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Character and Citizenship Education
Professional Development for CCE: facilitation workshop
Exploring the HeART of CCE (Sec)
As part of Student Development Curriculum Division (SDCD) overall support to all secondary schools in building the capacity of teachers in CCE, all JWSS teaching staff attended a course entitled ‘Exploring the HeART of CCE.’ This course, pitched at the Proficient level in the SkillsFuture for Educators (SFEd) framework, covers the fundamentals that teachers need in order to conduct CCE effectively in the classroom, including the facilitation of discussions on contemporary issues.
Every Teacher a CCE Teacher
This course comprised of 1.5 days of synchronous learning, complemented with asynchronous components. SDCD officers, served as chief facilitators, working with CCE Key Personnel and Specialized CCE Teachers to facilitate small group discussions with their colleagues using resources provided by SDCD. This approach is designed to provide schools with the opportunity to contextualise the learning to their student profile.
Key Goals of HeART of CCE (Sec)
- sharpen competencies and convictions as a CCE teacher
- experience a process-oriented approach to reframe assessment for students’ character growth and development
- understands the central concepts in CCE, and the pedagogical principles and teaching approaches to engage students in learning
Values in Action
Values in Action (VIA) are learning experiences that support students’ development as socially responsible citizens who contribute meaningfully to the community through the learning and application of values, knowledge and skills. VIA aims to nurture students into active contributors and concerned citizens.
Through VIA, students are encouraged to take ownership to identify and understand community issues. They then initiate action among their peers to make a difference and improve the lives of others. Throughout the process, students reflect on what they have learnt, and how they can continue to make a difference to others, beyond a project.
Students taking great ownership of the VIA learning experiences and found VIA to be more meaningful and be more motivated to continue making a difference to the community and nation even after leaving school.
Cyber Wellness (CW) refers to the positive well-being of our students. It involves an understanding of the norms of appropriate, responsible behaviour with regard to technology use as well as knowledge, skills, values and attitudes on how to protect oneself and other internet users in the cyber world. It looks into the positive physical and psychosocial well-being of students in their use of mobile and internet technologies.
Goals of Cyber Wellness
The Cyber Wellness curriculum at Jurong West Secondary School focuses on the positive physical and psychological well-being of students as they navigate the cyber world.
It involves an understanding of the norms of responsible behaviour regarding technology use as well as knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes on how to protect oneself and other users in the cyber world.
Topics in CCE Cyber Wellness Lessons include:
Key Messages of Cyber Wellness
Through CW education in CCE, students learn to be respectful, safe, and responsible users of technology and be a positive peer influence, advocating for the good of the community online.
These are the key messages which students will understand:
- Embrace the affordances of technology while maintaining a balanced lifestyle between online and offline activities
- Be a safe and responsible user of technology and maintain a positive online presence
- Be responsible for personal well-being in the cyberspace