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This June school holiday is no fun because my 12 years old genz kid will be sitting for his PSLE end September this year. He is very busy …. busier than me with days packed with school supplementary lessons, revisions, homeworks, etc.
After his SA1 results was out in mid May, the school had a Meet the Parent Session (“MTP”). His form class teacher feedbacked during that session that my genzkid has commented he wanted to go to a good secondary school. When asked what is his definition of a “good secondary school”, he couldn’t answer that question. So my first mission after the MTP was to sit down with him and set out his goal; define his definition of “good secondary school”.
The outcome – he was aiming to get into Dunman High School or Victoria School – both IP schools in Singapore. Coincidentally these two schools were having open house to attract students for their DSA admission exercise that weekend; hence we decided to visit the two schools to find out more about what they are offering.
That Saturday, our first stop was Victoria School; followed with Dunman High School. Victoria School is a “all boys” school. Both schools look impressive and students are well mannered (IP schools – what do you expect rite !)
At Dunman High School, we managed to catch the principal speech and to our surprise, my genz kid was actually qualified for the DSA Admission Exercise via the academic results route. According to the principal, the school was offering 410 seats for 2013 intake and half of the seats will go to DSA Admission Exercise. Ratio was 1 out of 5 applicants will get a seat via this exercise. My genz kids’ jaw immediately dropped as that would mean there will only be 205 seats available based on PSLE results. Sensing his uneasiness, I told him to just try his best for PSLE and works towards getting the results that would get him into the school (i.e. a minimum aggregate score of 260 – easier said than done rite !).
That afternoon, we met a relative whose genz kid will also be taking PSLE this year and applying for 3 schools via DSA Admission Exercise – CCA. She encouraged my genz kid to do the same since he is qualified and the belief is it would be easier to get into your dream school via DSA Admission Exercise than relying on PSLE results. That evening, my genz kid told me that he would like to give it a try – i.e DSA for DunmanHigh School. I explained to him the whole exercise could possibly take months and he would need to sit for test, go for interview on top of preparing for his prelims and PSLE. This could lead to lots of stress. We discussed and after due deliberation, we decided to give this a miss and just concentrate in preparation for the exams.
Aftermath thoughts – Kids go to school today to enjoy learning or compete with each other to get into niche schools. Seriously, I don’t recall myself studying that hard for PSLE when I was just 12…. Educators always advocate that we should study for knowledge not results! However, in this society, can we really study for knowledge and not results?
DSA Admission Info: http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/dsa-sec/
List of IP Schools in Singapore: http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/programmes/gifted-education-programme/integrated-programmes/
Parents all around the world can attest to the difficulty of raising children – especially the challenges of unsatisfactory grades on a child’s report card. Do you find yourself wishing there was a way to help your child get better grades? Are you concerned that your child isn’t performing to the best of his or her ability?
You can’t spend every day at school analyzing what is preventing them from doing better on tests and exams. However, you can make some adjustments at home to better prepare them to succeed in school.
These suggestions may be exactly what your child needs to ensure he or she has better grades on the next report card:
1. Cut down, rather than eliminate, playtime. Poor grades on your child’s report card could be an indication that not enough time is put into studies or that too much time is spent recreationally. However, the answer isn’t to eliminate playtime altogether. It’s important that there is balance in your child’s life.
• Increase the time spent on studies and homework if your child tends to neglect them. However, more effective use of the time spent may be the better technique if your child is spending time on his studies. Reduce distractions and help explain important concepts.
• Allow more recreation on the weekend so your child can take a real break from the books.
2. Encourage reading. Reading is one of the core subjects that aids in a child’s development and progress. However, not all kids like to read the books required by their school because they may not be interesting to them. Try to find more interesting reading formats that will likely catch the attention of your young one:
• Get books that use more illustration than normal; pictures help break the monotony of reading that usually turns kids off.
• Outside of the books that are required for school, choose books with subject matter that will appeal to your child’s interests.
3. Provide games that strengthen their weaknesses. If math and problem solving are weak areas for your child, buy games that require more logic and reasoning than normal.
4. Keep meals consistent. Often, if there’s too much time in between meals, it becomes very easy for the brain to shut down and lose focus. This happens to children as well. You can prevent this scenario by ensuring meal times are consistent so the brain is always adequately fed.
5. Consider a tutor. Some children learn better one-on-one. It’s possible that your child isn’t doing well in class because there’s not enough attention being paid to his or her needs. Extra classes outside of school will give your child the attention needed to truly grasp concepts and understand a subject.
These tips will help you steer your child toward better grades and develop the skills necessary to excel in school. Every child is different, and their needs may change from time to time, so you must remain diligent about finding solutions that work for them. The sooner you’re able to pinpoint their specific weaknesses, the faster you can take steps to correct them.
At the end of the day, the more time spent addressing the educational needs of your child, the greater the likelihood they will do well in school!
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What does it mean when your child told you that he is having IPW week in school instead of his usual class routine?
“IPW” stands for Inter-Disciplinary Project Work and it seems that our primary schools are putting in more effort in promoting inter-disciplinary learning today. IPW allows students to understand a subject or topic in depth not through individual learning but through team work. Through research, discussion and brainstorming, it hopes to allow students to see things from different viewpoints.
According to my son, this is how I think IPW works:
- Grouping of members followed by appointment of leader by the team members.
- The team brainstormed on the topic they want to research and write on.
- Once the topic is decided, roles are assigned to individuals (e.g. editor, reporter, researcher).
- The team then works on the timeline & deliverables.
- Team members start work on their respective areas. • When at home, team members continue to do research (e.g. surfing the web).
- At next meeting, team members shared with one another on the information and materials they have collated.
- Team leader is to check and ensure timelines & deliverables are on track.
- Team to submit write up and do presentation on project on D-Day to teacher and class.
Sounds pretty similar to what we have done during our school days right? Yes indeed, just that the children today start to “work” earlier.