I am very thankful that since Standard 2, Alycia has been assigned very dedicated class teachers. Ms L was Alycia's class teacher from Standard 2 through Standard 4. She was one of the best teachers in the school. Towards the end of last year, Alycia was telling me that she really hoped that Ms L would continue to be her class teacher. Though Ms L is a very firm and strict teacher, she is nonetheless very caring and has all the qualities of a 5-star teacher.
I was really disappointed when Alycia told me at the start of the school term this year that Ms L is now teaching another elite class. Her new class teacher is Ms Y, who was the class teacher of the first elite class in Standard 6 last year. There are 2 elite classes for each standard in the school and if Ms Y was the teacher for the first elite class in Standard 6, she must really be the cream of the crop in that school. On hearing that, my hope was raised and boy was I happy to know that Alycia has another 5-star class teacher, woohoo!
A few weeks ago, when I was at the night market with Alycia, we bumped into Ms Y, Alycia's class teacher. We chatted a bit and I could gauge that she is another very dedicated and caring teacher. And I was right! Alycia can now do revisions on her own without my constant nagging and reminders! There is a 'watchdog' helping me to monitor her all the time and she can't escape from her grips muahaha!
Ms Y would use her own money to buy 'expensive cakes' (that's what Alycia said LOL!) to treat her students in her class for celebrations. She would also use her own money to buy gifts for her students as incentives.
Throughout Alycia's four years of primary schooling in this school, I have never seen how hardworking like she is now. In the past, revisions done were a result of me nagging her to no end. Now, revision is a daily routine for her, done without me telling her. Before Alycia hits the sack, she will go through her books every night. I know that all these are fueled by Ms Y, through lots of pep talks, motivation as well as 'threats'.
Ms Y would throw surprise mini tests to her class several times in a week. In Alycia's note pad last night, I saw a handwritten note on some marks -- 80% - 85% along with some Chinese words. I asked her what it was and she told me that this is just one of Ms Y's goals for her class. Should anyone in the class get below 80% - 85% in any of the subjects that Ms Y teaches, which includes Math and Science in Chinese, the unlucky one would get 2 'gifts' from Ms Y, which is 2 work books on that said subject. The student would have to complete the 2 workbooks before the next quarterly exam!
I know that some of you may think that this 'Tiger Teacher' method of instilling fear in kids is not appropriate but I am ALL for it, 100% for it. This teacher has been producing straight As students and ASEAN scholarship recipients too. I am not placing hope that Alycia would get an ASEAN scholarship for I know her limits. All I am hoping is for Alycia to get a dedicated, responsible and caring teacher to nurture my child and to propel her to achieve good results. Don't get me wrong. Alycia is not terrified of her teacher. She loves this teacher and Ms L, her previous class teacher. She loves to attend school. I think she has been blessed with the right teachers :)