Samurdhi earned her Degree in Social Studies from the Open University, Sri Lanka and also has a Diploma in Teaching Early childhood and Primary Education which involved more than 6 years of studying, observing and teaching students from different age groups. It also involved various methods of teaching.
Samurdhi has eight years of experience as a Primary school teacher and also as an English Language Teacher in Sri Lanka.
She is a passionate teacher who believes that teaching and learning should be a joyful experiences in a friendly environment that encourages lifelong learners. She values individuality and the balanced development of physical, mental, emotional and social skills in students.
Samurdhi believes in differentiated learning techniques for each child in order to bring out their individual capabilities. She finds the OWIS community and the vibrant school atmosphere allow students and staff to grow in many aspects. She loves being a part of the OWIS family as she admires the school’s impact on kindness.
When Samurdhi is not engaged in teaching, she enjoys her time as a volunteer, loves nature and healthy food and takes trips with her husband. She also loves movies which are based on books.
At OWIS, teachers take pride in playing multi-faceted roles in the learning journey - as drivers of student engagement, motivators and mentors. With schools in Singapore having transitioned to home-based learning during this phase of heightened alert in 2021, we have refocused our attention to ensure we maintain our rapport with our learners while engaging with them from their homes.
We have taken our enthusiasm for learning and the rapport from our classrooms into our online classes, and our students have responded positively to that. Here are some other techniques we use at OWIS to form meaningful connections with students in our online classes.
OWIS’ Strategies to Build Emotional Engagement with Students in HBL
These are just a few of the many techniques we use at OWIS to maintain our emotional connection with students going during this phase of online learning. Our classrooms run on the emotional fuel of kindness and respect, and as teachers, we model this behaviour, whether in class or online.
According to the American Psychological Association, positive student-teacher rapport matters because they contribute to the social skills of the child, the academic performance and the resilience to a changing educational environment. We believe this is particularly true now in an evolving Covid-19 situation, where students have to adjust to different class set-ups, social distancing guidelines and time-tables as per the government advisory. In all this, positive and supportive teachers are the constant and the guiding light for children when the scene for learning changes.
If you’re interested in learning more about the strong teacher-student relationships at OWIS and how that will benefit your child, please contact us.