Shravya, Raffles Institution
A PSC Scholar and experienced JC Physics lecturer, Mr Chew Kok Mun is a passionate and dedicated teacher who was presented with the National Day Award by in 2013 for outstanding services rendered. A former Physics and IT Subject Head as well as a regular member of MOE’s Syllabus Review Committee, he introduced Blended Teaching into E-learning programs and chaired a pilot project on Problem-based Learning in the JC Curriculum.
After obtaining a degree in Physics and Applied Physics from the National University of Singapore (NUS) as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from the National Institute of Education (NIE), Mr Chew taught Physics and Project Work for many years in Jurong as well as Serangoon Junior College.
He has attended many courses, seminars and workshops on Modern Physics by National Institute of Education (NIE), the Teaching of H3 Physics from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Creative Problem-solving in Teaching Physics (NUS), Argumentation Method of Teaching Physics (NIE), Lasers and Semi-conductors (NTU) as well as Theoretical Physics (Perimeter Institute, a Canadian Leading Research Institute for Physics).
He also had a Marker’s course by former University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate (UCLES) Chief Examiner Robert Hutchings, the Cambridge School Practical Assessment course by Chief Examiner Dr Mike Crundell after the completion of a Mathematical Quantitative Methods course by Heriot Watts University in Edinburgh, Scotland. MOE Curriculum Planning Dept has frequently invited him to review latest A Levels Physics Syllabus changes including the most recent 2016 Physics Syllabus changes as well as suggest ways to implement the best.
Mr Chew has also collaborated with many National Institute of Education (NIE) lecturers on mentoring NIE interns as well as with the Teacher’s Academy Principal Master Teacher Dr Charles Chew on Educational research and the evaluation of NIE Trainees’ Classroom teaching performances.
He had published O & A levels Experiments Manuals and Teachers’ Guides for Data Loggers which were translated into Inquiry-Based Learning guides for international students in Taiwan and Israel. And he is now editing a soon to be published guidebook on tackling qualitative questions in ‘A’ levels Physics using Examiners’ keywords.
Mr Chew’s forte is clear teaching with understanding, humorous use of authentic real-life examples, concept maps, memory tips, problem-solving techniques and comprehensive thinking frameworks, to help make the learning of Physics almost effortless, meaningful and engaging.