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I Totally Get You

Lesson learned, by the, teacher, in the interactions he has with the school children, translated…

As school is out, waiting for the parents to pick up their young, I’d passed the tuitions collected inside an envelope to the older sister of a pair of young siblings, and, the younger brother’s hand reached for it to grab the envelope, neither refusing to budge.  Out of reflex, I’d said, “the older, why don’t you let your younger brother have it?”, she’d gazed at me with those, innocent eyes, and, let go, unwillingly; and the younger brother who got his way gloated, cunningly, grabbed a hold of the, envelope.

The little girls who were watching the interactions, all started getting loud, and of them, the oldest girl, extended that hand in empathy, patted the girl on her shoulders, told her, “I totally get it, I completely, do!”

That stunned me a bit, with that apologetic mean, I’d looked over at the young girl, and, curiously asked the girl who’d patted her classmate’s shoulders, “aren’t you the youngest?  How could you understand what she was going through?  Don’t all your sister let you have the things that you wanted?”  “No!  Whenever my younger cousins came over, I’d had it, coming!”, she’d given me a response that I never expected to hear.  Then, all around us, the words came coming at us, “Yeah, not only did we have to let the younger kids have our toys, when the older kids come by, the adults tell us, ‘older brother doesn’t come here all the time, just let him have it.’  There are, more toys than one, and yet why did he have to want to play with the one I’m playing with?”, can’t believe, that the envelope with the tuition caused a ton of upsets, all rushing out like the waterfalls.

Or maybe, it’s because we’d been adults, too long, we’d forgotten, how it’d felt being, taken; or maybe, because of the busyness of life, we’d hoped to, swiftly, get through the nitty-gritty, the unimportant matters, using our self-righteous fairness, but rough ways, to resolve the issues between the young children, disregarding, how everybody is a complete being, that being this careless can, cause someone to feel, hurt, or even, damaged.

I’d watched the group of young children in silence, and, skimmed every face, and came to understand, that hidden underneath all these innocent faces, there were, the icebergs of their own, separate, emotions.  I’d felt really awful, that in the moment’s time, I’d only cared about the younger boy’s emotions, and not paid enough attention to the older girl’s, I didn’t know how I can, effectively, help the young girl who’s an older sister who probably, felt, hurt.

Or maybe, I could, give the envelope with the tuition to the older girl while her younger brother still sat in class.  Or maybe, I should wait until the parents arrived, then, hand off the bag, instead of having the kids, take the envelopes home to give to their, parents.  Or maybe I should, put their separate tuitions in separate, envelopes, and hand it to them separately……………but, too late, I shouldn’t keep going now, shouldn’t blame myself too much.  Or maybe, I should, allow these, tiny, upsets to, ferment in the minds of these kids, to saturate on their, own.  Or maybe, that’s the price that every child must pay, in order, to, become, adults.

And so, this just showed, how the careless act of the adult can easily, DAMAGE a young child, and as adults, we are usually, too, careless, not paid enough attention to the children’s feelings, because most of times, we have our own problems that we’re having troubles dealing with on our own, so, these things, they happen, and, we don’t get our, do-overs in them.

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The LIES They’re Feeding ‘Em at, School…

And NO, it’s still NOT lunch time at the, cafeteria either, NOT yet, at, least…

This is, currently, WHAT is, happening (and yeah, it’d already happened, in some major world “powers” like the U.S., Japan, Germany???) right now.  This is, the governments’, attempts to, train the younger generations to, follow them, blindly, and, the “leaders of the future”, wouldn’t know FACT from fiction, because, that’s what they’re, feedin’ ‘em from the kindergarten to, twelfth grade!

and, this still, did NOT, happen either…

The LIES they’re, feedin’ ‘em at school, well, chapter one was originally what???  Indians (or the more “politically-correct” term would be, “native Americans”?), so what, oh yeah, the INDIANS, they GREW from the ground, like those, native species of plants?  And, as they grew and took over the land, another species (from the Mayflower???) came over, and TOOK the native “species” over, because from over there (wherever “they” are from???) there are the more “advanced” diseases that the “natives” ain’t seen before, and therefore, NO protection, and thus, the ENTIRE subspecies of this people of this land got, ERARSED!

so, he, didn’t get, ASSASSINATED!

