By now, most of your children’s examinations will be over. As your children begin having their papers returned and their grades known, it is inevitable that some will be overjoyed to see their effort pay off while some will be dismayed with the results received. This applies to not just the children but I am sure to you, the parents too.
It is at times like this that I feel the need to remind the children, their parents and of course, myself and our team of teachers (we feel the heartaches too!), that learning is anything but a process. Yes, it is disappointing to see that the hard work we have put in does not seem to be paying off now. However, if we view learning as a process, it is really not the end yet.
The truth is learning becomes easier when you have an interest and passion for what you do. For academic subjects like English, Mathematics or even Chinese, it is challenging at times for some children to find that spark that will drive them to learn. However, interest is something that can be cultivated and it really starts with giving anyone just a lil’ hope that they CAN be good in what they are pursuing. In the classroom, it is even more important to sustain the interest with encouragement, fun and engaging activities and opportunities for the children to see how their hard work does translate to results.
Although Art is one of my favourite subjects in primary school, I have never felt that drawing is an area that I can be good at given all the “B” and “C” grades I used to receive in school for Art. However, as I read to my children their bedtime stories with all the beautiful illustrations, I feel inspired seeing how illustrators can tell a story via their drawings too. Deciding to grow that passion, I signed up for an illustration course and is determined to practise consistently by starting a sketchbook.