Let me start by sharing my hobbies. I love traveling because I know myself through knowing the world. I also like watching classic Chinese opera in my leisure time. My favourite artist is Sabrina Lung Geem Sang. I have watched almost all the classic Cantonese operas. I used to ask myself if I should be a Cantonese opera performer or a teacher. I love performing so much and was always asked by my relatives to perform a short session. Now I have found a close relationship between Cantonese opera performing and quality teaching. Each time I watch Cantonese opera, I am inspired with teaching skills; for example, how can I best involve my “audience”, how can I act out the teaching content successfully, how can I make myself best understood, and how can I deliver the message to my “audience”. I believe such an interest has greatly helped me to perform well in class. I have learnt a lot of skills in performing thoughts and emotions. I regard a teacher as a performer and I regard learning to be about life-sharing between two groups of people: the teacher and the learner. The way a teacher performs will directly affect how students perceive and learn. I believe if a performer is not able to perform successfully, his/her audience will lose interest in the show and patience to continue watching. As a result, the play will be ruined. The philosophy applies to teaching and learning.
After working with a deputy Principal from Australia, I realized and learnt the meaning of education. In 2004, I made up my mind and I enrolled as a 4-year full-time student at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, majoring in English. During the 4-year studies in education, I kept on asking myself how to be “a good teacher”. I was one of the most active students who always asked questions in lessons. I found that learning educational theory is important, but practice is even more useful if I wanted to be a good teacher. Therefore, in addition to being a full-time student, I worked as a part-time English tutor. Throughout the four years, I taught in more than 20 secondary schools and five primary schools as well as adult evening schools in different districts of Hong Kong. I taught more than 1000 students before I graduated. I was called “Queen of Tutorials” by my friends. I was often asked how much I earned in a month. My response was “a lot”. However, I meant “skills” rather than “money”. My teaching experiences enabled me to achieve good results in all modules and teaching block practice. I developed the skills to solve problems regarding teaching and learning effectively. I gained better understanding of learners’ needs and styles. I knew better than most of my classmates how to apply teaching theories and make certain changes to suit students’ needs. The most important thing was I developed my own style of teaching and my own philosophy of education.
During March of 2010, I was involved in a two-day experience learning camp held for all S3 students in the school. The students had to face a lot of challenges and difficulties. They had to tackle every obstacle and, with the team, they had to fight for success spiritually. The students didn’t give up trying in pain and tears. I was proud of my students and I was proud of myself because I was their teacher. When I came back, I was asked how the camp was. I replied, “There were a lot of happy tears”. I smiled and cried with pride for the two days. That’s right. Every time I saw students gain success in the various challenges, hot tears would well up in my eyes. When one of the camp coaches asked which class I taught. My answer was “I don’t teach anyone and I only know a few of them.” They were surprised to see me hugging students and crying hard along with them to celebrate their victory. I even proactively joined the coach to urge the students to learn to respect and care for others. They told me that it was job passion which forces a person to love and care for others. I think it is love that pushes me to care so much about the failure and success of my beloved LTPSS students.