COE T&L Professional Sharing Day 2018
The COE T&L Professional Sharing Day 2018 was successfully organised by Dunman High School, the East Zone Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (EZ COE T&L), on 24 August 2018.
This year’s theme was ‘The Joy of Teaching in Our Classrooms’ saw 9 Open Classroom sessions hosted by Dunman High School teachers, a record number of 51 concurrent sessions and a workshop presented by teachers from 35 schools across the East Zone. There was a very strong response to this event with over 440 educators and officers from schools as well as from the various branches of MOE HQ, the Academy of Singapore Teachers and NIE.
Our Gust-of-Honour this year was Mr Chan Yew Wooi, Director Professional Development, Academy of Singapore Teachers, MOE. In his Opening Address, he reminded teachers that our theme this year on ‘The Joy of Teaching’ is a call for teacher’s to keep the larger purpose of what we do in mind, and that we need to teach less to the test and focus more on teaching more innovatively for deeper learning. To this he reiterated the connection to the Singapore Teaching Practice (STP) from which teachers can sharpen their teaching focus by referencing against the key pedagogical considerations in the STP. Doing so will allow us teachers to be more effective in our engagement with our learners.
This event also marked the launch of the East Zone Centre of Excellence’s publication – The Art & Craft of Teaching Volume 3. This latest volume is a compilation of 23 articles written by our colleagues from the East Zone and ELIS on various innovative and effective classroom practices. Our GOH then proceeded with the presentation of certificates to all the various Open Classroom and Concurrent Session presenters as well as to the all contributing writers of the Art & Craft of Teaching Volume 3.
While the Opening Ceremony closed with all these proceedings, it led on to the main programme for all our teacher presenters and participants for an afternoon of rich learning – in all the 51 Concurrent Sessions.