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What does it mean to
be a Teacher in
Singapore?
Topic 5
Overview
MOE Mission
Statement

Activity 1

Activity 2
EPMS

MOE Vision

Activity 3

End
Activity
Take out a piece of paper

1

Write down the answer to this question individually
Fold it and place in the middle...
“What do you think it means to be a
teacher in the Singapore context?”
Activity
Form four groups
Each group will assume a role
Parents
MOE
Students
Other Teachers

2

As a group, discuss what b...
Discussion Time
MOE Mission
Statement
The mission of the Education Service
is to mould the future of the nation,
by moulding the people who will
determine the f...
The Service will

Provide a
balanced and
well-rounded
education

Develop them to
their full
potential

Nurture them
into g...
1997

The Ministry of Education's vision of

Thinking Schools,
Learning Nation"
"

(TSLN)
Thinking Schools,
Learning Nation"

"
Outcome
1.Thinking
2.Committed
3.Life-long Learning
Stay Rooted
Reach for the Sky
以身作则
To set an example or to serve as a role model
Thinking schools will
1. Be learning organisations in every sense,
2. Challenge assumptions constantly
3. Seek better ways...
National
Culture

Lifelong
Learning
Social
Environment
Goal
Aka Assumption

Tolerance for Change
Activity

3

Each group can relook at what they have written.
Discuss whether their interpretation match what MOE
wants an...
2001
“Education Service Professional
Development and Career Plan” (Edu-Pac)
EPMS
Enhanced Performance Management System
“Our current performance management system is a
rigorous one, but with the introduction of the three
career tracks - namel...
A competency-based performance management system
that spells out

Knowledge
requirements

Skills
requirements

Professiona...
Leadership
Track
Provides opportunity
for teachers to take
on leadership
positions in schools
and the Ministry’s
headquart...
Clarity
Appraisal of officers under the enhanced system will be
more customised to the role they play.
• Ability to nurture
the whole child

Teachers

• Ability to provide
visionary
leadership

School
Leaders

• Help their
su...
Contrarian Voice
http://bit.ly/18RXdNm
Discussion Time
Summary
You

EPMS

MOE

Performance

Mission
Statement

Support

Buy-in
You

EPMS

No Buy-in

MOE

Performance

Change
Behaviour

Mission
Statement

Support

$
Overview

$

MOE

Change
behaviour

Support

Buy-in

You

Mission
Statement

Performance

EPMS
No Buy-in
Where are you?
One more thing
When the going gets tough,
the tough gets going.
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What does it mean to be a teacher?

These slides aim to explain what does it mean to be a teacher in Singapore from a perspective from a teacher-to-be while reflecting the viewpoints of the ministry as well as contrarians.

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QED 523 - What does it mean to be a teacher

  1. 1. What does it mean to be a Teacher in Singapore? Topic 5
  2. 2. Overview MOE Mission Statement Activity 1 Activity 2
  3. 3. EPMS MOE Vision Activity 3 End
  4. 4. Activity Take out a piece of paper 1 Write down the answer to this question individually Fold it and place in the middle of table.
  5. 5. “What do you think it means to be a teacher in the Singapore context?”
  6. 6. Activity Form four groups Each group will assume a role Parents MOE Students Other Teachers 2 As a group, discuss what being a teacher means to each stakeholder (aka expectations). Write your responses on the board.
  7. 7. Discussion Time
  8. 8. MOE Mission Statement
  9. 9. The mission of the Education Service is to mould the future of the nation, by moulding the people who will determine the future of the nation.
  10. 10. The Service will Provide a balanced and well-rounded education Develop them to their full potential Nurture them into good citizens
  11. 11. 1997 The Ministry of Education's vision of Thinking Schools, Learning Nation" " (TSLN)
  12. 12. Thinking Schools, Learning Nation" "
  13. 13. Outcome 1.Thinking 2.Committed 3.Life-long Learning
  14. 14. Stay Rooted Reach for the Sky
  15. 15. 以身作则 To set an example or to serve as a role model
  16. 16. Thinking schools will 1. Be learning organisations in every sense, 2. Challenge assumptions constantly 3. Seek better ways of doing things through Participation Creativity Innovation
  17. 17. National Culture Lifelong Learning Social Environment
  18. 18. Goal Aka Assumption Tolerance for Change
  19. 19. Activity 3 Each group can relook at what they have written. Discuss whether their interpretation match what MOE wants and how similar or different it is.
  20. 20. 2001 “Education Service Professional Development and Career Plan” (Edu-Pac)
  21. 21. EPMS Enhanced Performance Management System
  22. 22. “Our current performance management system is a rigorous one, but with the introduction of the three career tracks - namely the Teaching, Specialist and Leadership Tracks - we need a system that could better distinguish the different competencies that are essential for success in each of the three tracks.” Education Minister, Teo Chee Hean (2002)
  23. 23. A competency-based performance management system that spells out Knowledge requirements Skills requirements Professional characteristics appropriate for each of the three career tracks.
  24. 24. Leadership Track Provides opportunity for teachers to take on leadership positions in schools and the Ministry’s headquarters Teaching Track Senior Specialist Track Allows teachers to remain in the classroom and advance to a new pinnacle level of a Master Teacher “strong core of specialists with deep knowledge and skills in specific areas in education that will break new ground and keep Singapore at the leading edge” Teo (2001)
  25. 25. Clarity
  26. 26. Appraisal of officers under the enhanced system will be more customised to the role they play.
  27. 27. • Ability to nurture the whole child Teachers • Ability to provide visionary leadership School Leaders • Help their supervisees develop into better teachers and leaders Supervisor
  28. 28. Contrarian Voice
  29. 29. http://bit.ly/18RXdNm
  30. 30. Discussion Time
  31. 31. Summary
  32. 32. You EPMS MOE Performance Mission Statement Support Buy-in
  33. 33. You EPMS No Buy-in MOE Performance Change Behaviour Mission Statement Support $
  34. 34. Overview $ MOE Change behaviour Support Buy-in You Mission Statement Performance EPMS No Buy-in
  35. 35. Where are you?
  36. 36. One more thing
  37. 37. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

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