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Setting the Teaching Centers for the Grade Levels Separately, to Lessen the Strains on the School Teachers

Due to the outbreaks, starting, back up again!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

I’d worked as a recruit for math counselor for over dozens of years, and found the highest quality of math instructors, to work as a teaching team; they’d gotten into the training programs, seminars, counseling, and often conducted the teaching models, and helped resolved the issues of the math instructors; and this group of experts had been, on staff since the start, and yet, the education departments locally, didn’t know how to, utilize this group’s, expertise.

Starting next week due to the pandemic starting back up again, the online teaching means will once again, be used, the teachers not only felt annoyed, there’s even more helplessness, and pain in their, facial expressions; there were the parents who’d lost it, and screamed, “the halting of the schooling sessions came on and off, on and off, don’t the parents need to work away from the homes?”, or, “you think every family has a computer at home?”, and the teachers became, the scapegoats of the government’s policies, because other than halting the in-class sessions, the government can’t come up, with a, better idea.

The parents’ worries are numerous, as are the school instructors’ too, what worries most is the quality of teaching and learning, for instance, the parents asked me to differentiate between schedule and time?  My kids listened to the teacher explain it for a long time, and still can’t quite tell the difference.  I’d told the mother, “don’t go into teaching your child about the difference, just tell your young, the “schedules of trains” is set, unchanged, that’s schedule’ and mom doing laundry is on the lengthiness of the minutes and hours of the wash, that’s time”, then, she’d, understood.

Teaching is an art, why not, have the local cities, counties set up a center for educators, with the various subject instructors, the senior teaching staff members to demonstrate the lessons first, that way, the teachers can model after them, and the students are directly benefitting from this.  Surely, there would, need to be, the incentives offered to the instructors for sure.

And, as I’d thought up of this, I suppose, it’s, too late to get to the systems of instructions, to make the deadline for the halting of the school sessions next week, but, starting up planning the lessons, it’s, not too late still.

And so, this is on how theories are hard to understand, but, using an example, to explain the theories, that would make the lessons more easily understood, and, as instructors, you need to not just teach the theoretical stuff (b/c it’s too dry, too boring, sometimes, too hard to understand), but if you can find the instances to help your students apply what you’re teaching them in class to their own lives, then, the lessons became, alive, and it would make learning and teaching, a whole lot, easier for sure.

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Squatting Outside of Other People’s Homes, the Distant-Education Means, the Children in Lanyu Had to Chase After the Connection  Signals to Keep Themselves in School

How the resources needed by the children living in the distant-regions, are lacking here still!  The ins and outs of Taiwan (not the world!) here, off of the Newspapers, translated…

The pandemic raged out of control in Taidong locally, the local department of education gave the instructors, the students the options of “distant-learning means”.  However, the councilwoman of Lanyu, Huang told, that the signals in Lanyu isn’t stable enough, awhile ago, she’d seen the children, squatting outside of someone else’s house, and she’d inquired, and the children told her, that “there’s no signal at home, I can only go to a place where there’s a stronger signal”, watching how the students had to chase the locations with the stronger internet connection signals, Huang’s heart ached.  The Department of Education pointed out, that the internet signals, isn’t solvable by ability.

Huang told, that due to the landform and environment in Lanyu, the communications signal is already, very unstable, and, toward the impacts of the coming of the pandemic, the Department of Education pushed forth the policies of distant-education means to protect the students and instructors, this is out of good will, but, there’s the need to consider IF the regions with these rules being implemented, are, with the means of distant education; from before, Lanyu hadn’t had stable signals, and some of the families don’t have the internet connections, how are the students able to attend classes, the related government agencies should help resolve this matter.

the location of a local elementary school, with the internet signals, blocked by the mountains all around it! Photo from online

The head of Department of Education locally, Lin said, the port at the schools’ ends in Lanyu are working fine, the problem is in the students’ homes’ end; that the local office had already, filed a notice to the Department of Education already last year, but the set up of the cell towers of the internet connections, then, it would be on the telecommunications companies and the higher-up offices.

