Best teaching practices highlighted in annual mini-conference

|     Daniel Lim     |

OVER 70 teachers from schools within the Cluster Six area attended a series of workshops at the Panaga School’s Teraja Campus on Friday under the banner of the Professional Development Mini-Conference for Teachers.

Organised by the Panaga School, the workshop, an annual conference held since 2013, aimed to promote best teaching practices.

Among those present was Head of Cluster Six Asmah binti Tengah, who was welcomed to the event by Panaga School Principal Cindy binti Tahal.

In an interview with the Sunday Bulletin, Cindy said the overall feedback has been positive, with many of the teachers requesting similar conferences to be held on a regular basis.

“The responses have been so huge that we will have to conduct another conference, hopefully this year,” she said.

Teachers at one of the workshops held at Panaga School. – PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM
Participants with Panaga School teachers in a group photo at the event

“In addition, we also had the Head of Cluster Six asking if we could have some of our teachers run staff meetings at other local schools to spread knowledge on some of the teaching methods being employed for our students here at Panaga School.”

She added that the workshop enabled the teachers to share their understanding of students’ needs and wants, while at the same time learn about the best teaching methods and how they can be implemented in the classroom.

“This is what we do here at Panaga School, by linking with other local schools; last year, we calculated over 140 hours of Professional Development being offered to local Brunei teachers for 2018,” the principal said.

In addition to the annual mini-conference, Panaga School is actively conducting various events to encourage participation from teachers and students, including a visit by Labi Primary School students.

“Labi Primary School is one of the schools with which we have a close relationship,” said Cindy. “Because they are so remote and the children there don’t have exposure to native English speakers, the teachers there are very motivated to have some solid links with our teachers here.”

Friday’s workshop sessions were held in three rooms, covering a wide range of topics such as ‘Creating a Positive Classroom Culture’, ‘Solving Mathematical Problems in Key Stages I’, ‘Learning Basic Mathematical Facts’, ‘Visualisation to Solve Word Problems in Maths’, ‘Special Needs Inclusion, Recognising and Supporting Children with Literacy Difficulties including Dyslexia’, ‘Differentiate Learning in the Classroom’, ‘Developing Guided Reading Strategies in KS2’ and ‘Guided Reading for Early Readers’.