Why we should always volunteer?

Three semesters in a row of volunteering with Food Bank and I thought it would be a good time to have a reflection on this from my perspective as an instructor. Regardless of the number of time I do volunteering work with Food Bank, I always have this deep sense of satisfaction after seeing the…

My Three Teaching Motives Behind Arranging AVA Visit

This is my third semesters bringing my students to visit AVA. Strangely, I have never really blogged about AVA even though I have read many of my students’ postings about it. So for the first time in three semesters, this blog is dedicated to the unsung hero of our nation, AVA and to my students who…

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…

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…