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Frozen Country

Frozen Country

Posted by on Mar 21, 2020 in Featured, Personal

And it’s a soft lockdown… this is already Day 4 of the MCO. It’s not been really boring so far. Everything’s postponed, or cancelled. Classes have to be done online. And yet, there are still people violating the MCO orders, and walking out to enjoy themselves outside. Why can’t people cooperate for their own good? Is it really true that humans are argumentative by nature? If I see another neighbor or stranger walking in the streets, I’d really call the police in. Hopefully everything goes back to normal...

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What a Teacher Wants…

What a Teacher Wants…

Posted by on Jun 28, 2019 in Personal

This last month has been an endless whir of farewell parties, presents, the graduation ceremony and goodbyes. I’ve had endless conversations with students the last two weeks. Most of it was the same – Miss, we’re going to miss you. Why can’t you stay? When you’ve been teaching the same bunch of kids for some time, in the same environment, you tend to start reflecting on what you’ve achieved, exactly. What is a teacher looking for from a student? It’s easy to say that a teacher wants good results. But a kid does not have to come to school for that. What I want from my students are a whole lot more… I want them to be able to tell what’s right and wrong. I want them to be able to do the correct thing, even if it’s a difficult path to follow. I want them independent enough to think for themselves. These are so much more important than academic results (those are important as well, by the way, just not as highly ranked in my eyes). Miss the place? Not really… Miss the job? I’m doing the same thing, in another place, so no… Miss the friends I’ve made here? Yes,...

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Counting Down

Counting Down

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Personal

Six years is a long time to spend anywhere. And now that it’s nearly time to go, I find myself looking at a lot of “lasts”. Last Sports Day – done, last Carnival Day – coming up, and then there’s the last Honours’ Day… Hopefully, I’ve left a good legacy with these students – if they can treat every staff member here the way they treat me, I’ll be...

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