Category Archives: Education

Primary One–The daily schedule

When I taught the younger grades, we had a schedule, but it was fairly flexible.  I was the only teacher for my class of 20 or so students and while they had to be at P.E./Art/Music and Recess at a … Continue reading

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P1 Culture Shock

Elanor began Primary 1 on Friday. I would love to talk about the experience thus far, but I don’t think that I should just yet because I’m suffering from serious Culture Shock.  This has been a thoroughly unpleasant dive back … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Elanor graduates K2

The K2 big group song Shaking hands with the principal Posing Recorder performance Dancing Family Photo The graduate

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My head is spinning

I don’t think I ever imagined a month like the one we just had.  Over the course of November we had Elanor’s Birthday party at home Elanor celebrated her birthday at school with cupcakes We had a parent/teacher conference about … Continue reading

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Gender and Work Assumptions (MOE form edition)

To go along with yesterday’s post about the problem of racially based assumptions, today we’re going to talk about gendered assumptions. I took these photos of the P1 registration form I filled out last week.  Along with a zillion other … Continue reading

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Her mother tongue isn’t Tamil

***A quick note of explanation before I get into the post.  English is the language of instruction in Singapore.  However, all students must take a second language–called a Mother Tongue  (henceforce I’ll refer to it as MT) language.*** I recently … Continue reading

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P1 Registration—It’s over. Someone get me a drink.

It’s over. She got in. Alcohol.  Now.  Please. At the advice of my friends K and P, I waited until the final day to register Elanor.  This means I’ve spent the last few days monitoring numbers and feeling nervous, but … Continue reading

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