Its not a hobby of mine I would do, something involved within school, or an activity. As many of people knows I enjoy doing variety of works like theoretical work, film, swimming, and others through 16 years of my life. This particular experience I had was outside of school and started since when I was young so it is in a personal level and somehow biased (as always) that gives my own unique perspective yet I want people know in broader picture.
Have you ever babysit before or involve any particular work with children?
Children have impacted me a lot and strangely stuck with me since when I was about 9 years old because thats when I first looked after a child by helping my maid auntie as my mum is teaching a tea lesson at that time to her students. There was a baby in a baby cart, a 2 years old boy, a 3-4 years old boy, and a 5 years old girl. I was so willing to help that I ended up tagging along to where the place that the babysitting takes place and I took a responsibility to look after 3 kids while my maid auntie looked after the baby. It wasn’t a easy job where I hold the kid in my arm and to do the task that they would enjoy like simply reading a book and give them candies. It was sure exhausting at the end of the day feeling all my energy drawn out from me but I enjoyed it till the end of the day with a smile.
Since then, I would baby sit when I have time and I sometimes do part-time job/help my Kumon class to educate local kids and mark their home works. The Knowledge by acquaintance plays part in the whole process and you will gain and learn from the personal experience you had over and over again until it sticks in your mind thus it would start to lean towards the Practical Knowledge. For example, at Kumon, I gain the Knowledge by acquaintance of knowing the foundation of how the system works, how you will mark the test, and approach the children through what I have already experienced as well that I could apply and already ‘master’ it. It could apply through the based foundation of the Bloom’s theory, the process it follows as: Remembering the information given from the previous event of what you have done then question on how it could work in one particular child, Comprehension is when you have different subjects and place it into as a whole on how the child acts or enjoy depending on gender as well, Application to the new situation that a new task unfolds, and analysis why the child act that certain way or ask and try to help them from the already known knowledge.
In conclusion, teaching and babysitting children have helped me to keep a balance in life and try to to help the others with your own responsibility. I had gone through emotional and physical tiredness in taking care of the children but having the joy that kept me flexible over time. These Knowledge by acquaintance and Practical Knowledge could be applied to the other activities and dedication is a key word in order for me to keep doing a particular work while gaining knowledge from it where it shows the Aristotle’s Three Telos.