He’d told, that not only Lanyu, but in the distant regions of Taiwan, or the area where the internet can’t reach to, the students are faced with, no signal, and, from the angle of the Department of Education, he hoped, that the central government can step in and help resolve this, to NOT impact the right of children to get educated.  Up to yesterday, there had been a total of 418 students, forty-eight instructors who’d been confirmed of contractions, and, the halting of the in-class sessions had been extended to seventeen schools and twenty classrooms locally, and they’d all started the distant-education learning sessions now.

“When the weather is awful, there’s no, signal”, the parent, Chen told, that the signal was sent by microwave on the island, but, when it is raining, or when the clouds got too thick, there’s, the signal that grows, too weak to stay connected, and it was quite difficult, for the children, to have a full course session at a time.

And so, it’s the geographical location of this distant region that’s caused this, but, the connection is a bigger problem, because you can’t change the geographical setting of where you are, and, these students in the distant-regions are, deprive of their right to receive an education, which will help them get out of the poverty-stricken backgrounds they were born into, and, this problem still doesn’t, get resolved here.

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Priorities

A wake up call that this student was in need of, giving to her/him by her/his, professor, translated…

In the sunshine bright springtime April, the gentle breezes brushed across my face, the azaleas came in full season, then, went out in the school campus.

After work, I’d rushed off from the office, rushed into, another, battlefield—the information technology building of the school, to run the statistics of my thesis.  Finally, I’d, finished up to a point, collected my stuff, left, walked over to the psych department building, lifted my head up, saw Professor Chen coming toward me.

“Hi, professor”, I couldn’t dodge, so I’d, said, hello.  “What year are you now?”, “too many to count!  Don’t mention it anymore!”  “Look, you’re, running away again, come see me soon, if you don’t graduate soon, then, you won’t, graduate!” to this point in time, if I don’t file for graduation, then, my degree is going bust, what else is more pressing than my thesis, and my, oral exam?  I’d, remained, silent.

mentored by a professor…

photo from online

Finally, I’d, passed my oral examinations, with a heart full of bliss, I’d gone to see the professor, she’d told me, that she had a student who’d, flunked out every time she’d taken the higher office exams, because she was a perfectionist, always took way too much time, answering that very first question on the exams, to the point, that she had no time left to finish the rest of the test.  “I don’t have such troubles, I’d passed my Higher Government Office Examinations already!”  “I know, but if life is like the higher government office exams, would you not have spent way too much time on school, and work, to the point of not having the time to set up your families, your love, your health…………and even then, if you receive that perfect score marker for your school work, and your work, you’d still, scored a failing grade out of, life.”

I’m very grateful for Professor Chen for not just minding my scholastic performances, my professional developments, but also, the bliss in the other areas of my life too.  Thanks to her reminding me of it, I’d, reevaluated my own priorities, and, set up the priorities of my life that I was in need of then.

And so, sometimes, we get, too caught up with that set up goal of ours, that we’d, failed to realized, that there’s more to life than achieving that one solitary goal we’d longed to attain, and, at this particular time, wouldn’t it be nice, if we all had someone like this individual’s professor, pointing it out to us too?

But, not all of us, are lucky enough, to have someone like this individual’s professor, to give us our, separate, wake up calls.

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They Are Not Just “Your” Kids! — Filosofa’s Word

A recent column by Frank Bruni brought to my attention something that … for whatever reason … had not occurred to me in this whole education “cultural war” anti-CRT, anti-LGBTQ school curriculum battle.  DAMMIT, Ron DeSantis and others who would deprive our children of an education … WE THE PEOPLE … all of us, even […]

They Are Not Just “Your” Kids! — Filosofa’s Word

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Halting the Classroom Sessions is Only Taking Care of the “Symptoms”, the Schools Should Increase the Defenses Against MERS-CoV

Written by a middle school principal, on the schools about to resume physically again soon!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The Department of Education had loosened up the rules of halting the school sessions due to MERS-CoV, and many of the local cities, counties also, adjusted the rules and regulations regarding this, to the point of allowing the schools to decide independently of the government, the offices of education.

