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Teachers Skill Up on Engaging with Gen Z

They are a new breed with a new level of connectivity. So how can teachers effectively engage with Generation Z?

That was a topic of heated discussion at the first run of the workshop on ‘Facilitation Skills for Engaging Students (Secondary)’ conducted by Singapore Children’s Society.

Held on 2 April at the Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST), the full-day workshop brought together 26 educators from secondary schools across Singapore.

The teachers participated in group discussions spanning everything from the profile of Generation Z and their specific needs, to youth development and how to create and sustain positive group dynamics.

They also engaged in role play and shared tips and strategies on engaging Generation Z .

The workshop was conducted by Ms Rachel Tan and Ms Tan Bee Joo, who are the directors of the Student Service Hub (Bukit Merah) and the Talks and Workshops Programmes Centre respectively.

The session ended with an inspiring sharing session conducted by Dr Agnes Chang, a former teacher and Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education, who talked about the positive traits teachers should have, and the importance of understanding a student’s “silent feedback”.

The course delivered new – and practical – ideas on how to better engage Generation Z, and managed to move beyond the theoretical, said one participant, adding: “The workshop was very informative and the strategies shared were useful.”

As part of the Society’s outreach, it develops and conducts courses on topics like life skills and family life education, catering to children and youth, parents and caregivers, and to volunteers and teachers.

For enquiries, contact Ms Nur Hidayah at nhfauzan@childrensociety.org.sg or on 6753 7331.

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