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Apr - Jun 2011

May Day

Impartiality of the School Climate Survey p5

Celebrations

Reading Aloud: Problems and Benefits p12

Maths Workshops p14

Rick Smith

Workshops 2011 pp10 - 11


CONTENTS STU Directory

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STU Members in Run 350

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Visitors from Abroad

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Impartiality of the School Climate Survey

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Educare Professional Workshops

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8 NTUC 50 May Day Rally Celebration 2011

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Rick Smith Workshops 2011

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Reading Aloud: Problems and Benefits by George Jacobs

13 STU Professional Workshops School Holidays 14 September Mathematics Workshops

15 Book Notices - STU Sponsorship Awardees 16 UniSIM for July 2011 Intake

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STU 65th Anniversary Promotions

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PUBLISHED BY: Singapore Teachers’ Union 583 Serangoon Road Singapore 218197 Tel: 6299 3936 Fax: 6294 7982 www.stu.org.sg

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ADVERTISEMENT Membership Department Ms Isabella Li Tel: 6299 3936 Email: lict@stu.org.sg


Information STU Advisors Dr Vivian Balakrishnan Minister for The Environment and Water Resources

Mr Heng Chee How Deputy Secretary-General, NTUC and Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office

STU Directory Address 583 Serangoon Road Singapore 218197 General Enquiries 6299 3936 (main line) General E-mail simty@stu.org.sg General Fax 6294 7982 Website www.stu.org.sg

STU Trustees

Industrial Relations

Jagindar Singh

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Mr Neo Tick Watt @ Neo Teck Watt Ms Koh Ting Ting Mr Leow Peng Kui Mr John Ho Cheow Kuang Mr Wong Heng Tong

Membership

Isabella Li Membership Services

ext. 14 ext. 12

Professional

Thomas Low ext. 27 Workshops ext. 23

Student Outreach (STaR)

Joseph Francis

ext. 13

Finance

Jonathan Tan Accounts enquiries

ext. 20 ext. 19

Corporate Services

Carine Yip

ext. 26

Vice President

Administration

Pauline Wong

ext. 28

Mr Chew Fah San Billy

IT

Andrew Sim

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STU Central Council 2009-2013 Mr Mike Thiruman President

Mr Chua Niam Pheng Lawrence Vice President

Ms Loh Lee Miang Ariel

For advertising enquiries, email Ms Isabella Li at lict@stu.org.sg

Vice President

Mr Lye Teck Hee Edwin General Secretary

Mr Chacko Cherry

Deputy General Secretary

Ms Sabariah Bte Kassim

Message from the it department

Assistant General Secretary

Mr Eli Chong Lo Han

Assistant General Secretary

Mrs Jenny Tan

Unions, like all other organisations, have become increasingly dependent on Information Technologies. STU now has a comprehensive website and

Assistant General Secretary

uses email for most of our communications. By adopting new technologies,

Miss Tan Lian Eng

STU hopes to send a strong message to our members and potential

Assistant General Secretary

Ms Isabella Li

Assistant General Secretary

members that we intend to stick around and provide advice on members’ terms and conditions of service and assistance with work-related problems.

Mr Collin Keith Sebastian General Treasurer

Mr Huang I Lung Assistant General Treasurer

Central Council Members

STU general auditors Mr Mohamed Jufri Hamzah Mr Tan Boon Hoe

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Name NRIC Number School attached to Email Address Contact numbers (Home and Mobile) New Home Address (if applicable)

Alternatively, you can go to our website (http://www.stu.org.sg) and do an update online.

