When Anika’s school’s second term started, we made a pact na babawi kami dun sa low grades that she got in the first term.
Tinutukan ko mga bakla.
Everyday, regardless how tired I was from work, I go through all the assignments and lessons with her. Partida, may tutor na siya in the afternoon ha pero inuulit ko talaga lahat with her. And in the evening, I make her read English and Filipino books. Kahit one page a night lang. It’s tiring. Ito yung tipong gusto mo na lang magpahinga after a toxic day pero hindi mo magawa because you have to go through the lessons for the day. Halos araw araw pa naman, they have short quizzes. I wanted to give up. Sinasabi ko pa sa sarili ko, hindi naman talaga grades ang batayan ng success and happiness sa buhay eh.
However, I stopped that thought and continued teaching Anika.
Babawi kasi kami.
I wanted Anika to feel the difference between her effort and performance from the first term to the second term. This is to show her that you need to work hard if you want to achieve something. If I just let it go, ano na lang ang ituturo nun sa bata, di ba?
I’m happy to report that so far, almost all short quizzes and spelling Mastery Tests of Anika for the first half of the 2nd term are perfect. We were amazed to a point that we tallied all her perfect short quizzes and posted it on our fridge door.
Nakakatuwa din. Malaking pagbabago from the 1st term.
ME (to Alvin): Perfect si Anika sa halos lahat ng short quizzes niya so far. San ka pa?
ALVIN: Ang galing ha. Kinareer mo talaga.
ME: Oo. Pagtinanong ako ng teacher niya ngayon ulit anong nangyari bakit ang laki ng improvement, ang sasabihin ko is “Teacher, ang theme kasi namin last term is bagsak. Ang theme for this term naman is perfect scores kaya ayan, perfect scores ba ang gusto mo?”
In fairness to Anika, hindi nagreklamo yan. I know tamad na tamad na siya magstudy pero deadma. Aral ng aral pa din and you can see na she was really working hard.
Come her midterm exams, hindi ko din tinigilan. But since working mom akish, nahirapan ako. What I did was to make questionnaires. Tuturuan siya ng tutor niya after school and then I will make her answer the sample tests afterwards when I come home.
May isang beses during exam week, Alvin forgot (again 3x) to buy bigas. Wala na kaming bigas. I was so annoyed because I needed to teach pa Anika pero I didn’t have choice otherwise, no rice diet lahat sa bahay. Ayun, we brought the reviewer that I printed out to Puregold. Dun niya sinagutan while I bought what we needed. Buhay working mom talaga.
I’m sure if Wowa’s reading this magagalit na naman yun. I should tell her daw if I need to buy something from the grocery. Pwede naman niya daw bilhin para hindi na ako ma-stress. Minsan you really appreciate small things like that ano? Nakaka-bawas sa pagkawindang.
Some of the Mastery Test results came out already and the improvement on the scores is very noticeable. She didn’t fail any exams. Nakakatuwa. And Anika is now more conscious of what scores she gets. Dati kasi walang paki-alam yan eh. Parang hindi important sa kanya. I wanted to change that attitude in her. Hindi mo pwede basta bastahin ang pagaaral. Number one, ang mahal ng tuition, hindot. Number two, studying for the exams and getting good scores practice you on how you will fare in the real world. Akala natin walang connection yang grades sa totoong buhay pero hindi totoo yun. We may not be graded in all the things that we do pero yung perseverance, resilience and hard work, yan ang hino-hone sa mga bata sa school.
Kaya hindi ako masyadong agree dun sa mga nagsasabi that grades are not important.
True, hindi important siya 100%. Ang ichecheck mo diyan is yung effort. If full effort naman pero low grades pa din, okay lang. Hindi siguro yan ang forte niya in life. Again, I have a lot of friends who didn’t excel in school pero are very successful now. Masisipag kasi sila. Pero if low grades and nakita mo tatamad tamad na walang ambisyon man lang to perform, that I will never tolerate.
Hopefully tuloy tuloy na. Nakaka-inis lang because she’s sick again now. She’s been absent from school for 3 days already. She’s missing a lot. Mahihirapan kami humabol.
They’re teaching them na long division pa naman in Math.
Engineer ako pero nawindang ako at the start. I forgot na how to do long division! I needed a refresher! Hahaha!
While I was waiting for Anika to answer the division questions, na-senti ako ng slight. She’s a big girl na talaga. It was just like yesterday I was teaching her lang how to walk and how to recite the ABCs. Ngayon, long division na. Ang laki na ni Anika. Napakabilis ng panahon.
Anyway, how about you guys? Kamusta naman ang studies ng mga bagets? Don’t forget to relax during the sem break!