Friday, 20 September 2013

Personal Reflection: Influence of Media

Hi All,

Topic: Influence of Media

Topic Enduring Understanding (EU):
  1. Media has the role to inform, educate and entertain.
  2. Media can contain sexual messages that may influence attitudes towards sexual behavior and relationships.

Topic Essential Questions (EQs):

1. Are we influenced by the messages in media and popular culture?

Personal reflection

1. After going through the lesson, do you think that media has fulfill its role to inform, educate and entertain?





2. How are the messages on “love” conveyed in popular media? (Based on your own interpretation, you can make reference to the pictures you have seen or music you have heard earlier.)




3. What is your concept of love? Is it aligned with what is conveyed in the popular media?




Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Homework for 16/7/13


Spa Files


Hand in Transgenic Animals Tutorial ASAP.


SPA File - Due Thursday


Pei De Paper 2 - Due Wednesday


Oral Recordings




Hand in Holiday Homework ASAP


Finish up the various papers from other schools


- None-

Social Studies


Monday, 15 July 2013

View the following for Racial Harmony Day CE Lesson

Hello Class,

Read the following: Here

-       What were your thoughts upon reading the headlines?
-       What could be the possible adverse effect if we accept the headlines at face value?
-       What could be the likely motive of displaying such headlines?

-       Why do you think we are still able to maintain racial and religious harmony even though such headlines were presented?

Each group will consist of the following roles:
-       a social worker who has had experience counselling youths;
-       a concerned parent;
-       an educator;
-       a non-Singaporean living in Singapore who is considering raising his family here and taking up Singapore citizenship; and,

-       the news editor / blogger who published the article / issue.

Kindly post your reflections following this thread.

Thank you.
Mr. Patrick Hiap & Ms. Yap Hui Min
15 July 2013

Think Back:
-       In what ways have you shown appreciation for the customs and practices of others?
-       In what ways have you shown respect for others from different racial and religious background?

Learn From It:
-       Why do we need to be respectful in our interactions with others?
-       Why is it important to know the significance of religious and cultural practices of people from different racial background?
-       What did you learn from the lesson?

Do It Better:
-       Suggest new opportunities you can explore to learn more about the customs, practices and religious beliefs of others.
-       As a classmate/ CCA member/ student leader, reflect on how you can promote better inter-racial and inter-religious understanding in school.
-       How will you apply these social situations that you might encounter in future?

Friday, 12 April 2013

International Friendship Day 2013 - The World In Singapore

Hello Class,

Here are the discussion questions for today's CE lesson.

Integrating Foreigners in Singapore
Adapted from the Reach (Reaching Everyone for Active Citizenry@ Home) Website

Some contributors to the online forum on the REACH website expressed unhappiness over the rapid influx of foreigners into Singapore. Several felt that local citizens should be accorded more privileges than PRs, since Singaporeans were more likely to pledge allegiance to the country, unlike PRs who might leave the country once they had achieved their goals.

Contributors further lamented that Singaporeans were facing strong competition from foreigners for jobs, especially amidst the current downturn where job opportunities were already limited. In this respect, a few hoped that the Government would not only lower the foreign worker quota, but also impose more stringent standards when issuing employment passes and work permits to foreign workers.

Notwithstanding all these concerns, there were those who acknowledged that foreigners do contribute positively to our nation. They believe that the presence of foreigners was necessary to enhance the level of economic vibrancy in Singapore. Nonetheless, they note that the foreigners need to integrate into Singapore society, and to do so, the contributors felt that both Singaporeans and foreigners should make an equal effort. For example, they feel that foreigners should adapt to the local way of life and brush up on their command of the English language so as to facilitate communication between the locals and the foreigners.

Hot Bites
"While I agree that Singapore's declining birth rate is a valid concern as it will affect our economy and hence our very survival, I do not agree that looking up for so called 'foreign talent' to make up the short fall is a solution."
- Raymond Lo Wan Mou, via discussion forum

"Foreign talents are required if they can open more job openings for Singaporeans, but it seems that these foreign talents are robbing jobs away from Singapore talents..."
- Unemployed Singaporean, via discussion forum

"I can see why MM Lee would like Singapore to accept more foreign talent because it is important for Singapore to be economically vibrant."
- Xynic, via discussion

"I like to ask whether it is solely the citizens' responsibility to integrate foreign takes 2 hands to clap...When we present ourselves in other countries, one of the vital things to assimilate us with the locals is to speak their majority spoken language."
-       Pink IC no use, via discussion forum

Discussion Questions:
1.     To what extent do you agree that the relationship shared between foreigners and citizens is a symbiotic [1]one? [Concepts/ Ideas]

2.     In the article, the author highlights several traits to define the Singaporean Identity. To what extent do you agree with them? [Points of View]

3.     Based on the article, what are your thoughts about how we as Singaporeans should build our identity?

·      Use the post-activity reflection activity in the Generic Activity For Secondary Level to get students to reflect on their learning.

[1] In this case, Symbiosis is a cooperative relationship between two or more individuals.  

Post-Activity Reflection Template
Think Back:
-       What are some of your personal thoughts and feelings?
-       What were some points of discussion that you found interesting and/or meaningful? Why?

Learn From It:
-       What have you learnt from this activity?
-       What are the values you have learnt and why do you want to uphold these values?

Do It Better:
-       How do you think you can transfer your learning in your everyday life?
-       How would you think or act in the future as a result of this experience / sharing?