The following is a guest post by Abby Evans.
It’s hard to challenge the benefits of learning music, considering the effects it has on the brain and a person’s happiness and mood. Whether playing an instrument or singing with a chorus, learning music can hone a wide variety of cognitive skills, trigger the release of endorphins, and re-wire brain networks in positive ways. And with children, it can be a powerful aid with learning concepts, strengthening memory, and enhancing everyday activities.
Sadly, a growing trend – especially in the United States – is to slash state funding for public school music programs. This omits a critical learning component from children’s education, and puts the future of music in jeopardy. Luckily, there are still a number of amazing tutors available for private lessons, and the institution of music is not dead yet.
Here are some helpful tips for finding and choosing a good music tutor:Read More
Here in the Philippines, the weather has shifted from the long, hot, humid summer to the damp, wet and, at times, floody rainy season. While we Filipinos are pretty much used to the two “seasons” we have here (if we can even call it that), it still requires some preparation.
I was reminded of this as I rereading my thesis revisions which talked about one of the greatest national calamities we had in recent years, the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy. One consistent finding I had in the data was the importance of preparation. This prompted me to check out articles about safety precautions that should be in place in any household. Here are some suggestions I can share with you:
1. Prepare your family survival kit. This should include the basics: water, canned goods, flashlights with batteries, towels/warm clothing, and medicines. For those with pets, think about their basic needs too.
2. Safety proof the home against fire. While it may seem that the fires are more likely to happen in the summer, it still can happen in the midst of the rainy season, what with short circuits and electrical fires. Have a fire extinguisher ready. Consider installing a fire alarm or smoke detector. Check out this site for different types of smoke alarms: http://www.sdfirealarms.co.uk/fire-protection/domestic-fire-protection/smoke-alarms-detectors.html
3. Have safety numbers and emergency listings available on the door of your refrigerator, by your telephone, and other easy access points in the home.
4. Get in touch with your neighborhood association and see what emergency evacuation plan they have and centers of resources that you can seek support with.
5. Arm yourself with knowledge. Keep track of weather disturbances in your area. Invest in a transistor radio while you’re at it.
Any other preparation tips you can think of? Do drop me a lineRead More
The following is a guest post by Ted Levin.
Despite my youth I find myself to be quite an old soul who rebels against eReaders in favor of paper books. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology’s innovations through online media, blogging, and the instant information available.
But there’s no better feeling than holding a book in your hands, the fresh smell of crisp pages, and the ability to write little notes in the page margins. Yes, I write in my own books. In college, one of my favorite professors emphatically told me, “You must write in your book to own it! Write in it, interact with the text, and learning will become easier.”
Experience lends me with a natural distaste for online reading, but due to technological advancements in today’s age I have surprisingly found myself more open to growing trend of online education. This sounds impossible, but let me explain.Read More
A few days ago, I came across an online CPR certification information site, www.CPRCertification101.com,and it reminded me of one of the goals I left unmet as a preschool teacher. Back then, one of the things I tried pushing for was getting all us teachers (there were 5 of us in the school) certified for CPR. I knew it was an important skill that we would need in case of an accident. Lucky for us, we never needed it (and yeah, here’s hoping no teacher ever needs it!). Just recently, however, while teaching an alternative movement based class in one of my college classes, I found myself facing a small accident that reminded me about this goal. Although it was a mild accident, I realized that I should really work on this goal SOON. This is especially important, in my opinion, since I am a yoga teacher now, right?Read More
As a child educator for almost all my adult life, i have always known that the best way to learn is through play, art, story telling, and music and movement. now, i’m looking forward to adding yoga to my list of best ways to teach kids!
Come join me at the Manila leg of the Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training, August 18-20 at Urban Ashram Manila – Center for Yoga! this course is not exclusively designed for yoga teachers but is a great program for educators, therapists and anyone who works with kids
Check out the following articles for more information as to why yoga is a great supplement for any kids programs
Fun Ways to to Yoga!
Why Yoga for Kids?
The Importance of Fun!
Relaxation and Visualization for Kids
Meditation for Kids
One of the things I didn’t really like doing when I was still a student was wrap my books. Let me rephrase that…I actually liked that A LOT but my mom was kind of a stickler for having the plastic strait and evenly measured and so it was a chore.
The other day I wrapped my YTT books and I had to laugh at myself…I was, unintentionally and unconsciously, exactly like my motherRead More
As public school students continue to fall behind in their test scores, more parents are choosing to homeschool. Homeschooling allows parents to control what their children learn and at what pace. However, like their public school counterparts, homeschooled children often do not find learning math to be enjoyable. They may dread the subject and struggle to master basic math skills. When homeschooling parents want to make learning math more fun, they can utilize several techniques to both entertain and instruct their children.
Playing games with their children can be an effective way for parents to teach math. In fact, they might utilize DreamBox math games for kindergartners as they instruct their children in math skills like counting and adding numbers. Children may believe that they are playing and having fun; however, they are absorbing the lessons found within the games themselves. As they continue to play, they retain what they have learned through having fun with their parents.Read More
Keeping Your Mind Active Over Summer Vacation
Summer vacation is almost upon teachers and students alike, and it is such a relief with it finally comes around. While I love to be in the classroom, enjoying a month to myself and family is always nice too. However, summer time doesn’t mean that our brains should go to mush.
