Thursday, October 24, 2013

MC Online at North Vista Primary School Lesson Study Open House

Marva Collins, the American educator renown for successfully applying classical education to impoverished students once said, “Don’t try to fix students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed.”

This was reflected in the theme of North Vista Primary School’s (NVPS’) recent Lesson Study (LS) Open House 2013 - “Teachers as Researchers”, which highlighted that the key to successfully engaging students lay in raising the quality of teaching staff.

Held on 23rd July 2013 at NVPS, the Open House served as a platform to promote lesson study as an effective Professional Development tool for Singapore teachers. Consisting of a keynote address by Dr Yeap Ban Har, Principal of Marshall Cavendish Institute, on the role of lesson study and how it impacts school improvement, and four concurrent LS research lessons in Math, Science, PE and Malay, the Open House also featured MC Online’s Math Buddies to a crowd of 350 educators.
Interested educators were eager to find out more about Math Buddies' digital curriculum
Dr Yeap Ban Har, Principal of Marshall Cavendish Institute, gave his keynote speech to a full house of 350 educators
NVPS students participated in an onstage maths lesson on Money & Financial Literacy to a crowd of intrigued maths teachers
Dr Yeap Ban Har shared his views on engaging learners successfully during the post-lesson discussion
Attended by special guests from the University of South Africa such as Professor L. M. Kaino, chair of the Departmental Research & Innovation Committee, Departmental Higher Degrees Committee, and Dr. M. G. Ngoepe, Senior Lecturer & Chair, Department of Mathematics Education, the Open House was a great hit with the educators and MC Online was proud to be a part of it.

Drawn by Math Buddies’ interactive curriculum, the participants were extremely interested to learn more and see how the animated activities could help them engage their students better. 
Participants eagerly explored Math Buddies and were amazed by the vibrancy of the dynamic curriculum 
The participants were impressed by the multitude of resources available in Math Buddies and lauded the comprehensiveness of the practices. They were especially taken with the colourful graphics and fun animations that illustrated the activities, and commented on how these were useful elements that could help in engaging students.

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