EZ COE T&L Seminar 2013
EZ COE T&L Seminar 2013: The Mindful Teacher
The Mindful Teacher seminar was successfully organised by Dunman High School (EZ COE T&L) on 2 Sep 2013 (Mon). The seminar was organised to enhance the professional competencies of teachers, and to encourage them to be Mindful Teachers in all domains.
In his opening remarks, Mr Justin Arul Pierre (Advisor / EZ COE T&L) emphasised the importance of being a reflective practitioner. All stakeholders in the teaching profession have to be responsive to the needs of students and to the environment. A Mindful Teacher is thus able to understand the needs of both students and society, and teach to deliver maximum benefit to students, schools and society.
The Keynote Speaker of the seminar, Professor Dennis Shirley, infused interesting anecdotes as he shared on the principles and practices of Mindful Teaching and Learning. The Seven Synergies of Mindful Teaching and Learning elicited much interest in participants, who raised discussion questions with Professor Shirley during the In Conversation segment moderated by Principal Master Teacher, Dr Charles Chew.
In the closing address, Dy DGE (Curriculum), Mr Wong Siew Hoong, reminded teachers of the need to adopt Mindfulness in teaching, to constantly revisit the basic questions of “Why We Teach, What We Teach, and How We Teach”. Students learn best when they can connect with what they learn, and different approaches needed to be used to engage different students.
The response to the event was tremendous, with over 600 educators from East Zone schools and beyond, as well as officers from MOE HQ and the Academy of Singapore Teachers, attending the session. The participants benefited from the inspiring insights sparked off by Professor Shirley, and would be exploring ways to apply the principles in The Mindful Teacher in their professional practice.