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Jan 25, 2011

Posted by in Classroom Escapades, Preschool, Teacher's Corner, Teaching Resources | 0 Comments

The Playschool Fire Safety Day

A couple of months ago, during our discussion about health and safety, we lucky enough to get our local fire department send over some firemen to share with the kids some fire safety measures and procedures. The kids loved the fact that they got to ride in the fire truck, “shoot” the fire hose, and some even got to put on the fireman’s uniform, complete with those giant boots or overshoes. Sadly, though, it was a rainy day when the firemen came to visit so they didn’t get to fully enjoy their ride on the truck.

It was quite easy enough to get our local barangay to send the firemen over to the school. We just made some simple requests and it was quickly granted. Part of the Fire Safety Program included teaching the kids about “stop, drop and roll”  as well interactive exercises about what to do during an emergency.

I strongly recommend that all preschools devote a day to this. After all, we do all sorts of fire drills and the like in elementary and high school, right? Preschoolers need to know this just as much! :)

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Jan 19, 2011

Posted by in Classroom Escapades, College | 0 Comments

Random Moments of Flattery

Warning: this is an All About Miss Ria post :) Haha.

Among the things I like about teaching in the undergrad are random moments of flattery from my students, whether they are aware of it or not. It always makes me feel good about my choice of profession, even though it is often times quite difficult.

Things I have loved hearing (or overhearing for that matter) include:

  • Oh, Miss, your cologne smells so nice (as I walk by :))
  • How cool is this assignment? :) weee….
  • How cute naman your outfit Miss!
  • Miss, that whole metaphor thing…amazing (oooh…they actually listen!)
  • On the elevators
    • Student 1: Who’s the prof for that subject?
    • Student 2: I don’t know who to pick nga e, Tirazona or (names of other prof)
    • Student 1: Oh, go pick Tirazona, she’s so fun! :)
  • While standing by the window waiting for the projector to light up, I was facing out, back turned to the students and then one goes.. “Wow Miss Ria, you’re getting payat na (thin already!) WOOT! Yes, flattered much.

Things I feel uncomfortable hearing or reading however, include

  • Negative comments about fellow colleagues
  • Questions/comments about alcohol and partying. Yes, I may do these things but it’s not for class consumption
  • In the same manner, topics like what are the best diet pills or weight loss techniques. Much as I may be working at my own weight loss, I feel I shouldn’t be advising or talking about these to my students because they may just go and do it (eeep….)
  • Hearing them bully or tease other students
  • Complaints about education being useless
  • Asking what the “prize” is if they submit tasks early

Overall, however, while I may have listed more things I don’t like than those I like, one thing I know for sure is I SO LOVE TEACHING MY COLLEGE KIDS :)

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Jan 19, 2011

Posted by in Tips and Tricks, Toys and Playthings | 0 Comments

Dust Mites, Allergies and Toys

A few days ago I had this discussion with a friend about toys we used to play with as kids. I realized that even if I did have toys as a child, these were mostly Barbies and video games. Haha. What a weird combination I know. My point is I never really got into the whole stuffed animal thing, mainly because my little sister was always allergic to anything and everything!!! Hehe.

Because of that, I try to make sure to be careful about the toys I let my kids play with in school. Not only that, I try very hard to keep it clean, sanitary and hygienic. Here are some things I do to make sure I can keep the kids as safe as possible:

  • Plush/stuffed animals or toys are only allowed in school during show and tell days
  • Toys are stored in covered containers so as to avoid any creepy crawlies leaving germs behind
  • Weekly clean-ups and disinfecting sessions for the toys
  • After play, I make sure the kids wash their hands thoroughly

Any other suggestions?

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Jan 19, 2011

Posted by in Music and Movement, Teaching Resources | 0 Comments

Songs for Music and Movement

One new category I hope to add here in my blog (yes, even as I count down to my retirement as Teacher Ria) is that of Music and Movement. In this section I hope to post songs, lyrics and videos of the different songs I like to have my kids sing and do in class. Trust me, even if I cannot sing and dance to save my life, these activities have helped keep me young and believe it or not, often times is better than those that  crash diets that work supposedly but don’t really. These activities, they really do!!! Haha. I end up sweating buckets after playing along with the kids.

Anyway, to start off, here is one of my favorite music and movement songs:

Bear is Now Asleep by the Wiggles

Everybody clap,
(Clap! Clap! Clap! )
Everybody sing,
La la la la la!
Bow to your partner,
Then you turn around
YIPEE!
Hands in the air,
Rock-a-bye your bear,
Bear’s now asleep,
Shh! Shh! Shh!
Bear’s now asleep,
Shh! Shh! Shh!

Everybody clap,
(Clap! Clap! Clap! )
Everybody sing,
La la la la la!
Bow to your partner,
Then you turn around
YIPEE!
Hands in the air,
Rock-a-bye your bear,
Bear’s now asleep,
Shh! Shh! Shh!
Bear’s now asleep,
Shh! Shh! Shh!

Do feel free to post comments below for requests and suggestions :)

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Jan 19, 2011

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Teacher Made an Oopsie!

Um…oops :)

Yes, after three years, my trusty car got its first real owie. Haha. I accidentally clipped a planter while trying to park last week :( Funny thing, or should I say good thing?, it happened a few weeks before needing to renew my insurance policy (which is why in between writing posts, I am sending inquiries to various companies/agents to get the best deal for the coming years policy. I’ve also looked into websites that do estimates and offer good deals, such as cheapestautoinsurance.net to  be able to negotiate a deal that would suit my budget).

Every time I walk to the car these days, I can’t help but smile a wee bit because the whole accident makes me laugh. One thing I realized because of it, I’ve learned not to panic so much. It’s just a car after all. Before, it would really shake me up and I’d end up crying!!! This time, I just shrugged it off and said, OH WELL!!! OOPSIE!!!  :) signs of aging I tell ya. Haha :)

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