There is no other word I can think of for this post but that. I am flabbergasted. Earlier today I gave my students an exam and I got asked the most jaw-dropping question…
In the essay part of the exam, I got asked not once, not twice, but a total of four times if they could answer it in bullet points. Um….how does one answer that??? Diplomatically, I mean? I guess my students are just used to me being so flexible but I felt quite disappointed with such questions, mainly because I thought the instruction was clear enough. Oh well.
Oh, I did regain my composure and answered them with a “Welll, if you think bullet points equals an essay, go ahead”.
Sigh…the non-joys of teaching.Read More
It’s that time of the year again…graduation. This year is a little bittersweet for me because it’s the first time I am not part of my preschool’s graduation I haven’t regretted my decision to leave the school, mind you, but days like this, I do miss it. I saw the pictures my old co-teachers posted on Facebook and that made me miss it even more! I remembered how on my last year, just before graduation, we had a “What do you want to be when you grow up” photo shoot and my kids were dressed in the cutest outfits! There were those who came in nurses uniforms while some came with a doctor’s lab coat, some had basketball players jerseys on and one even came as a mad scientist! So cute.
This year the school’s theme was Hawaiian and I’m sure it was super cute!! There were a few kids I still knew in the program and it’s nice to see how much they’ve grown. I hope I’m able to keep tabs on them in the future.
One of my goals this year, not just as a teacher, but as a human being in general, is to go green. I want to be able to make a contribution in whatever small way to saving the earth. After all, I have contributed in my own way many times to the detriment of our environment, right? So I guess it’s time I tried to redeem myself. One thing I have made a point to do as a teacher is to have my students submit homework either via email or printed in recycled paper. When we have pop quizzes and in my daily attendance questions, I use small pieces of old paper. As a shopper, I try to bring reusable bags more consistently. As an emerging vegetarian (I have just recently shifted to this lifestyle), I am thinking of getting myself one of those composters from CompostBins.com so I can reduce my wastes as well.
Whatever it is, I have come to the realization that every little step counts. What inspired me to think that way? Something my student said…
One of the modules I love teaching best in my PERSEF class is the one on community development and advocacy. In this module, I ask my students to identify a social problem in their community that concerns or affects them. Even though this is only a class project for them, it amazes me to see how brilliant their ideas can get. However, that’s all it remains to be…an idea.
Enter the Unilab Ideas Positive competition.
Now on it’s third year, the Unilab Ideas Positive competition gives college students all across the country to spark change with one idea. Because they believe in the youth’s ideas and capacity to make a positive change in their community, the Unilab Foundation is offering 15 teams a total of Php 1.5 M as seed money in order to make their health and wellness ideas for their communities a reality. They will also provide these students with a a 3-day social marketing boot camp, where they learn and understand social marketing approaches from a pool of experts using current and relevant social marketing practices and case studies in order for their ideas to come into full fruition.
As mentioned, this is the third year of this project and this time, they are moving out of Metro Manila and opening the competition to the entire Philippines. As such, more college students can participate and more communities can benefit.
To be part of this project and for more information about the program, log on to www.unilabideaspositive.com.Read More
Over the past year I have fallen madly, deeply in love with the practice of yoga. So much so I am kinda thinking that maybe soon that’s what I want to teach instead. It still is teaching after all, right??? Let’s see where it goes. It’s funny how the practice has changed so many aspects in my life, and even my dreams. Not too long ago I was contemplating going back to teaching preschool again, or perhaps putting one up for myself to the point that I was Googling and checking out sites for supplies, classroom decorations and equipment. However, with this new realization that maybe I want to teach yoga instead, I’ve been looking for teacher training sites and looking at different studio designs.
Gaaaah…am I quarter life crisis-ing again???? Or worse…am I midlifing??? EgaaadRead More