Teaching O and A-level Economics
With 20 years of experience in teaching school-level Economics I am proud to say that my best students have achieved As and A* in this subject.
It is not an easy subject by any means. It is theoretical and the ideas can be quite abstract (example, the incidence of taxation). However, it is an important subject because it gives the students a peek into the discipline and an understanding of what governments talk about - micro and macroeconomic problems and how governments or the markers can solve these problems.
Studying for this subject under me means that you will be given case studies to analyse and discuss. You will be expected to engage with your classmates, providing views and contributing actively to the class discussion. You will be required to write a journal where you will share your experience of learning the particular content that you are being taught.
There is as usual essay and data response tests written under exam condition to prepare you for the real thing.
I normally use multiple choice questions to gauge student understanding during the teaching itself.
Mentoring beginning teachers
Since 2009 I have mentored more than 10 Master of Teaching candidates studying for their Master of Teaching degree at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam Graduate School of Education. Mentoring entails working actively with the candidates in designing, observing and evaluating lessons. Lessons are research-based and research-informed. We use a theory of learning called the variation theory of learning to inform the design of lessons. I also write a detailed evaluative report of the candidates' performances at the end of their attachment in the school. Recently, I have asked the candidates to prepare for a short presentation of their experience to be shared with all teaching staff during the school's Teacher Forum. This gives their work greater exposure and provides some experience in presenting work that is of interest to other teachers.
Teaching A level Business
I'm teaching the Cambridge syllabus 9609. I use case studies, class discussions and real life projects to get students excited about Business.