HI JOSH, BEFORE WE BEGIN, TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF. HOW DID YOUR TEACHING JOURNEY START? WHAT MADE YOU INTERESTED IN TEACHING THIS MODULE/ COURSE?
Josh (bottom left) and students during a field trip visit.
JN: I have been teaching with TGC for almost 15 years since the time when TGC was located originally at Bestway Building in the early 2000s. I have taught numerous modules of Heriot Watt University. LJMU as well as TGC in-house diplomas and advanced diploma programmes.
What sparked my interest in teaching was initially to earn extra income, which later became a career. One fun fact about myself is that there are several TGC lecturers who used to be my students.
Q1. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT TGC? WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY A PART IN EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATION?
JN: I found TGC purely through web search. This was where I made the decision to take that plunge to teach then. I found such a satisfying return to the effort invested seeing that students are eager to earn their degree.
Josh conducting a orientation session with our new intake of students.
Q2.SHARE WITH US HOW YOU KEEP YOUR CLASSES ENGAGING FOR EVERYONE?
JN: Student Engaging students is an important element in classroom learning. I encourage active classroom participations and case studies discussions, to keep students engaged.
Q3.WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY AS A LECTURER FOR YOU?
JN: A typical teaching day for me would be to prepare the delivery by mentally rehearsing it before class. I try to pace the delivery according to the class dynamics and a simple lesson plan.
Q4.SHARE WITH US A MEMORABLE EVENT IN YOUR TEACHING CAREER AT TGC WHICH MOTIVATED YOU?
JN : I feel motivated to see my students coming back to TGC for a second or even third time in their academic pursuit. There was a particular student whom I taught the advanced diploma programme, followed by his undergraduate and later on his Masters course.
Q5.WHAT DOES TGC MEAN TO YOU AND HOW HAS IT IMPACTED YOUR TEACHING JOURNEY?
“T is for teaching and G is for giving.”
JN : What is central to a school is teaching. It encompasses students giving up leisure time to immerse themselves in learning. It’s also the lecturer’s duty to give off positive energy to enliven learning.
Q6.LASTLY, ANY CLOSING WORDS TO OUR READERS OUT THERE?
JN: I am most grateful to TGC. For without it,
“I will not be who I am today in my career.”
We are delighted to be a part of Josh’s teaching journey here at Trent Global College and we can’t wait to see how his passion of teaching and impacting the next generation can impact the various communities here in Singapore.
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