|Singapore: Creating a conducive learning environment|
|AuthorLeow Si … 文章CopyFromhttp://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_732403.html Hits3551 UpdateTime2011-11-10  |
Primary school pupils are learning critical thinking, practising aerobics moves based on Chinese characters and even taking part in activities designed to instil in them author Stephen Covey's seven habits of highly effective people.
And these are not lessons conducted in brand-name primary schools. Rather, such programmes are now found in neighbourhood ones.
Woodlands Primary, for instance, teaches its Primary 3 and 4 pupils how to question and challenge assumptions.
School: Junyuan Primary School
PSLE results: Last year, slightly over half of its pupils qualified for the Express stream in secondary schools.
TEACHERS WHO CARE
School: Horizon Primary School
PSLE results: A new school set up last year. It now has 400 pupils from Primary 1 to 4.
EVERY PUPIL IS UNIQUE
School: Woodlands Primary School
PSLE results: As of last year, some 65 per cent of its pupils made it to the Express stream in secondary schools. The school has achieved quality passes (A and A* grades) in English, mathematics and science.
IDENTIFYING WEAK AREAS
School: Guangyang Primary School
Location: Currently in Ang Mo Kio but will be relocated to Bishan next year.
PSLE results: Some 73 per cent of its pupils made it to the Express stream last year.
School principal Kit Gek Wah said: 'One lesson involves the children discussing the concept of heroes. They devise criteria on what makes a hero. Thereafter, the teacher flashes pictures of various characters. Using inquiry techniques, pupils debate on whether these characters are true heroes.'
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