Hell Week. The week before my 12-year-old students would take the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), a high-stakes exam that would determine whether they qualified for middle school. It was one of the longest weeks of my life. Yet paradoxically, it flew past in a flash. The challenges of teaching were compounded by how students were breaking down left, right and center. So I listened to them talk, filled in the silences when they couldn’t, acknowledged their need to wallow in misery and firmly insisted them to “just breathe”. I absorbed their anxiety and anger, among other emotions. Just when I needed time to think and plan, I felt my mind growing heavier and heavier. But in the classroom, I put on a façade of composure and determination. When it was crunch time, I had to be tactical and strategic in carrying out lessons that would help the weakest kids score, not bore the average kids out of their minds and even stretch the best-performing kids. Three incidents stood out. First, 2nd Weakest Girl was the only one to get all 5 content marks for the mock letter writing test. I don’t care about the marks but it heartened me that she was exercising her thinking faculties and employing them effectively, limited as her language skills were. Second, 7 kids raised their hands to express that they wanted to write a composition during the last two periods of the school day. If this doesn’t make an English teacher’s heart sing, I don’t know what will. Third, Tall Dark Handsome wrote “They think it’s the future” as the answer to my self-composed comprehension paragraph on why cryptocurrencies are gaining in popularity among Singaporeans. Well, not the comprehension answer I was training them to spot and write but he exhibited a willingness to engage with a topic foreign to him and compose a response. Hell Week also comprised me walking around and serving students biscuits while they listened to their after-school care teacher go through Maths problems. Poor kids. They are really stretched to the limit. In the midst of all this drama and trauma, I still continued with my daily routine of earning coins on Cointiply (http://cointiply.com/r/VP28z ) (as well as posting regularly on Publish0x but that's not the point of this journal). Clicking on pay-to-click ads and doing surveys seemed frightfully beneath the level of a veteran teaching professional, but it was a wonderful relief. I could accumulate my coins easily whenever I had some spare pockets of time and needed to decompress from the negative energy I had absorbed from my students. I could conveniently roll the faucet whenever I wanted to take a break in between lesson preparation. At the very least, it was an easy way to accumulate 30000 points and exchange them for some Litecoin (as you can see from the thumbnail). You can get Bitcoin if you have the patience to gather 50000 points - but I prefer to transfer Litecoin to my Gemini account because the Gemini Earn program gives a higher interest rate for Litecoin than for Bitcoin. Three more days to their PSLE and I will be through!
Using Cointiply During Hell Week
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