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Thursday, January 18, 2007

ABCs of a Pre-school Teacher

Being a pre-school teacher is definitely not as easy as 'ABC'. It requires patience... and LOTS of them too. Not to forget 24/7 listening ears (if I only had a bunch of them). All the children expect attention to themselves ONLY, which was easy to see why; most of them are the ONLY child in the family. All want to talk at the same time. All want you to listen ONLY to them. And you know what? They have NEVERENDING stories to tell too. Simply amazing.

I am still trying to get used to these little buzzing bumble bees, while one or two are loudly crying (or screaming?) in the background. It's the beginning of a new term, where newcomers are still crying for their mummies. Our favourite phrase, "Yes, mama/papa will come later" to try calm them down: sometimes it works and sometimes not. But that is not the hardest part: to differentiate "I am playing with you now" tone against "I am serious and you'd better listen" when talking to them IS. Jenny is really good at that.

Some of the children also get too attached to their own teacher that they refused to move up to another class. For example, Joel (half-German) who refused to move out of Toddlers class to mine (Junior 1) because he is used to having Mimie as his teacher. Then Elio, the Italian boy who refused to move up to Junior 2 because of me. Wherever he goes, he wants me to join him. Even to the toilet, he would not let anyone else bring him if I was around. Joel now willingly goes to Junior 1, though he can't sit still and walks in and out of the class, while Elio only agreed to enter Junior 2 last Thursday. Keeping my fingers crossed he will adapt to Junior 2 soon.

Anyway, I have a lot to learn, but I will go easy on myself. Though it's not a long hour job, I can get really beat up at the end of the day :P Undoubtedly, there is a very good remedy for all the exhaustion:
    Steal a BIG hug from them, which sometimes comes with a bonus kiss .


Lai said...

Sitheng~! it's me again~!
i read through your previous entries just now.. and i have a few words for ya!

your family is so cute .. you have team shirt!! that's so sweet... (my family and me also spent 2 days in macau..if you know where it is =b)

you're learning a new language..! i wanna learn japs too but it's pretty impossible for me.. i better master french and putonghua.. and pass my driving test first! hehe

your bumble bees are so cute... though very noisy and difficult to tackle with sometimes.. their big hugs and kisses.. surely very heart-warming!! =) i am babyholic.. haha that's why i love playing around with little kids

my french.. though i am major.. i returned all to the teachers already. school starts soon.. i must pick up asap! i forget the grammar.. and vocabs!

keep in touch sitheng :)
loveya, candy

Anonymous said...

hi, May I know where did you take your montessori course?

Federico said...

Hola!!Que bonito este relato, creo que es muy divertido trabajar con los niños, dales un abrazo a los niños de mi parte también