Make It Meaningful

Mr Anil is a teacher for design and technology.

He led his students to think about how they could design products to improve the life of others with disabilities.

With thought-provoking discussion, his students would come up with ideas and make products with practical usage.

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Learning becomes an authentic experience when making useful products to solve the problems of others.

Through his lessons, his students learn to have empathy and the importance of helping others who may be less fortunate.

The values that his students experienced from his lessons are priceless.

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Our Primary School Days

When we recall our primary school days with our old friends, they are wonderful memories regardless of sweet or bitter.

For most of us, primary education is our first stage of formal education.

Our primary classmates were with us for six years.

We learnt what were friends and how friends would stick with us through good times and bad times.

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We learnt about betrayal and loyalty through friendship.

Memories of our old school days like our school song would rush back to us.

Regardless of how much we may have hated or loved our school days, education has indeed provided the starting point to ignite creativity and our work habits.

We used to memorise all we need for examination without thinking about whether they would be useful to us in future.

In this 21st century, teachers would try to get pupils to understand the purpose of learning in an authentic manner.

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The Teacher

This is a touching real story of how a teacher had helped a teenager who had no parents to realise his dream to become a doctor.

In the beginning, the teenager was not able to learn well because of his part-time job to survive for his own daily needs.

He even ate what was left over by his schoolmates since he had no money for his meals.

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His teacher encouraged him that his achievement would make him proud and he continued to help him.

Eventually, he managed to get a medical scholarship to realise his dream.

Before his teacher passed away, he was the doctor to look after him.

It was a touching moment when he recalled his past memories of his teacher.

Singapore School Uniform

When we see students who are wearing uniforms that we used to wear, memories would appear naturally.

Uniform is an identity of each school and each uniform would have its own story to tell.

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Yix Quek, the author of My School Uniform, shared about her inspiration to document stories of school uniforms in Singapore.

Joseph Tay, school badge collector, shared about his motivation to collect school badges.

As we watched the videoclip, we probably would think about our own school uniforms that we used to wear.

We may have our own stories about our schools that we can share with our children and next generation.

Our past stories can be meaningful learning points for others today.

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Singapore American School

From the videoclip, we can see that many teachers have chosen to teach in Singapore American School.

They enjoy the opportunities to teach and transform students under them.

It is a major decision for these teachers to choose Singapore American School since they have to leave their own homeland to an unfamiliar place, Singapore.

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They are glad to experience the rich culture with a huge variety of food in Singapore.

They like the good healthcare and transportation available in Singapore.

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Singapore American School certainly sounds like an exciting learning environment for students with lots of learning opportunities beyond the routine classroom.

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My Primary School In Singapore

Tania Cheng from Guangyang Primary School in Singapore shared about her wonderful learning experience in her school.

Many of us can still remember our primary school days even though we were only 7 years old kids.

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In Singapore, it is an important milestone of a child to enter a Primary School as it is the first formalized education for the child.

Singapore kids would have their learning journey of six years in Primary School before they leave for the next level of education.

At the end of six years, the students would take a National Examination called PSLE to qualify for their next level of education in Secondary Schools.

I hope you would enjoy the wonderful sharing of Tania Cheng about her experience in her Primary School.

Adults Attempt PSLE Math Paper

PSLE is the national exam that 12-year-old students would take before leaving their primary school in Singapore.

It would determine which secondary school they can attend based on the results of 4 subjects – English, Math, Science and Mother Tongue.

In the videoclip below. some adults tried the PSLE Math paper and they really had a hard time solving the questions.

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P6 students would be expected to apply their Mathematical concepts into different types of situations.

It can be rather demanding when logic and concepts must come together.

Their visualisation skills had an important part to play especially for geometry.

We can see how much the adults struggled in the above videoclip with questions that were meant for 12-year-old kids in Singapore.

When learning is simply to prepare PSLE, it may take away the joy of learning.

When we focus on how much our children can love learning, they become lifelong learners.

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Start School Later For More Sleep

Nanyang Girls’ High is a popular school in Singapore for high achievers.

Almost all students would enter the school with flying colours with good PSLE results in Primary 6.

After working hard to get into the school, most students had to continue to work hard to enable themselves to continue to do well academically.

Professor Michael Chee suggested the school to start later as the students were obviously not having enough sleep.

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He shared that research results had shown that teens perform better when they get enough sleep.

This led to a major adjustment to the timetabling and other school activities.

Teachers and students had noticed the positive impact in learning and coping with school activities.

With the positive outcomes, there are more secondary schools and primary schools decided to start school later to enable proper rest for their students.

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Road Safety Animation

These series of animated short videoclips were created by a group of students from Nanyang Polytechnic School of Interactive and Digital Media in Singapore.

They created it for the Singapore Road Safety Council to raise the awareness of Primary School Students about the importance of road safety.

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There are three stories to share about different important safety concerns to follow to avoid accidents.

The first story shared about the importance of Kerb Drills to look left and right before crossing the road even if students are late for school.

The second story shared about the danger of blind spots.

The third story reminded students not to get distracted by gadgets like mobile phone while crossing the road.

This is indeed a wonderful project to educate younger kids about road safety.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.

Huge Investment On Education

Faye Wong is a well-known actress and singer in Singapore.

In our local newspaper on 4 October 2019, it shared about her daughter being enrolled in the College Alpin Beau Soleil in Switzerland with school fee as high as S$138 000 (US$100 000) each year.
https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/faye-wongs-13-year-old-daughter-who-is-studying-in-switzerland-shows

Each year, many Singaporean parents would spend lots of money to stretch their children’s talents and potentials in enrichment programmes as well as aiming for popular schools.

The desire to groom their children to become great in future as well as not losing out to others is a strong desire in most Singaporean parents.

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The sad thing is many of these children may lose most of their childhood days to enrichment programmes.

They may not have many fun memories as children since their days are filled with enrichment programmes.

The Ministry of Education is making good effort in moving away on result-orientated curriculum to infuse the joy of learning in children.

It may take years for a culture change since most parents were told about the importance of good results since young so they may do the same for their own children.

The joy of learning would enable kids to enjoy learning even in their adulthood.

As educators, we would need to change the mindset of Singaporean parents.

Kids should not feel that they are forced to learn but they should learn because learning is fun and enjoyable to them.

Disclaimer: This is my personal reflection and I am not in any position to instruct anyone what they should do. I am not responsible for any action taken as a result of this post. My post can only be a reference for your further research and growth. By reading this post, you acknowledge and accept that. All images and pictures were taken from google images that are free from copyright under labelled for reuse.