Wednesday, March 1, 2017

First in class

I never expect myself to be present in any prize-giving ceremony since Xuan left primary school.

Few days ago, we got the privilege again, to be among the audience of proud parents to applaud the achievements of our teens on stage. Xuan. First in class. NYGH.

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Kai and learning

I was reading my previous posts about Xuan's PSLE and it suddenly dawned on me how things are going to be so scary next year...

2018. Kai's turn to take PSLE. I don't think he is ready. He's not ready to be segregated into good and bad schools by the examination system next year. He's a boy. He's a late bloomer. He's got ADHD.

But. Face it. He still has to take the examination, like it or not, ready or not. This year P5 is going to be a tough year. Already he has failed his HCL class test and did badly for others in an attempt to prove the theory that "P5 is a big jump from P4" right.

His attitude in learning is what worries me. I am always improvising ways to motivate him in learning. Now, the latest gimmick is about "earning time" to play his Shadow Fight game on weekends. There is a list of the various work which can earn him different amount of time for play. On weekdays after school, he is able to earn and accumulate time by doing work (sch hw, tuition hw, revision, assessment, test papers, etc), then he gets to play the amount of time he accumulated on weekends. That's how the plan works. There's an inventory record of work done and time earned, time used and balance to carry forward if any. It didn't work very well at first and there were many tweaks and adjustments made along the way. He is now even able to earn time for packing his bag properly and penalised if not...

I wonder who in P5 still needs this kind of childish gimmick in order to learn. This kind of motivation to learn is not self-driven and will not achieve the same result as a child who genuinely wishes to learn and succeed. Sad to say, it is only PLAY that motivates him to LEARN.

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