Despite the recently-announced Covid-19 restrictions, the second run of (ST)²: Storytelling for Systems Thinkers was successfully completed.
A workshop on the art and science of crafting persuasive and convincing narratives, (ST)² was conducted once more for students from National University of Singapore Residential College 4.
Thanks to invaluable feedback from participants in the first run, this run was held over two days and covered three areas: Asking Good Questions, Listening for Good Answers and Telling Good Stories.
My thanks also go to the participants of Run 2 for their insights and adaptability as we discussed how best to shift the workshop online, while still meeting their learning needs effectively.
I’m looking forward to good stories – as well as stories for good – from them in due course!
I had the pleasure and privilege of conducting a storytelling workshop for Residential College 4 last Friday (Feb 5, 2021) in NUS.
RC4 is one of four residential colleges in the university which offer a two-year residential programme, with the college’s focus being on systems thinking.
In the workshop, we looked at both the purpose and power of narrative in creating understanding of systems, as well as communicating that understanding clearly and effectively to stakeholders.
We also touched on interviewing and writing techniques as part of asking good questions in order to get good answers that clarify understanding.
It was a meaningful experience and, as always, a happy return to the alma mater.
I had the privilege, a fortnight ago, of conducting a bespoke online workshop for teachers on pedagogy and assessment in Off Centre by Haresh Sharma.
For participants who signed up, I got a sensing of what they wanted – and needed – to know before designing the workshop to meet their needs.
The eventual workshop objectives:
- To use reframing as a strategy to creatively employ pedagogical strategies when teaching Off Centre in the classroom.
- To consider diagnostic methods that identify both students’ learning gaps for national examinations and appropriate learning interventions.
An overview of what was covered:
- Pedagogy in Off Centre
- Sharing of ideas
- Activity 1: Brainstorming
- Activity 2: Discussion
- Assessment in Off Centre
- Sharing of ideas
- Activity 3: Discussion