After a century of theories about how hard it is to learn to read, a new generation of phone-messaging teenagers have invented new literacies without a theory of differential learning in sight. If we can save the word learning for events like this, we might have something to work with and work for. – McDermott,… Continue reading How do people learn?
That is a question I ask myself a lot during my time as an adjunct faculty member of a local university, As much as I enjoyed interacting with young minds, I found it exceptionally difficult to get students to think, in particular to think beyond the immediate and the obvious. There would be times when… Continue reading Do students think?
My time as a full-time student brought the worst set of results I have ever received over the past few years, and the irony of the situation was not lost on me, even as I was feeling lousy over this rather bemusing episode. The semester started innocuously enough, with an enthusiastic instructor who told many long… Continue reading What do grades mean?
I live next to a primary school, and that did not mean much until recently. This is in part due to the fact that I now spend more time at home, after stopping full-time work, which meant that I actually do ‘see’ and ‘hear’ more of what the school is doing. Yes, the block of… Continue reading Living next to a primary school
When I began teaching again in August, I walked into class with much reservation and trepidation, having been out of the classroom for so long. As the semester unfolded, I learnt alongside my students, about their likes and dislikes, their hopes and aspirations and things that were on their mind right now. Along the way,… Continue reading Wrapping up
Can I…? Is it okay to…? Can I check if…? These are but some question starters commonly used by students in my classes. They needed to know if they were on the right track before they could move on to the next part of the assignment. Instead of exercising judgement and interpret question requirements, they… Continue reading The need to be right can be wrong
Reading Mrs Chua Yen Ching’s story on The Straits Times and reading Facebook responses to this story provided much fodder for reflection. As someone who used to be with the Education Service, I know there is more to that which is reported. As much as I respect and admire Mrs Chua for her optimism and willingness… Continue reading Respect for our teachers