There was a small opportunity lately for me to be involved changing the lives of young children.
In pursuit of understanding the Chinese language and future understanding the art of self expression.
I said yes.
For one, I am keen to improve my Mandarin, since the class will be taught in mandarin with a focus on essay writing.
Another, was to re-visit and relive school memories through helping out at a Primary school project for a friend.
And, to have been given a chance to observe a group of Primary 3 students. I wanted to explore my understanding and assumptions of young children.
Lastly, to satisfy my curiousity if Drama through creativity, improvisation and expression could enable a child to open their minds and help with the self expression. Since as a kid, my mother had been supportive and active in involving me in the arts – Art, Music, Drama. I chose to dance and loved to create/design, which had been crucial to my growing teenage years in terms of self satisfaction, confidence and purpose. I wanted to help.
While I genuinely do think the arts is important to build a person’s character through teamwork, discipline and self cofidence through performing and sharing.
I wanted to go through this study with my friend as a teaching assitant to properly observe and share ideas. So far, I have enjoyed listening, providing and sharing feedbacks.
The ideas kids do come up with and their growth in a span of 10weeks if this will change their perspectives towards Chinese essay writing and their own characters.
In my priority to achieve change this year. Being able to play a more meanngful in life is a phase I have been pending on. And finally able to do so.
I do hope, I will be able to stay through the 10weeks. And in the midst find a better way to provide and engage with this study. If otherwise, to know that I have volunteered is good enough for now.
I have to say, in the last 3 days of volunteering, I have a went through many emotions.
From, respecting the role of a teacher, the quest to promote expression through the arts and learning how to manipulate both the Video Camera and Camera in a room of active school children. Children and adults as subjects are very different!!.
There are many times I had laughed out loud at their replies and artistic antics.
Times, when I frown trying to concentrate listening and being engaged in the chaos of noise and mischief.
The feeling of trepidation – towards a stranger group of children, being engaged fades each time. As one gets to understand the class on the overall. Time does change things, and gives answers.