Food: Stick to one serving of carbs, have some and not completely cut them out, just reducing the amount of it and sticking more to the veges.
Movement: Night walks/morning walks with my parents during the weekends
Sleep: I would want to keep my sleep hours until 7 hours or above to feel well rested for the school day to come. 11:00 pm – 6:20 am
Thoughts: I would want to keep myself from getting exam/any assessment panics.
Emotional: To reduce getting agitated and angry at my parents/friends when the stress of hw increases at home.
Helping with refugee kids with homework- Outside School
1. How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?
As I was teaching the kids there were some times when even I got confused on what to do next in some of the exercises that they were given as homework. Or at times it was hard for even me to convey what I meant in the most concise way possible in the few minutes I had of their attention before they got distracted by one of their peers. I learnt how hard it can be to teach someone else, and how that only comes by me knowing the content fully first.
2. How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?
After I was assigned a child to help them with their homework I realised that she was the youngest one in the room. She was very hyper and always full of energy. This was a challenge that I had to undertake in order to do my best at what I was doing. While working I told her that we will work a bit and finish the one task that was at hand and then she can either free talk with me or work on colouring (like she wanted to) for 5 mins. This gave her motivation to keep working and stay focused.
3. How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?
I went to this place with the help of this organization called, “HandsOn Hong Kong”. It has a variety of NGO partners and different activities people can choose from to volunteer in according to their interests. I registered with them and signed up for the activities, checked time and venue, planned in on my calendar and showed up.
4. How did you persevere in action?
As I was teaching, as mentioned before there were many instances where I felt like giving up because it was just hard to keep the focus of the child I was assigned. So throughout the process I kept my calm and maintained my patience by putting myself in her shoes and imagining how I would feel if I had to do so much homework by myself and not have an unstable scenario at home too.
5. How did you work collaboratively with others?
This activity was so that we all learn to collaborate with a wide variety of people. Whether it is your teachers or friends or in this case, refugee children. Meeting an interacting with a variety of people can help improve collaborative skills and develop as a person.
6. How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?
I was interacting with a girl who was not from Hong Kong or India. She was from South Africa and her lifelong stories was really different from mine and getting to know that and engage with her day to day activities really got me thinking how different lives of people can be by just being from two different countries. It is always important to keep that in mind when having a conversation with them to treat with sensitivity when it comes to traditional cultural values.
7. How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?
Before attending this volunteering session we had to be trained to be well prepared for this activity. As we have to keep in mind the sensitive situation of these children. They are refugee kids and in some cases don’t even have families and have seen a rough childhood. While having a conversation I was mindful about this and to make sure to not touch upon sensitive topics.