Last week or so I saw Michael, one of my students carrying such a heavy school bag which made his young and tender backbone bent. I was thinking to myself, oh my God, if he carry on to carry that heavy bag till Fifth form then what will happen to his posture? Usually for the academically better classes, the students will bring all the necessary books of the day to school as compared to the weaker class that will bring the bare minimum to school.

For a long time already, schools has been talking about building lockers in school for the students to put their books. Our school did try out a pioneer project where students who are interested can rent the lockers from the school authority, but the project failed after a while because the lockers are broken into and also the students are too lazy to walk up to the top floor to keep their books there since for security reasons lockers has to be placed in the less accessible part of the schools , that is at the top floor to prevent vandalism.

Talking about locker, I surfed and found that are a wide variety of school lockers and also even gym lockers available online . we just need to choose the lockers, order, paid and they will shipthe lockers to us. Life indeed is becoming easier and easier.

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Just 3 more years to retirement, it is time for me to plan for my retirement. Home tuition is good income but we will be very tied down with our life and our holidays trips too...meaning that we cannot get those cheaper off season holidays but instead need to join the crowds during the school holidays since only during school holidays there will be no more home tuition.

Hence we are planning maybe to set up online tutoring like this one which offers science homework help, helping students to balance equations in chemistry which is really difficult for some, and also ionic compounds in chemistry.

With online tutoring, we can mark and tutor our students anywhere, anytime and at any place where there is internet connection. With that our work routine will be more flexible and the students can also learn at their own pace and time. Online tutoring is really a good field to venture into after my retirement.

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Happy mood cos I have just

- finished marking all my end of year test papers

- finished keying in all the marks in the SMS ( school marks system )

- finished keying those same marks all over again in the another system - SAP system and which we know very well nobody will ever look at it...just because somebody want that system and we poor teachers have to key in the marks there

-finish typing all the answers on power point for checking purposes with the students

- but then it will be much harder to control the students after the examination.....3 long weeks...alamak

but thinker of the positive side, one more year down and just 3 more years to go...

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