In time, the country is making it look like we’re, headed towards coexisting with the virus now, like we have enough medications, to quickly and effectively, treat MERS-CoV, so we’d become, confident, no need to live in fear.  But, there are the parents who’d worried, the upcoming fieldtrips being safe and secure enough or not, and, if they pulled their children out, the fees already paid are nonrefundable, and the kids would have one less activities to do, the parents are deadlocked here.

Actually, there’s a need for the consensus of reaching the means of decisions of stopping the school sessions that required the units of local sanitation departments, and the head of the local department of education to decide.  While currently, most cases had been known, after the parents tell the schools about it, and, causes time elapsed for the secondhand information, the schools are already, overwhelmed with the pressures of getting the process of reporting the cases to the CDC, to quarantine the classes.  While the cases are scattered around lightly, this can be managed, but, if in the future, with the cases of confirmed contractions on the rise, in the lacking of provision of medical capabilities, as the school gets the edicts from the CDC, there would be more time elapsed.  While, the quick scan swabs used, due to the lacking of funds, the schools’ supplies are only equipped to deal with the minority number of cases, and the allocation of these resources, the provision of these materials, are all reliant on the related government offices to help.

Preventing being better than treatment as stated, from before, the measures we took, whether it be setting up the separating boards, the enforcements of the people masking up, taking the temperatures, the sanitizing of our hands, it’s all on the preventive front, and, we’re all a part of this, we should not slack off, just because the classroom sessions had halted, and mistakenly believe, that we don’t need to take the preventive measures ourselves.  Nobody wants to contract the virus, let alone the children, like how a parent stated, “even if there are thousands of cases that were new every day in the future, I still don’t’ want my own young to be one of them.”, as we hadn’t reached the heights of the outbreaks yet, it’s best, we take all of these, preventive measures, to help the parents feel a little less, worried.

And so, we should NOT slack off, because we’re looking at a group of younger generations, who aren’t vaccinated, because none had been developed yet, not safe for children that young to use, which puts them at risk, of becoming carriers, and, if the school sessions are resuming, and not enough measure of protections had been taken, or implemented, then, these children might well become, carriers, that are going to, spread the epidemic out, to out of control proportions, and so, we still need to take the measures of sanitizing, washing our hands, masking up like we’d been doing already, seriously.

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A Mother’s Hope: the Society Can be More Friendly Toward Those with Albinism

How there’s, too little help provided to this special needs group of people, how there are more that the government can do, to help this group of special needs people to live better, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

As I had my birth by caesarean in March of 1999, the gynecologist tried to help me feel better, stated, that the “melanin is absent”, perhaps, he’d feared, that I couldn’t, accept it!  They didn’t show me my daughter immediately.  I’d gone to the nursery to see my baby girl, and she was, so very, beautiful!  The natural curls, with the pale complexion, made her look like those, porcelain dolls.  Did I cry?  Yes I had, the night I’d given birth, for the entire night, then, I’d, started, looking for data online.

There’s a one in 15,000 chances of albinism, it’s due to a recessive gene that’s hereditary, or the genetic mutations.  And there are multiple types of albinism, the first, with the worst eyesight; the second type, brown hair, a bit better in vision.  My daughter was the first, the conditions of nystagmus caused her to not be able to focus her sight, reading and study is, quite hard for her.  She’d had to, put up with the looks from her external environment, needed to put on a lot of sunscreen to protect her skin.  When she’d made the lower grades, she’d felt she couldn’t measure up to herself, when she did too well, she couldn’t, measure up to everybody else’s, standards, truly hard for her. I’d thought, that everything will go smoothly after she was diagnosed and treated, but, the ears also needed the melanin to function, and other than her deteriorating sight, her hearing was going away too, and she needed the hearing aid, and, all of these made her get ill psychologically.

