Mr Ng Song Beng has been a Lead Teacher/Mathematics at Northbrooks Secondary School for four years prior to his appointment as Master Teacher/Secondary Mathematics at the Academy of Singapore in 2022. He has also held various leadership appointments such as Head of Department, School Staff Developer and Vice-Principal. His teaching experiences range from Secondary One to Secondary Four Mathematics and Additional Mathematics in various streams.
Song Beng graduated from the National University of Singapore with Mathematics major in 1989 under a Singapore Government Scholarship. He obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Education with Merit from the National Institute of Education, National Technological University, Singapore in 1991. As a lifelong learner, when the first wave of Internet hit Singapore, he enrolled and graduated with a Master in Information Studies from the National Technological University, Singapore in 2000 to reskill himself in the Digital Age.
He deliberately seeks out classroom teaching experiences with students of diverse profiles to better understand how different pedagogies could better engage these students. He believes strongly in doing his best for his students. Song Beng is interested in how growth mindset theories could scaffold the learning of students with low self-motivation. He is also interested in how these theories could help instil a life-long learning mindset in our teachers. He regularly shared in different platforms to learn with the fraternity with a mission to impact the Mathematics teachers in Singapore. He was conferred the Associate of Academy of Singapore Teachers in 2012, 2020 and 2021. In recognition of his effort, he was conferred the National Day Commendation Medal in 2021.
Selected paper presentation and workshop sharing
2018 – Workshop hosting “Using Key Ideas Document to Scaffold the Teaching Process”, Ministry of Education, Singapore, Teacher-Led Workshop 2018, Quah Wai Kuan, Vanessa Loo Min Yan and Ng Song Beng.
2017 – Paper presentation “Metacognition in our Professional Practice”, Redesigning Pedagogy Conference 2017, Ng Song Beng, Mohd Salim Bin Ramli and Marwin Low.
2016 – Paper presentation “Teaching for Metacognition - Enhancing the Pedagogy of mathematics Teachers to facilitate the development of 21st century competencies in their classroom”, National Institute of Education, Singapore, Mathematics Teachers Conference 2016, Janson Yong, Wendy Lee, Ng Song Beng, William Chan, Ng Puay Hoon and Audrey Chong.
2015 – Workshop hosting “Making thinking visible in the learning of mathematics in Secondary schools”, English Language Institute of Singapore Conference 2015, Ng Song Beng, William Chan and Celine Goh.
2014 – Paper presentation “Reflection as Alternative Assessment to Engender Students’ Conception Change and Improve mathematics Performance”, Ministry of Education, Singapore, NZ Clear X 2014-15, Ng Song Beng, William Chan, Janson Yong, Celine Goh and Ng Puay Hoon.
2013 – Paper presentation “Unpacking students’ conceptual understanding through making thinking visible in Secondary Mathematics”, Redesigning Pedagogy Conference 2013, Caroline Ho, Wong Bing Sum and Ng Song Beng.
2012 – Paper presentation “Online Discussion Forums & Reflections in Mathematics”, International Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology 2012, Teo Chin Wen and Ng Song Beng.