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This issue of CDTL Brief is the first of a two-part instalment featuring the teaching practices of faculty members who have won the Excellent Teacher Award for three consecutive academic years (2001/2002–2004/2005).

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September 2005, Vol. 8, No. 6 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
Teaching and Learning: The Journey of an Educator
Associate Professor Paulin Tay Straughan
Department of Sociology
I love teaching. In the classroom, I am able to forget all my administrative concerns for that precious hour or two, and enter into the fascinating world of knowledge and discovery with my students. The key to a rewarding teaching experience is an engaged audience-learning from my students just as much as they are learning from me. Continue reading

"I teach to watch the lights come on": Reflections on Best Practices
Associate Professor Chng Huang Hoon
Department of English Language & Literature
Teaching is as much about production as it is about reception. No matter how much effort we as teachers put into preparation and presentation, in the end, it is how our module and ourselves have been received by the target audience-our students-that clue us into how we have done, or more accurately, how students think we have done. Continue reading

Personal Touch of a Teacher in the Learning Expedition
Associate Professor Chan Lai Wah
Department of Pharmacy
I joined the Department of Pharmacy as a lecturer in 1989. The department is a closely-knitted 'pharmily' with a relatively small student population. Though I did not have any formal training in teaching before I started, I was blessed with good mentors who provided me with a lot of guidance and encouragement, which have certainly helped shape my teaching philosophy-to make learning meaningful and enjoyable. Continue reading

Getting Students to Assess Each Other
Associate Professor Florence Ling Yean Yng
Department of Building
This paper describes a method for students to evaluate fellow students' tutorial presentations. In a continuous assessment activity involving graded tutorial presentations, a student presenter is evaluated by both his/her tutor (instructor) and fellow classmates (student-evaluators). Continue reading

My Teaching Philosophy and Approach
Professor Koh Khee Meng
Department of Mathematics
Teaching Philosophy Teaching is an interactive activity; the teacher learns from his students as much as the students learn from him. To facilitate learning, a teacher must impart analytical and problem-solving skills to students so that they can think critically and independently. Continue reading