The LIES they’re feedin’ ‘em at school, boy oh boy, am I glad, that I’m not a “part” of this younger generations of students who are being, BRAIN-WASHED to believe the lies, after all, that’s how we learn, and believe what is true and what isn’t, and, forget about a college education, because everything still started rooting away, down there, at the roots (your primary/secondary education years of K~12!), and, if the fundamentals aren’t taught and learned RIGHT, then, how the @#$% (controlling my self here!) are you supposed to learn from the mistakes of those who came before in history, and NOT make them?

And so, that’s all, the LIES they’re, feedin’ ‘em at, school, and, what’s sad is, these younger generations of innocent kiddies, they’re being, TAINTED, without even knowing that they’re not with the RIGHT FACTS of the P-A-S-T!

Truly, very, S-A-D!

But, what would I know???  I’m only still, a “kid”………

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Would a University Education be, Worth it, If You Can Lie Down and Sleep Through the Courses?

It’s a, “buyers’ market”, as there’s, not that many, students, and, the schools are all, competing, and that, is how it goes, but this is what’s, trending now, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

Final four days until the college entrance exams, after the exams, another dilemma will immediate come to the test takers, what school, what major to select for themselves.  Last year the entrance rate dropped to 14,000, shocking the entire country.  This year, there’s, a mild increase in the number of students testing, but the experts think, that the declining number of college freshmen will trend on longer.  This does not mean, that the test takers will easily get admitted, but, they’d had to train their sights, to decipher if each and every school they’re accepted in, is actually, the right fit, for them.

To tell if the schools are good, this is a huge challenge for both the parents and the students, in the consumerist era, sliding the cell phones, an assortments of enrollment ads are there, wanting the rankings, you got it, the effects, sure.  But, which schools are the actual top ten?  Who’s the favorites of the enterprises?  It’s all say-so by the sponsors.  If you don’t comparison shop, you will, end up, badly, other than collecting the data on the schools from the online info packets, the students and parents need to head over to the schools to visit personally…all of these are, needed, investments.

Other than seeing the facts of the contents of enrollment offers of the schools, the “consumers” must also know the situation with higher education even more so.  For instance, the indicators of “freshmen enrollment rate” is a good indicator, that you must, get to know what lies beneath the numbers.

Before the start of the year, the Department of Education posted the enrollment rate of freshman in 2022, and certainly, it was, awful, the private schools that’s received no less than eighty-percent enrollment from the years before now, dropped to sixty-percent, close to half, the majors cut their enrollment goals in half in the public universities.  And, the close-to a-hundred-percent enrollment schools are now, walking with their heads held really high, and, at the end of year banquet, every worker received a huge end-of-year-bonus.

The Department of Education told us to NOT make a brash judgment on the enrollment rates, that it should only be used as a “reference”, this is, truthful.  The universities are allowed to “get the total enrolling students’ numbers reduced”, that way, it’d looked better on paper, but, most of the private universities wouldn’t do this, after all, it makes them look bad.

But, the rate of this increased by multiples of three this year, and clearly, the schools no longer cared about the reputations anymore, and they’re now, more realistic.  The declines in freshmen enrollment is fact, and, having too many openings are just, making troubles for themselves.  And, the Department of Education had encouraged this means too, “to only get the elites to enroll”, so long, as this rate exceeded ten-percent, then, the funding won’t get, slashed.

And, so, the students and parents will no longer be able to tell which school is better in reputation based off of the enrollment rates anymore.

The declines in birthrate surely is scary, a lot of the presidents of the university loved stating that crises bring about change in the systems, but the key is how these changes are going to happen?  The students locally are declining in numbers, it’s also, quite difficult, to get the foreign exchange students in, the talk of “customizing the universities” seemed easy, but it’s actually, quite, difficult, there are the professionalisms needed in the planning, the considerations of the quality versus quantity of education, the adjustments of the teaching staff members, we need the professional considerations in all of these areas, and yet, time still doesn’t wait for all of these means to be met.

