Friday, 23 May 2008

Last day ( Part 1)

Warning: It's a super duper long entry that I will divide my entry into 2 parts

Part 1: My thoughts
Part 2: Photos!

Today is the last day of school... It marks the start of the June holidays. It also marks my last day in school.

2 months is gone in such a quick flash.... Before I even realised it, today is the last day being a relief teacher for Term 2.

My HOD asked me to stay for 1 more term... But I can't give him an answer yet as I have other commitments....

Though its just a short 2 months, I have learned so much... that I can summarise into 1 sentence. "What I have learn in Mayflower secondary for the past 2 months is much more than what I have learn in my swimming coaching for 2 years."

And when they say, being a teacher is a very challenging job as you are exposed to different challenges everyday. I truly agree with that! =D Students come up with different excuses and reasons everyday just to escape from 1 thing or another.... And at times, I cant help but laugh. ( I was like them, few years back) =D

For the past 2 months, I have learnt:

1. Better class management
2. How to manage big groups of students (from 40 - 300 students)
3. How to better organize myself
4. How to present my ideas to students
5. How to control the temper of students
6. How to talk to students in groups
7. How to talk to students privately
8. How to work as a team with the PE department
9. How to make advance plannings
10. How to encourage students
11. How to motivate students
12. How to help students lose weight
13. How to bond with students
14. How to make students want to listen to you
15. What kind of teachers students look for
16. The importance of setting a role model for student as a teacher
17. How to interact students together
18. How to work under pressure and stress
19. The importance of a simple smile
20. So much more that it can't simply be put into words....

At times, when I look back... I think I have such an affiliation with Mayflower.

In may 2007, I taught some of the girls swimming, during their learn to swim programs. In April 2008, I became their relief teacher for PE and for some, physics.

The joy of seeing them in school is unexplainable and esp, when I see my very own students in school... Coming up to me and call me... Teacher Jerry!

I am going to miss the school and the students so much... that I can list them down:

I'm going to miss:

1. The daily flag raising, singing of national anthem, school song and the pledge
2. The basketball and soccer games I have with the students during their recess
3. Students greeting me in all sorts: " Good morning, Mr. Toh", "Teacher Jerry", "Mr. Jerry" , "cher, cher" and the more popular "Tom & Jerry!"
4. Running 2.4 km with the students during their PE lessons and encouraging them along the way
5. Checking the weight of the Fun & Fitness club students and share their joy when they lose weight
6. Teaching Physical Education and Physics
7. Debating with my students over a physics question on who's right.
8. All the smiles and laughter I hear everyday during my lessons and games
9. Blowing my whistle to gather all the students
10. Students laughing at my white panda eyes every Monday ( due to prolong eyeshades under the sun on sat & sun)
11. The school, the students, the department and so much more......

I must admit, I had tons of funs teaching in Mayflower! I would love to stay but that really depends on my schedule and commitments.

I am very fortunate and honoured to be involved in alot of events for the 2 months such as:
- Mayflower Sports Day
- Tester for Napfa Test
- Invigilator for their mid year exams

I learnt so much thru these events that it help me grow alot...

Coming up.. Part 2!

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