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Teaching & Learning at JWSS

Our Philosophy

In JWSS, we believe that quality teaching and learning instills the joy of learning in our students and nurtures them to be passionate and lifelong learners who are equipped with 21st Century Competencies and sound values, ready for the future.

We believe that Joy of Learning is not just about engaging the students cognitively but also emotionally as enjoyment of learning will be a natural result when cognition and emotion come together for the students in a positive way. 

The above philosophy about teaching and learning underpins the way JWSS teachers design and deliver engaging lessons for students. 

Using the seven Principles advocated in the book “Never Work Harder Than Your Students” by Robyn Jackson, which focuses not just on how much one teaches, but really on how one teaches, JWSS teachers conceptualise lesson objectives and strategies for the various teaching processes as well as the learning culture in the classroom. 

Lessons are then designed to arouse curiosity, facilitate discovery and enable insights using the JWSS pedagogy, D(IR)² - Learning by Doing, Learning through Inquiry, Learning by Interacting, Learning by Reflecting and Learning by relating to Real world contexts.

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The JWSS Teaching & Learning framework adopted by our teachers across all subjects to guide them to design and deliver engaging lessons for our students

It is our belief that well designed and well delivered lessons will not just enable students to discover knowledge and apply the skills learnt but also enjoy that discovery and application process – where cognition and emotion come together. Our students will then be empowered to become self-directed learners who can realise their full potential in the various subjects. 

The school recognises that teachers are the key to the realisation of quality teaching and learning. The school sets aside dedicated time for teachers to come together as a community of educators to be engaged in conversations to discuss innovative ways to deliver the curriculum and enhance student engagement. These conversations go beyond exploring a variety of effective teaching approaches including the use of ICT and also focus on exploring differentiated strategies to motivate students as well as building good rapport with students which are all part and parcel of quality teaching and learning.

2020 Professional Development Workshops

Parent Engagement Workshop

This year, the annual Parent Engagement Workshop takes on a different form. Due to the COVID-19 situation this year, a self-directed learning package was sent to the staff, where they can take their time to complete the package within a stipulated time. The package includes various resource including a deck of slides, videos, links for reflection and recommended readings.


Snippets of slides from SDL package for teachers. 

2019 Professional Development Workshops

Professional Development for CCE: facilitation workshop 

JWSS teachers underwent a workshop on crafting and facilitating contemporary issues lessons to gear them up for the teaching of contemporary issues in CCE lessons. During the workshop, teachers experienced a facilitated session on a contemporary issue, and had the opportunity to craft a lesson with the incorporation of facilitation tools.

Teachers also had the opportunity to hear from each other on issues that they were not accustomed to discussing, which would pave the way for more of such discussions.


Teachers sharing with each other their experiences in the facilitation of Contemporary Issues in CCE

MBTI Profiling and Workshop

In 2019, all staff underwent the MBTI profiling, to have a better understanding of their own personality preferences. This was followed by a staff workshop for the staff. The aims of the workshop serves to allow staff to have a greater insight of different personality types – their strengths, weaknesses and the way people of different personality types perceive and process information, which would in turn, help staff to better understand the psyche of students and thus, be able to better engage them during lessons. 


First-Aid Course

First-aid course at JWSS is held yearly, for staff, to ensure that that they are equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge to respond to different emergencies. This will allow staff to be able to render help to staff and students in times of need.

Staff having a hands-on session on how to perform Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Yearly Professional Learning Circle Activities that reflect our Teaching & Learning Framework


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Teachers engaging in reflective conversations on how to make subjects come alive in the classroom thus igniting the passion and Joy of Learning in the students


Inter-departmental sharing by teachers on pedagogies which make the discovery and learning process meaningful and enjoyable.


innovate.pngTeachers sharing strategies on how to make use of various platforms to engage students.