Coming back to the origins, the universities need to downsize, and the planning, the developments still needed to focus on the present moments, and the futures of the students.  think about what sort of a core values the schools should have, and how the schools would fittingly, turn the students into people who will, contribute to the, society in the future, a school that will fulfill the needs of the students’ studies, and fitting to their expectations of their own, futures.  As the universities figure this out, and, with the resources fully placed, then, the school will be able to, fulfill the promises of the students.  And this sort of a fulfilling the needs of the students, will be what makes the schools best, in its own brand, and, advertisement.

And so, this is, a “buyers’ market” for the selecting of universities right now, and, this turns the schools into a commodities that’s bought and sold, and, to compete, the schools needed to, put out the best tricks that it can have, to get the students to want to study there, and this is, difficult, and that, is what’s currently happening in higher ed in this country.

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The Elementary School Age Student Used a Craft Knife, Held His Classmate at Knifepoint Awhile Ago in Hsinbei City

Nobody got her/his neck slashed, this time, but next time, who knows, the blade may still be in the knife, and, blood will be, spilled them, and this happened in a classroom, with an adult, the teacher, is negligent, at least, for NOT making sure, that improper horse play doesn’t happen under her watch!  Off of the Newspapers, translated…

The Department of Education Intervened to Counsel, to Enforce the Moral Education of the Elementary Schools as Well as Enforcing the Laws of Safety in the Schools

In an elementary school in Hsinbei City awhile ago, there was a student, during the break periods, took a knife, held it against his classmate’s neck, the victim student’s parents were unsatisfied how the school handled the matter, posted the incident on the local Facebook groups, demanded that the other child’s parents start disciplining their own young, and demanded that the school instructors get tougher on disciplining the students.  The Department of Education stated, that they will have the school counsel the students continually and they will enforce the education of moral responsibilities, and the law too.

At break period on Tuesday this week, a twelve-year-old male student from an elementary school in Hsinbei City was horseplaying with the classmate, he’d picked up a craft knife, held it against a fellow student’s neck, it’d thrilled the other students around.  As the victim student’s parents learned, they got furious, and started calling out on the local FB group: “Parents of the child who’d allowed him to bring the craft knife to school, DO watch your own young better, and the principal of the school, the teachers too, man up, don’t wait until a student gets severely injured, and then, make the useless apologies.”

The parent also wrote, “to the parents of the child who brought that craft knife to school, DO view your child’s behaviors more seriously, I got all the time, and I’ll wait for you at the principal’s office, don’t run from this.”

as I didn’t know better can no longer be used as a valid excuse here! Illustration from online

The principal of the school stated, because the instructor worried that as the students were using the crafts knife, they risk cutting themselves, that’s why the instructor had collected the knife right after art class, and, the knife that the child grabbed didn’t have the blade in it.  Because the male student couldn’t find a more proper way to interact with his peers, and the school will continue to counsel this male student.

The Department of Education stated, that the male student, during the break period, when he was playing with the other students, held the knife used in art class close to the student’s neck for close to two seconds, the blade was already out, and as the other students reminded the instructor, the instructor collected the knife without the blade back.  As the school had been notified, they’d called up the parents, and told them what had happened, and discussed the means of counseling needed for the students, to avoid incidents like this from recurring.

The school already had the counselors stepping in, to help the male student learn in class better, to help him relate to his classmates in a proper and safe manner, at the same time, reminded the students, if they find something that’s not quite right, to immediate tell their classroom teachers.

And so, this, is what happens, as children horse played with one another, and this time, thankfully, nobody was injured, or killed, but, next time, it may not be as lucky, and the instructor, the school is at best, negligent, in not instructing these young school age children what is proper and improper ways of playing with each other, besides, the kids are modeling the behaviors, from what they encounter on the internet, in the news media, on the soaps, there’s NO way of preventing that NO scene of violence enter into their, eye sights, and so, as adults, you can only, make sure, that you keep the sharp objects out of these kids’, reaches.

