Course Code: LLY10111122 Creative Problem Solving for Educators
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Creative Problem Solving for Educators


In Howard Gardner's Five Minds For The Future (Harvard Business Press, 2006), the synthesizing mind encompasses the "ability to integrate ideas from different disciplines or spheres into a coherent whole and to communicate that integration to others". In the current VUCA world, a person equipped with the synthesizing mind would be better prepared to deal with the elements of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Concurrently, the educational landscape has changed dramatically, and in our schools, innovative educators with extraordinary and synthesizing abilities can prepare our students to deal with 'what is expected in the future, as well as what cannot be anticipated.


Programme Design

  • A lecture presentation will be delivered, with the theoretical context aligned to real scenarios.
  • Hands-on activities will be conducted.



  • Conversation on "Five Minds For The Future"(Howard Gardner).
  • Discourse on the "VUCA World"(Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus):
  1. Volatile – change is rapid and unpredictable in its nature and extent.
  2. Uncertain – the present is unclear, and the future is uncertain.
  3. Complex – many different, interconnected factors come into play, with the potential to cause chaos and confusion.
  4. Ambiguous – there is a lack of clarity or awareness about situations.
  • The perspective of A Problem Thru the Eyes of A Solver.
  • Reflection on new skills and behaviour.


Target Audience

The "Creative Problem Solving" course is for teachers, including key personnel, will expose participants to a repertoire of skills, ideas and experiences in approach to managing and dealing with challenges.


What participants said…

  1. The workshop helps me to think out of the box and use the five senses to engage students when teaching.
  2. We can use the resources provided by the trainer to engage with our students and develop and prepare ourselves for our leadership journey.
  3. Lai Yong has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with us. Furthermore, she was humorous and genuine. She had many activities and games to engage the class. I thoroughly enjoyed her class!
  4. It’s important to consistently collect a repertoire of resources from our daily lives to use for authentic learning in the classroom. It’s also important not just to firefight and solve problems but also to have the time to create problems.
  5. Exciting and engaging the senses of students is important for them to want to learn before they learn well! As facilitators of students’ learning, it is pertinent that we are curious!
  6. The presenter was engaging and humorous, which made the workshop fun.
  7. Mdm Lee has a wealth of experience, and she was very generous with her sharing. Through many meaningful hands-on activities, there were many rich learning experiences.



Lee Lai YongAbout Mdm Lee Lai Yong

Mdm Lee Lai Yong is an educational consultant with Principals Academy. She graduated from the University of Oregon, USA with a BA in English Literature, and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore with a Masters in Educational Management. In her 38 years with the Ministry of Education, Singapore, Mdm Lee was Principal in three government schools: Rulang Primary School, Radin Mas Primary School and Junyuan Secondary School. Concurrently, she conducted sharing sessions, workshops and talks in both primary and secondary schools. Mdm Lee received the Public Service Award in 2003.

After retirement as a School Principal, she had continued to be attached to the National Institute of Education [NIE/International] as an external consultant focusing on strategic planning, Singapore Teaching Practices, Innovation and Leading schools. Currently, Mdm Lee is engaged as the Academic Advisor of At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy. The role includes being a member of the Academic Board, advisor to the Faculty comprising a team of International Chef Instructors and advisor to team collaborating with local & international schools.



Registration Details

Course Code: LLY10111122

Topic: Creative Problem Solving for Educators (1-day workshop)

Presenter: Mdm Lee Lai Yong

Dates: 10 March 2022 (1st run) and 13 March 2023 (2nd run)

Time: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Mode of Delivery: Face to Face

Venue: To be confirmed

Closing date: 24 March 2023, Friday

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Register for 10 March 2023 Friday

Register for 13 March 2023 Monday

Workshop Fee: S$270.00 per participant. If two or more participants from the same school/organization attend the same course on the same day, the discounted fee will be S$240.00 per participant for that particular course. The fee includes two tea breaks and one lunch. The fee is subject to GST.

Other Information: Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. No refunds will be made for cancellations or in the case of absentees. The Academy accepts replacements for registered participants who cannot attend for whatever reasons.

School/Cluster-Based Workshop Registration
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