And the moral of the story is …

Week 4. The week that I have planned to try to teach my students on the techniques and processes of Group Model Building. For the last two semesters, I have been trying to develop an effective learning activity that can deepen students’ knowledge and learning in Group Model Building, but with mixed success. I wrote…

Seeking Attention to Everything

Every year, we are always being reminded of how we should behave and conform to the societal norms. That we need to do more of this, focus more on that, so that we can be better and stronger than the previous year. I understand the good intention of people around me telling me all these….

Mono No Aware (物の哀れ)

Mono no aware (物の哀れ) is a Japanese term that I picked up when I read the book ‘Spark Joy’ written by Marie Kondo. If you don’t know who she is, she is a tidying expert and her best-selling books were sold worldwide and she has fan-based all over the world especially the western world. It is…

Becoming responsible for everything

  I was invited to the Sustainability+ dialogue jointly organized by the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) Student Committee and the Environmental Law Students Association (ELSA) of NUS law last Saturday as a panelist. During the panel session, a student from CAPT asked me a question that is something like this. There are so many…

Teaching is listening and learning is talking

How profoundly true this statement is. I was coordinating the entire class to follow through on a full-cycle modeling activities on a food security problem and we were at the point when we were trying to identify all the variables within the system. I was asking Hwee Han (one of my learners) some questions about…

Please don’t call me ‘Prof’

I can never get used to the word ‘Prof/Dr’ to be prefixed in front of my name. Every time when I meet a resident in my college, they would politely call me out with a big smile ‘Good morning, Prof’. While my heart is warmed by their kind gesture both online and face-to-face, the word…

Breaking Free from the Curse of Accumulation

[Featured image by Lucy Valkyrie] Accumulation is all around us. We accumulate a myriad of things for a myriad of reasons. A most common kind of accumulation is wealth largely driven by the needs to feel a strong sense of achievement in our ever competitive society. The accumulation of knowledge comes in next as we…

Making Learning Sticks in my Learners’ Minds

Yesterday evening was the end of my week 3 teaching on the course that took me months to develop. I started reminding many of my learners to blog about their learning and highlighted to them that research has shown that the earlier you reflect after an experience/learning moment, the higher the chance that that experience/learning…

Death is a transformational teacher

Death is a transformational teacher. When I was young, I couldn’t really appreciate the true meaning of death. To me, death is to be feared and it should be avoided. So when I saw a wake in my neighborhood, I would quicken my pace or turn my head away. That was how I were instructed by…