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Thanksgiving 1

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The staff at my workplace have been encouraged to write 3 things we are thankful for every day. I will do it on this portal. :) Today, I am thankful that  1) My students were responsive in class. 2) I had lunch with people I treasure. A relatively new colleague joined us and I got to know her a little better.  3) I managed to walk 7800 at work so it is not that difficult to complete 10 000 steps.  His mercies are new every morning.

Last day of school

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Today was officially the last day of the school term. Looking back at the semester, there were a number of activities that I had enjoyed planning. One such event was the Math Assembly. I used mathematical tricks to show students that Math is fun and got my students to host a quiz with the theme 'Math is everywhere'. We went to various parts of the school to seek out examples related to the subject. The younger students also got to compete in reciting the times tables. The student who could say the 7 times table the fastest was the winner. I was glad to see students being enthusiastic in Math. I was also thankful for the opportunity to share my learning experiences. I told the students about the challenges I faced as a student in the last few years and how God helped me to overcome them.  I was given the opportunity to share my research on teaching critical thinking at different platforms. I guess not all teachers found the sharing useful, but the majority did. I hope that we wi

Look Up and Lift Up

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School starts tomorrow and I decided to bring the family out for lunch to commemorate the last day of the fun-filled hols. I cooked dinner too, as I do not know when I will have the time again.  Lunch, which was a hit with the son. He had 2 portions. Dinner, which I enjoyed As the new year officially begins, I know there will be uncertainties and challenges ahead. However, may the Lord grant us the strength to overcome every difficulty and the peace to know He is in control. May we look up at the Creator and lift up those around us. Use us, dear Father.

Wrapping up 2021

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The year was filled with ups and downs. As a teacher, I felt fulfilled when all my Primary 6 students did well enough to graduate from primary school. When it was revealed that several students found the paper challenging and samples of questions from the paper were circulated throughout social media, I prayed fervently for my students. Thankfully, my prayers were answered. In my other class, I did a verbal survey to find out students' feelings towards Mathematics. Almost the whole class raised their hands when asked if they enjoyed Mathematics. I thank God for using me to impart the love for learning to the students. I was also very thankful for the opportunities to share my learning. When colleagues texted or  told me that they benefitted from my sharing, I thanked God for His favour. May the teachers apply the learning for the benefit of their students. My downs were mainly related to not feeling trusted and understood. There were also many differences in my beliefs and those of

Forest Adventure and Kite Flying

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We had a lovely day at Forest Adventure and kite-flying with A's friends. All the younglings were brave and adventurous on the high elements. They expressed the desire to go on even the higher and more challenging courses. In the afternoon, they were still full of energy, so we brought them kite-flying. It was nice to see the kites flitting freely in the beautiful sky. May their friendship be preserved even as they go on to different classes next year.

PSLE

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Praise the Lord! I prayed so hard for my students before, during and after the exams. When it was announced that we had 100% passes, I was extremely grateful to the Lord and was very happy for my students. Many of them struggled to understand Math concepts and when they did understand, retention and application did not come easy. I am glad they are all deemed to be suited for secondary school. I am also glad to have been chosen to walk part of their journey with them. Here are some sweet notes from the students:

Favour

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I thank God for bestowing favour upon the younger child. She was given the opportunity to be a class leader this year and according to a friend who was in class during voting, she received the highest number of votes among the nominees. Her Chinese teacher commended her for having good attitude in learning a number of times and her form teachers were kind and nurturing. I was commenting on the favour that the Lord had bestowed upon her when the husband asked me whether I had prayed for favour for myself. Contrary to my daughter's experience, I seemed to be in my bosses' bad books, although my kind students and some colleagues had affirmed the work of my hands.  Upon reflection, I realised that all my past successes had been His blessings. I did not have to strive for leadership positions in my previous work places. The Lord blessed me with so much favour that in my first work place, two heads approached me and asked if I wanted to take over them when they left. I was given awar