I’d say even after having gone to many companies, I learnt the most from Acorn. It’s where I found most growth in myself – in terms of public speaking, confidence etc. Each time I taught, I myself felt like I was solidifying my personal values or being refreshed by a new perspective! 🙂
From Acorn, I gained like-minded friends who genuinely believe in enriching kids in values that guide them throughout their lives. Furthermore, I was also fortunate enough to have gained many opportunities – from watching other styles of training, to being one of two lead trainers for SKM, to being referred to other companies!
Honestly, whichever company I go to, I have always held Acorn dear to my heart – it’s the one place I believe has restored my faith in education. I wholeheartedly believe Acorn has indeed sowed a mustard seed, and I am flourishing into a fruitful tree. 🙂
Overall, this job gave me more than a simple opportunity to teach – it also helped me to solidify my foundations on the values and skills that I was imparting to the students. Furthermore, I had to adjust to students from an eclectic mix of backgrounds, temperaments and dynamics to better engage the different audiences. Depending on their needs and potential constraints, I often had to find a good balance to ensure everyone’s needs were met. This is especially so since the students understood, prioritised and learnt differently.
All it took was a “Hey, do you like to work with youths?” that kickstarted my 3 years here in Acorn, and the year(s) are still counting. Youths – Kids and teens really never seize to show me the wholesomeness of life. Those golden years packed with so many new hurdles, were the years where I really wished I had guidance or inspiration to keep me motivated. Acorn’s ways of engaging students by experiential learning helped me connect with the youths and I remembered a time where a student wrote a paragraph long for feedback where he shared his personal struggles in school, it gave me a greater purpose in staying here. Also, in the years here, I have been groomed by my colleagues who gave me feedback to improve and opportunities to discover more about my strengths and weaknesses. I feel like a seedling now, thanks to Acorn. Haha. Now is my turn to ask you, “Hey, do you like to work with youths?”
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