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A Child from the Distant, Stars…

A child from the distant, stars, for some reasons unknown (‘cuz fate’s, way too cruel, a joker, maybe???), her/his “spaceship” had, CRASHED onto the earth…

A child from, the distant, stars, finding it hard, to live down here, on the, planet, knowing, that the far, far away galaxy is, calling her/his name, s/he tried to, talk to those, extra-terrestrial, beings, to connect, but had been, experiencing difficulties, since the start of, preschool or was it, kindergarten.

with great concentration, engaged in the activities that are, considered interesting to no one else but, her own, self…photo from online

And before long, this child from the distant, stars, is outcasted, by those who are, from the, same mold as, “ordinary”, those who are, “normal”…

A child from, the distant stars, will one day, fly up, to the ends of, a distant, galaxy, where s/he will, find others who are, just like her/him, but until, those, nonexistent wings of her/his, start popping out of her/his back, s/he is, tied to, the grounds of this, god damn, planet.

And, no matter how much this child from the, distant stars, longed to fit in, with the rest of, the “general population”, s/he will always feel like, the odd one, out!

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My Angel Who’s Developmentally, Delayed

With the availabilities of early intervention programs now set up fully, the resources provided for these families, these children have, an equally bright future, as any other child!  Translated…

Remembered when my youngest daughter was just born, time flew quick, she’s already, in the, fourth grade now, but, still needed someone around to help her with her daily routines, because she’s, developmentally, delayed.

That day, as I first set eyes on her, my baby of about no more than three kilograms, I’d felt moved, but because of jaundice, she was kept in the hospital for observations, and a week later, I was finally able to, take her home.  Her older sister of two years started out in the toddler classes already, with the elders at home watching, I’d, returned back to work.  The seemingly ordinary days, got turned upside down as I took her to get her vaccines.  Her pediatrician noted how she didn’t match up to the growing curves of the average, and, referred her to the rehabilitation centers, then, to the larger hospitals for the assessments, in the end she received a handicap manual.

Then, we’d begun, on this long hard path of, early intervention, thankfully the shop I worked in was more than understanding, allowed me to only work part-time.  Recalled how when we first started in the early intervention programs, the instructor used an assortment of means, to get her to kneel on her knees, to squatting, to finally, using the walker, to help her walk longer.  And, day after day, after day, finally, one afternoon, with her, unsteady legs, she’d, stood, for two whole minutes, all of the physical therapists, and I, we were, very, moved, the hard training, finally, paid, off.

programs with the activities that help these special needs children with acquiring the skills they need…photo from online

That same year, she’d, successfully started in the preschool program that was a part of the local elementary schools.  And the resources she was in need of, all came, one by one, with the special needs assistant, the instructors who looked after her especially, the physical therapy courses……………and every semester, the school officials would have an IEP meeting.  Although, from the start, she was like a soft ball of dough, but now, she is able to speak in simple sentences, can dress herself, and can, feed herself too (although, she may drop the food all over the floors from time to time).

I’d forgotten where I’d read this, “taking a snail out for that walk, you will, see things very, differently”.  The instructor advised that my youngest daughter go into the group, to increase her social skills, that it would help her in her future.  Because of my youngest, I saw, a different scene, the days before us, is long, I want to, walk with her, toward her next, major, milestone.

And so, this, is on the resources that are now, available to the special needs children as well as their, families too, and, now, the parents wouldn’t feel as stressed as they would’ve been, from years before, because the field of special needs is more developed than before, and so, these special needs children can still, have a full experience of life.

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On the Matter of the Degree and Employment

How the theories and the applications, must MERGE together, for the workers to have their places to shine through, so the industries will continue to, flourish, to grow stronger, thus, making the country even, better, but, the government still could care LESS, they just want to see the results in the end, and, they don’t examine the nooks and crannies, the nuts, and the bolts, that makes this, whole machine function well, the observations, of the honorary professor of National Tsing Hua University, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

A lot of people are now, complaining that it’s the education that failed our children, to the point, that when they started working they couldn’t, handle the work assigned to them.  This reminded me of my own story.

As I earned my master’s degree, I’d gone to find work.  Found an electronics company, my job is to design the circuit boards, but I’d not done that, didn’t even know what the circuits looked like, let alone the functions.  But I was blessed with a good manager, who’d taught me everything, and with his help, soon enough, I’d, learned to design the circuits, and started making my own, experiments.  Reason why I could easily catch on was because when I was in my studies at N.T.U., I’d done well in the fundamentals of Chinese language, English, and mathematics.  As I got the basics down pat, it was quite easy, for me, to learn something, new.