Andrew Sim IT Manager

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Mr Edwin Chew Tec Heng Mr Chew Yiu Chee Mr Lim Beng Hua Alan Ms Lim Poh Eng Catherine Ms Siti Fauziah Jasman Mr Monteiro Anthony Edward Mr Paul Edward Osgodby Mr Tan Seng Kiong Jeffrey Mr Mohamed Salleh bin Md Nooh Mr Peh Teow Peng Ms Serena Tay Hwee Khim

We have not been able to reach some of our members through email. If

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RUN 350

STU Members in

Run 350 17 April 2011

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ost people would usually still be sound asleep at 7.30 am on a Sunday, but 65 STU members gathered at the Promontory@Marina Bay to do their part for the environment by participating in Run 350 – a 10km competitive run organized by Young NTUC on 17 April 2011.

Run 350 was organized by the 350 Singapore movement, a group started and supported by Young NTUC. Targeted at raising awareness of the critical amount of carbon emission in the atmosphere we should strive to ensure our survivability as humankind.

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STU members at the Promontory.

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David Tay (centre), Vice-chairperson of Young STU Committee, with a group of STU members participating in Run 350.


visitors from abroad

Visitors from Abroad

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n the last two months there have been two groups of visitors from abroad – one group from the University of Minnesota (USA) and the other group from Beijing. Both groups wanted to know about recent changes in education in Singapore and the role that STU plays in supporting the continuing professional development of teachers in the Singapore system.

The Second Group Eight visitors from Chaoyang Foreign Language School in Beijing formed the second group. They were here for 5 days (2-6 May 2011) under STU’s special visitorship scheme. The team was led by two of the Chaoyang School vice-principals – namely, Vice-Principal Mr Zhao Yue (赵玥) and Vice-Principal Mr Wang Hao (王昊).

The First Group

Mr Edwin Lye (standing) welcoming the visitors.

(From left) Ms Amanda Gee (CAE), Dr Deanne Magnusson & Dr Ruth Thomas (of the University of Minnesota), Mrs Chan Ching Oi (Director & CEO of ISS Education Group) and Dr Ho (STU).

The first group comprising visitors from the University of Minnesota and CAE (Center for American Education in Singapore) were particularly interested in the way Singapore trains its educational leaders. In turn, the university professors, Dr Deanne Magnusson and Dr. Ruth Thomas, spoke briefly about their new training program at the master’s level – which is

On the first day, the visitors were welcomed by Mr Edwin Lye, General Secretary of STU (picture, above), and then briefed by two colleagues on developments in Singapore’s education system and in teacher education. What was important for the visitors was the opportunity to visit schools and had interactive sessions at both schools (Raffles Girls’ Secondary School and Holy Innocents’ Primary School) and higher institutions of learning (National Institute of Education and RELC).

Leadership in Education M.Ed. – Singapore Program This 30-credit master’s degree (M.Ed) professional studies program in leadership in education is designed for educators working in international contexts.

Associate Prof Agnes Chang (extreme right) speaking to the group on teacher education in Singapore.

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The program is offered jointly by the departments of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), and Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Minnesota. The Leadership in Education MEd is approved by the Higher Education Learning Commission—North Central, and the Council for Private Education, Singapore.

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industrial relations

Impartiality of the School Climate Survey

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o our query on the conduct of the School Climate Survey (SCS), Mr Ong Swee Teck, Deputy Director, Organisation Review, Organisation Development Division, Ministry of Education replied:

“........... the SCS survey is being conducted online. Going online will help us achieve two key objectives - to increase accuracy during data transfers as well as to further enhance efficiency of survey administration works. To minimise the extra time taken by teachers to fill up the SCS survey form electronically (about 30 to 45 minutes each) either during their free-periods in schools or at home, the SCS Working Committee had recommended that school leaders could set aside some time for their staff to complete the survey. So as not to add to the demands on the time of teachers, the recommendation was that schools could use the time already allocated for other purposes such as contact time or protected time-tabled time. We refer to this assigned time as “proctored sessions”, that is, a pre-arranged session for 50 or more staff to complete the survey at a common timing during school hours.

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We hope that this option of allowing schools to have pre-arranged proctored session(s) for their staff to complete the survey could help to encourage greater participation. It will also allow for adequate technical assistance to be rendered to them by the vendor, Hewitt Associates, should they face difficulties accessing the survey site.  The school could arrange for these sessions to be done in common places such as computer labs, staff rooms, etc as deemed fit by them.  

