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1 Motivating Our Students through Building Resiliency Woodlands Ring Secondary School Sharing at APS Global Education Conference July 2012

2 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! “Purpose and Meaning are essential to build a community of mind.” Thomas Sergiovanni

3 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! Scope Who do we serve What Guides Us How Do We Build Resiliency What Are Some Observable Outcomes

4 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! Who Do We Serve Families with low income Low in self- efficacy Low in self- confidence Secondary 4NT & 5 students make up % of student population

5 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! What Guides Us Our Belief Capable “Our students are Capable, TeachableLovable Teachable and Lovable.” Care Create Culture of Care

6 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! What Guides Us School Philosophy unique potential contribute “Every child is unique, whose potential can be maximized so as to contribute selflessly to society.” Teachers’ Pledge: We will … bring out the best in our students We will guide our … useful and good citizens of Singapore

7 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! Vision, Mission, Motto & Values What Guides Us WorkRise Serve ResponsibilityRespectResilience Mental Model: increase resiliency  increase motivation  Successful Learners!

8 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! How Do We Build Resiliency Quality Relationships Students’ Voice Culture of Learning Emphases in the WRS Curriculum People Our Focus

9 Character & Citizenship Education Framework Provide Opportunities for Meaningful Participation Increase Prosocial Bonding Set Clear, Consistent Boundaries Teach Lifeskills, Social & Emotional Competencies Set and Communicate High Expectations Provide Care & Support Active Citizen s Vibrant Leader s Responsibility Respect Resilience adapted from Henderson & Milstein’s Resiliency Wheel

10 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! Teaching of values and Social Emotional competencies –Creating “Motivation Mondays” & “Celebration Fridays” –displaying quotations around the school and using them frequently –Role-modelling by School Leaders –Practising language patterns of influence How Do We Build Resiliency Culture of Learning

11 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! Increasing pro-social bonding –Matching teachers to class profile –Introducing “Teach the Child” Programme –Celebrating Blessings Day –On-going class visits to give pep talks (visibility of School Leaders) –Learning at Week ‘X’ –Recognition: priority seating at Quadrangle for morning assembly Building Quality Relationships How Do We Build Resiliency

12 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! Providing opportunities for meaningful participation –Showcasing talents and success stories –Participating in Students’ Forum –Planning of school events: “Technically Normal” Day –Naming of Class and Classroom Decoration –Appointing Student Canteen Managers Students’ Voice How Do We Build Resiliency

13 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! Setting and communicating high expectations with strong support –Parents (especially for Secondary 5 students) –Higher Institutes of Education How Do We Build Resiliency Partnership

14 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! What Are Some Observable Outcomes Quantitative data Attendance: consistently ~98% Punctuality: consistently ~98% Progression rate: –100% for 4NT –77% in 2009 to 82% in 2011 for S5

15 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! What Are Some Observable Outcomes Percentage of 4NT & S5 Students Achieving Distinctions in CCA Grade

16 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! What Are Some Observable Outcomes Quality of School Experience Survey Mean Response Index from 2007 to 2011 for 4NA

17 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! What Are Some Observable Outcomes Quality of School Experience Survey Mean Response Index from 2007 to 2011 for 4NT

18 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! Special Mention 4NT students from Robotics Club coached ITE & JC students 4NT students selected as Chairpersons of CCAs S5 student achieved the NCC Outstanding Cadet Award NT & S5 students shortlisted for the Lee Kuan Yew All-round Student Award interview in 2010 & 2012, respectively What Are Some Observable Outcomes

19 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! What’s Next Deepening teachers’ professional practice in developing students’ 21 st century competencies Increasing teachers’ competencies in reflective practice Enhancing engagement with parents and external stakeholders as partners in education

20 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! For further correspondence and collaboration, To download slides, visit:

21 Through the gates of Woodlands Ring Secondary School, Walk the BEST! “Purpose and Meaning are essential to build a community of mind.” Thomas Sergiovanni Singapore Teachers’ Vision: Lead. Care. Inspire


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