Positive Education @ NYGH
In this issue, we share two short articles by two teachers as well as thoughts and approaches towards developing positivism from students. Also, read on, for tips and strategies on being positive and staying positive.
What teaching means to me - by Ms Natalie Teng
We teach who we are – it is about connecting heart to heart with the students because they see us as who we are. If we are real in connecting with them, they will see it and feel it. It is about genuine relationships and how we see our roles in their lives. Many students just need someone to believe in them and to instill hope in their lives. It is quite impactful if there is an adult to tell them that he or she believes in them. I hope to be a good role model and a mentor, to impart life skills and knowledge to the students. My interaction with the students may be short but that can develop into a longlasting friendship. Whatever it is, I treasure every single moment I have with my students. This is what someone had written about me: “Natalie is very patient and caring in working with students, especially those who may be in trouble or struggling. Once, she got to know a Sec 3 girl who was not doing well in her academic work and was not active in her CCA. Natalie offered to take her in to volunteer at the Backyard Café. She spent a lot of time talking to her and building up her self-esteem. Natalie patiently guided her to navigate around her problems and helped her gain confidence to do well in school.”
Those Who Can, Teach (With apologies to George Bernard Shaw) - by Ms Karen Kang
To be a teacher is to be granted a position of immense privilege and power: the privilege of being an important part of a child’s journey through life; the power to leave one’s imprint on that child for life.
I have been a teacher for 24 years in a range of schools – independent, autonomous and neighbourhood – and I have discovered that no matter what type of school a child is in, children are all the same. They need encouragement, affirmation, love, sometimes tough love, sometimes very tough love.
My philosophy as a teacher is that behind every student is a person and it is incumbent on me, as a teacher, to know who that person is. I make it a point to have individual chats after school with as many of the children I teach, as possible. I am interested in knowing who they are as people and their lives outside of school. Because school does not make them. Because results do not make them. I am interested in the story behind every child because every child has a story.
As teaching becomes more demanding, society more complex and children more delicate, all the more we must love the children placed in our duty and care. To love them does not mean to give them what they want, but to let them know:
That we recognise they exist as individuals with unique personalities and special stories of their own.
That we want to take the time to listen to these stories.
That we want to enter their world to know them.
That we want to equip them with the values, morals and principles to navigate the journey of life.
That we want to be part of their lives.
Because their lives matter.
Because we care enough.
Message from Class 403
Small acts of kindness go a long way.
When we were appointed as members of Board Of Monitors and Assistant Board Of Monitors, we were eager to come up with many ideas for new initiatives in class so that our friends could take their minds off studying, even for a little while, to de-stress. What better way than to ask them to show a little kindness to their peers?
We came up with the #startyourmonthoffright initiative. At the start of every month, our classmates write small notes of encouragement to another classmate, chosen at random, by drawing a name from a bag. So at the start of the month, all our classmates not only give, but also receive. We also hope for our classmates to forge stronger bonds and feel a sense of belonging within the class, feel support from others, and also give encouragement to their peers. In this way, we also believe we can create a more positive class environment.
Happiness and positivity may come in any form. Our wish is for more of our school mates to take a little time off and try to make someone else's day.
Message from Class 414
February 14. Love is in the air!
414 decided to spread the love around the Secondary Four cohort for Valentine's Day.
It was a simple plan - twenty-two people to split into pairs and each pair to handle about half a class' worth of Valentine's Day cards. We sourced namelists and divided the writing equally. Each card was personalised, containing humorous pick-up lines and words of encouragement. The cards were prepared the day before and lined up neatly along our side table. On the big day, the cards were placed in the respective classes.
We hope the small gesture brightened someone’s Valentine’s Day and touched their hearts! We are extremely keen on contributing to a healthy, happy school environment, and would like to pursue similar initiatives to continue to cheer one another on!
In this year of high stakes and stress, we hope that all Secondary Fours will continue keeping a positive mindset and maintain our culture of encouragement! We're all in this together. JIAYOU!
Whenever I am feeling low, I turn around to look for them, knowing that they've always got my back. All 26 of them. - Hu Zhuochen 411
The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time. - Shannon Tho Sec 103
Don’t dwell on life’s misfortunes. Because in that time, some fortunes would have been missed. - Liu Jiaying 209
Tips on How to Stay Positive: 3 Smart Habits
1) Cultivate and live in a positive environment.
To be able to stay positive it is essential to have influences in your life that support you and lift you up instead of dragging you down.So carefully consider what you let into your mind.
2) Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.
It’s very easy to lose perspective, especially if you are stressed and you are going too fast, so before a molehill can become ‘a big and terrifying mountain in your mind’ - Say Stop Breathe Refocus.
3) Add value and positivity to someone else’s life.
What you send out you tend to get back from the world and the people in it. So give value and spread the positivity by for example: Helping out Just listening Boosting the mood
自己试着去改变 - 张荣华老师