Archive | April, 2010

Missy Z Part 2 …

28 Apr

For several months, Missy Z struggled, due to her resistance to learning  new ways to solve rather than just Guess and Check. She was good in it and it was her comfort zone. This is not uncommon, and not unusual as we all tend to stick to what works.

This is not bad in itself but P6 and PSLE is a step up and if one is to shoot for the stars, the understanding and techniques need to be improved.

Story of Missy Z — Part 1

27 Apr

From the beginning, Missy Z made it clear she was not going to use any method for problem solving except “Guess and Check.”

“This is the method my teachers and tutors have been teaching me all the time,” she said repeatedly in class.

I am no stickler for a particular method, as different methods bring about understanding. I have encountered quite a few children who were very proficient in “Guess and Check.” Although this method has its place, it provides limited understanding to the solution. Other children also came with their various solutions, some not too efficient or used with little understanding.

As the children begin to understand, they get inspired as they begin solving what they once thought were difficult questions. Then I give them more challenges… Inspired, they will soon learn and practice more outside of class. Afterall, they only have 2 hours with me each week. More Part 2…

Sleep is important

11 Apr

Gettting good sleep is important and it has been on my mind. One of my tutors shared the importance of sleep to our team when we did a team sharing.

The Harvard Women’s Health Watch suggests six reasons to get enough sleep:

  1. Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.

Read more here from

I listed the first as it is important for our children.

Now our tutor said that stress, online games and watching violent movies may impair good sleep.