What you’d learned in the schools, can’t be exact with what the industries need, because, there are, hundreds of skills that are different from each other, and, no one university can guarantee, that the students become the jacks of, all trades.  But, if the schools (both in the technical high school levels and in the universities) are able, to help the students get the fundamentals down pat, as the students graduated, they will, surely be, able to, tackle the assortments of demands made of them in employment.

And so, my first advice to the theory-application differences is to try to get the students to hone up the fundamental, the basic skills.  If the means of education is good, then, surely, the students will use what they learned, to turn the theories into application.  I had, specialized in the vacuum tubes, and if I couldn’t transfer into the transistors, then, I may have, amounted to, nothing.

But, the enterprises should also, help the fresh-out-of-college employees, so they can learn while doing.  As the head of state from way back when, Sun became the head of Taipower Company, all of the Japanese engineers, and technicians from Japan all exited, the head of state, Sun employed the EE last year students from the technical high school in Taipei, for them to start working in Taipower Company, to teach them the skills.  They only had the most fundament conceptual theories of the fields, but, Mr. Sun educated them, to help them make the great contributions to Taipower Company.  And, as the Japanese specialists exited the country, it’d not seemed to impact the electricity provisions of Taiwan at all.

Another example, I have a student, who’d often told me about his work.  He is a software engineer, the system he uses in work, I’d never heard of.  But, he’d not had much troubles in using, because, he had some more experienced coworkers who took the time, to teach him the skills.  A company should NOT be complaining constantly on how it can’t find the qualified workers, the company should look at itself, to see if, it’d, taught the skills needed to work there, to all of its, employees, that way, they will excel in the skills they are already working with.  The company that hired my student had even, spent the money to get him to be trained in the newer technologies, which all goes to show, that this company knew, how to, train the workers, and keep the workers’ skills, up to date.

Training the professionals isn’t anything easy, the schools certainly needed to make sure that the students have the fundamentals down pat, the enterprises cannot expect that the graduates go into work, with all the skills that matched their needs for the job descriptions, but they need to, make sure, that the employees start, gaining more and more skills, to up their, competitive, edges.  The students from the Taipei Skills High School must’ve, helped the former students set up the good foundations, but, it’s, also, due to Sun, the head of state then, who had the wisdoms, for these graduates to put their skills to work, where they’d, counted.

Anyways, we should know, that the quality workers, needed to come out of the school, but, the industries, also, needed to shoulder up the responsibilities to get these students who came out of the schools, excel in the, specific, skills.

And so, this is on the combination of theory AND application, the schools need to make sure that these students gained the needed skills they are required to have, to work well in these, specific skills, and the companies that hired these graduates, also needed to, put the money into, the on-the-job training programs, to get these students who came out of these majors, to have the skills they needed, to work better in the companies too, and, if one of these is missing, then, the chain that originally flowed smoothly will be, broken, and, things won’t work.

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The Child, Hiking UP that Mountain Range, isn’t, Problematic

How this bright kid got labeled as a troublemaker in class, on the education of the children, translated…

In the heat of the summer, the group of us good friends met up for a camping trip on Fushou Mountain.  The day after the tents were set up, the Y family planned to take the kids to trek the Hehuan Creek Trails, and maybe, to climb the western peak of the Hehuan Mountains.  Y and the family of three children had already, hiked many tall mountains.  The outdoors camping became natural to them, I was so in awe of them.  The following afternoon, the family returned back to campsite, the painful calls or screams.  What’s even more surprising, Y mom told me that it was her son’s wish to hike up the Hehuan Mountains.

Y’s son is enter the sixth grade, can be active, or he can sit quietly, he is excellent in everything he does, the swim competitions, the fluent Taiwanese speech competitions, or helping to set up the tents at the campsites, it’s, quite impressive.  This introverted, mature-than-his-years young lad made me curious, and so, as Y mom told me that this camping trip/hike was the older son’s wish, I was even more in awe; but Y’s face fell ashen, she’d told me two things, which made her worried, proud, as well as, helpless too.

