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FEATURE ONE: AMY
Welcome to #HumansofCreateLab where we feature a minion at Create Lab who has been working super hard behind the scenes and making all of this possible.
For our very first post, we have Zmy! It wasn’t difficult to figure out why our students love her so much after looking at how she conducted her lessons. She was very patient when teaching the kids and we saw how she was really passionate in imparting her knowledge to her students during the lessons. Without further ado, let us find out more about her!
1. What was the thing you enjoy most about working at Create Lab?
I must say it’s teaching kids about computing! I love kids, and I personally enjoy coding. Nothing can be more awesome than getting a combination of all that while playing a part in exposing these kids to technology. I am also very grateful for the opportunities that Thilan, Drhuv and his team have given me. They are very kind and flexible people who were willing to guide beginner instructors like me and have also imparted a lot of knowledge to me. Thank you so much!
2. I see that you really love teaching the kids, were there any instances when you felt that you also learnt something from your students?
Definitely! My most memorable incident is when I tried to settle one of the students who was a tad more active. He was very distracted during the lesson and was also disrupting the others who were trying to learn. Afterwards, I realized that he was actually very keen to learn when I gave him more affection and patience, and that he was disrupting the rest to to grab my attention the whole time.
That was when I realized that as instructors, we have to constantly adapt to the needs of the students. At many times, when the class is not going the way we want it to be because of a particular student, we will have to quickly pinpoint the reason behind the student’s action and solve it on the spot. It really forces me to think on my feet and this is a valuable skill that I will be working on down the road as I gain more experience.
3. Seems like you have really learnt quite a lot while working with the kids, care to share some of your favorite memories with them?
Kids are a bundle of joy, for most of the time hahahaha! I especially love seeing the kids interacting with the robots because they always look very excited. Some of my favorite moments are definitely seeing them share the equipment with one another politely and their big wide smiles on their faces when they eagerly show me their finished projects after a period of hard work.
Hope you guys found out a little more about Amy and her time at Create Lab. Stay tune to Create Lab for more #HumansOfCreateLab! See you next time!
FEATURE TWO: HONG YI
Welcome to our second feature of #HumansOfCreateLab! Today, we met up with Hong Yi, who is another of our dedicated lead instructor here at Create Lab.
We could really sense the passion and dedication in this young man when he shared with us about his teaching experience at Create Lab. Let’s hear more from him!
- Just to know a bit more about you, were you more of a rebellious or obedient kid?
I was actually quite obedient in Primary School! Was quite like a model student – punctual in submitting my homework and always following instructions from my teachers. But all these changed in Upper Secondary. I became rebellious and almost flunked the O Levels with very bad results. Fortunately, I was able to still get a placing in Temasek Polytechnic (TP). So then, something struck me when I was studying in TP, things got better from there and eventually I got into university and here I am today.
- Wow, I couldn’t tell! You look like a really obedient kid hahahaha. So, I know you have taught some of the classes at Create Lab, what were some of the things you did to try get a kid’s attention when they got too noisy or distracted?
It really depends on the age group I’m dealing with. If it’s a group of younger kids, it will be a lot harder to get their attention. So in order to get their attention, what I usually do is to give them sweets to grab their attention. Whenever they listen, or they participate in class, I will give some sweets to them as a form of reward. There can be many forms of incentives, but my primary one would be food hahahahah.
For the older kids, what I will do is to set some ground rules before the start of the class so that everyone comes to a common consensus on what can be done or not be done. It applies to the younger kids as well.
- Seems like you really have a way with kids! Were there any instances when you felt that you learnt something from your students?
After every class I teach, I get reminded that every single one of us are creative in our own way. Sadly, as we enter adulthood, it seems that many of us are very concerned with adhering to social standards. I’m sure that many of us now are doing something different from what we aspired to be when we were a child. If we are able to ignite the dreams that we yearned for and dare to utilise our creativity to do it, there would definitely be more happy people contented to work what they like instead of adhering to social standards and stuck in the ‘rat race’.
Yet another interesting conversation with one of our instructors at Create Lab. It is really heartening to know that our instructors are really enjoying their time here at Create Lab! Hope all of you had fun reading this week’s feature of #HumansOfCreateLab. See you guys again next week! 🙂
FEATURE THREE: PRIYA
In today’s post on #HumansOfCreateLab, we have with us, one of Create Lab’s very passionate instructor, Priya! At Create Lab, we believe in engaging with our instructors and help them to derive their fullest potential. It was no exception for Priya, as she shared with us on her journey as an instructor with us. It was indeed heartwarming to know how she really enjoys working with us.
Alright, enough talking, let us get to know Priya more!
1. I’m really looking forward to your stories. Mind telling us more about your experiences with Create Lab and the kids for the past year?
There is only one thing I love more than chocolates and that’s learning with kids and learning how they learn. Getting connected to Create Lab has been a wonderful opportunity to further indulge in my pursuit. It is amazing how you try to think of 101 ways to break down something you think is too abstract for a child to understand, but all you need to do it just walk through a concept and they get it in a jiffy!
It is true what they say, “If something gets too difficult for an adult, give it to a child.” In many ways, it helped me get cozy with programming, something that I didn’t do much as a child or teenager even, mainly because it was not introduced to me in a way that excited me. It is all about this – teaching children ‘how to think’ and not so much of ‘what to think’. Enabling this has been a really enriching and eye-opening experience for me.
2. I get excited even from hearing about your experiences. Sounds like you really love teaching the kids! Were there any instances when kids’ get very noisy and distracted? What are some of the things you do to get their attention back to class?
This is going to come back to bite me, but I guess distracted kids are a blessing in a way. If they are finding something else to be more interesting, it means something for the teacher, isn’t it? Luckily, I haven’t had a very noisy or an unmanageable class so far. We try to do things that kids like and sometimes when we get a hunch that the class isn’t ready for something, we sort of try and steer it in another direction to make it more engaging for the class.
I especially enjoy the debriefs that I have with Thilan, Dhruv and the co-teachers when we have had some interesting observations. If we notice that the kids are distracted during the class, we change our approach for the next class and in the subsequent runs of the programme. If it is more to do with one child, we usually intervene on the spot and try to have a 1:1 with the child to help him/her. As a teacher, I try to indulge them in their fancy where possible and then bring them back to the point at hand. There is of course no one single approach that always works (like every other thing in life) but then that’s what makes teachers so critical, isn’t it?
3. Anything you wish to achieve at Create Lab this year?
I am really excited for Create Lab’s success and the way it is shaping up so far. I really wish for the best for everyone of us and for the kids, parents and schools who spend time with us. From my end, I hope to play a bigger role in developing the curriculum and in widening the outreach of the programmes. I am excited in discovering the methodologies that best engage children in learning how to think and really hope to uncover a bit of science behind it. I hope to harness my observations and research in helping Create Lab achieve its vision of empowering these children to become capable leaders of the future.
That’s all from us! Stay tuned for our next feature!