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Teachers In The Crossfire

Teachers In The Crossfire

When we talk about the flaws in our education system, it’s easy to point fingers at the obvious targets: standardised tests, rigid curricula, and the relentless pressure placed on students and kids.  But another group gets almost equally caught in the crossfire, often...

Motivation—Or Fear?

Motivation—Or Fear?

It’s part of the zeitgeist right now: the lamentations of how the new generation “just doesn't seem to care."  It's a haunting refrain that resonates with schoolteachers dealing with the disengagement of students who appear unmoved by, perhaps, the perceived gravity...

The Attendance Trap

The Attendance Trap

Every year, schools around the globe celebrate the perfect attendance of students with book tokens, certificates, and applause in assemblies. ‘Perfect attendance’ – what comes to mind goes beyond a phenomenon and takes shape as a title of honour and achievement.  At...

The Missing Parental Link

The Missing Parental Link

It’s no secret that Singapore is widely lauded for its academic performance rates in schools. Singapore consistently flaunts top-tier results in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). According to recent PISA 2022 findings, a whopping 86% of...

Thriving in Community: Peer Mentoring

Thriving in Community: Peer Mentoring

We've long been turning education on its head in Singapore – in all the best ways, of course. So reading this recent article in Channel News Asia was a much-appreciated affirmation that we’ve been long doing the things now recognised as the path forward for our kids. ...

Defying Apathy To Learning Actively

Defying Apathy To Learning Actively

There exists an unspoken assumption – that the acquisition of knowledge, regardless of personal interest, is inherently valuable.  Yet, as personal anecdotes and research from psychologists like Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang suggest, the consequences of learning...

Innovation’s Double-Edged Sword

Innovation’s Double-Edged Sword

Innovation – it's the buzzword that echoes through the world of education, excited as we are as a society, in general, about the advancements we’re creating in this modern era. On the face of it, the idea of innovation promises a brighter future.  Picture this: a...

The Design of Liberated Spaces

The Design of Liberated Spaces

When we think about schools or learning spaces, it’s never just the subjects or the teachers that shape our experiences.  At Imagine If we know this very well–we’ve always aspired to push the envelope on what it means to be really fulfilled educationally. We...

The Art of Not Parenting

The Art of Not Parenting

Parenting: a crossroads many of us find ourselves at eventually, somewhere between asserting control and giving our children the space they need to flourish. “Good parenting” –who’s to say what that even is? From developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik’s The...

Rethink Discipline; Transform Behaviour

Rethink Discipline; Transform Behaviour

The battle of wills between teacher and student, and even parent and child, is one that is age-old.  Beneath that brews a powerful shift in the way we understand the children in our care by leaning into a relinquishment of control.  We know–this is probably hard to...