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Teachers should rest assured that as part of our confidentiality statement on the first page of the survey, we have stated clearly that once the respondent has submitted his/her response in the system, this will be kept confidential and only Hewitt Associates has access to these individualised responses from the teachers.  As part of its professional Code of Ethics, Hewitt is committed to protecting the individual’s responses and does not entertain requests from MOE or schools for the forwarding of individual’s responses or the identification of individuals.  The final School Climate Survey report will only reflect aggregated responses and this will only be provided for staff groups with a sample size of 10 or more.” It is evident from the above that no one else but only Hewitt Associates has access to each teacher’s responses. Thus impartiality is guaranteed. For quality improvement of our renowned education system, every teacher should respond to the SCS survey with integrity.


may day rally

NTUC 50

May Day Rally Celebration 1st May 2011

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ver 8,000 participants and senior leaders from unions, management and government descended at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for an energetic, vibrant and colourful celebration of the NTUC 50th Anniversary May Day Rally. With the delight and positive applause of the participants, the Guest-of-Honour Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the setting up of the NTUC50 Development matching fund with a total targeted sum of $50 million, in furthering future membership growth and leadership capacity. 

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NTUC Secretary-General Lim Swee Say also announced that the Continuing Education & Training (CET) Centre in Jurong Lake District, slated to open in 2013, would be called the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability. This being a befitting tribute to the late founding NTUC Secretary-General who led the modernisation of the Labour Movement and was a strong proponent of adult education as well.

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STU took the lead role with the General Secretary Mr Edwin Lye heading the event’s Working Committee as the Chairperson whereby planning and implementation took some ten months since the middle of 2010. The STU march-in flag bearers were also in high spirits led by key activists from the Young STU (YSTU). The recitation of the May Day Resolution, brought the event to an emotional and spirited climax for everyone,

in reaffirming the Labour Movement’s commitment to bring about a better life for the workers of Singapore, its solidarity with the international labour fraternity and its symbiotic relationship with the PAP.


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workshops

Rick Smith

Workshops 2011 R

ick Smith is an international education consultant and national presenter. He has shared practical teaching strategies to tens of thousands of teachers and teacher-trainers worldwide, including two years training American Peace Corps Volunteer Teachers in Ghana, West Africa. Rick was a classroom teacher for over 14 years, focusing primarily on students-at-risk. He’s been a mentor/support provider and mentor coordinator for many years, and has taught in both Elementary and Secondary Credential programmes in northern California. Rick has conducted hundreds of workshops on effective classroom management and instructional strategies, in addition to dozens of keynote speeches nationally that are consistently being praised for both their motivational and practical value. His feature article “Mentoring New Teachers: Strategies, Structures, and Successes,” appears in the Teacher

Education Quarterly. His bestselling book Conscious Classroom Management: Unlocking the Secrets of Great Teaching is currently being used by the majority of new teachers in the ten largest school districts in America. It is rapidly becoming the number one book in the country for classroom management and student motivation.

Conscious Classroom Management: Bringing Out the Best in Students and Teachers Why it is that good classroom management is often invisible? How can we understand and utilize these invisible skills with our students? Conscious Classroom Management is a lively, fun, and interactive workshop that addresses these questions, giving Primary and Secondary School teachers practical solutions for successfully managing their classrooms. In this fast-paced, laughter-filled seminar, you will learn and explore:

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1. How to make invisible management skills visible 2. How to “hold your ground” in ways that invite student cooperation 3. Many specific management strategies you can use right away 4. Practical approaches for motivating your reluctant learners

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Date

: Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Time

: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Registration Deadline : Tuesday, 01 November 2011 Venue

: The Grassroots’ Club, 190 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 Singapore 568046

