He who teaches, learns
(according to a Latin proverb).
It has been an extremely enriching journey in the ever changing
educational landscape in Singapore and I have learnt much from my
principals, teacher mentors, colleagues and even students. In ACS
(International), the East meets the West. My last 4 years in the
school have been an exciting time of learning and working in a new
cross cultural community. Sometimes, sparks fly during earnest
discussions as different cultural experiences do result in different
educational thinking or pedagogical convictions. For me, all these are
great learning moments where iron sharpens iron in the process of
striking the best deal for our students to learn and grow in a
Lastly, I have set myself to be
a blessing to my students.
As a Christian, I have been blessed in many ways, and so obeying
Jesusí command, I seek to be salt and light to those around me.
Teenagers put a high premium on relationships and from these they seek
affirmation and recognition of the right to be heard and noticed (just
like adults). To be a blessing, I am learning to be connected
empathetically with my students, even the cynics among them, by
showing more care and giving more encouragement.
These guiding rules are inspired by 2 teachers who had made a great
impact in my life when I was growing up and many of my teaching
colleagues, past and present. These teachers have shown me that
teaching is not about doing a job but engaging and influencing our