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Last month, a teacher was punched and attacked with chair by a student. The student was arrested. He was finally sentenced to be imprisoned in a rehabilitation center by a magistrate. The magistrate expressed shock at this incident and also lamented: “During my school age, student should stand in awe of his teachers..…! What happened to the educational system and how come we have such a violent student?” This is not only a query from a magistrate; we also need to reflect on the issue.

 

Let's do together.

 

 

Hong Kong teachers are very busy. A research showed that more than 60% of the primary and secondary school teachers were under heavy work pressure; 27% said that they work for over than 12 hours a day and 35% work between 11 - 12 hours. However, most of their work is not related to face-to-face contacts with students. However, education is not simply books and paperwork. It must include the establishment of trusting relationships with students. In return, students will treat teachers as trustworthy mentors.

 

Thematic Talk - Positive Culture

 

 

This reminds me of Mabel. During her school days, she was a typical rebellious student. She usually played a joke on classmates and teachers in school everyday. Fortunately, a physical education teacher cared for her and she always advised and encouraged her in school. Because of the concern from the teacher, Mabel could experience what love was, so that she still had the motivation to continue her studies in the school. Unfortunately, the teacher left the school for study abroad when Mabel was in Form 5. She started to play truancy, ran away from home, and became addicted to drug and alcohol. Needless to day, she had not completed the Form 5 curriculum.

 

Mabel’s terrible lifestyle remained unchanged until the return of the teacher in Hong Kong. With the care and direction of the teacher again, Mabel rejuvenated. She could learn how to develop her career goals. She has been taking a lot of adventure trainings according to her interests and potential. Today she is one of the adventure instructors of Youth Outreach and responsible for the teachers’ workshop of “Building Tomorrow Program”. She has resumed studies and worked very hard in order to meet her career goal as a social worker. The story of Mabel indicates that teachers’ care and concern has significant impact on the healthy growth of students. Therefore, the key to success of a school is to create a positive and caring atmosphere to students.

 

I would like to express my thanks to Fu Tak Iam Foundation Limited to fully sponsor Youth Outreach to conduct the “Building Tomorrow Program”. We expect to run one workshop each for 20 schools for this academic year. The workshop consists of two consecutive days of experiential learning that is “Learning by Doing”. The program will take the form of Adventure Based Training with several thematic talks regarding school positive ethos from 9.00AM until 5.00PM for all 60 of the teaching staff in a target school. Upon completion of training for teachers from each school, our staff will organize one demonstration program using the positive approach in the school targeting a group of under-motivated poorly achieving students. During the delivery of the program, teachers will be encouraged to observe and note how even the worst students can benefit from this approach.

 

Through talks, experiential activities and by observation, teachers and schools can experience the importance of being a “Positive School Culture”. Simultaneously, teachers can learn how to help their students love their school, improve their undesirable behaviors, become capable and lovable persons, and develop their potential towards positive goal.

 

Author: Ms Ivy Chan Ching Mei, Centre-in-charge of Youth Outreach-City Challenge (Adventure Professionals)

 

 

Last month, a teacher was punched and attacked with chair by a student. The student was arrested. He was finally sentenced to be imprisoned in a rehabilitation center by a magistrate. The magistrate expressed shock at this incident and also lamented: “During my school age, student should stand in awe of his teachers..…! What happened to the educational system and how come we have such a violent student?” This is not only a query from a magistrate; we also need to reflect on the issue.

 

Let's do together.

 

 

Hong Kong teachers are very busy. A research showed that more than 60% of the primary and secondary school teachers were under heavy work pressure; 27% said that they work for over than 12 hours a day and 35% work between 11 - 12 hours. However, most of their work is not related to face-to-face contacts with students. However, education is not simply books and paperwork. It must include the establishment of trusting relationships with students. In return, students will treat teachers as trustworthy mentors.

 

Thematic Talk - Positive Culture

 

 

This reminds me of Mabel. During her school days, she was a typical rebellious student. She usually played a joke on classmates and teachers in school everyday. Fortunately, a physical education teacher cared for her and she always advised and encouraged her in school. Because of the concern from the teacher, Mabel could experience what love was, so that she still had the motivation to continue her studies in the school. Unfortunately, the teacher left the school for study abroad when Mabel was in Form 5. She started to play truancy, ran away from home, and became addicted to drug and alcohol. Needless to day, she had not completed the Form 5 curriculum.

 

Mabel’s terrible lifestyle remained unchanged until the return of the teacher in Hong Kong. With the care and direction of the teacher again, Mabel rejuvenated. She could learn how to develop her career goals. She has been taking a lot of adventure trainings according to her interests and potential. Today she is one of the adventure instructors of Youth Outreach and responsible for the teachers’ workshop of “Building Tomorrow Program”. She has resumed studies and worked very hard in order to meet her career goal as a social worker. The story of Mabel indicates that teachers’ care and concern has significant impact on the healthy growth of students. Therefore, the key to success of a school is to create a positive and caring atmosphere to students.

 

I would like to express my thanks to Fu Tak Iam Foundation Limited to fully sponsor Youth Outreach to conduct the “Building Tomorrow Program”. We expect to run one workshop each for 20 schools for this academic year. The workshop consists of two consecutive days of experiential learning that is “Learning by Doing”. The program will take the form of Adventure Based Training with several thematic talks regarding school positive ethos from 9.00AM until 5.00PM for all 60 of the teaching staff in a target school. Upon completion of training for teachers from each school, our staff will organize one demonstration program using the positive approach in the school targeting a group of under-motivated poorly achieving students. During the delivery of the program, teachers will be encouraged to observe and note how even the worst students can benefit from this approach.

 

Through talks, experiential activities and by observation, teachers and schools can experience the importance of being a “Positive School Culture”. Simultaneously, teachers can learn how to help their students love their school, improve their undesirable behaviors, become capable and lovable persons, and develop their potential towards positive goal.

 

Author: Ms Ivy Chan Ching Mei, Centre-in-charge of Youth Outreach-City Challenge (Adventure Professionals)