Online platform for teachers to share and learn teaching practices

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

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

The Singapore Teaching Practice (STP) was launched by Mr Wong Siew Hoong, director-general of education at the Ministry of Education (MOE), at the opening ceremony of the 7th biennial Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference, held at Nanyang Technological University's Nanyang Auditorium on Wednesday (May 31). "It will be the reference point for us to examine our own professional practice, think deeply about it and improve it, in all the different aspects of the work that we do," said Mr Wong. "We will look at the actions we undertake in the classroom, the moves that we make, and the instructional approach that we deploy in our classroom to help our students become better learners."

A collaborative effort between MOE and the National Institute of Education (NIE) Singapore, the online platform linkes related theories and research to each of the teaching areas, allowing teachers to understand and adapt the teaching strategies to the profiles of their students.

Available to current teachers in Singapore, the portal hopes to reinforce and amplify good teaching practices, and will be continually updated through a feedback system, to ensure it is a dynamic platform that serves the needs of educators and students.

Some 1,300 international participants are attending the three-day symposium, which has more than 400 presentations, covering curriculum development to visual and performing arts.

The theme for this year's edition is Education for the Future: Creativity, Innovation, Values, and includes keynote speakers Professor Kim Sung-il, the director of the Brain and Motivation Research Institute at Korea University, whose presentation is on interest-based learning, and Professor Robert Root-Bernstein, a scientist, humanist, and artist at the Michigan State University, who will be speaking on teaching creativity in the classroom.

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