The joys of teaching can never be fully measured. Two Humanities teachers share with us their experiences in shaping the lives of the students who come their way. As one of our teachers puts it, “the rewards of teaching may be small and intangible but they are definitely memorable and indispensable.”
By Gerald Goh
As a teacher, every day presents a new set of possibilities and challenges. Yet, for 27-year-old History teacher, Justin Lee and 27-year old Geography teacher, Veron Kho work is more than just work. Beyond the teaching of lessons and marking of scripts , our two young teachers see their job as a means to an end of making a difference in their students’ lives. (Read More Here!)
Teachers are more than merely imparters of knowledge – they shape and influence the young lives under their charge, helping their students realise all that they can be. We meet two teachers who share with us more about their roles beyond the classroom.
By Gerald Goh
A common passion to make a positive impact on young lives led 30-year-old Physical Education Teacher, Foo Qi Hui and 26-year-old English and Mathematics Teacher, Glenda Chiang to join teaching. Although there are challenges they face in the course of their career, both agree that teaching is an absolutely rewarding profession and they would not trade it for any other.(Read More Here!)
It was Benjamin Franklin who said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” We take a peek into what goes on behind the scenes in the grooming of our national progeny.
By Melainne Chiew
It’s often said that passion drives us to success. We meet two teachers who show us how this desire can be used to fuel others to the same levels of success beyond the boundaries of school and into life.
By Kevin Lim
From the moment we meet Zhongyi and Sin Yee, this delightful duo makes us wish they were our teachers when we were still reciting the national anthem daily. The spark, passion, and genuine enthusiasm they have for the teaching profession, and more importantly, for the lives they influence every day, leave a lasting impression on us.
For Zhongyi, the importance of being a caring teacher was instilled not through books or lessons, but by example. When Zhongyi was younger, an accident landed him in hospital. During his hospitalisation, one of the events that made a profound impression on him was how his CCA teacher would frequently visit him in hospital and check on his progress, all in his own time.
Gone are the days when a teacher was seen as a no-nonsense disciplinarian focused on getting good results for his or her students. Today, a teacher is much more than that as we get insights from two educators about this reputable career.
By Wendy Ng & Farhan Shah
In the 60s, a hard rap across the knuckles with a wooden ruler was more than enough to ensure students would toe the line. However, as the years pass by, the teaching landscape has evolved significantly, making these methods outdated.
Today, teaching is not just about reciting from textbooks and giving out test papers. It is about moulding the future generation. Today’s teachers have to incorporate the whims of today’s tech-savvy youths with the goals of the country.
However, there is no other career in the world that gives you the invaluable opportunity to be an inspiration and influence to the malleable minds of the young who will one day become the leaders of the country.
Singapore’s education system is lauded around the world for producing top-notch students with excellent results. Meet the man who is responsible for influencing the education landscape in Singapore through his work in MOE.
By Farhan Shah
From the classrooms of Anderson Junior College to the upper echelons of the Ministry of Education (MOE), 32-year-old Planning Officer Loh Chih Hui has experienced how it’s like to educate the future leaders of our country and to formulate policies that will shape the future of an entire generation.
He sits down with us and shares his thoughts on the education sector, a career in MOE, and how he still has the same fire for teaching despite having worked for seven long years.
For these two scholars, teaching is more than a job; it is their calling.
By Kevin Lim
For teachers Tan Li Zhen and Alex Tan, the phrase “moulding the future of the nation” is more than just a catchphrase of Ministry of Education (MOE), it sums up what attracted them to become MOE scholars in the first place.
Alex recalls, “I wanted to take up a career that has enduring meaning and purpose; teaching fits the bill as the profession.”
An MOE Scholar takes us on a journey in his shoes as an Education Officer.
By Kevin Lim and Tan Yan Shuo
“Now as I start upon my chosen way
In all I do, my thoughts, my work, my play
Grant as I promise, courage new for me
To be the best, the best that I can be.”
Lin Pei still remembers singing this song as a Boy Scout in Anglican High School, with his troop seated around a blazing campfire. Unbeknownst to him, the words would eventually inspire him in his journey as a Ministry of Education (MOE) scholar.
“My chosen way”
From a young age, Lin Pei already had an interest in public service. He was especially inspired by the Scout’s Promise – “to do my duty to God, and the Republic of Singapore, [and] to help other people”.
However, it was his experience as a Platoon Commander during National Service that finally shaped his ambition to be a teacher.
“I found that an individual’s mental strength has much to do with his upbringing during childhood, of which a majority of time is spent in schools,” he explains. “A teacher has the capacity to make a great impact on his students’ upbringing, and hence their attitude when facing adversities.”
This desire to mould the character of Singaporean youths led him to apply for and be awarded the Education Merit Scholarship in 2004. The scholarship sponsored his studies at University College London, where he obtained a combined degree in Economics and Geography.
For Jane Foo, the MOE scholarship was a dream come true – it allowed her to do what she loved best.
By Joyce Lin
Ever wondered if you could take the stage one day as a performing musician? You could just be the next big thing, says Jane Foo, a Ministry of Education (MOE) scholar.
“I think one big misconception about music is that only people with talent can enjoy or play music. Actually, anyone can enjoy, perform and compose music as long as they are willing to learn,” she explains. “Even for people who are very good at it – brilliant performers or composers – talent only plays a small part. Hard work and perseverance are still the keys to success.”
It is this go-getting attitude that led Jane to apply for an MOE scholarship to pursue a music degree at King’s College London.
On her experience studying overseas, Jane has only positive feedback. “London is a city that is culturally vibrant, with museums, concert halls and top-notch musicians,” she says. “I enjoyed my time in King’s College London very much. There are so many resources available for a music student, and the teachers there were extremely helpful. I was able to meet people from diverse cultural backgrounds, which definitely deepened my curiosity for other cultures of the world.”