Saturday, January 26, 2013

book tour | helping kids read @ THINKING SPACE

Hi! Thanks for stopping by!

This year I've decided to try out some new blog ideas here on the Super Cool Books website, and here's one of them. I'm featuring my friend Redmund Law, who started his own learning centre last year. Thinking Space offers customised tuition classes and various creative workshops. He was featured in a Straits Times article here.

Since December last year he's also started using the Sherlock Hong books in some of his classes. He's trying out new ways to help kids develop their thinking and language skills, and also get them genuinely enthusiastic about reading.

I like the bright and cheerful environment at Thinking Space. It really helps kids settle down and enjoy learning. I wanted to get a photo of Remund reading The Immortal Nightingale, but he's always been shy about having his picture taken. :-)

And now a few words from Redmund about teaching kids to think for themselves, bringing out the best in them, and how to help them develop literary skills.

I've included his contact details below, if you'd like to get in touch.

"I started Thinking Space to help students develop critical and creative thinking abilities applicable to their academic pursuits. It was an attempt to move away from the drill-practice approaches that many advocate today. We believe it is more helpful to guide students to understand conceptually what they are doing rather than just tell them to follow a given set of steps. 
I've taught at St. Andrew's Secondary, Raffles Institution and Raffles Girls School, and at each school, the challenges I faced were different. All students want to be taught, you just have to find the right way for each of them. Affirmation, guidance and patience, though, are three approaches that I believe brings out the best in the students and myself.
I've used the Sherlock Hong stories to introduce the study of character to students. For young students first getting acquainted with literary skills, it was a good source. Students were also asked to construct their views of Sherlock through a close reading of selected chapters. 
Having spent more than a decade as an educator in a variety of schools, I love the unique interaction I get each time with students. No two classes are ever the same. The only thing that is predictable is that you will always get unpredictable results!"

(Thanks, Redmund!)

Sherlock Hong books are also on sale at Thinking Space, if you're ever in the area. The address is 171 Stirling Rd #01-1117 (Singapore 140171).

You can find out more at Redmund's website and Facebook page, or contact him through the parenting portal.