Note: I am sharing this thank you note that I had written in celebration of my graduation last October. It took me a long time to finally hurdle my thesis, but I finally did it! I can now get rid of all those cheap presentation folders and transforms all those printed out journal articles into scratch paper, haha
Anyway, here goes:
When I was a child, I wanted to be a storyteller.Read More
I’ve been so engrossed in things that I’ve barely kept track of this site. Of all my sites. Haha. I blame this on all those social networking sites that just allow instant posting. Haha. I wish there was an easier app that links to my blog I tell ya. Is there one????Read More
I recently got to join the latest batch of Beyond Yoga’s teacher training graduates celebrate the completion on their program. It was such a nostalgic feeling to be there exactly one year from the time I had set off for my own teacher training graduation retreat. This year, not only did I get to celebrate with my little yogi brothers and sisters, but I had the privilege of being one of their guest teachers in their training where I lectured about yoga and psychology (apparently getting my Master’s Degree had much more fringe benefits than I had expected haha).
As always, we marked the occasion with some kirtan. We did not have a kirtan band this time, but we all got together and just rocked it out It kinda made me want to take music lessons again haha. Perhaps an online program? I should get me one of those Music Man Guitars! Nyahaha. In any case, kirtan sessions always bring out that little lost musician in me. Maybe someday she will find her true voice, in the meantime, she can remain lost in tune. haha.Read More
It’s amazing how fast time flies. Once again, Christmas is right around the corner. While many of us may not feel the Christmas spirit, due to all the disasters our world has faced these past few months, it is important to pause and be grateful for all the good that has happened, EVEN IF. I take inspiration from all those who survived and made it through difficult times. I see them still smile on news reports and photos despite the horrific things they have encountered. And so as the news feeds change on my Facebook timeline and people start putting up their Christmas trees and setting up their miniature Christmas villages (speaking of which, click here for lemax Christmas village accessories), I pause with gratitude for what 2013 has brought.Read More
I am currently halfway through my latest teacher training program and there is a big emphasis on the role of sound currents in this particular program. Coming from a Kundalini yoga background, this course has shown me the importance of not just chanting, but also listening to the vibrations around us, such as that of beating on a drum, blowing on a horn, or even just deepening the breath. I have always known kids learn a lot from music, but I always saw it from a one-dimensional aspect. It was what they do, after all. Also, because I was never interested in musical instruments and would never in my wildest dreams think of asking for one of those Pintech electronic drums or what not, I didn’t give it much value.
Today I realized, however, that 5 things music does are:
1. It can help one learn to regulate breathing.
2. It brings awareness to the body and sensations of the body.
3. It allows for better coordination (this I kinda new already).
4. It builds confidence.
5. It brings people together.
So yes, if only for these five reasons, kids should always be allowed to play music, and not just during music class.Read More
Gosh, it’s only July and already I’m wishing for summer. While I do acknowledge that this year has gone by so quickly, I am anticipating summer break like anything. Well, I guess it’s not just summer break, but a break in general. I want to just veg in front of the television and not think about anything, if that is okay. I wanna flip through the random cable channels and relax. Since I’ve been watching shows on my laptop more than anything, maybe I should check out those direct TV and online streaming packages such as the one sky offers. So yes, getting back to the point, I am so wishing for my summer holiday so I can just do that…
Don’t get me wrong: I love my job. Or Jobs, should I say. I love doing what I do, especially at the university, however, it can get really, really exhausting. It’s not the amount of work, I think, because it’s still the same as before. I think it’s more of the way I am expending my energy. Being a highly introverted person, I relish my alone time and need that to recharge. This does not mean I don’t want to be around others, mind you, but when I don’t have time to just check in and settle into myself, it gets overwhelming. Add to this, the cold, damp and rainy weather is getting to me. Boo.
However since I cannot be on a summer break now, I have decided to take a break from my busy schedule and just watch you tube all day long today. See you tomorrow. Haha.
My cousin posted a photo the other day of party favors that she had gotten for her daughter’s birthday party at Manila’s budget shopping haven, Divisoria and I suddenly missed going there!!! Sure, it’s not the prettiest of places and it is like one big giant marketplace, but the prices sure make the trip worthwhile! When I was still teaching, I’d get birthday presents, moving up day tokens and even ballet recital gifts there at amazingly affordable prices! The best part of it all: the students would always love them! Of course, as with anything, careful caution must be observed as sometimes the stuff is not the best quality materials, teehee.Read More
Earlier in the trimester I encountered my first technology glitch. Let me backtrack a bit…I am one of those teachers who rely heavily on modern technology. Whether it is a powerpoint presentation, a video montage or what not, I like to use these gadgets because it serves me well. Heck, if I could use those Web To Print Workflow programs, I would create infographics and the like for notes! However, for some reason, the internet decided to fail on me in the middle of class and I could not access my dropbox account hence my presentation was lost in cyberspace! GAAAH!
