crying during the meeting with his father.

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He was back to normal after the meeting so I wonder whether it was impactful to him.

Parents are often the ones who may experience disappointment but we must continue to educate them even when they have broken our trust.

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.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

I had recently handled a student who refused to learn and do his work.

The subject teachers were concerned as he did badly for the recent mid-year examinations.

As a result, the subject teachers requested for me, who is the form teacher, to call for a meeting with his parent.

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This meeting was important since it was the graduating year for the boy so the subject teachers do not want his parents to be surprised if he is not able to get promoted to Secondary School.

Fake Stories

The boy had lied to his teachers that he had been doing work at home assigned by his mother.

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He had constantly refused to do any work and he would keep disturbing others in class.

He also refused to attend the remedial lessons after school that were meant to provide additional support to him since he was not coping well with his studies and he may not be able to clear his national examinations which would be coming this September.

He stayed back in school everyday to play but he told his mum that he had remedial lessons everyday and he would only play after his lessons.

He would also rush home to have a quick lunch and told his mum that he was rushing to attend his remedial lessons which he was only rushing to play.

His poor mum had to rush to prepare his lunch thinking that his son was so hardworking.

The boy would say that he had done a lot of work in school but the truth was he had refused to do any assigned by his teachers.

The Truth Was Out

We met his mother and the truth was out.

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He had lied to his mother about how hardworking he was and his excuses of not doing additional revision at home due to his stress in doing lots of work in school.

He had spent most of his time playing in school and he was also addicted to mobile games.

He has wasted his time and refused to learn for the whole Semester.

He had broken the trust that his mother had given him.

It was really hard for his mother to accept how her son really was in school.

The empty promise made by the boy to his mum that he would surely be able to clear his national examinations when his marks was below 20 marks out of 100 marks.

He had hidden his examination papers from his mother due to fear.

Learning Gap

This boy had never really worked very hard in the past and he had missed out learning lots of concepts due to lack of concentration and attention.

He had spent lots of time disturbing others as well as boy-girl relationship.

Based on his teachers, he was not even able to sit still for long to complete a single task.


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He was probably unable to understand what he had to do since he had not been learning well since last year.

Learning gap became wider when too many concepts were left behind and accumulated without making an effort to learn them.

Without the basic foundation, the topics, that build on those foundational concepts, become extremely hard to cope.

In Conclusion

The boy had about 4 months before the national examinations.

It is still not too late to start working and learning what he had missed out.

Since there would be a mid-year school holiday, it is a good time for him to catch up on his work.

It is never too late when one is willing to try.

It is only too late when one has given up on trying.


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.

A Chance To Learn

Primary Six Leaving School Examination(PSLE) is a major examination for 12-year-old students in Singapore that determines their next step of learning journey after primary education.

While many can celebrate their successes, there is a small percentage of students each year that cannot clear it.

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Learning can be a struggle especially for special needs and those with learning difficulties.

After failing their PSLE, these students are given a second chance to learn at Northlight or Assumption Pathway.

The struggles that these students face and the effort of their teachers in these schools can clearly be seen in the videoclip below.

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Getting back up

It is not easy for these kids to gain confidence in learning especially they may have failed since the moment they entered primary school.

Failing is just normal to them and getting a pass is a miracle.

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The teachers in these schools would need to find different ways to get the students back into believing that they can learn.

Building their confidence to equip them with the essential skills to survive the competitive society is crucial.

When they can believe in themselves, they can continue to improve regardless of how fast or slow the learning may be.

Result is not everything

Something that impresses me when the boy studied extremely hard while his result may still not able to make it.

The school took his learning attitude into consideration and additional marks were given leading to a pass.

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I believe that we can have employees with great academic results but their attitude to learn on the job can ultimately determine their success.

The willingness to learn regardless of how hard it may be can be the key to future success.

Being recognised for the effort put in is really going to be great motivation to continue to work hard with a great attitude.

In Conclusion

As educators, we are all guilty of neglecting certain students due to the need to cater learning needs of the majority.

With this article, I do hope it impresses some teachers to start taking special note of their weaker students to find ways to help them to build confidence through small milestones of successes.

Let them take a step at a time and let them find successes that they have yet to taste in their journey of learning.

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.

Transfer my rudex.eos from bitshares platform to my eos wallet

I have been trying to find an answer on how to buy eos from bitshares platform and transfer to my eos wallet since I have just opened an eos account.

I finally managed to transfer rudex.eos from my bitshares account to my eos wallet successfully and I would like to share my experience so that those who face the same issue can use this as a reference.

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Step 1: Get bts that is enough to buy at least 1 rudex.eos and don’t forget there is a fee for eos so you need to buy slightly more than 1 rudex.eos.

Step 2: After buying rudex.eos successfully, head to the right hand corner of your bitshares page and click on the hamburger menu.

Step 3: Click on withdraw

Step 4: Choose eos and you would see the gateway as rudex. It is important that you buy rudex.eos to use the rudex gateway for transfer.

Step 5: Type in at least 1 eos for quantity which is the minimum you need.

Step 6: Withdraw To Address is our eos account name.

(Step 6 was the part that I wasn’t sure and trying to find out from discord. Our eos username is the withdraw to address to key in)

Just to be safe, I transferred only 1 rudex.eos to test it out so you should do the same if you are doing it for the first time like me.

This is just a very short post to share my experience and I hope it is helpful.

The above images were screenshot from my bitshares account on bitshares platform.

Disclaimer: This is my personal sharing of my experience 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 these.

This article was first published on my blog at Whaleshares.

Platform Education On Self-upvote

This is a topic that is not new to us. It is a topic that was heavily discussed on steem platform and some even become the target for downvoting due to excessive self-upvote of spammed posts.

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I had been hosting Quality Comment Game on Weku and Whaleshares to encourage quality comments on both platforms.

I did carry out one game that I asked about the opinions for self-upvote.

https://whaleshares.io/@fun2learn/whaleshares-quality-comment-game-43
https://main.weku.io/community-deals/@fun2learn/weku-quality-comment-game-40

My Stand

I agree that there is nothing wrong to upvote our own posts if it is really wrong, this function of self-upvote should have been totally removed.

When one feels that he has put in good effort to create a good content, he can encourage himself by giving himself an upvote.

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Before others do support, we should at least believe in ourselves.

I am against those who post numerous posts without much content within a day and upvote to just milk the benefits. The priority is really just to earn even if there is no quality.

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We should upvote for others as much as we can so that we support quality articles rather than create a community just to support the inner circle.

Self-upvote Of Our Own Comments

I do agree with most members that self-upvote of our own comments should be avoided.

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It is hard to accept it when one upvotes a post of others at 10% but self-upvote his own comment with 100%.

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It was a problem at whaleshares when a curation team called v12 that upvoted posts with v12 tag but the comments from v12, that were posted on those articles it upvoted, had numerous upvote leading to greater value than the articles it had upvoted.

As far as possible, we should avoid upvoting our own comments but upvote the comments of others especially as appreciation and encouragement.

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When we do make a comment on a post, I believe the authors or readers who agree with the comment are the ones who should upvote and not excessively upvoting our own comments even if it is just replying the word ‘ok’.

In Conclusion

It is really not wrong to self-upvote our own posts but it is really not right to make lots of spammed posts and upvote excessively.

Self-upvote of comments is generally not encouraged and supported by most platforms.

Comments should be upvoted by others as support and approval of a certain statement that we have stated and it speaks to them.

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.

This article was first published on my blog at Weku.