5. Key ties between “student friendly” lessons and easy classroom management 6. A variety of “nuts and bolts” that are vital for classroom survival 7. Strategies that result in reduced anxiety and a fresher, more positive approach to teaching

Fees: Standard rate - $260 STU - members’ discounted rate - $190


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“It has been a great interactive workshop on Classroom Management Strategies for teacher learners.” - Past Participant- Dorothy Low, Yu Hua Primary, Teacher -

“It was really very inspiring and enriching. It was worth every minute.” - Past Participant- A. Lakshmanan, South View Primary, Teacher -

Rebels with Applause: Brain Compatible Approaches for Motivating Reluctant Learners This lively interactive workshop provides Primary and Secondary teachers with practical strategies based on current research on the brain that helps boost student involvement, motivation, and retention. Participants will explore how the brain learns, with focus on the MEANS for making a difference: • Memory - key ways to increase your students’ retention • Emotion - its critical role in student learning • Attention - how to get it and maintain it

• New Meaning - how to “wire it” into long-term memory • Strategies - Dozens that are Brain-Compatible

Plus: 1. Over thirty approaches for motivating all your students, especially your reluctant learners 2. Classroom Management Strategies that are geared primarily for the at-risk student Date

: Thursday, 24 - Friday, 25 November 2011

Time

: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Registration Deadline : Tuesday, 01 November 2011 Venue

: The Grassroots’ Club, 190 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 Singapore 568046

3. Lesson Plan Ideas That Work 4. Conscious Classroom Management: Bringing Out the Best in Students and Teachers

Fees: Standard rate - $350 STU - members’ discounted rate - $280

1. Download application form from www.stu.org.sg and email to programmes@stu.org.sg. Principal’s signature will not be required if the application is sent via email. Note, all email applications must be copied to the respective school Principal (unless the sender is himself the school Principal) otherwise; it will not be valid. 1. Alternatively, you could also fax the application form to 6458 4163 (Principal’s signature will be required). For enquiries, please contact Kim at 6299 3936 ext 21.

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Application Procedure

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reading aloud

Reading Aloud:

Problems and Benefits by George Jacobs Why read aloud?

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eading aloud is a form of communication in which a well-prepared reader reads to an interested audience. Most people do much more silent reading than reading aloud. Nevertheless, there are many occupations and social situations in which people read aloud, e.g., reading a report, the minutes of a meeting, instructions, something from a newspaper. Can you think of the last time you read aloud? Why did you do it? Teaching is one occupation in which reading aloud can often be useful, and not just with preschool and lower primary students. A key reason for reading aloud to students is to encourage a love for reading, silently or aloud. With specific regard to reading aloud, if teachers read frequently to students, they learn that reading aloud is for the enjoyment and the information of the listeners, not - as many students fear - a test of reading ability. Reading aloud is also one of the best ways of introducing learners to books, stories, and poems that they might otherwise miss. Teachers are not the only ones who can do reading aloud. When students read aloud, they can improve their fluency and pronunciation. There are many ways to organize students to read aloud. For instance, reading plays affords opportunities for purposeful oral reading. Oral reading is not the same as silent reading: • Oral reading is slower; • Each word is read, and read in order; • There is no going back; • Accurate pronunciation is important.

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Reading experts’ views on reading aloud

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Many reading experts caution against having students read aloud. They raise several concerns: 1. It is difficult to concentrate on meaning and pronunciation at the same time; 2. It is possible to pronounce words without understanding their meaning (known as "barking at print"); 3. Reading aloud can encourage word-by-word reading, which is inefficient; 4. It is often tedious and unproductive to have students listen to their peers' slow, inaccurate reading;

5. Often, other students are not listening or reading along, but are reading ahead to practise in case they are called on to read; 6. Some students find reading aloud to be very stressful. The majority view among reading experts seems to be that students should only read aloud after they have read silently and have understood what they are reading. Even Charles Dickens, who was famous for doing oral readings of his stories, would spend five days reading, scoring, and practising his own materials for a reading lasting only forty minutes. An exception to this injunction against oral reading without preparation would be if students' reading level in relation to the particular text being read is such they can read aloud without difficulty or reduced comprehension. Another exception would be unrehearsed individual reading aloud to the teacher when the teacher and a student are working together to diagnose and remedy weaknesses in reading.

