The Reflective Practitioner: Engaging in Pedagogical Discourse .
On 25 July 2014, PeRL organized its inaugural Symposium entitled The Reflective Practitioner: Engaging in Pedagogical Discourse .
The distinctive feature of this event was the Open Classroom concept. Sixteen RGS teachers opened their classrooms to over fifty teachers from other schools who attended their lessons as well as engaged in pedagogical conversations with them.
In the second part of the Symposium, Professor Lee Wing On, Dean of Education, National Institute of Education, gave a keynote address. He shared his experiences as a teacher who learnt how to respond to his students’ needs through constant reflection and learning.
The keynote address was followed by a series of workshops on best practices and research findings. Out of 37 workshops that afternoon, 30 sessions were conducted by personnel from other organizations that included Chess Academy, Institute of Mental Health and Temasek Polytechnic.
The Chinese newspapers, Lianhe Zaobao, reported on the Symposium, noting PeRL’s aspiration to enhance teacher professionalism through this multi-faceted collaborative approach.
The translated article can be accessed here.
The success of the Symposium attests to the willingness and openness of teachers to be engaged with the larger educational fraternity.
It also affirms PeRL’s enduring vision of facilitating an Asian discourse on pedagogy and inquiry, from the lens of reflective practice.