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Insights into Inquiry-based Learning by an ex-student

I am a former student who graduated from Raffles Girls’ Schoool (RGS) in 2013. Recently, I had the opportunity to intern at RGS for 2 months.

During my stint there, my Geography teacher, Mrs Eriyanty Mohammad, invited me to join her and Ms Nurashikin for an excursion with some Year 1 students. The excursion to Peninsula Plaza was for the Regional Studies Programme (RSP) students to gain some insights into the Burmese community in Singapore. I jumped at the chance almost immediately. I fondly remember going for such excursions while I was a student and my RSP teachers had also taken us to Golden Mile Complex and Lucky Plaza for us to have a better understanding of some foreign communities in Singapore. (more…)

Debating the value of direct teaching

Recently, I read an article by Kevin Donnelly from the School of Education at Australian Catholic University, who questioned the wisdom of discovery learning where teachers ‘facilitate instead of teach’. In this article entitled “ ‘Chalk and talk’ teaching may be best after all,” he notes that research  supports direct instruction, especially during the early primary education in subjects like English Language and Mathematics. Donnelly was referring to a report by a group of seventy teachers from Britain who had gone to Shanghai to study why Chinese students perform so well in the international tests. Their conclusion was that whole-class teaching and memorization were key factors in their success.

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Our Classrooms Can Be as Powerful

I would like to introduce to you two personalities who have used their craft to bring beauty and wonder into the lives of people, young and old.

As educators, we too have this gift, which we can present to the children who, by virtue of our profession are presented to us on a daily basis.

Mac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret door
Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn’t children’s books be? In this whimsical talk, award-winning author Mac Barnett speaks about writing that escapes the page, art as a doorway to wonder — and what real kids say to a fictional whale.

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“You’ve only three choices in life: Give up, give in OR give it all you’ve got.”

Be Thankful: A Video on Sam Berns

When we start a fresh new week, it is another opportunity for each of us to do what we desire most with our life, be it our personal life or our professional life. With so much strife in the world, is it not wonderful that we have a life to live, and the freedom to live it to the fullest? We have so much to be thankful for.

I would like to invite you to view this video on Sam Berns. It will definitely put into perspective the way we handle what we perceive as difficulties in our lives, which prevents us from being genuinely happy.

 

Posted by: Mrs Shirley Tan
Senior Deputy Principal
Raffles Girls’ School

Power of Dreams

Be it our girls or ourselves, having a dream gives us hope and helps us look at the world with the “eyes” of optimism. It is only with this belief will we be motivated to be a creator of a better age.

If you have a window of time, please view this video, Heather Dorniden’s Inspiring 600 meter race

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通过英文佳句学习华文

     我经常介绍一些英文的好句子给学习华文的学生,虽说这有点委屈。但针对新加坡这个特殊的教学背景,这个方式可以发挥学生英文水平较高的优势,还有,在不断推敲、选择恰当词汇的打磨过程中,何尝不是一种对华文的提高呢?

   在推出老师的翻译之前,先让学生自己翻译。学生翻译的时候,我迅速在电脑上打字记录下来,展示出来;并且同一句子让两名或三名学生翻译,如此一来,也可以相互比较,师生讨论,共同提高。

   以下列举三例,读者朋友可以比较一下: (more…)

有些字千万错不得

朋友在“微信”上给我分享了一个令人笑破肚皮的关于错字的笑话,均来自淘宝网上的打字错误,仅举几例如下:

问:“你能活到付款(货到付款)吗?”答:“亲,我尽量。”

问:“一口气买了五件,能幽会(优惠)吗?”答:“亲,吃个饭应该还是可以的。”

问:“你们有尸体(实体)店吗?”答:“亲,淘宝不让卖那个⋯⋯”

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这些令人惊悚、让人笑得前仰后合的汉字错误,在今天利用电脑打字盛行、生活节奏如此快速,打完字不检查就按了发送键有直接的关系。 (more…)