But yes: modern technology almost saved me too. I borrowed a document reader, hooked it up to a projector and it was my intention to place my iphone underneath it and project it to the screen! Lucky for me, at the last minute, things fell into place! I didn’t need plan B, but I sure should give it a try soon!Read More
In the past month, one of my biggest problems was my erratic internet connection. I was always a big fan of my service provider, however, as the subscribers grew, the service was not as awesome. I realized that sometimes, falling for super amazing discounts are not always the best thing. At times, a slightly more pricey yet stable offer such as those sky tv and broadband plans may be better. However, there is no guarantee all the time. What I have learned, however, is that when you pick a deal or package, it is important to ask the following questions:
1. What can you guarantee me? Sure, it may not be 100%, but up to what can I expect?
2. Should you fail to meet your commitments, how can I, the consumer, be protected?
3. When needed, am I entitled to rebates?
4. Can I opt out of contract if YOU, the provider fails me?
5. What are the means by which I can contact you?
If these questions are answered in a satisfactory manner, then this should be an indicator that this may be a risk worth taking. However, if you do not receive any reply or if the customer service as early as this part of the deal does not meet your expectations, don’t bother. When I got my phone plan, I did encounter some problems but because of the customer service response, I stayed anyway. As for my internet provider, well, that’s a whole other story. Har.Read More
My oh my. I never knew You Tube could be so informative! I always used it for just music, but these past few weeks, I’ve discovered a treasure trove of documentaries, learning videos and informative material. This is definitely a wonderful addition to any techie teacher’s resources! I found a couple of videos that I can use for my psychology classes. Lucky for me, our classrooms have wifi that can stream the videos on demand! Woohoo.Read More
Last week, I kinda lost my temper in class because my students were, well, being students. There they were again being rowdy and noisy and at the end of the day, they found a way to push me to my limits. It wasn’t the noise that got me, but really the attitude and the way they look at working for their grades. Sometimes it feels to me that they don’t really care much and that they expect some stroke of luck to just shine down on them and make them learn all the things they need to learn and get good grades. I keep telling them that while luck is a great charm to have, they need to make friends with lady luck’s best friend: hard work. After all, even if you have really expensive us gold coins or even certified mints for a coin toss, you can only push your luck so far.
yes, this is a random teacher rant that probably doesn’t make clear sense. hahaRead More
It’s just about that time of the year again, at least here in the Philippines, that most students are getting ready to head back to school. Schools utilizing a trimestral system, such as the University I teach in, start classes on Monday, while other “regular” schools start out around the second week of June. Nonetheless, as early as now bookstores are filling up with parents and their students buying school supplies already, the department store displays all carry the theme “Back-to-School” and the students I teach are starting to take their belongings out of student storage and are starting to head back to their dormitories or condominiums.
It’s an exciting yet anxiety provoking time for students and teachers alike, I’m sure! I would think this is especially heightened for incoming freshmen who will be moving away from home for the first time to live nearer campus or in the dorms. Here are some suggestions to help make the transition easier:
- Come into the dormitories/on campus housing a few days before classes actually begin. This can provide the necessary time one needs to settle in and get a “feel” for their new home.
- Take time to explore. Check out the different facilities and nooks and crannies of your new environment. See what you connect to and where you can go when you need space or time for relaxation, etcetera.
- Join a club/gym/center. Depending on your interest, find a center that will cater to that hobby or interest. Like yoga? Sign up for classes in a studio near by. Having this space to take care of yourself and get to know other people will allow you to create a support system for yourself.
- Set up your dorm/room to feel homey. I think this is pretty self-explanatory
- Invest in a good internet provider. Why? Not just for homework and research, but so you can contact family via Skype/Facetime
Any other suggestions you can think of? Feel free to comment. Have a great school year ahead!Read More
I think I have written about several tools for the techie teacher in the past, but I can’t remember what they were anymore! Haha. As such, I shall make this a new category on my blog to be able to help out other teachers like me.
For today, my featured tool is the headset microphone from musicians friend. I’ve tried different versions of headset microphones with portable speakers in class, and it really helps, especially when my classes are large. I even used it for a yoga class once. It saves me from having to exert too much effort to speak up especially in rooms where the acoustics are not that great. These kinds of microphones are definitely an amazing addition to any teachers arsenalRead More
Summertime is usually one of the busiest times of the school year. While the students may be on vacation from their regular classes, this is when they are enrolled in a whole bunch of other extra curricular activities. While some still come in for reading and math tutorials, many of the younger ones come in for trial runs for the upcoming school year. Older students come in for summer camps, some of which can include art, music an movement activities. Here are a few great ideas for summer activities:
1. Clean and Green – environmental awareness. Can include planting, composting and recycling activities
2. Rainbow Art – this can be done through tie dying projects (and the summer heat is perfect for drying up these art works easily even when you need your dryer repaired like I did hahaha) or paint popsicle art (freeze some poster color into popsicle crayons and let the kids loose on the sidewalk!)
3. Treasure Hunt – check out my previous post for map sample
4. Animal Parade
5. Seed art
These are pretty straightforward and simple activities Any other suggestions?Read More
In my last kids yoga class, we went on a treasure hunt. I hadn’t planned on making a map or what not, but five minutes before class this suddenly came to fruition! Not the best drawing, but the kids loved it I was able to incorporate a quick math lesson, a science exploration and even a language building activity in the yoga class. This, my dear, is what a preschool teacher is all about I’ve missed it!Read More