East Zone COE T&L Professional Sharing Day
The Professional Sharing Day was successfully organised by Dunman High School, the East Zone Centre of Excellence for Teaching & Learning (EZ COE T&L) on 4 July 2014. This platform is a focal point for innovative and effective teaching & learning practices to be shared amongst teachers in the East Zone teaching fraternity. It promotes a culture of active learning and sharing through teacher-led concurrent sessions.
In her opening address, the Guest-of-Honour (GOH), Mrs Wendy Lim, Zonal Director Schools East, Schools Division, stressed the instrumental role that Lead Teachers, Senior Teachers and aspiring Senior Teachers play in promoting the culture of professional sharing. Quoting Minister Heng Swee Keat, she said that Lead Teachers and Senior Teachers produce what is called “the multiplier effect”, where teacher mentors influence younger teachers who in turn influence their students and fellow colleagues. She also commended all teachers who had stepped forward to write articles for publication or present their ideas in concurrent sessions.
There was also excitement in the air as the inaugural EZ COE T&L Publication – The Art & Craft of Teaching, Vol.1 – was officially launched by the GOH Mrs Lim, together with Mr Justin Pierre (Supt, E4 Cluster) and Dr Foo Suan Fong (Principal, Dunman High School). All contributing writers were also invited on stage for a group photo. After a year of determined work by writers and editors, the slickly-designed publication was finally ready for distribution. Participants were given a bag full of copies to be brought back to their own schools.
In another heart-warming segment, Ms Raistlina Quek, a Senior Teacher from Chung Cheng High (Main), shared her thoughts and excitement on her journey for the contribution towards The Art & Craft of Teaching, Vol.1. From the early teaching idea formation, discussion and revision, to implementation in class, sharing at the same East Zone Professional Sharing platform two years ago, and finally writing an article and seeing it published, she realised she grew so much as a professional. She also gained an incredible sense of achievement both in seeing her work bear fruit for her own students as well as her colleagues in the fraternity.
Finally, participants were invited to a hearty tea reception outside the school auditorium, before dispersing into the various locations for the concurrent sessions. Around 50 Lead Teachers, Senior Teachers and aspiring STs from 14 East Zone schools had come forward to conduct 24 concurrent sessions. It was indeed an enriching afternoon of presentations consisting of topics from a range of subject matters across various levels for about 400 participants.