Orientation Turn Complicated
Encounteringnew things, which might seem practically hard, might instill somefear in an individual thus lowering the confidence in that particularperson. Practically, this happened to me when during my first week inschool when I was only four years and some few days old.Additionally, orientation in my school instilled more fear in mesince it was done in a unique way by attending upper-level classes tostrengthen the bond between the new and existing students. Therefore,during the first week of school, the new kids just used to playaround and attend classes in the upper-level classes for those whowished to. Unfortunately, my mom used to be a lecturer in a college,and therefore she insisted to me that I had no option of playingaround and the only alternative was to ensure that I attended classeswhenever there was one. Therefore, after joining the school at fouryears of age, unknowingly to me, orientation in that school duringthe first week was unique which saw new students join other studentsin their classes. As a result, things turned took a turn for theworst due to lack of prior knowledge regarding this process. In thispaper, I will highlight my experience during that first week ofadmission in school and provide my reasons for retelling this story.
Istarted school at the age of four. Being the first child of a ladywho had pursued various levels of education to a point where she hadto teach in college, the pressure in learning was expected to be muchhigher. My mom could not, therefore, allow me to spend another singleday at home after attaining the age of four years. However, I waslucky enough since I reached the age of four years during the winterperiod when learning had taken a break in most schools. Therefore, Ihad to wait until the weather was very conducive to start going toschool. Immediately the cold season went away my mom had alreadybought all items that I needed to start learning. Therefore, mylearning journey started when I was four years and some days old.
Inmy school, orientation was done in a unique way such that after kidshad joined the school during the first week, they were taken inupper-level classes to build a bond with other pupils in the school.Indeed, my first day in upper-level class coincidentally collidedwith a lesson which mathematics teacher was the one teaching. I wasvery young, and all I could do in this class was just an imaginationof what the other learners were doing. I could not understandanything during that lesson since I even did not know how to read andwrite anything. Additionally, I had never encountered such activitiesin my life, and therefore this made me more confused than before. Mybest time was during break time when almost every student fought fora chance to play with me. Therefore, orientation during the firstweek was just to ensure that we became used to the school environmentand build the confidence though we were not aware.
Whenevening came, and it was time to get back home, I saw my mom’s carand rushed out of the class not knowing that there was a protocolthat was followed before we could break for home. Otherwise, this wasexpected from the young kids since most of them were not used to thissituation of being away from their parents the whole day. Therefore,I just got into the car, and mom drove away with the permission of ateacher who told her that there no problem if we left before otherstudents, could move. Otherwise, during the three kilometers drive, Ikept complaining to my mom how my first day was terrible and I couldunderstand anything during the study. However, my mom gave me themorale to continue being keen in class and that it was just a matterof time and that I could get used to it. As a result of thecomplaint, my mom used to fear that I might not be sharp as sheexpected me to be unknowing that it was just orientation.
Thesecond, third, fourth and fifth day came and similar to the firstday, my mother used to prepare breakfast for me and drove me to theplace where things were confusing rather than making a difference.However, during these five days of the week, I had made many friendsin the upper levels than even in our class. Certainly, theexpectations of the administration of the school were to ensure thatnew students become friends with the old students of the school andas the week ended this had happened to me together with my colleagueswho were socializing in other classes. Creating a friendlyenvironment helps to develop self-regulatory skills and adaptivehelp-seeking behavior [ CITATION Kin14 l 1033 ].Therefore,I believe that the school administration was just making our futurelife in school easy by encouraging socialization during the firstweek.
Inbrief, things might seem hard for one during the first instance asthey were to me, but such things might be there to ensure the smoothflow of other things in future. As a result, things seemed hard forme during the first week in school not knowing that it was just anorientation to help build the bond with other students to help kidssocialize and not remain confused.
Kinnebrew, J. S. (2014). Analyzing the temporal evolution of students’ behaviors in open-ended learning environments. Metacognition and Learning, 9(2), 187-215.
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