The homeroom instructor wrote on her older son’s report card, “Very intelligent, can’t follow the rules of the group.  Often stated his ideas, and if he continues, there may be a chance he might turn bad.” As I’d heard I was, shocked, as well as, confused.  Y mom told me what her son’s homeroom instructor stated: when the older son is between classes, he’d hollered to his classmates to play cards; as the instructor explained the term, “lingering on” and as the teacher added the explanations, the older son blurted out, “Durians taste great!”; during the class meetings, the instructor would call out the seating numbers of those who’d misbehaved: two, three, four, five………the older son then told, “You’re one short for a straight flush!”, the whole class burst into, laughter.

Y mom asked her son about all of these, and demanded that he put up his playing cards, and asked, why he’d not played Chinese chess like he used to from before?  He’d responded back, the classmates always lose to him too fast, and he couldn’t, find a good enough opponent to play with after awhile.  And the homeroom teacher stated that he didn’t follow the rules was because he felt that the uniform made him uncomfortable because of the material, he’d taken it off, hidden it in his drawers and as the teacher started grilling him, he’d, pulled it out, and put it on.

Y mom sighed, started telling me the interlude of how her older son hiked up the Shihmen Mountain with the grandparents; that day, he’d felt like it was only a stroll for him, that he’d not had enough exercises, and on their ways back, they passed by the Hehuan Pointy Mountain, he’d begged his parents to climb it, that it takes about thirty minutes.  Y’s mom hesitated, and the son thought it was an okay from her, then, ran off.  Y’s mom started losing it, kept going to and from the hiking entrance and the parking lot, trying to find her son, and finally, she saw that tiny shadow, leaping up and down on the way, coming back down the mountains, her son, she got so furious, stopped talking to him on the way home.  This trip on the western peak of Hehuan Mountain, was originally a punishment, wanted him to think about what he’d done wrong, then, she will decide whether or not to ground him.

I’d understood what’s behind Y’s mom’s helplessness, as instructors, how would we not know, the trials of, taking care of a class full of, students.  And, as a mother, trying to guide her own son to help him shine with his best traits, it’s also, quite difficult, to get it right, there’s no standardized answer to that.

illustration from

That leaping up and down, like a monkey on the trees, is a little boy whom she’d, held the hand of, introduced to nature, that older boy who loved the land, nature, a healthy lad.  He too, is on the treks to, growing up, and there would be the forks in the roads, the passages that led him into the forest that made him, distracted; also, the untraveled pas that called out to him to venture towards; as well as the valleys, the creeks, with the mosses that made the rocks slippery, that he may trip and fall on.  He has to be able to hold that quieted conversation with himself, needs to develop a sense of judgment for right and wrong, these enriching trips is raising a kid who has the big dreams of hiking up mountains, taller than the ones he’d hiked up from before, how can this be bad?  Walking on the ridges, seeing the large mountains, and the clouds, how can a child like this, behave crazily?

And because we are tiny, we’d, gained that humbleness, that was the very first lesson we learned, as we first, walked into the mountains and the, forests.

If the instructors are willing to take the time to understand the other sides of the children, listening to them, try to understand them, help in communication, guiding by dialogue, maybe, the instructors will find, that this young child who’d used his tiny steps, step by step, hiking up the large mountains, isn’t misbehaving at all, he has a steady pace, and the eyes that gazed into, the distance, a gem that’s, glowing, just like how his skin was tanned by the sun, walking on the ridges of the mountains he’d, trekked.

And so, this is on how a child is, misunderstood, this kid has a different style of learning, and the child didn’t fit in to the school’s curriculum, probably because he’s too intelligent, and catches on too quickly, which is why he’d become, disruptive, bursting out those comments in class, which led the instructor to believe that he was, misbehaving, but he really wasn’t, he’s just, longing for something that’s, more challenging to him, he’s, way ahead of the rest of his class. 

A kid like this can easily gets SCREWED over by the current education systems, because there’s NO custom-made curriculum to fit HIS learning interest profiles!

