Anglo Chinese Junior College
Patrick has sought to make his GP classroom a safe and laughter-filled space where students can grow in confidence and skills as they find their personal voices with informed opinions about an increasingly complex world.
While teaching, Patrick always holds the assumption that each of his students has some background knowledge that they can bring into the discussion. And by sharing the way he or his own family and friends respond to different issues, he hopes to scaffold his students' own ideas and help them gain perspectives as they come together in small groups to share their own reflections.
Patrick firmly believes that any pedagogical innovation must be relevant to his students. For example, General Paper shares several linguistic comprehension skills with the Humanities, especially Literature. Hence, for his students who are more inclined towards the Sciences, he would adapt certain Scientific and Mathematical approaches to help them engage with language and issues with greater ease. Some of the ways that he has come up with include correlating vocabulary with Chemistry's pH scale to improve their paraphrasing skills, or by making use of mathematical symbols or Venn diagrams to demonstrate how geopolitical and social issues often overlap in their causes, impacts and consequences.