Both teachers and students alike benefit from keeping their minds active, and they don’t necessarily need to enroll in seminars or sign up for summer classes to do so. Simply by getting online – something most of us enjoy on a regular basis anyway – both teachers and students can learn something new by doing one of the following:Read More
Well, this is me, finally making my way through the last of my thesis. Yay. I must say, however, this whole APA style formatting is driving me crazy!!! I know it’s not THAT hard to do, but following all the rules, working on this and that, and making sure I am citing things correctly is kinda nakakapraning. I know I’m referencing my sources, but I can’t help but worry that I might do something wrong. Har.
Thank God for the OWL….no, not Harry Potter’s owl, but the Purdue OWLRead More
Yesterday was grade consultation day and for the first time ever, I had more than 3 students come to me for consultation. The funny thing is for most of them, it wasn’t about their performance in their class that they came to talk to me about, but about other things they were feeling and going through. Some of them were struggling in their courses (and mind you, not in my subject!) and so they were asking what they should do next. They were feeling conflicted about whether they should stay in their current programs or whether they should shift to another. I told them I did not have an answer for them, and that only they can make that decision, but that they really have to think about a few things before making a choice. First off, what are they interested in? What are their strengths and weaknesses? After that I said they have to take into consideration their resources. Lastly, I asked them to think about what they want and what is holding them back from achieving this.Read More
I am the type of teacher who often lets her students get away with almost anything. And when I say that, I mean it. Seriously. My philosophy as a teacher in the undergraduate level, after all, has always been that my students are no longer children who need constant supervision and reminders of what is right and wrong. Rather, they are young adults who are capable of making personal choices and are aware of what is good for them. Therefore if they want to cut my class, by all means, it’s not my problem. Sorry nalang pag dating sa course card day. I may not seem like I check attendance or give a high premium to it, but I do take note of it for a purpose after all. If they don’t want to submit work, that’s fine, too, but it’s their call. Like I said, malalaki na naman sila.Read More
Remember that old cliché of an excuse that goes, “Teacher, I’m sorry but my dog ate my homework”? Um…what is one to do when she’s the teacher and she needs to use this excuse???
Sometime ago I brought home my students projects so I could grade them at home and to my dismay, when I woke up I found that my little rascal Joe had, yes, eaten their homework. Har. It’s a good thing most my other assignments and projects are technology based, such as the video projects for my clinical psych students and electronic books and manuals/guides for my psych measurement students.
I guess as evidence shows dogs do eat homework hehe. Now…the question is what do you think my students will say when I come to class on Wednesday and say, Kids, I’m sorry but my dog ate your homework???Read More
A few days ago news on the proclamation of the 2012 holidays were all over Facebook and Twitter. In a way, I’m glad that President Aquino has done away with the whole “holiday economics” thing President Arroyo had because let’s face it: while long weekends are great and we all enjoy it, it does affect the school calendar greatly. And as a teacher, this can be somewhat of a hassle. And let’s not forget that we also miss out on days from sudden suspensions due to bad weather.
Anyway, here are the declared holidays for 2012. I am only listing those that will affect school days. For a complete list you can check out http://www.gov.ph/2011/11/24/proclamation-no-295-s-2011/
January 23 (Monday) – Chinese New Year
February 25 (Saturday) – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
June 12 (Tuesday) – Independence Day
August 21 (Tuesday) – Ninoy Aquino Day
August 27 (Last Monday of August) – National Heroes Day
November 1 (Thursday) – All Saints Day
November 2 (Friday) – Additional special (non-working) day
November 30 (Friday) – Bonifacio Day
To all the teachers who have come my way, both inside and outside of the four walls of the classroom.
To all the teachers who, at one point or another, picked me up by my boots and helped me get back on my feet
To all the teachers who patiently waited until I got it right, and those who, when the need arose, pushed me to the limit just to prove I can do it after all
To all the teachers who taught me what life is all about
Thank you for teaching me more than just my ABC’s
Thank you for showing me that what really counts goes beyond just 123
Thank you for being patient with me when I make mistakes
Thank you for not just bearing with but also accepting the difficulties and flaws I came with
Thank you for loving your job even when it was unlovable,
more so thank you for loving the things that came with the job, even when it was hard
Thank you too, for loving students like me, who may not always be easy to love, nor deserve it for that matter
Thank you for inspiring me to also teach
and not just that, thank you for inspiring me to teach with heart and not just mind.
And yes, like I said last year, I teach because you taught me well
For all you’ve done, I will always be thankful.
Happy, happy teachers day
Yesterday I was just saying that I miss being a preschool teacher…
Today I saw a post on Facebook from a friend of mine asking if anyone had an early childhood education background and I so I said I did and asked why…maybe this is the project I was praying for Let’s see
Then I checked my email and I was reminded of an invitation I received from a local foundation to be their plenary speaker for a preschool teacher training this coming October. It dawned on me that’s just about a month away Apparently I still have my toes in the preschool waters, so to speak! That realization suddenly brought so much lightness in my heart and I was reminded that I may have changed classrooms, but yes, Teacher Ria is still in there somewhereRead More
These past few weeks have been, to say the least, quite rough and rocky. It’s hard being all grown up after all. Haha. Seriously though, last week a friend and I were talking and I said that since I gave up the preschool, I suddenly feel like I’m a million years older. Yes, I kinda feel like since March, it’s been a million years and so I feel tired and all worn out.
Maybe I need to figure out how to work with kids again, yes? There’s really something magical that happens around them. I guess it’s their wide-eyed innocence. Or perhaps their ability to just be. And I guess it’s also because with them, what you see is what you get, no complications and whatnot.
I do know, however, I cannot go back to the preschool classroom. I feel to old for the routine of it all. Perhaps I should explore projects that allow me to work with kids instead…hmmmm….let’s see where this takes me.Read More