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ECDA Fellows Talk Series

​​The ECDA Fellows Talk Series is a collection of short videos on various topics delivered by our ECDA Fellows. We hope that these videos will inspire you in your early childhood journey!

 

PEDAGOGY

The World is Your Classroom 

"Talking to children about the world can be a little uninspiring. Taking them out on an adventure might just work better." –- Ms Ong Siew Teng

 

The Trusty Teacher’s Assistant 

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"The environment creates a sense of comfort for the children, and allows them to explore the world around them and get an understanding of what the world is like" –– Ms Melissa Goh-Karssen

 

My Space - Innovation in Preschools 

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"Innovation requires us to constantly question why we do what we do." -- Ms N. Pushpavalli

 

3Rs in the Early Years 

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"Just think, how do I usually talk or treat an older child, or even an adult? Then treat the young children in the same way." -- Ms N. Thamarai

 

Focusing on a Child's Strengths through Learning Stories 

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"One of the unique features of Learning Stories is the focus on the strengths of each child, rather than deficits or what the child cannot do. Over time, this practice positively changes how educators relate to the child." -- Dr Geraldine Teo-Zuzarte

 

MOTHER TONGUE LANGUAGES

Strengthening Roots 

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"Learning Mother Tongue not only gives you a second language to communicate in, but also gives you a deeper understanding of who you are." –– Ms Suhana Salleh

 

Learning Together 

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"It is important for parents to be involved in cultivating a child’s love for the language" –– Ms Chua Lay Mui

 

PARTNERSHIPS & SUPPORT 

School Starter 

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"We need to build up their resilience in overcoming uncertainties in the face of challenges." –– Ms Seri Rahayu

 

Journey Together 

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"When children see their most trusted adults treating one another respectfully, it helps them value a healthy relationship at a very young age." –– Ms Zaiton Mohd Ali

 

Heart Work - Seeing Each Child's Individual Needs 

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"The hand that works hard, put it close to your heart and that makes a difference in a child's life." -- Ms Shirley Tan

 

A Partnership between Educators and Families

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"When children see important people in their lives working together, they learn that it's important to build healthy relationships." -- Ms Christine Soo

 

LEADERSHIP & MENTORING

Nurturing Place for All 

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"I believe it’s the centre’s responsibility to create a nurturing environment, not just for our children but for those teaching them as well." –– Ms Sylvia Yeo

 

Sparking Change 

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"At the heart of it, every teacher wants to do great for the children, but sometimes, they just need a little bit of courage for the journey" –– Mrs Hephzi See

 

The Leadership Journey 

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"Leaders need to have clear beliefs, strong values and sharp minds." -- Dr Jacqueline Chung

 

Retaining Talent in Early Childhood 

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"Recruitment and Retention work hand in hand. Talent would only stay if we nurture, care and appreciate them." -- Dr May See

 

Building Confidence through Mentoring 

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"When teachers are inspired and given opportunities to become mentors, they expand their influence, and build themselves and others up." -- Ms Rebecca Han

 

CHARACTER BUILDING IN YOUNG CHILDREN

Building Character within a Mouldable Heart 

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"Like shaping a clay pot, character takes time to develop before it becomes strong and beautiful. Everyone, from the teacher to the family, has a part to play." -- Mrs Ang-Oh Chui Hwa

 

Empowering Independent Problem Solvers 

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"When we teach young children how to solve problems, they grow up to be more resilient, resourceful and ready to face any challenge." -- Ms Ava Wang

 

Teaching Values through Storytelling 

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"Storytelling is one of the best ways to inculcate virtues. Stories can ignite children's imagination, strike their emotional chords and help them grasp the concept of these virtues." -- Ms Alicia Lim.

 

ART, SCIENCE & CULTURE EDUCATION

Creativity Gives Children a Voice 

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"Through music and art, children are encouraged to express their individuality and creativity, and more importantly, learn to respect one another." -- Ms Dianne Swee-Seet

 

Learning Through Exciting Experiences 

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"Use things that excite both teachers and children, so that they can explore, discover and learn together." -- Mrs Elsie Tan-Chua

 

Embracing Different Cultures From Young 

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"Teach children about diversity. Teach them the similarities among different cultures, model cultural harmony, and instil cultural appreciation through daily life." -- Ms Tan Beng Luan

 

ECDA Fellows logo 

The ECDA Fellows are pinnacle leaders in the early childhood sector. They work closely with ECDA to drive quality improvements to the sector. These include mentoring other early childhood professionals and developing sector-wide resources for professional development, curriculum leadership and sector partnerships.

For more information about the ECDA Fellows, click here.

To view the parenting tips contributed by the ECDA Fellows in ECDA's 2016 Beanstalk Calendar, click here. ​​​​​​​​​