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My teaching evolution (2012-15)

Posted on Oct 4, 2015

My teaching evolved every year in the past three years, hopefully for the better.  Here I want to share some of my experiences, which may be interesting for both other teachers and also my students, current and past. 2012-13 In 2012-13 I spent much energy in discovering what works for good teaching.  The first part of the survey was fruitless and confounding.  Many things work to improve learning, indeed, everything works to improve learning.  Giving detailed notes help to improve learning...

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Mibo for smartphone microscopy

Posted on Aug 12, 2014

Mibo for smartphone microscopy

Microscopy images from a smartphone equipped with a mibo kit.

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Reefcheck: building “abstract transects” for substrate

Posted on May 8, 2014

Reefcheck: building “abstract transects” for substrate

An experimental effort to visualize substrate in Reef-check protocols.

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LPCUWC timetables: past, present, future

Posted on May 8, 2014

LPCUWC timetables: past, present, future

Comparison of academic timetable at LPCUWC from the past (2001/2008) to present (13-14) and the immediate future (14-15).

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Esther’s Speech

Posted on May 6, 2014

Esther, our well-loved economics teacher, is as “UWC” as one could get.  Growing up in Hong Kong, Esther attended Atlantic College in its early years, and have been teaching at LPCUWC since 1993.  Esther also organizes the UWC Graduate Organization in Hong Kong, and is also a UWC-parent: her daughter Sum has just graduated last year.  The class of 2014 invited her to speak at their graduation, and her talk has so much life and meaning, not only for the graduating class but also for...

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The temptations of tutoring

Posted on Mar 30, 2014

Tutoring is big business in Hong Kong.  Various models exists.  On one end are private tutors working 1-on-1.  On the other end are “celebrity tutors” who runs classes of hundreds (via video conferencing to multiple lecture halls), whose airbrushed visage grace billboards and buses.  The common ground between them is that they cost an arm-and-leg, and constitute a shadow education sector apart from daytime education in schools, in which an astounding 86% of senior secondary...

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