Share Your World: A Mixed Bag

NEWSYWbannerWhen you are old, what do you think children will ask you to tell stories about?   If you are ‘old’ (a term with different meanings for everyone); what stories do you tell your grandchildren?   

I can imagine my grandchildren asking about the country where I was born and asking me to tell them stories about my childhood growing up in an African country. Of course they would always enjoy stories about when their parent was young; and of when they, themselves, were babies. The children would soon learn that I love to read and so would always ask me to read to them – which I would willingly do with pleasure.

When did something start out badly for you but in the end, it was great?

The biggest thing I can think of that began badly is moving to another country. In the beginning it was difficult to adapt and to survive financially – I did not think we would make it. Finding work was difficult and we had no support from family. However once I was certified and able to obtain work as a teacher, things did improve. Now I am teaching at a wonderful school in a great community and now believe all the hardship was worth it. I have a lot more resources and support as a teacher here in Toronto than I ever did in South Africa – and I am paid better here than I ever was in my home country.

What do you think you are much better at than you actually are?   Maybe this one’s kinda mean…thoughts?  

As you grow older you become more realistic about your own abilities – and more sure on what you are good at. I tend to know what I do well, what I am mediocre at, and what I should avoid doing.

What would be the worst thing to hear as you are going under anesthesia before surgery?

“This one is a difficult case!”

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  

As you all know, the new school academic year here in Ontario, Canada began this past Tuesday. Yesterday I began teaching the children how centres work in my room. My aim is to have them work independently through the all activities that I have set out. In my room students are able to choose which activities to do first and are encouraged to monitor themselves. The first day was successful with most of them completing all tasks by the end of the day. Definitely something to smile about.

What would you answer to any of these questions?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Sparks, the new host of Cee’s Share Your World weekly challenge).

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