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Yang’s Using the Innovative Teaching Methods in Physical Education, Using the Experience Education to Help the Student Acquire the Right Values of Life

Getting the entire class involved in designing the activities for all, she’d helped the students gain empathy, and made sure that those students with special needs are also, involved in the physical education courses too, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The Hsinbei City Banciao High School instructor, Yang worked hard to innovate the kinesiology courses, set up the specialty instructors’ group with other physical education teachers in the country, to develop the creative, innovative teaching materials.  Through the teamwork, the project-based learning methods, the modules of physical education, incorporating the technologies, helped the students find their passions for the exercises, the sports, and regained their self-confidence, she’d competed in the creative kinesiology lesson plans competitions and won many awards, she had won the Teacher of the Year Award this year for the innovations in teaching physical education. 

the coach, with the students in basketball practice!

photo from online

Other than a homeroom instructor, she’s also, the boys’ basketball coach, the P.E. teacher, also the Kinesiology Science Center’s Seed teacher, gotten involved in the NPDL, the Department of Education’s QPE plans, toured as a guest lecturer, shared her experience, showed her passions in all areas of education.

One of her student, Yen, with cerebral palsy, who’d often, “drove” her electrical wheelchair around the school.  Yang-Yang, the visually impaired student who can see no more than six inches before his face, is quite agile, can always dodge the obstacles right before he’d, bumped into them.  At a substitute for the special needs instructor, she’d gotten the opportunity to work with these students, and, promised to give them, “a P.E. class for you like everybody else!”

First, Yang used the health and leisure activities to help increase the depth of her courses, to give the students who has her for electives a first hand experience of how the handicapped had experienced things differently, and had the students’ input, in coming up with the fitting physical activities for the whole class to get involved with, through the test trials, the amending the procedural, through the team games, to help the students gain empathy, to having the students sit in the wheelchairs, with the patches covering their eyes, to have the students imagine, the challenges the special needs students may face, and how they’re to, get pass the challenges.

Yang told, that the belief of education she wanted to pass to her students is turning the limits to opportunities, through the creativity of the classes, she’d, set up the what seemed to be, impossible P.E. course.

with the assortments of materials she uses, to design the P.E. activities…photo from online

And so, this instructor not only, taught her kids that exercise is important, in staying health, through getting the class involved in designing the activities that the special needs students can also get involved in, she’d taught them about empathy as well, amazing, this woman, in having her students get involved in the hands-on, to teach them about accepting those who are, different than they are, and that is something, that her class will find useful, even outside of the school setting.

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A Bump-in in the Elevator

The teacher’s seeing a former student again, and remembered how he’d been in her class, translated…

The night we saw the graduates off, I watched the students lined up, gotten onto the podium, received their awards, bowed, then climbed back down.  There is, NO graduating class this year, and no emotional rollercoaster ride either, I’d, gazed toward the podium, listening to the announcer, “let’s welcome the drummers of XX Middle School!”, suddenly, a familiar shadow pulled me in.

It’s him!  The graduate from two years ago.  He’d transferred here in the sixth grade, that’s why I’d paid close attention to him—unlike how the higher graders in the legends that walked on air, he always sat quiet, at the corner of the class, waiting on me to call on him, or give him something to do; unlike most of his class that are, rowdy and boisterous, he always waited until the very last moment, then asked me what I was doing next, then, silently, finished the tasks I’d given him to tackle.  And, maybe it’s because of how quiet he is, I’d often worried, that someone in class would pick on him, and I’d, watched over him especially.

like this!

photo from online

Dong-dong!  Dong-dong!  Seeing him use all of his might to wave those drum sticks, he’d gotten taller too, I’d felt, relieved and glad.  As the students were finished with their performances, I couldn’t hold back my emotions, ran over to him and asked, “Do you still remember me?”, he’d nodded shyly, then, pushed the drums into the elevators.  In that moment we connected, I’d waved toward him, before the elevator door closed, I’d told him to keep working hard at it.

Then, I’d, never seen him again, and yet, that feeling of becoming emotional when we did meet, seemed to, stuck in that freeze frame of my mind, it’d become, one of the most unforgettable graduation I’d ever, attended.  Child, are you all right?  How are you all? And so, this is that moment that lingered on inside your mind, of how you saw the growth of a student from your class, how he’d, come out of his, shells, finding something he’s good at doing, which was a way he could use, to connect to the world outside.

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