I am not sure if Mathematics and poor teachers go together but all of the “bad” teachers I have had – or maybe these are the ones I can recall – were Math teachers. One teacher taught me between the ages of 10 and 11 years. I was terrified of her. She would scream at students who talked in her lessons. Once, she threw my classmates’ exercise books out of the window and they had to retrieve it from the car park below.
In its 2010-2011 report, State of the World’s Cities: Bridging the Urban Divide, the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (or UN-HABITAT for short) argues that any solutions to the urban divide must ensure that slum upgrading is strongly linked to health and nutrition programmes.
Not everyone knows how or why I started to teach, just close friends, but the consistent problems Wee Care has faced in cultivating a strong team of early childhood educators over the years has brought me, time and again, to recall the moment when I felt working with young children was going to be right […]
Writing this reflection after our trip to India must be one of the weightiest tasks I have ever undertaken. For one, these will not be the words of Denise, but of mine. Taking over – the pen – from Denise is a big deal. I feel like I have to write up to standard. That […]
One of the problems with the way meritocracy is applied in the Singapore context is what happens in daily classroom life as a result. In the last newsletter, I outlined how even supposedly “holistic” ventures such as projects and extra-curricular activities in Singapore schools are platforms for performativity (to borrow Professor Stephen’s Ball’s term for […]
It is difficult to write about meritocracy, especially when one has benefited from a system that extols the virtues of hard work, effort, diligence and that certain amount and kind of intellect that gets rewarded in school. It is even more difficult to imagine anything else. Surely, identifying individuals by merit is society’s fairest way […]
Quality indicators in the early childhood environment include structural factors such as a higher adult-child ratio and specialized training. At least eight research studies between 1979 and 1995 have documented that such factors are related to a positive and stimulating classroom environment. Process factors also influence the quality of early childhood education and care. For […]
Previously, we highlighted that the Project Approach with Multiliteracies (or PAM) will allow our children to explore the limitless possibilities of technology in the classroom. It will involve our children developing the complex skills of seeking, selecting, rationalizing, and finally, creating new information from (newfound!) knowledge. Importantly, technological advancements include variations in how knowledge can […]
by Denise Lai, BA, BSocSc (Hons), MEd As announced during our recent Parent-Teacher Conferences, Wee Care will incorporate the pedagogical framework of Multiliteracies into The Project Approach component with effect from January 2010. No one would dare argue that globalization has wrought profound effects in many facets of human life. Politically, nation-states acknowledge the growing […]