The Teachers’ Conference is a biennial event organized by the Ministry of Education, Singapore that serves as a platform for educators to come together to discuss and share about pertinent issues that centre around education. First held in 2001, the ninth running of the conference held from 27–29 May 2019 at the Singapore Expo Convention Centre revolves around the theme of Maximizing Learning: Engage. Collaborate. Innovate.
In this issue of SingTeach, we feature a keynote address by Professor Maurice Elias from Rutgers University, USA in which he shares about the importance of nurturing positive values and developing social-emotional competencies in our young learners. This issue also highlights several concurrent sessions that cover a wide range of topics from physical education to at-risk students to teacher collaboration.
To encourage engagement with the SingTeach team, we also spoke to four teacher-participants at the conference about their professional development as an educator and their roles as motivators in the classroom. Their sharings are featured under the section “In Their Own Words” in this issue.
The SingTeach team hopes that this issue will further reinforce all the excellent work that you, our local teachers, do within and even beyond the classroom. We also hope that you will be inspired to continually connect and engage with one another in an effort to build a culture of growth among educators and instil the joy of learning in our young students.
– SingTeach editorial team
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