Name: Dr. Lai Chai Fui
Designation: Mandarin teacher
Teacher at Orbix since: 2017
How has the MCO affected life at Orbix?
We’ve been busier than ever: teachers have had to adapt quickly to a variety of changes in our roles, from the closure of schools and remote learning, to teaching while following social distancing guidelines.
Advice for students adjusting to online learning?
Education is a sharing field so even though the connection has shifted from its traditional form, we’ve simply had to adapt to its new shape. It’s important to focus on the positives and to view it as a good opportunity to experience another mode of learning.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned from being in lockdown?
There have been a lot of things to stress out about this pandemic. I have changed the way I think of life and health, and have tried to adopt a more positive attitude. I managed to slow down some and find new ways to release stress and anxiety. I have finally learned to have my own interests by taking online courses on drawing and costume design.
What do you do to de-stress?
Exercise is one of my best way to de-stress. A short walk and home workout can clear my head and boost endorphins. Sometimes meditating also helps me in relaxing my mind and body. Healthy eating improves my energy, and improves my physical and mental health. I will also get restful and restorative sleep every night by listening to good music before going to bed.
What is your favourite book and why?
Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. There are a lot of inspiring quotes in it. For instance: “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction”. Her books are the mirrors of the soul.
What is the best thing about being a teacher?
Watching my students grow and succeed in life.
What is the best piece of advice you have received that you would like to share with your students?
“When you know better, do better”. Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. We’re all doing the best we can based on the information and resources we have at our disposal. However, some things are simply better learned through experience.
What are you proudest of?
I care more about the people my students become than the scores on the tests they take.