Saturday, December 10, 2016

Our Beautiful World 177 ~ Tis the Season

Today I had an unhappy episode at school, it makes me so upset that I feel like stop teaching at the Saturday school, it is a semi-volunteer job, we get paid very little because Tsu Chi Buddist Foundation is a Charity organization, therefore teacher don't get pay much, it is almost like transportation allowances. 
So the story started a few weeks ago, Moli is a 5 year old girl in my class, she didn't complete her home assignment, so I didn't give her a sticker for that week, and then the next week, she didn't do homework again, so she didn't get the sticker once again, that evening, my principle called me, to check with me if Moli has any problem in class, she claimed that Moli's mom, who is our new teacher this year told her that she is not going to teach at our school because her daughter Moli refused to go to school on Saturday, so I told principle the story, it seems like she understood, she told me that it's ok, since she needs teacher badly, she really hope that Moli would enjoy school so her mom Nancy will continue teaching at our school. The following week when I went to school, first thing Moli told me was "Principle Maggie is going to give me sticker today!" Oh well, at that point, I decided that I can't do much about that since Principle is afraid to lose a teacher.
When we had the assembly in the hall today, I saw Moli standing in line with another class, with older kids, I had a bad feeling but I just keep my cool because no one tells me anything, during recess, I asked principle when I met her on the hall way, she then told me that Nancy (Moli's mom) insisted that Moli switch class, to join the older kids (8-9 years old), so..... I was a little upset that I wasn't even informed, and that all started because Moli didn't do her homework and didn't get a sticker, really? Is that how we teach our children these days? 
 It is fine with me that Moli is not in my class, and if that is the way Nancy and our principle teach the kids, I got nothing to say, what did the kid learn here? Moli learn that she can get the way she wants by just telling the mom she doesn't want to go to school because she doesn't get a sticker from the teacher, and that she doesn't need to do her homework, well, be it, to me, I am teaching a class of 22 children, I need to let the kids know that a one page home assignment a week is not too much to ask for, you do it, you'll get a sticker, if you didn't, you don't get one, simple as that. 
I do feel like giving up, I don't need that money, I teach simply because I enjoy teaching, now that this teaching is eating up my weekends, DH complains a few times that we could hardly get away because of that, I really just want to quit right away, sigh......

Anyway, enough of venting, let's get something festive to cheer me up! : )

Tis the Season


I love this time of the year.....


when my home is in a festive mood....


every corner is dressed up and ready for the holiday....


Dolce will be home next Tuesday, and then followed by Lione the following week...


my girlfriend Amy will also be here, Amy, Ann and I grew up together, we knew each other for more than 40 years.... I am excited to have her here.



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15 comments:

Ros Crawford said...

Sheesh! What a story ... That is so bad ... I wouldn't have been as gracious as you Kirsty... Maybe you should give up here and take some time out for yourself... I'm sure something else will come along and maybe this is a sign for you.
LOVE your photos ... Your hoe looks beautiful and I'm really happy for you that your friend is coming over to visit as well as your daughter. Sending hugs to you...

Gil Zetbase said...

Great inspiration!
Have a nice week-end!
Gil Zetbase
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Sharon Fritchman said...

Ooooooh, Kirsty! I love this time of the year, too. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I love the perspective that you took on them. And I also want to wish you and your wonderful family a very happy holiday season! Enjoy the hustle and bustle! HUGS!!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I am so sorry you are having problems at the school! :( And that is so sad that the student is getting away with that ... ummmmm I don't think so, you don't do the work, you don't deserve the prize, period. So sad!!! I loveeeeeeeeeee your decor, and excited the kids will be there soon!!!!!!!

Tieva Design said...

Awesome home decoration.
Gabi

Adam said...

Merry times

Davi said...

Very sad world we are living in today!! We are supposed to reward children and adults when they dont do the right thing because we dont want to hurt their feeling, rubbish! You did the right thing Kirsty and Im sorry that you didnt receive the support that you should have from your principal!! hugs
Well your home looks like its full of holiday cheer and Im sure you will enjoy the time with family and your childhood friend :)

Elborgi said...

wonderful decoration!
elma

Andie Miller said...

I'm sorry for your troubles at school. I, too, have stopped volunteering at the school that my daughter goes to over similar, but different circumstances. In your case though, I'd beg you to consider your influence on the 22 other kids. I'm sure you are a light in their world.

Your house is decorated beautifully. I'm going to check out the challenge and enjoy the celebration because 'tis the season.

riitta k said...

Sorry to hear about yor frustration at school, no wonder you are a bit upset. I am sure you'll find an optimal solution for you!

Your photos invite to enjoy Christmas. Wishing you happy Holidays with your loved ones! And thank you for this year, it has been lovely to get to know you!

Audrey Pettit said...

Your home looks absolutely beautiful, Kirsty, and I'm so glad the kids and your friend will be with you soon! Very sorry to hear this story of school! It is sad when people get away with such poor behavior.

Maria said...

Lovely photos, Kirsty! And, happy to hear your family and friend will be with you soon for the holidays! Sorry to hear the trouble at the school! But, you did the right thing. Yes, it is teaching poor behavior...so sad! Time will tell if you need a change. But, in the meantime stay strong for you did the right thing, hugs!!

Greta said...

Love how you've decorated your house, Kirsty--beautiful & peaceful! Your situation at school is really unbelievable to me. Guess I'm old fashioned--what a terrible example. I'd think hard about whether I wanted to continue to be part of that school. How fun you're going to have lots of people you love for the holidays! Sending you hugs, Greta

Stella said...

Geesh Kirsty I am behind and after your post for CCCB I read this post. I am with Ros; step back and enjoy your weekends. Stick to your values; I admire your strenth and attitude. Take care sweetie!
XXX

Denise van Deventer said...

Love the d├ęcor...so festive and gorgeous! ;-)
So sorry re the school episode! One can never understand how other people think. But for me...if my child did not do his homework, I would fully understand not getting a sticker. Kids certainly need to learn that they have responsibilities too!
Do the teaching because you absolutely love it...if not, let it be and find something else that you would much rather be doing! xxx