Today in class I could only shake my head and laugh at the latest barrage of comments my kids gave about me and my co-teacher. I know that I shouldn’t take it personally, but….they said they don’t need me anymore!!! WAAAAH!!!
Kid 1: Teacher Ria, we don’t need you na because Teacher Joy is here anyway.
Kid 2: Yeah, Teacher. Teacher Joy is better because she doesn’t make us work (ouch!)
Kid 1: Yeah, Teacher, and she gives us happy face all the time. When it’s you when we’re likot no happy face.
And yes…it doesn’t help when your co-teachers use you as a scare tactic all the time!!!! GAAAH!!!!Read More
Since I have “officially” tendered my resignation for next school year at the preschool I work in, I have been reflecting on how teaching has really impacted my life. It dawned on me that in this profession that I have found myself in, I also found the best of times and the worst of times. These are events and experiences that I will surely remember throughout my life. What might this be? Well, here’s a brief list of the good and bad times I will always recall with fondness, yes, even those that were challenging:
- My first preschool program
- Dealing with separation anxiety tantrums with my kids
- Challenging conversations with kids’ parents
- Having to suggest assessments for children with learning problems
- Crying when my very first batch of college students didn’t do too well on the first exam I gave as a lecturer
- Mark Suntay and his batch for making my first term of teaching very, very memorable
- Fr. George from Ghana who ended up in my GenPsyc class as a prerequisite for his MA. (as well as his “fatherly” lecture about me being too nice in class!)
- The time my NTROPSY class kinda got caught in the mix of a broken television set, yes, one of those that were attached to the tv stands by the hallway
- Failing students
These are but a few of the memories I will always hold dear. Although it is just the preschool teaching that I am giving up, I must say, a little part of me is always, always going to be sad about leaving that.Read More
Lately my kids have discovered beads. We’ve had wooden beads as one of the manipulative materials in the math area ever since the start of the school year, but for the most part, they have ignored it. One day, however, I brought out a set of barrel beads, the kind you get in those wholesale jewelry, trinket or accessory store and they discovered a liking for stringing beads. I love how it spontaneously has evolved into a learning experience, because even though I did not purposely use these materials to spark an interest in understanding patterns, that’s what it did! Now when they string their beads, they discuss and compare the patterns they make out of it. I swear, it’s the cutest thing!Read More
Yesterday a friend and I were talking about new advancements in technology that can be used in the classroom. She told me about this new touchscreen lcd monitor that can be used in class, instead of the typical projector that simply reflects the content of your powerpoint on the screen, and I got to thinking how much more interactive classes would be should we get those in our classrooms. Wouldn’t it be so amazingly fun to have that?!? Whether for my preschoolers or for my college kids, I’m sure that would take teaching to a whole new level!Read More
One of the topics I don’t really enjoy discussing much in my preschool classes is about family. It’s not that I don’t see the value of family but I feel that at times, I am limited by “traditional” definitions of the family, which is something I don’t feel comfortable with. I remember that as a child (and in the earlier days of studying about the general concept of the family) it would always have the stereotyped description of a family being “Daddy, Mommy, Brother, Sister and Baby”.
Given the changing dynamic of the family structure (and perhaps since I have a non-traditional family myself) I try to be more open about discussing the topic and several kids’ books that have helped my in my discussions are as follows:
- Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis
- Amor (Or The Bat Who Thought She Was an Owl) by Mary Ann M. Tobias
- My Working Mom
- What Mommies Do Best (back to back with What Daddies Do Best)
Others that I haven’t really read or used myself but are also said to be quite helpful are:
- Daddy, Papa, and Me (with accompanying Mommy, Mama, and Me) by Leslea Newman
- William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow