Author Archives: Wai Leng

A students’ play that drew a politician’s wrath

Schools often stage plays to allow their students much-needed creative space to voice their heartfelt messages that otherwise, would be locked forever in a dark and hidden vault. And this particular play would have gone unnoticed if not for its … Continue reading

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Our kids have grown up! So what’s the outcome of our learning experiment thus far?

I was introducing my students to Reader’s Digest to inspire them to read, when a student suddenly held up a copy with Obama on its cover and asked, “Teacher, this person in the photo looks like you!” And I looked … Continue reading

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The pain behind the joy

“Joy” and “learning” do not often go together when they are done for an external purpose (extrinsically), like to cover a syllabus or to prepare for exams. Because the boundaries are fixed and there is little room for innovation. But … Continue reading

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How to spark joy in learning

To spark joy in learning, make learning FUN and let children learn through PLAY! Every child is a natural self-directed learner. Children are naturally curious about the world around them. Young animals are no different. If you were to observe … Continue reading

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They came, they played, we celebrated! – Youth Jam 2019 was a smashing hit!

I did not realise at that time – when the idea of having a gathering of young people to play music, sing, write and draw – that trying to organise an event of this size single-handedly, would be considered dangerous … Continue reading

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Self-directed learning – sparking joy in learning

When I first came across the term self-directed learning, when the professor who had researched it and taught it for over 30 years in his career, Prof. Confessor, had come to Malaysia more than 10 years ago, I remember feeling … Continue reading

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Let’s just talk!

“Conversation, like life, has silences and boring bits. This bears repeating: It is often in the moments when we stumble and hesitate and fall silent that we reveal ourselves to each other. Digital communications can lead to an edited life. … Continue reading

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