As I’d gotten involved with the albinism group, I’d learned, that sight and hearing aren’t the only difficulties, some had cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, epilepsy, etc., etc., etc. as the side effects.  And there are those who can’t, get past it inside their minds.  Are we all upset?  No!  We’d still work our hardest, to pass our days, some became skilled massage therapists, some tested into the public offices, some are musicians, some, shop owners, some designed the animations, and there are the YouTubers too!

the statistic of albinism in a pie chart

found online

I truly hope, that the Department of Health Sanitation and Welfare can list albinism as a rare condition, to unify the name.  The first trouble we face is, what department do we go to to get the conditions treated?  What sort of a practical help can the medical profession give?  How can the education be offered to this group of children normally?  Like for the physical education course, out under the scorching sun, the accommodations made to these students; the teachers can write using the bigger letters, and harder, to help them see better in class. And surely, to teach the other students in class about albinism, so they become more accepting, to set up the foundation of support, for the communities, the society to understand this condition, I hope that everybody in the society can speak for the individuals diagnosed with albinism in the future.  There are, the lacking in social welfare, I hope, that the foundations can get in touch with those who’d been diagnosed with the condition actively, to help and to offer assistance to them in life.  Currently, there’s the lacking in the standards of funds allotted for the assistance, in the years of usage of the needed equipment as well, all of these is being, amended into law, I hope, that our voices will be heard, by the Department of Sanitation and Welfare.

All the things, I still want to tell.  Anyway, I hope, that the government departments will become a sturdy support, standing behind those who’d been diagnosed with albinism, to help the entire society become friends, with individuals with this, rare condition.

And so, this, is on how there are the help offered, but, the resources are too hard to get, because, there’s only, a tiny proportion of the population with this condition, which means, that it won’t get listed as a insured condition by the national health insurance systems, which will make it harder for the families with these individuals with the conditions, as there are multiple complications that came with this condition, like the mentioned, the deterioration of hearing, and others.  There’s a lot more that the government can do to help these special needs individuals in the society here.

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A Simple Act of Helping Someone Out, that Made Everything, Different

Lessons that’s learned, after that incident, and, you’d done your, good deed for the day, and bringing a smile to the kids’ and their instructor’s, faces, translated…

The classroom instructor, Mrs. S is loud, and she’s in charge of those, innocent, young first graders who’d not been, socialized enough yet, and, there would be the actions of the kids, that made Ms. S scream aloud for help.

One day, she’d left the classroom to get the snacks for her class, before she left her class, she’d told the students, to “behave”, and yet, as she returned back to the room, she saw the young children, running around like wild animals, she’d started, screaming aloud at them, too loud, and it’d made my ears, buzz.  Although, I’m not the one she’s directing her anger towards, but, being forced to listen to her screams, it’d, upset me, and, the tropical depression in the atmosphere then, was, uncomfortable for me.

I’d felt awful in that instant, and thought, that heading downstairs, to pick up the snacks only takes a few minutes, and, had I offered to help Ms. S to go get it, then, she wouldn’t have to leave the classroom, and the kids would start running wild, then, wouldn’t I have traded my thirty-seconds’ life in for the peace, and quiet?  For S, for the children, as well as for me too, it all worked out well

And ever since, as I saw that the snack times were about to be here, as I’d heard the noises get loud in the next room, then I’d, gotten up out of my seat, tilted my head in, “I’ll go pick up the snacks for the kids!”, S was stunned, then, immediately, she’d, led the kids to say thanks to me, and, that smile out of gratitude that was on her face, the kids expectant looks, made this errand, more than, worth it.

Although, we can’t turn back the hands of time, but, if we’re, willing, to help one another out, we still will be better in our interactions, relations the next time go around.

