The struggle between academic achievement and training another Joseph Schooling

I had wanted to write an article about Joseph Schooling and his academic achievement to discuss the balance that one can achieve between studies and sports. However, I can’t seem to find anything about his results in school. Then it struck me… seriously… who cares? Who cares if Joseph Schooling had done well in school when he is now a world champion. However, many parents will want their children to have the back-up plan, in case they don’t achieve their sporting goals… come on, there can’t possibly be too many Joseph Schooling anyway. Joseph Schooling had, most probably, in my … Continue reading The struggle between academic achievement and training another Joseph Schooling

A teacher’s viewpoints of the new PSLE grading system in 2021

Many websites have written about it, netizens have criticised it, but of course, some defended it as well. As a teacher of 14 years and a private educator of 3 years, I would like to present the changes and the impact it might have on children, their parents and the industry from a teacher’s point of view. Everyone knows, every child is unique. Each of them have their own learning preferences, cognitive ability and achievement motivation etc. To analyse the new PSLE grading system, I will broadly categorise the children into 3 groups: The High Ability (HA), Middle Ability (MA) and … Continue reading A teacher’s viewpoints of the new PSLE grading system in 2021

Tuition – Social evil or confidence booster?

I read with great concern as more and more articles surface addressing the “social evil” of tuition; how this industry should be considered a bane to the happiness of children and thus should be eradicated. I have been running a tuition center for 3 years now. I was previously from MOE teaching for the past 14 years, I was even awarded the best trainee teacher in my time and a medalist in my university days. When I first decided to venture into the business, I barely dared announce it to my friends and relatives, feeling like I had decided to … Continue reading Tuition – Social evil or confidence booster?

Why not teach reading?

This has to be one of the most common questions asked to me. The answer is quite simple. Research has shown that children who acquire reading skills at an early age did not have an added advantage in reading comprehension later in life. In fact, those who were late readers (e.g. those who started reading fluently at 7 or later), when compared to early readers who started reading at 4 or earlier, caught up and matched the reading abilities of their earlier-reading counterparts within a few years. Some studies had even shown that late readers develop much better comprehension than … Continue reading Why not teach reading?

How to score in primary school Science?

I love teaching Science. Partly because I get to do all those fun experiments with the kids, but the main reason is that ALL my students are ‘A’ graders. (They did not come to me with ‘A’ grades though. I don’t “cherry-pick”.) It is therefore the least stressful subject to teach! The most frequent grouses from parents and children are that they don’t know what are expected in the questions or they just can’t get that full marks. My approach is simple. A Study Map™. No, not mind-map. A Study Map™ is derived from the same principle as the Mind-Map only that … Continue reading How to score in primary school Science?

CAPS or lower case?

Which is the correct answer? I really love my grandfather. I really love my Grandfather. I really love grandfather. I really love Grandfather. The correct answer depends on how you address your grandfather. The general rule is that all proper nouns should be written with a capital letter. Proper nouns refer to names of things. e.g. Clarice, Keming Primary School, Sony Common nouns are names of things in general. e.g. woman, school, television. These words do not come with capital letters. Therefore, Option 1 is correct because “grandfather” is simply used as a common noun that refers to the person as … Continue reading CAPS or lower case?

Neither…nor VS Neither of…

Not just the students, the adults are very confused by these as well simply because they require some memory work. Also, the explanations online are not always consistent because the English language is a discourse that varies from context to context. However, for the sake of the PSLE standard in Singapore, the basic rule that students need to understand is this: When using “Neither…nor” or “Either…or”, the form of the verb used in the sentence must follow the noun closest to it. e.g. Mother realised that neither the lamps nor the dining table was where ____________ should be. (a) it (b) … Continue reading Neither…nor VS Neither of…