Manspiration 2016 by Chan Long-huen

Manspiration 2016 by Chan Long-huen

For Brovember, Young Post asked our readers to tell us about a man who inspires them. This could be their father, brother, uncle, teacher, or even someone they've never met, like US President Barack Obama or Canto-pop musician Eason Chan. Here is one of the entries we received, in their own words ...

In my sixteen years of life, many people appeared as my beacon light to help me grow up both physically and mentally. However, among these people, the one who inspires me the most is definitely my Chemistry teacher now – Mr. Wong.

On the first day of my F.4 life, when I received the news that Mr. Wong would be my Chemistry teacher for the remaining three years. He did a self-introduction to us. In the self-introduction, Mr. Wong mentioned that he was going to using a new technique in teaching Chemistry, and hoped that everyone would be able to obtain knowledge in a brand new and better way.

I discovered that the meaning of ‘a brand new way’ is that we do self-learning on specific pages at home, and ask questions on the class. ‘Is this really a effective way?’ I asked myself. I didn’t believe in this way of learning at first. However, after a while I found that this way of learning could encourage the students to read more, and get more knowledge not to be taught in the ordinary curriculum.


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After two months, I saw my first result under the new method of learning – I scored over 90 in Chemistry for the first time. I was able to see the effectiveness of self-learning and this inspired me that it is vital to obtain knowledge from external sources in order to become a erudite man.

Mr. Wong also inspired me that there are many forms of relationship between a teacher and a student. In my opinion, most teacher keep a distance from students, and vice versa. However, Mr. Wong broke my idea. I could see that Mr. Wong engage in chitchat with his students everyday at every recess.

According to the words of my classmate, one could find him whenever one wanted to. He welcomed everyone, on any topics, from academic to sports, from sports to love. I found that it was very easy to build good relations with Mr. Wong. I once invited he in playing basketball and we instantly become ‘friends’.

Mr. Wong has been successful in updating the meaning of the word ‘teacher’ in my dictionary. In these few months, I often see Mr. Wong working alone in the staff room until late. At 8 o’clock, when every teacher is at home having dinner, playing with their children, Mr. Wong continues marking our Chemistry homework as what I see.

He is surely the most diligent teacher I have seen. I remember that once I called Mr. Wong through Whatsapp at midnight and tried to ask questions about Chemistry. He replied to me almost instantly! It was quite amazing to see that a teacher could sacrifice his sleeping time for a simple question of his student. I believe that no other teachers can do it. Yes, a real teacher continues his mission at any moment. I believe in that.

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