And so, this, is what you’d learned, from listening in to the goings on of the classroom neighboring to yours, and, afterwards, you’d, actively helped out, and, helping this other teacher out, was no big deal for you but, for the other classroom instructor, it means, a whole lot, because she couldn’t leave her students alone on their own, seeing how they’d, gotten too rowdy, raucous and loud the last time, and she’d, grilled the whole class that last time.

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A Mom Who is Hearing Impaired

The worries of this mother, which was what prevented her from getting her son the help he was in need of, until the social worker reached out to her, got through to her, and she was able to get her son into the early intervention program, that gave him a chance at a better future, translated…

After I’d Come to Understand the Hearing Impaired Person’s Understanding and Expressions of Language Being Different than Ours, Whether it be Getting Treatment, the Assessments or the Meetings to Discuss Matters, I’d Always Helped Mom File for a Sign-Language Translator…………….

the Child Who Didn’t Know How to Get Along with Others

The first time I saw Hsian-Hsian at the sanitation offices, he was chasing the other kids, wanted them to play with him, he’d gotten to the other kids, to see what they’re doing, then, grabbing the items the other kids were working on, and quickly enough it’d, caused someone to cry.  The few parents, after they’d led their own young away, and gotten their children to settle down, Hsian-Hsian started signaling to his mother, that he wanted to go off to play with the toys—normally, children his age can already speak a few simple sentences, and so, this nonverbal exchange caught my attention.  Not long thereafter, I saw his mother used the words, plus the signs to communicate, and that was when I’d come to understand that she’s, a hearing-impaired person.

illustration from UDN.com

from before the mother received the help her own young son was in need of, because she feared hat she couldn’t communicate with the physicians…

When Hsian-Hsian was vaccinated at the sanitation offices, because he didn’t speak a word, and his height, weight are both, under average, he was evaluated by the physicians, and given the diagnosis of “developmentally-delayed.”  The physicians also worried, that he may have inherited the hearing impairments, which can cause his language development to come delayed, suggested to the parents that he should be taken to the major hospitals for an evaluation.  And yet, Hsian-Hsian’s mom didn’t, and so the nurses at the sanitation office filed for a social worker in early intervention for her, and so, I’d met them, for the, very first time.

After over an hour long of talk on paper, I’d understood the situation at Hsian-Hsian’s home, and discussed with his mom the goals of our working together.  She’d told me, that she’d not set up the hospital visits, because she didn’t know how she was going to be able to tell the doctor, to discuss the situations, the conditions of her own son, and can only use the lipreading means, to guess at what others are saying to her, which made her felt, ill-at-ease.

After understanding, that the hearing impaired persons has a differences of interpretation, of understanding language than we do, no matter if it was the visiting of the physicians’ offices, the assessment with the therapists or the discussions, I’d always helped mom find a translator, to help her understand the situations, and, slowly taught her how to file for the services on her own, to help her communicate with the outside world more smoothly.

Accompanying a Family in Moving Onward

After the multiple assessments, we’d found, that Hsian-Hsian had cognitive, language, and kinesthetic developmental delays; but luckily, he is normal in his hearing, and can receive the sounds from outside successfully.  I’d immediately signed him up for the clinic’s early intervention programs, and set him up to start in the public preschool systems in his neighborhood.  During the time, I’d, helped his mom file for the assistance of parenting lessons at home, to give her the support she needed in teaching the young son.

From getting to treatment, signing up for the early intervention courses, along with other resources, to letting Hsian-Hsian’s mother file for the services, to sign up, I’d, assisted her from the side.  Later on, my function changed into reminding, and following up with her, to make sure that Hsian Hsian’s mom knew to use the techniques that the early intervention instructor, and the therapists’ techniques to interact with her own young son, and felt that she’d accompanied her son as he grew up by the day.

After a year and a half, mom, Hsian Hsian and I, we’d gone to the N.T.U. Hospital again to get the latest of Hsian Hsian’s early intervention assessment reports.  It said, that his abilities had improved greatly compared to before, and now, he doesn’t only initiate the interaction with the physicians, as he got out of the treatment room, he would interact with other children, “can I play with you?  I have my toy car with me!”  seeing how happy he is, there’s that sense of moving that came to me, I’d felt,  the meanings of early intervention programs, to know the needs of the families, of the children to give them the support they were needing, to help them catch up to the developments of children their age, to help them move forward into a brighter future.

