Finally, a Singaporean educator that believes playing Pokemon Go is not all that bad. Heck, he even justifies why children these days should embrace it.
In a recent Facebook post by Daniel Chow, he was on the way to school when he was approached by a 9-year-old boy if he was currently playing Pokemon Go. The boy then mentioned that he has already caught 74 Pokemon so far and that he has dreams of becoming the next Pokemon master.
That statement blew me away a little. Why? No, not because he completed the PokeDex in a day. But the fact that this Boy has a dream. Yes, his dream may appear small and insignificant to many adults but to him, it is ginormous, and he is well on his way to catch em’ all.
Not only was he impressed with the boy, he also urged all Singaporean educators to not deny their students of the game and to start fulfilling the dreams of their students to become the next Pokemon Masters.
I am an educator. For many years now, my dream is to fulfill the dreams of others. Youths today do not need a sage on a stage, but a guide by the side.
To my fellow teachers, I think we should all start playing Pokemon GO! …Urm, I mean we should all learn to listen to the dreams of our students. Homework, projects and exams wont get them there;ean Education System with analogy that hit us all in the feels.
He also came up with an analogy to describe the Singapore Education System using Pokemon that hit us all in the feels.
Since the entire analogy was so on point, we decided to include the entire Facebook abstract here.
Our students are like Pokemon. They need someone to catch and train them. Our students want to win battles and earn gym badges.
They have their strengths and weaknesses (e.g. fire-type is super effective against grass-type). Not all of them are good in Math and Physics. Teachers, give them room to fail. It is okay. Stop expecting a Bulbasaur to beat a Charizard.
Sometimes they lose. It is our job to bring them to the Pokemon center to nurse their disappointment (e.g. not performing for N Levels).
They level up too. Some evolve faster than others; others take a little more time. Some, like Pikachu, do not even know how to evolve until you give him a moment of inspiration (i.e. thunder stone).
Over the years, I have seen so many teachers throw away students like Magikarps. Yes, they do not seem to be very capable initially. But with much patience and love, they soon become Gyarados – strong and fearless.
Teachers, we are visionary leaders. We do not predict the future; we create it.
As an educator, I choose to see my students as Eevees. They have the freedom to become a Flareon, Vaporeon or Jolteon. Lawyer, plumber, architect, or whichever so long they serve Singapore with excellence and integrity.
Question: Am I catching my students’ hearts and training them to become their very best?
P.S. Not every student can be a legendary Pokemon, and that’s fine
One thing’s for sure – we definitely need more educators like Daniel. Instead of dispelling the entire Pokemon Go trend, he embraces it and shows us how we can use it for the betterment of the students.
This guy just showed the Singapore Education System who’s the real MVP.
This article was first published on Goodyfeed.com
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