Preparing for Online Lessons

Online lessons

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a very stressful situation for everybody, including me. However, I think I can count my blessings as my family and friends have not been infected. Furthermore, RGCFS has managed to move to online lessons and some semblance of normalcy still exists – our students can still learn. Nevertheless, together with the rest of the management of RGCFS, we faced quite a few challenges to bring this platform online. This is my reflection of the challenges and what I have learned. Read More…

Impact of Home-Based Learning in Singapore schools

home-based learning

As I write this, the reality of Home-Based Learning is hitting all of us. Just like my wife and I are working on our laptops, my son is on his laptop doing his work on the School Learning System and communicating with his friends and teachers.

To be honest, I can see some weak points. However, I understand that this is a unique situation and teachers are trying their best. For ourselves, we need to understand and try our best to supplement our children’s learning.

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Future School Virtual Classroom

Virtual Classroom

If you are a parent of our centre, you would have realised that instead of shifting all classes online immediately when centre-based tuition was suspended, we paused and pushed back our lessons. The most important reason for doing so was to ensure that we can carry out our lessons as best as we can, and to do that, we needed to ensure certain logistical procedures are in place. This is especially because everybody is moving to an unfamiliar virtual classroom.

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Covid-19: Should Schools Close?

Covid-19

Ever since the spread of Covid-19, many Singaporeans have asked the government to close schools. However, the Singapore authorities have refused to do so. This is despite the increase in the number of cases both in Singapore and outside Singapore. The Singapore government did state that the situation remains fluid and closing schools is one possible option. Is closing schools really the solution to stop the spread of Covid-19? Let us explore the reasons why we should or should not close schools.

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How to Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary: Part 3

vocabulary

In my previous post, I have focused on the theoretical aspects of building vocabulary. I discussed the various aspects of understanding words and why they are important. It is definitely going to be tough for a child to immediately remember so many different aspects of one word.

In this post, I am going to focus on a very practical topic – how to create a vocabulary book that helps your child and is practical to use. I am going to use five guiding principles to teach you how to create such a vocabulary book, using the word ‘procrustean‘ as an example.

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THE PROBLEM WITH ‘EVERYBODY’ AND ‘EVERYTHING’!

by Mrs Elaine Loh

Many children understand the basic rules of subject-verb agreement in English. The basic rule is pretty simple: singular subjects should always be paired with singular verbs (verbs ending with ‘s’) and plural subjects are paired with plural verbs (plural verbs do not end with ‘s’). An example of the basic rule is given below:

primary english tuition

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3 Biggest Changes in the Educational Landscape 2019-2021: Part 2

Secondary

2020: Full Subject Based Banding

In 2020, a few secondary schools will introduce full subject-based banding to replace streaming. This is probably the most substantive change announced in the last few years for secondary school students. Instead of students joining the usual Normal (Technical) (N(T)), Normal (Academic) (N(A)) or Express streams, they would be assigned subjects at three different levels (G1, G2 and G3). G1 is roughly pegged to Normal (Technical) standard while G3 is equivalent to the old Express standard. This allows students who are good at certain subjects to study that subject at a higher level and vice versa. Students will take a common examination at the end of the four years and the three streams would be phased out.

secondary school pathway

Credits: MOE

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You do know this, don’t you? Nailing those Question Tags in the examination!

All of us have used question tags in our communication with others. Question tags are often used to confirm if something is true or not and are used to encourage a reply. The rule for questions tags seems simple enough. You are aware of the basic rule, aren’t you? The previous statement is an example of a question tag.

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