They went extra mile for their students
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
After the end of the semester’s exams, teacher Samuel Lim had planned to issue certificates of achievement to his students as a form of encouragement.
But there was one student who had failed mathematics despite working hard at it. Mr Lim still wanted to issue her a certificate to boost her morale and, after discussing with his co-form teacher, they found a reason to do just that.
This student had a perfect attendance record for the entire semester, something the other students did not have. So, the teachers decided to give her a certificate for perfect attendance instead.
Little did they know, it boosted the student’s confidence tremendously and earned the gratitude of her mother.
Today, the student is a leader in school and is doing well in mathematics. Yesterday, Mr Lim, 29, received his commendation as one of the three award winners for the annual Outstanding Youth in Education Award that is given out to teachers below 30 years old.
Minister for Education Dr Ng Eng Hen, who presented the awards at the National Institute of Education (NIE) Teachers’ Investiture Ceremony, said that the three winners were chosen “because they inspired their students and went many extra miles for them”.
In addressing the 399 graduating teachers yesterday, Dr Ng said: “Teachers wield an inordinate influence on students, especially in their growing years.”
He added: “As you set off on your journey ahead, students will become the heart of what you do ... lead by example and, at the same time, let your students inspire you.”
Similarly for Mr Lim, seeing students grow and emerge as better people was also what kept him going during the past three years of his teaching career.
A physical education and history teacher at Swiss Cottage Secondary School, he said: “I hope to make an impact in all my students’ lives. Students want to know that you care for them, it’s not just the teaching methods but to also find a connection with them and to earn their trust.”
Besides using music and sports like touch rugby to bond with his students, Mr Lim initiated fundraising initiatives and sharpened their public-speaking abilities.
Source: Today, mediacorp