Techniques for reading aloud 1. Be prepared to define new words, this does not have to be a formal definition; paraphrases, gestures, and pictures can be used; 2. Give the title and author; 3. Read with feeling and variety; 4. Make sure the listeners can comfortably see the reader; 5. Maintain eye contact; 6. Stop at interesting places; 7. Pay attention to whether your audience is paying attention and understanding. 8. Encourage student participation, e.g., predicting what will happen next, supplying words.

Concluding remark By way of review, in the Singapore classroom, traditionally teachers read aloud to groups of students. Any discussion that takes place before, during or after the read aloud session is conducted in a teacher-fronted manner, with students directing their input, if any, towards the teacher. However, research and theory in language education and in other areas of education suggest that students can still benefit from peer interaction in addition to the input they receive from teachers and the interaction they have with teachers.


stu professional workshops

STU Professional Courses (June-Sept) 2011

ThurS, 2 June 2011 -­ A Talk on Fostering Resilience for Optimal Student Success

Friday, 26 August 2011 - The Educational Uses of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)

Individuals with an interest in increasing the educational success of all students can benefit by developing a deeper understanding of student resilience and an enhanced awareness regarding the role that one’s beliefs have in shaping such a concept.

Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) has become very popular in recent years as an approach to achieving personal success and influencing people. It is now being used increasingly in educational institutions to motivate students and improve productive learning behaviors.

Wed, 22 - Thur, 23 June 2011 - The Creative Teaching Framework: The Science and Art of Highly Effective Creative Teaching

Mon, 5 - Sat, 10 Sept 2011 - Math workshops by Dr Lionel Mendoza (Sept School Holidays!!)

This two-day workshop introduces the Creative Teaching Framework (CTF), which provides a comprehensive, practical and unique framework from which you can make your teaching highly effective, interesting and creative.

The following are workshops offered by Dr Mendoza: • Diagnosing and Remediating Mathematics Problems Using Written Assessment and Interviewing in Primary School • Fun with Mathematics: Some Ideas for Teachers That Do Not Require Additional Class Time

Sat, 2 July 2011 - Helping Children with Mathematics Through the Use of Heuristics This seminar is designed to help participants learn about the different heuristics that students in primary schools use to solve challenging problems. Participants will learn the age-appropriateness of these heuristics and how they can guide children to use them. This seminar is suitable for teachers, parents and tutors of children at any grade level in primary school.

Sat, 23 July 2011 – Good Spoken English This 3-hour workshop is designed for those who want to improve their way of speaking English either in the office, in the classroom or at home. Good speech in English is an art in itself and is a sophisticated means of communication that can be learnt.

Sat, 30 July 2011 - Helping Children in Lower Primary Mathematics

• PPS – Integrating Practice and Problem Solving in Primary School Mathematics NEW!! • Using Graphs to Integrate Mathematics and Language in The Primary School Curriculum NEW!! • Fun with Mathematics: Some Ideas for Parents • Reading Mathematics Word Problems: A Workshop for Parents of P1, P2 Children

Wed, 7 Sept 2011 - Dynamic Teaching Thirty easy to use Engaging and Motivating Classroom Strategies. You can use these ideas immediately, often with little or no preparation! In one session collect strategies that can save you hundreds of hours of preparation and research. Engage your less motivated students and help your keen students to soar with these practical and powerful ideas. Think outside the box - with ideas shared by Mr Charles Barton.

For more details and to download application forms, please log on to www.stu.org.sg or call Professional Development Department at 6299 3936.

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Is your child in lower primary or starting primary one next year? Come and learn the key mathematical ideas that your children learn in the foundation years in primary school. Learn how children can be helped in skills and concepts they find difficult. Learn how to extend their learning if they are advanced learners.