And so, this, is how much the early intervention programs had helped this particular case, and, the mother was originally timid in getting her son the treatment, the assessments he was in need of, because she’d feared that her own disabilities will keep her from expressing her concerns to the physicians, but, with this foundation’s help, setting her up with a translator, she communicated better with the doctors whom her son was getting treated by, getting him the help that he needed, and now, he’s, catching up.

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Me, Twenty Years from Now

This is a much-needed wakeup call that the adults are in need of, and you got one, from your students!  Translated…

We had an essay assignment for the winter breaks, “Me, Twenty Years from Now”, the kids wrote out their innocent dreams, it’d moved me so, and I was in awe with them: Ting isn’t well in the academia, but is an excellent artist, he’d found his true happiness in doodling, so, his dream is to become an artist; Xi’s calligraphy isn’t with the good penmanship, but the class put him up for the calligraphy competitions, he’d used his spare time to practice hard, as he’d won first-place, it’d boosted his confident a whole lot, he now has the goal of becoming a calligraphy instructor; Wei enjoyed making the models, and wanted to become an owner of a garage, that way, he get to play with all the cars he wanted, and also, make a living doing what he enjoyed…………from their childish words, I’d felt the powers of self-confidence, and, this motivation from within them, can turn them into something wonderful, they will be able to build their own dreams from the ground up, based off of the separate interests they have, I give them the best of all wishes.

Twenty years later, they’re all in the primes of their lies, with their lives, colored and pretty and bright.  Yet, I would be well into my elderly years, and, what kind of a dream is available for me to catch at this time in life?  I’d made me lost in thought.

Recalled how as I just begun, I’m like the singer, Chang’s, “My Future is NOT a Dream”: “live every minute to my best, my heart is moving along with hope.”  Kept working hard, to fulfill my dreams of striking it rich, believed, that money will give me a good life.  As I’d, had my share of good foods, as I’d gotten all the extravagant of life handed to me on that silver platter, it was like the group Nine-One-One’s, “Fools in Dreams”: “My life is like a song, but I can’t get to the repeats, passed through an assortments of ups and down, the multiple facets of life, but I seemed to have, missed out on it all.”  I’d found, that the pointless pursuits I had, made me miss out on too many things of which I should’ve placed more emphasis on.

My children’s essays awakened me, the dream chaser who’d been lost.  Don’t want to follow the footstep of the narrator of the song by Chen, “You’d Told that You’d Tasted All the Bitterness of Life, Finally Found the One You Can Trust.  You Told of How Upset You’d Felt, to the Point of Doubting Your Own Lives…………”, I’d selected to follow the singer, Jen’s “Dream that Dream, Again”, to find that passion back in my life again, to keep track of what made me feel moved, to care for myself the best I possibly can, on this way to my brand new life, to help the me, twenty years from now, to still have the fresh flowers to smell, to have the radiant sunshine shine down on me, to live happily.

So, this is how the teacher became, the student here, the students’ dreams are untainted, because they hadn’t gotten into the world yet, that’s why their dreams are so simple, and it takes very little for them to feel happy, which what we adults had forgotten, in the pursuit of fame, fortune, etc., etc., etc., and the writer’s students merely gave her a wakeup call that she desperately needed.

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What IS a ‘Divisive Concept’??? — Filosofa’s Word

Just what constitutes a “divisive concept”?  No, seriously … for some people, pineapple on pizza is a divisive concept, so I think if states are going to ban the teaching of ‘divisive concepts’, there must be some agreement, some definition as to what, exactly, a ‘divisive concept’ is! Last week the Alabama House of Representatives […]

What IS a ‘Divisive Concept’??? — Filosofa’s Word

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