which term is the ‘correct’ use?

身为华文老师,经常得面对自己或学生的提问,例如“春节”、“农历新年”两个词应该用哪个?有没有哪个是“对”的?还是都不对或都对?

语言的使用本来就没有对错,是约定俗成的。但语文老师因为教学的特殊关系,经常需要把握对错的问题。对错的问题有时没有办法直接回答,一个方法是看看官方报章怎么用。如何寻找报章用语,可使用 NewspaperSG – Search Term Visualiser:

(screenshot credit: NewspaperSG)

网址:http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/Visualiser

要注意的是,在作搜寻时,记得要加引号quotation marks. 因为 “农历新年” 和 农历新年 的搜寻结果是不同的。以前者为准。

have fun (:

a mysterious package

last friday a parcel arrvied, but i wasn’t around so i did not get to open it until yesterday.
话说回来,我很少很少收到神秘包裹,慢慢打开,原来是朵向日葵!**haha**

谢谢燕玲 Yan Ling 的绝佳手工和心意 (:

#2017空前神秘的教师节礼物 #ExtendedTeachersDay2017

what i do at work

friends always ask what do I do at work@SCCL. this card more or less summarised a key activity – engaging CL teachers in deep conversation, and shifting their epistemology, one question at a time. 谢谢素娇 Doris for your kind words, and may your eyes be shining (Zander, 2012) for a long long time to come too (: #2017最有意义的教师节礼物 #throwback #2017TeachersDay #lifeOfaTeacherEducator

technological advances – intuitive AI

saw this TEDxPortland video shot last year only recently. while revisiting it that i noticed the opening words of the presenter:

“How many of you are creatives, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, artists, or maybe you just have a really big imagination? Show of hands? … That’s most of you. I have some news for us creatives.”

what’s the significance of this short opening exchange?

i was quite surprised by some responses of people after they have watched the video, for example, “i feel scared”, “what if the machines are going to replace us”, “i admire those who are retiring soon”. but there again, these are quite normal too. however, i did not quite figure out the paradigm behind people with such responses. until, i revisited the video, and heard the opening exchange a second time.

my current hypothesis: people who produces such (downward spiral) responses are not knowledge creators. such words represent the mindset of industrial age production workers – routine, mass-production, clock-in-clock-out, predictability just to name a few. there’s no right or wrong judgment here. but in our business of preparing children for the knowledge age (or augmented age in the video), and where teachers’ beliefs influenced their actions, we need to think like and become a knowledge creator ourselves. what can we do to facilitate this shift in a major bulk of our teachers who learnt and grew up and laboured in the industrial age paradigm for a large part of their lives? how do we help teachers to shift into the creatives, designers, artists mode of thinking?

almost forget, here’s the video:

#enjoy