Teaching Pedagogy

PFP Teaching Pedagogy

1) Active Learning 

Active learning is a learning activity in which the student participates or interacts with the learning process, as opposed to passively taking in the information. When given the opportunity to actively engage with the information they're learning, students perform better [cited from: https://www.smartsparrow.com/]. In one of the PFP modules, the students are required to conduct research of a particular topic and present it in the class as part of a presentation exercise.  

   

 

 

2) POE - use the photos for Physics module

Predict-Observe-Explain (POE) is a teaching strategy that probes understanding by requiring students to carry out three tasks. First the students must predict the outcome of some event and must justify their prediction; then they describe what they see happen; and finally they must reconcile any conflict between prediction and observation [cited from Using the Predict-Observe-Explain Technique to Enhance the Students’ Understanding of Chemical Reactions, Abstract refereed, Zuziwe Mthembu, 2001 ].

 

The pictures below showed how the students engaged in the POE Physics activities in class.

   

 

 

3) Multi-disciplinary Project 

Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success. [cited from: https://designthinking.ideo.com/] The left picture below shows the persona created by students in one of their Design Thinking activities, whereas the right picture shows a student in the process of making a prototype for the user identified from the Design Thinking process.  

   

 

 

4) Differentiated Learning 

Differentiated instruction is a teaching approach that tailors instruction to all students’ learning needs. All the students have the same learning goal. But the instruction varies based on students’ interests, preferences, strengths, and struggles [cited from: https://www.understood.org/articles/en/differentiated-instruction-what-you-need-to-know]  Students in the pictures below are attempting the LearningANTS online platform to practice on Physics questions in class.

   

 

5) Service Learning -  photos of AEC SLP in action

Service Learning is an educational approach where a student learns theories in the classroom and at the sametime volunteers with an agency (usually a non-profit or social service group) and engages in reflection activities to deepen their understanding of what is being taught [cited from: https://www.elmhurst.edu/blog/what-is-service-learning/]. In one of the PFP modules, students volunteered to help out in external organizations for those who are in need and support the communities.

   

 

 

6) Out-of-classroom learning experiences 

In Foundation Mathematics, students are engaged in out-of-classroom learning by participating in activities outside the classroom, for the purpose of measuring and calculating parameters to enhance the understanding of a mathematical topic. Examples of these activities are shown below. 

   

 

7) Collaborative Learning

Collaborative learning is an educational approach to teaching and learning that involves groups of learners working together to solve a problem, complete a task, or create a product. The following are photos showcasing our students working with their group mates to design a VBA Project for the module, Fundamentals of IT, as a collaborative effort. 

    

 

8) Blended Learning 

Blended learning is a mix of different learning environments, involving the combination of traditional pedagogical methods and new learning technologies [cited from: https://singteach.nie.edu.sg/2013/05/16/issue26-teachered-2/] The students shown in the pictures below are doing the math exercises on a platform known as ConnectMath This is part of the supplementary exercises that the students practice on to improve their learning of maths.