How does one share about history’s relevance today and turn them into engaging learning experiences for students? Ms Premlatha, a History teacher at Greenview Secondary School, explains why the subject is an important component of the school curriculum. She relies on innovative methods to get her students excited about the subject.
Social Studies teacher, Holy Innocents’ High School
Going the extra mile
To engage her students better, Meiyi explores different ways to make her Social Studies lessons more interesting. She does not just rely on the standard textbook to prepare her lessons, but incorporates learning resources such as relevant news articles to complement her teaching materials. By integrating current affairs into the curriculum, she presents to her students a whole new perspective on content analysis and inference skills that are critical in studying the subject.
“The value of Social Studies is manifold. It opens the students’ eyes to the world and educates them to be informed citizens with a global outlook.”
Meiyi also finds that by sussing out her students’ interests, she is able to introduce relevant topics of interest to make lessons more interactive.
“Once they are hooked on the discussions, they will realise that the subject is enjoyable after all. What I admire about the subject is that different types of sources can be used in the teaching of skills – from advertisements and pamphlets, to even K-pop music videos.”
A profession with ‘heart’
Being a teacher takes more than hard work and as Meiyi puts it, the vocation also requires ‘heart’ work to guide and nurture young minds to prepare them for the future.“It may not be easy in the beginning, but as the batches of students pass under your guidance year after year, the sense of satisfaction in knowing that you’ve made a positive impact in their lives is, I believe, unlike any other job in the world.”
Leong Kai Ling
Assistant Director (Geography), Humanities Branch
What drives Kai Ling is the direct impact her work in the Curriculum Planning and Development Division has on students’ education.
“Well-designed syllabuses and resources enable teachers to deliver engaging geography lessons that will excite our students and inculcate in them the belief that they can make a difference to protect the environment and create a beautiful and sustainable future for themselves and the generations to come.”
Making an impact
To be a good teacher, one needs empathy, teamwork and the willingness to keep on learning.
“We need to be able to walk in our students’ shoes to understand their mindsets, values, perspectives, hopes and dreams, and even growing pains.
“Then we try to lift them up from where they are, to achieve academically and grow in maturity of character.
“Join teaching if you truly believe you can make a difference in the lives of young people.”
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Enjoying the humanities
Chong Lin enthuses, “On an academic, professional and personal level, there is so much that I enjoy about exploring, discussing and thinking about the humanities. I think it represents questions about life and our human condition that knows no straightforward answers and appeals to one’s sensitivity and imagination on many levels.
“The study of history, in particular, enables us to understand the past in meaningful ways that shape our current world-view and future actions, and as a history educator, there are few things I enjoy more than to encourage others to think about the same questions and learn and engage countless new perspectives in the process.”
Making every day a learning experience
“Every day continues to be a learning experience and every challenge offers an opportunity to improve the way I interact with and impart knowledge to my students.”
Her advice is: “Read up, ask around, plan ahead and know why you are doing what you are doing. Most of all, I think it is only possible to convince others to make the most of their education opportunities if you continue to make the most of yours.”
Share your love for a subject with your students, and help make it theirs
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