...has got to go to Sean's form teacher, Ms T. Today's a school holiday (Youth Day yesterday) so I assume teachers are on holiday too. At 10+ in the morning, I received a call from Ms T. She listed out all the items that Sean needs to bring in tomorrow. She probably realises I'm not the most conscientious person, as I am still sorting out all the things that Sean needs for school. I felt like a kid, cos she was reminding me, don't forget this, don't forget that, and also this, and that :) It's really kind and thoughtful of her cos she knows that Sean's mini-meltdowns usually occur when he finds out that he doesn't have the items that his classmates have.
She was really positive about Sean, saying I have to give him a pat on the back about something, and how well he's doing considering he's been in school for just 5 days. She was confident that he'll get much better as days go by and he learns more about how everything is done.
Whenever I mentioned something negative about Sean, she'll counter it by saying, aiyah, bad handwriting? You haven't seen how bad other kids' handwriting is. When I said, sorry, he hasn't had much practice with doing real work in school, cos in Moscow, his school is play play all day, she replies, yes, you see, play play is also good, very good. Really positive vibes I get from her. She did add that in future, I'll have to teach Sean to fight back cos there are 'wicked' kids around :) LOL! I said my kids won't know how to fight back, the only thing they can do is ignore. "Ohhh, but you have to teach him how to fight back..." "How?" "That you cannot ask me lah, you have to find out yourself." Just too funny.
Have I been away too long? I don't remember Brian's teachers in Singapore being so ON and positive. In fact, Brian's P1 teacher (in another Singapore school), during our parent-teacher-meeting, was going all out to find something negative to say about him, maybe to sound constructive (NOT!), "You can see his results for yourself, I have nothing much to say, everything's very good." *silence*...followed by, "But hor, he's very messy hor?..."
So is Ms T the exception or the rule these days? Singapore's education system is highly stressful, so it is really a blessing (and a huge relief to me) that Sean was placed with such a dedicated and understanding teacher. Thank You GOD!!