As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How close or far are you from that vision?
When I was eight, I became interested to know how my siblings were learning the new language Urdu. I discovered very quickly the teacher knew nothing about teaching. He let my siblings repeat the words in the book after him without looking at the words in their book. On close examination I became aware they didn’t even know the alphabets of the language they were learning. How can anyone learn to read without knowing the alphabets.
This was my first encounter with teaching, I didn’t think at that time I’d be a teacher or anything else. I had no goal in mind.
I was a happy child. I sometimes sat with my mom and watched her cooking. Once I saw my mother baking a cake, she was getting the ingredients ready while I watched her. I was so interested I asked my mom if I could bake a small cake, mom agreed , I got a round tin, measured the ingredients and baked my miniature cake.
The thought I’d be a professional Chef never crossed my mind.
My only aim was to go to school, do the tasks while I was there, come home finish my homework and go to sleep. This was my schedule in school and college , but I changed my outlook when I stepped on the university campus.
Suddenly I began to think what was I going to do after I graduate from the university. I thought of teaching I knew I needed an education degree to do that. I registered in a college to get my degree. After I got the degree I applied for a teaching job in a school in my home town, Comilla, Bangladesh. I was lucky I got the job.I always loved children and it motivated me to be a school teacher. This is how things worked out for me.
What is the one word or phrase or phrase that immediately cheers you up when you hear it?
I remember I just completed writing 101 and posted it on the blog. I was hoping someone would write a comment for my writing. To my delight I received a comment from Dr. Miller, she wrote this after she read my post: “A beautiful piece told with so much strength of character and emotion. Thank you for sharing your self and beliefs so openly and with so much inner light shining through. Best wishes for much success in your writing . You have made such a wonderful start here.”
It sure made my day, I never expected anyone to write such a beautiful comment for my writing. I try to believe in my self more after this comment. It has motivated me so much I look forward to writing posts, whenever I get a chance.
Dr. Miller’s comment cheered me up a lot, and I felt that we all should learn from it and try to cheer up our fellow bloggers or the children we teach. The world would be a much better place I know!
It is funny how the prompt exposes our nature maybe indirectly. When I read Today’s Prompt, I stopped and thought for a moment and my inner and outer self told me,’ you are the type of person who works under pressure.’
If I have too much time for an assignment I do procrastinate. I always find myself rushing to get my work done when I realize I have to get it done immediately, because I let the time go by.
Whether I work well or not under pressure is something I don’t know. When the deadline knocks on my door I don’t have time to see whether my production is good bad or otherwise. It’s funny how my mind works, I have told myself I must start doing my assignment right away and I have tried but I do not feel motivated.
It means to me I was always like that, my dad did not caution me, perhaps he thought I was too young. The one person who wouldn’t let go was big sis, well her persistence only made me more stubborn.
I remember when I started my online course I asked the question if there was a deadline for the assignment,I also said I have a habit of delaying, the reply was firm as well as friendly, certain amount of procrastination is okay, but to make it a habit is discouraged.
I am better now than I was before. Deadlines are what I need to keep me from going out of focus,I think!!
There are jobs that we are paid for,which is exciting ,every two weeks we get a cheque telling us thanks you have done well. I like this and am motivated to do better hoping I’d get a raise.
Then there are tasks we have to do to get that shiny certificate,it tells the world we are ready and willing to work hard.
Next in line is chores, this is a thankless one,we do not get paid,we do not get a certificate. Why do we do it because our place of abode looks horrendous. We work day after day cleaning the same mess which magically comes back unannounced and uninvited. Who tells us to do it,our conscience,it doesn’t stop reminding us about the dust on the table,on the chair and on everything we own. So we slave away day after day dusting,vacuuming,mopping you name it all these ings gang up against us.
We are not paid to do this chore,no one says thank you, but they are quick to point out the dust and tell us we are not good house keepers so we do not deserve the house.