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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.
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.
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
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