• Reading Mathematics Word Problems: A Workshop for P1, P2 Teachers and Learning Support Teachers

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maths workshops

September School Holidays Mathematics Workshops September 2011 Date

Time

Workshop Title

Min Pax

Max Pax

For

Mon, 5 Sept 2011

9am -­5pm

Diagnosing and Remediating Mathematics Problems Using Written Assessment and Interviewing in Primary School

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30

Pri School and Learning Support Teachers

Tue, 6 Sept 2011

9am - 12noon

Fun with Mathematics: Some Ideas for Teachers That Do Not Require Additional Class Time

16

30

Teachers of Pre Sch to P5

Tue, 6 Sept 2011

1.30pm -­4.30pm

Reading Mathematics Word Problems: A Workshop for P1 and P2 Teachers and Learning Support Teachers

16

30

P1, P2 and Learning Support Teachers

Thurs, 8 Sept 2011

9am -­12.30pm

PPS—Integrating Practice and Problem Solving in Primary School Mathematics

12

30

Pri School Teachers

Thurs, 8 Sept 2011

1.30pm -­4.30pm

Using Graphs to Integrate Mathematics and Language in The Primary School Curriculum

16

30

Pri School Teachers

Sat, 10 Sept 2011

9am - 11.30am

Fun with Mathematics: Some Ideas for Parents

20

40

Parents of Pre Sch to P5 Students

Sat, 10 Sept 2011

1.30pm - 4pm

Reading Mathematics Word Problems: A Workshop for Parents of P1, P2 Children

20

40

Parents of P1 & P2 Students

Trainer:

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Dr Lionel Mendoza was a staff member of NIE in the Department of Mathematics and Mathematics Education from 1996 to 2007 before he returned to Canada. During those last 6 years at NIE, he was also Associate Dean (Educational Research) in the Graduate Programmes and Research Office which involved, in part, being in charge of NIE’s Master’s degree programmes. His pre-service teaching focused on the primary level and included all the mathematics education courses for Primary teachers in the Diploma, PGDE and Degree programmes. He also supervised MEd candidates who were involved in primary mathematics education research.

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Course Fee: 1 day workshop

1/2 day workshop

STU member rate : $150 Standard rate : $220 STU members’ rate : $100 Standard rate : $170

Application Procedure: 1. Download application form from www.stu.org.sg complete it and email it to programmes@stu.org.sg. Principal’s signature will not be required if the application is sent via email. Note, all email applications must be copied to the respective school Principal (unless the sender is himself/herself the school Principal) otherwise; it will not be valid. 2. Alternatively, you could also fax the application form to 6294 1032 (Principal’s signature will be required in this case). For enquiries, please contact Kim at 6299 3936 ext 21.


book notices

Book Notices Dr Phil Cam, with a PhD in philosophy from Oxford University, is a practising philosopher, teaching philosophy in the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and is also a teacher educator. As a teacher educator, Dr Cam ian ies for Austral Thinking Stor

has written for teachers many books on both content and pedagogy to be used in the Philosophy for Children (P4C) programme. Dr Cam teaches the P4C workshops for STU. Two of his most recent publications for schools are featured here.

Children

Sophia’s Q u e s ti o n

Thinking Stories for Australian Children SOPHIA’S QUESTION Philip Cam (Illustrated by Beth Norling) Sophia” Question is designed to help the teacher or parent develop inquiring young readers and shows them how to use questions, justification, conceptual exploration and reasoning to explore issues and ideas.

Philip Cah m Norling

Illu strated

by Bet

TWISTER, QUIBBLER PUZZLER, CHEAT Ten tall teasing tales by PHILIP CAM Explore the truly false and the falsely true in these ten, tall, teasing tales! These stories, sometimes humorous, sometimes sinister, introduce the reader to puzzles that have teased the human brain for thousands of years. Classical paradoxes are presented in dramatic form illustrated by lively cartoons.

