Winners of the 2017 Inspiring Teacher of English Award
Speech by Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State
Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Education
Press Release for the Inspiring Teacher of English Award 2017
WINNERS OF THE INSPIRING TEACHER OF ENGLISH - TEACHING AWARD 2017
Primary School Category
Mrs Mumtaj-Menon Ibrahim
Huamin Primary School
“I believe that educating the heart is as important as educating the mind. I enjoy teaching the English Language as it gives me an opportunity to develop confident learners who seek to learn beyond the classroom environment and who will eventually be able to contribute to the community in return."
"At Huamin Primary School, our approach encourages the development of self-directed learners and effective communicators. As digital natives, our students are also versatile in the use of technology to express their thoughts. By leveraging ICT, we can further ignite their passion for English Language as they learn to express their perspectives in writing. As a teacher, I am able to harness this passion and inspire confident lifelong learners for the future.”
Junior College and Centralised Institute Category
Ms Cara Chew Heng Suan
Catholic Junior College
“I firmly believe that all students can learn, especially when they are engaged intellectually and emotionally. I try my best to engage them and get to know them as individuals, because I value them as individuals. I also believe that students need to be metacognitive learners. They should not just be aware of what they know and what they do not. They ought to understand why they learn the way they do. When I make my thinking visible, they make theirs visible."
"I also believe that teachers are lifelong learners. We do not just learn from experts, we learn from our students. My students have inspired me with their resilience, generosity, personal conviction and the intellectual risks that they have been willing to take. I have learned so much from them."
"What makes teaching truly gratifying is seeing students grow in ways that were unimaginable to them, and having ex-students become friends and, eventually, even colleagues.”
Ms Sharon Chan Wei-Lynn
“General Paper is an immensely valuable subject that trains students to think critically, evaluate different perspectives, and to take a stand and defend it. For this to happen, the students need to nurture clarity of thought, effective communication, and confidence. I am energised when my students and I discuss, as equals, issues of the day with the aim of finding different ways to frame and find perspectives. I remember a particular lesson a few years back where I adapted the formal debate structure to ensure that everyone in class had a chance to speak. It was thoroughly gratifying to see everyone, even the most reticent student, personally invested in offering well-substantiated views on the issue. As an English Language teacher, I feel an immense sense of achievement when students are able to assess their own or their classmates’ essays, and recommend effective ways to improve, and when they deliver their arguments succinctly and eloquently."
"Education may be a student’s fundamental right, it is, however, the teacher’s responsibility to empower her students to claim that right and leverage on education to achieve great things. I am privileged to be in this position of influence and that drives me to hone my craft, and give my best effort to every lesson and opportunity to impact my students. Despite having taught for 19 years, I am still discovering insights and new ways of teaching my subject. These opportunities to grow as a teacher and individual are precious to me because they drive me to be better at what I do.”
WINNERS OF THE INSPIRING TEACHER OF ENGLISH - LEADERSHIP AWARD 2017