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Revamped Resource Library Aids Teachers in Their Lesson Preparation
Ang Pei Lin, an intern at SPD, helped to lead the charge in the revamp of the EIPIC resource library.
It took Ms Ang Pei Lin two months, with the help of volunteers, teachers and staff, to organise and put in order the resource library at the Building Bridges EIPIC Centre at SPD’s headquarters. Her fruits of labour are curently enjoyed by the early intervention teachers who now have an easier and more convenient access to the learning materials that they use in classrooms.
In her six months of internship at SPD, the child psychology and early education student from Ngee Ann Polytechnic revamped the resource library and made lesson preparation work less taxing on the team.
The resource library holds an extensive collection of teaching materials that are grouped into folders, and categorised according to topics and themes. Teachers could choose from a multitude of folders comprising different topics depending on their students’ aptitude and progress. These learning materials aid the children in their understanding of topics and make learning fun and interactive.
Some of the thematic folders available at the resource library.
While the resource library was previously stocked with a good collection of teaching aids, they were not categorised in an orderly manner. It took a much longer time for the teachers to find the material needed for their lessons. Materials are now colour-coded according to the learners’ abilities.
The revamped resource library is now more user-friendly.
Level 1 [Green]: Basic concepts and visual cues
This level is identified with green stickers. It is the most basic folder with very simple concepts and words for beginners.
Level 2 [Yellow]: Visual cues with words
It gets more difficult for the students at level 2. The teachers begin linking the pictures with the words. This level is identified with yellow stickers.
Level 3 [Red]: Abstract concepts and minimal or no visual cues
Level 3 is the highest level available in the resource library and is catered for students at an advanced level. There are minimal visual cues and more concepts to grasp. This level is identified with red stickers.
These indications and clear instructions benefit both the teachers and the children.
“With the resource library system set up, it is more organised and easier to access learning materials. Apart from it being used by the teachers in school, the system also encourages parents to work with their child at home. The parents are able to reserve the folder tasks online and collect during sessions,” said Ang Su Ling, an assistant teacher.
There is a way for caregivers to borrow the resources home through an online lending site called www.lend-items.appspot.com which allows for the viewing and the reserving of the folders. Once the folders are selected and booked, caregivers can head down to the relevant Building Bridges EIPIC Centre to collect their resources. Caregivers who need information on how to use this portal can call 6579 0784 to enquire.