Pursuing perfection is less about achieving it, and more about having a spirit of excellence in all we do, to be the best version of ourselves as lifelong learners and inspire others to do the same.
Episode R explores these topics through conversations with thought leaders, educators, and even students who are focusing on students’ incremental progress and helping them discover their purpose and passion in their part of the world.
Now that you have watched Episode R, take the next 30 minutes to reflect on and discuss these topics together with your group. Conversation prompts are provided in the guidebook below.
Next, it’s time to take the first step forward. A toolkit is provided in the guidebook to help you apply your shared ideas and inspiration in your own class!
The journey of recreating education is meant to be enjoyed together. Here are some organisations with amazing programmes that are focusing on students’ incremental progress and helping them discover their purpose and passion. Connect with them to find out how you can bring your students’ learning experience beyond the classroom.
Edvolution Enterprise is a social enterprise based in Penang, Malaysia. Their flagship Applied Leadership Programme (ALP) develops and supports education officers to drive strategic, school-centred initiatives that address educational issues affecting vulnerable students. The organisation also supports the growth of educators through platforms such as CikguHub - professional development courses and a community to learn with other educators. More info here.
Firki is Teach For India’s online teacher education platform which supports educators in their pursuit of excellence through asynchronous and synchronous learning experiences in the form of courses, webinars, learning paths, online learning circles, and curated resources in partnership with several organisations. Their courses are available in 6 languages covering topics of Classroom Culture, Classroom Instruction, Self Development, School and Community, Subject Instruction, and Student Leadership. More info here.
Hope where are you? is the story of six children around the world who experienced school closures because of the pandemic. Written by Elisa Guerra who was named the “Best Educator in Latin America and the Caribbean” by the Inter-American Development Bank in 2015 and her co-author Armand Doucet, a multi-award winning educator, each story follows a similar pattern of frustration and challenge, finding their hope and spreading their hope to others. Download the book in your language and encourage your students to find purpose in their dreams here.
Launchpad is a free learning app designed by FrogAsia to create a better learning experience for students. It equips students with a comprehensive library of lessons according to topics that cover the entire Malaysian school curriculum and provides personalised recommendations so that students can catch up with learning at their own pace. Students are incentivised to learn through rewards that help them get back on track. Read more about Launchpad here.
PEMIMPIN GSL is an organisation focused on improving school leadership in Malaysia. They provide professional development programmes for school leaders to drive high-quality learning instructions and positive culture that lead to improved student learnings. Learn innovative teaching techniques such as gamification, project-based learning and increasing student autonomy from expert teachers in their masterclass series on YouTube here.
Project ID is a social enterprise in Malaysia that designs innovative student-centric experiences aiming to empower students with a sense of possibility and to pursue their dreams. One of the ways they do this is through PID Online - a free online learning platform enabling students to continue their self-development and learning from home. Encourage your students to discover their passion through PID Online and other programmes by Project ID. Get in touch here.
Thrive Well is a social enterprise that focuses on building community resilience in high-needs communities, in a sustainable manner. Their programme KAMI Juara focuses on strengthening emotional resilience, building self-efficacy, practising healthy communication, as well as increasing knowledge and awareness of mental and emotional health for youth aged 12 - 17 years. Find out how you can support your students’ mental well-being through this and other community programmes here.