Scouting in Singapore as captured photographically in 100 YEARS OF ADVENTURE

STU members can get a copy of the book at a discounted price of $14.00 with GST (usual price $20.00) if they buy it through NTUC Media. To purchase, please contact Ms Lilian Chan at 6236 5793 for more information.

Last year (2010), the Singapore Scout Association (SSA) celebrated 100 years of scouting’s existence in Singapore with many activities, apart from publishing this document of 190 pages. Scouting in Singapore began in 1910 with its first scout troop of 30 boys. While in England, where scouting first started, the movement began in 1907 through the efforts of the founder, Robert Baden-Powell, in Singapore Frank Cooper Sands, a trained scouter from England, too, is recognized as the founder of Scouting in Singapore. As the Prologue to the volume puts it “In presenting the special centennial edition in a lighter version, the pictorial way, with a chronological and pictorial documentation of umpteen endeavours for the Scout Movement, we hope to inspire future generations of boys and girls who will carry the proud tradition by looking back at what their predecessors achieved since 1910”. The achievements are presented in this volume in an interesting pictorial style.

(Left) Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong in the merry-­making at the gala dinner on 27 Feb 2010 to celebrate 100 Years of Scouting in Singapore.

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Emeritus Senior Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong, a patrol leader in his scouting days at Raffles Institution, said, “I thoroughly enjoyed my scouting days and I dare say that being a scout gave me an early opportunity to acquire leadership skills,” and added “Scouting has a mystical quality that embraces freedom, initiative, comradeship and character building”. (Speaking at the Regional Committee dinner on 27 Feb 2010).

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UniSIM - STU Sponsorship Awardees / 65th anniversary promotions

UniSIM - STU Sponsorship Awardees for July 2011 Intake Sharifah Azizah

Sembawang Primary School A drama enthusiast in Sembawang Primary School, Azizah has been in the teaching fraternity for the past 10 years. She is the form teacher of a Primary One Class teaching English, Maths and PE. She is a member of the Pupil Development Department. She prescribes to the belief that every day presents her new opportunities and challenges for learning and growth. As the current student studying psychology in UniSIM, she understands her students better as she relates the theories learnt to her daily interactions with them. She expresses her heartfelt thanks to STU and SIM University for their sponsorship in upgrading her professional knowledge.

Sri Hirdayu Binte Ahmad First Toa Payoh Secondary School

"As a Food and Nutrition teacher for the past 6 years, I have been given the opportunity to be part of a lot of projects for National Education, ICT as well as SJAB during my course of work and I enjoyed being part of the team that bring about the best in FTPSS's students. However, it has been a great dream of mine to attain an English Language and Literature degree and thus, after having my second child, I registered for the undergraduate course at UniSIM. It has since been two semesters with UniSIM and I attended and enjoyed every lesson even though at times it was hard for me as a single mother to juggle between work, studies and my wonderful daughters. Therefore, it is with my most heartfelt appreciation that I thank STU and SIM for this sponsorship for me to unload one worry off my mind. I would also express my gratitude to the management and colleagues at my workplace for providing the support and guidance for me to continue on this journey."

STU 65th Anniversary Promotions 1. Golf Lessons at $650 per member + additional 65mins free (usual price: $690 + 65mins free worth $60) • T&Cs for lessons apply. • The additional 65mins free time must be consumed on the same day as the lesson and is not transferrable. Balance time not consumed will be forfeited.

2. 2-hr Golf Clinic at $45 for first 65 sign-ups Taught by a professional coach

3. Regular simulator play Play 2 hrs on our simulator for $65 during off-peak hours (usually $76). • Pre-booking is preferred.

4. Packaged hours Pay $200 for 6.5hrs of off-peak simulator play (usual price $247).

• First come, first served basis by payment. • There will be no make-up session for missing the clinic. Swing Perfection 110 Killiney Road Singapore 239549


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