Mr Tan Cher Chong
Cher Chong completed his Master of Education (Developmental Psychology) at the National Institute of Education in 2011, and was appointed Master Teacher/ Educational Support in 2016. Prior to joining the Academy of Singapore Teachers, Cher Chong was a Head of Department at Spectra Secondary School and before that, NorthLight School. His work mainly revolved around pastoral care and student development. As Master Teacher/ Educational Support, Cher Chong supports teachers who are working with struggling students to connect them back to a safe and supportive school community, as well as provide the appropriate intervention to build up their internal assets and external resources so that they can overcome their challenges and return to healthy development. He also works with various networked learning communities to raise the professional competencies of teachers, and promote teacher-leadership among them.
Cher Chong is a volunteer tutor at the Tanah Merah Prison. The inmates have taught him that education is always kinder, cheaper and more lasting than rehabilitation.
He also serves as a panel member on the Films Consultative Panel @ iMDA, providing views on films to assist iMDA in making classification decisions. As the panel comprises representatives from various strata and sectors of the society, the opinions he gathers at panel discussions help him bring back to work valuable perspectives that may impact school programmes and student learning.
Last but not least, Cher Chong is a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) for Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre. The MDT serves as a committee for consultation of moderate risk child abuse and neglect cases. It comprises social workers and representatives from other professions including paediatricians, legal advisors, psychiatrists and educators. His involvement in MDT helps Cher Chong to learn about the approach and management of such cases, and how he can better support students and families in need.
Tan, C.C., Hadzar M., Chai, S., Rohaila S., & Goh, A. (2022, May). Empowering Teachers through Networked Learning. Paper presented at The Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2022, Singapore.
Tan, C.C., Haslinda, H., Hadzar, M., Senthil, S., & Goh, A. (2021, June). Creating a Positive Classroom Culture through Positive Teacher Language. Paper presented at The Teachers’ Conference and ExCEL Fest 2021, Singapore.
Tan, C.C., Goh, A., Tan, C., Neo, H.H., Senthil, S., & Haslinda, H. (2019, March). Creating a Positive Classroom Culture through Positive Teacher Language. Paper presented at The Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID) 2019, Tokyo, Japan.
Goh, A., Tan, C., Tan, C. C., & Lim, Y. H. (2018, November). Supporting Teachers’ Use of Positive Teacher Language in the Classroom: How to Make it Stick? Paper presented at the Educational Research Association of Singapore- Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (ERAS-APERA) International Conference 2018, Singapore.
Tan, C., Goh, A., Tan, C. C., & Lim, Y. H. (2018, July). Incorporating Positive Teacher Language in the Classroom: Lessons Learned from Two Schools in Singapore. Poster presented at the 23rd International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) World Congress, Prague, Czech Republic.
Goh, A., Tan, C., Tan, C.C., & Strogilos, V. (2017, August). Positive Teacher Language to Increase Student Classroom Engagement. Paper presented at European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Copenhagen, Denmark.
Goh, A., Tan, C., Tan, C.C., & Strogilos, V. (2017, May). Positive Teacher Language: An intervention to improve student engagement. Paper presented at Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2017, Singapore.
Goh, A., Tan, C., & Tan, C.C. (2017, March). Exploring the impact of Positive Teacher Language on student engagement. Paper presented at The Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID) 2017, Kobe, Japan.
Goh, A., Tan, C., & Tan, C. C. (2016, December). Building School-Community Partnership: The EQUAL Experience. Paper presented at the Learning Forward 2016 Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
Goh, A., Tan, C., & Tan, C. C. (2016, September). EQUAL (Equine-Assisted Learning) Programme: Supporting Social and Emotional Learning of Adolescents. Paper presented at the 22nd International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) World Congress, Calgary, Canada.