Tonight, when I was reading through the articles on my phone about the ‘Occupy Central’ movement, I couldn’t help myself but gush out tears. Seeing the city that I grew up in turn into a place with such violence is simply heartbreaking.
Its past midnight now, and I know that I should be fast asleep recharging myself for school in the morning, but I simply cannot bring myself to sleep knowing that there are tens of thousands of people less than 7km away from me being punished for just expressing their thoughts and feelings towards the future of Hong Kong…
After throwing lots of old stuff, I came to know the importance of target-specific storing. Given the outrageously high land rent in Hong Kong, office space is to be used very wisely. Functionality of things is not sufficiently justified by itself. Spending almost a whole month on office moving, I learnt that I should be following the principle of simplicity and minimalism. Consequently, I shall adopt a new practice in management and storage of information and knowledge.
After all, it’s done. I am grateful to my co-workers, family and friends who have helped out. There is a saying that it takes a village to run a successful business. I couldn’t agree more!
It is the first session of this academic year that Mrs K comes to see me with her 9 year old boy, D. He is a gifted child with multiple exceptional needs including social attention, cognition and execution.
Unlike last few years, Mrs K is filled with peace and hope as she talks about D’s performance in the new school term. Before, she was anxious about various adaptation problems of her son. For example, he would scream when there were changes without advanced notice. He disliked following classroom rules especially those were different from what he had before. During group work, he had a hard time to accept the choice of group members. He would then felt desperate, burst into tears and made a big scene. In retrospect, it took several months for D to stablize his mood and behavior in transition to a new class over the past few years.
Mrs K very often felt helpless and unsupported at school as most teachers showed concern about her son’s behavior without knowing what exactly to do to manage the need of a gifted child with varying social difficulties.
When Mrs K tells me that she is so pleased to find her son’s class teacher helpful and keen on discovering who he is, I can see her eyes radiant of excitement and inner strength. She says that the class teacher initiates a meeting to find out the individual characteristics and needs of her son. She shows D’s the student diary for me to read the notes jotted by the teacher. It’s absolutely important observation and feedback contributing to effective teacher-parent collaboration. Mrs K asks me to follow up what the teacher recommends. For example, it mentions about the D’s sharing information at unsuitable times. I then provide training and parent coaching with regard to sharing information at appropriate time. At the end of the session, I write a note next to the teacher’s feedback. How effective it is!!
What impresses me is the approach of the teacher. It makes a big difference to Mrs K who feels supported and hopeful. I haven’t met the teacher yet. I am sure it’s going to be a turning point in Mrs K and her son’s school experience in 2014-2015 academic year.
It is delightful experience to find how a parent of a child with multiple exceptional needs is influenced by the teacher.
The impact could be amazing and life changing.