Ronan hails from the Republic of Ireland. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Dublin City University, is TEFL-certified, and has obtained certification in Math, Geography and Digital Media in the classroom.
Ronan's educational philosophy is that everyone contributes - as a student, a teacher and a learner - in his classroom. He believes in being open and finds that he regularly has things to learn from his students, just as his students learn from him. His wonderful experiences as a student and his love for knowledge inspired him to become a teacher.
Ronan joined OWIS because he wanted to be a part of OWIS' culture of kindness. He affirms that the values of OWIS align with his own and he is always happy to meet new students and teachers at OWIS who come from various cultures and backgrounds.
Ronan has a special love for pineapples and golfing!
Research is one of the five approaches to learning skills in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). The ability to research is a critical skill that students in private primary schools in Singapore must learn before entering higher grade levels in secondary school and university.
Knowing how to research can help children solve problems and become functioning members of their communities. At OWIS, we teach research skills to our learners in our IB PYP Grades 1 to 5, so they have the tools they need to solve problems, think critically and become lifelong learners.
Having research skills helps children take control of their education and explore topics that they find interesting - regardless of whether those topics are currently being discussed in school. Children who are naturally curious can use their research skills to satiate their thirst for knowledge. The more they're able to explore topics on their own, the easier it becomes for them to develop a foundation of knowledge that will carry them into the future.
Learning to research is crucial in other ways. For example, children who learn to perform research independently also learn how to distinguish between good and bad data, ask questions that help them reach answers to their inquiries and solve their problems.
Once grown, they can carry their research skills into their years of higher study and employment. All sectors benefit from having professionals who can conduct proper research. Children who know how to conduct research grow into highly employable adults who can serve in a global economy. They're also more capable of succeeding in secondary school, which helps them become more attractive job candidates when looking for their first job.
Students who learn to research at their IB school in Singapore also learn to take notes, develop higher-level thinking and reasoning skills and how to communicate their ideas through writing. In short, students who learn how to conduct their research become better students, more poised to succeed in school.
At OWIS, the IB PYP is implemented in its true form, which means students enjoy both inquiry-led learning and opportunities for student agency. Research finds a role in both of these. For example, suppose a student mentions a festival day they celebrate in their home, and another student finds this detail interesting. The interested student can use this observation as a jumping-off point and will inquire about it further. They can use their research skills to attain more information about the festival day. Students learn to become critical thinkers just by observing new topics that they can apply to their research.
At OWIS, we teach the following essential research skills to our students:
Students are taught to become better researchers through constant practice and by exploring diverse topics of interest to them.
The IB PYP culminates in Grade 5 with students preparing projects for the PYP exhibition to develop and showcase their academic skills. The exhibition is a showcase of the research skills students have developed throughout their primary years. See the results of our 2021 IB PYP Exhibition here.
Research skills are transferable into student's everyday life, interests and hobbies. By asking the right questions in class, our teachers help students see the connection between their school activities and activities outside school and show how research skills relate to everyday life.
OWIS teachers are IB-trained and able to create a learning environment that nurtures research and inquiry. Want to learn more about life at OWIS? Join a virtual tour today!