Voices of youth

Kudos to teachers who go the extra mile

Recipients of the President's Award for Teachers (from left) Mr Anil s/o Vasudevan of Marsiling Secondary School, Ms O Guat Bee of Temasek Primary School, Mrs Lyvenne Chong of Spectra Secondary School, Mdm Michele Tang of Catholic High School (Second
Recipients of the President's Award for Teachers (from left) Mr Anil s/o Vasudevan of Marsiling Secondary School, Ms O Guat Bee of Temasek Primary School, Mrs Lyvenne Chong of Spectra Secondary School, Mdm Michele Tang of Catholic High School (Secondary), Mdm Juliana Johari of Qihua Primary School and Mr Tharmendra Jeyaraman of Siglap Secondary School at the Istana on Sept 1, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

A teacher can be simply defined as a person whose job is to teach students about certain subjects.

But it takes more than just imparting knowledge for a teacher to truly impact his students' lives. The way he chooses to teach lessons and values can make a great difference.

The teachers who received the President's Award for Teachers are exemplary models for innovative teaching and taking teaching out of the classroom ("President's Award for Teachers: Lauded for going beyond textbooks"; last Friday).

Efforts by such teachers to walk the road less travelled are definitely appreciated by students, who find joy and the value of learning through such lessons.

It is not easy to engage students and get every one of them interested in every single lesson, but successful teachers know their students' needs and find the best ways to meet them.

Phua Suet Cheng, 16,

Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 07, 2016, with the headline 'Kudos to teachers who go the extra mile'. Print Edition | Subscribe