Online platform launched for teachers to share strategies

Exhibits at the National Institute of Education's Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference at Nanyang Technological University on May 31.
Exhibits at the National Institute of Education's Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference at Nanyang Technological University on May 31. ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

Teachers hoping to exchange teaching methods can now do so on a dedicated online portal.

A collaboration between the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the National Institute of Education, the Singapore Teaching Practice (STP) will allow educators in Singapore to share their lesson strategies across 24 areas.

The portal was launched by the director-general of education at MOE, Mr Wong Siew Hoong, at the opening ceremony of the seventh biennial Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference at the Nanyang Technological Universityyesterday.

"It will be the reference point for us to examine our own professional practice, think deeply about it and improve it," Mr Wong said. "We want to be able to distil all the practices that have worked for us and be able to describe them, explain them and share them with everybody."

Related theories and research are linked to each of the teaching areas, allowing teachers to understand and adapt the strategies.

Mr Chan Melzone, 38, who teaches English and science at Punggol View Primary School, said the STP allows teachers to adapt international pedagogies for local schools. "Different teachers may have different terminologies for similar teaching methods, so having a codified learning language on the platform will promote clearer understanding across the fraternity," he said.

Some 1,300 international participants are attending the three-day symposium.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2017, with the headline 'Online platform launched for teachers to share strategies'. Print Edition | Subscribe