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With summer right around the corner, I bet many mommies and daddies out there are looking for fun and exciting things for their kids to do all summer. I remember that when I was a little girl, my mom would always find a summer activity for me, be it art classes, sports or theater.
This summer, Playschool will be hosting once again it’s SUMMER FUN program. The kids can expect a lot of fun and games and cool activities from water fun (um, that’s if the high pressure pumps and water services in the area do not have any interruptions or problems like last time!), nature walks and outdoor activities.
For inquiries call 823-5702Read More
Yes, I know I always say psychic rewards won’t pay the bills, but they sure can warm my heart Yesterday I picked up a letter from a dear friend and student. While he may have been my student in class, he definitely has taught me much, much more than I would have ever expected.Read More
Just sharing with you dear readers
Here is a list of summer workshops that the clinic I am part of, PsycConsult Inc., will be holding over the summer. I’d give you the link to our website, but right now we’re in some sort of a transition, what with trying to find the best web hosting package for our company and while we’re trying to decide whether to get one of those managed hosting deals or what not. I’m technically trying to figure things out, but there’s really so much I don’t understand yet about the whole process (what with me not understanding how these servers work, what colocation is and even how to back things up manually in a CPanel. Haha). If you can explain this to me, I’d greatly appreciate that.
Anyway, I’m rambling. Lemme get back to the point: here is a schedule of workshops you can check out:
- For therapists, counselors, teachers and other professionals:
- A Writeshop on Psychological Report Writing, May 6-7, 2011, 8am-5pm
- Suicide Risk in Psychotherapy: Assessment and Response, May 21, 2011, 8am-5pm
- For children and adolescents
- Social Skills Workshop (for children/adolescents ages 8-16), April 26-29 and May 2-5, 9am-11am
- For adults
- Expressive Pottery (for individuals 18 years old and up), may 9-13, 5:30-8:30 pm
I hope you can join in on any of those workshops. As for me, maybe I can find one that can teach me the ropes in this whole IT world that I try to live in…yes, please define HTML, CSS and all those other foreign sounding codes to me!!!Read More
Working with adolescents still surprise me, even if I have been working with them for the longest time. That’s one major reason why I don’t like adding them up on my social networking sites, although I do know that some of them do read my blogs. I’m afraid that something I say will be taken out of context and then before I know it, I get caught in something that was not meant to happen. For example, I do talk about a lot of personal things I like to do outside of my teaching life. I am, after all, still human, right? But it bothers me when they see pictures of me in compromising positions (errr…I just mean in a party where drinks are served, in the beach wearing a swimsuit etc.) and so I try to avoid allowing them access to that.
Also, I don’t want them to say that they learned something from me inadvertently. For example, what if I say something about an herbal supplement or a diet drink that I tried…then they do it too…and they say I was able to learn more about slimquick here (or whatever, you know what I mean!!!) and pastes the URL of my status message or Tweet to their own walls and whatnot. Dangerous grounds. Haha.
And so while I know there are ways around social media, I make it a point to try to keep my world as student free as possible, albeit I know impossible. I do, however, APPRECIATE IT SOOOOO VERY MUCH when my students drop by my blog and leave me comments or questions Twitter they’re welcome to, but Facebook and Plurk, for now, I will stand firm and say, no students allowed pleaseRead More
I was sorting through some old photos earlier, some of which were taken about three years ago when I first returned to Playschool after my brief hiatus and couldn’t help but be appalled, shocked and amazed at my size back then. Haha. I was teaching the Toddler’s class and I was HUGE! Maybe that’s why I had one little kid who was terrified of me haha.
Looking back I realized how hard it was to be a fun teacher back then. Sure I did get to play and be silly with my kids but, um, it was so much harder. Nowadays, even if I still am overweight, it is easier to run around and bend over and jump through hoops with the kids (errr..some days though I wish I had some belly fat burners because my abs (or should I say flabs) get in the way of squeezing through the jungle gym and the slide!!!).
It also got me to thinking about physical attributes and how this really affects social interactions. Deep, huh? Seriously though, it made me realize that the way one looks really does affect how others perceive and engage with them. The fear, for example, of that little girl of me was probably unfounded, but because she was so tiny and I so huge, it can be intimidating, right?
So, while I KNOW size doesn’t really matter much and it doesn’t make you a better (or worse) person, being more fit, especially as a preschool teacher, is helpful because it can have the capacity to dictate how you can move and interact with the kids. Let’s not forget, after all, when we work with kids, we sit in teeny tiny chairs and work with smaller stuff right???Read More
In most of my blogs, I have a “series” category. They’re kinda like memes, but these are not formal one’s in the sense that I’m the only one who does it, unlike memes where you follow each other and comment on each others posts. Well, I realized I don’t have one here and so I will start one today.
This is one of my favorite shots from one of our Halloween programs….today it kinda captures exactly how I am feeling….14 days to go Teacher Ria…14.Read More
This morning I came across a post by a fellow blogger, Cookie, where she was sharing a discovery she had made online: in her words, worksheet heaven. I quickly checked it out and by golly, it is indeed a treasure trove full of resources for mommies, and teachers alike. It’s nice that these resources exist because teaching, both from a teacher and a parents standpoint, can get overwhelming at times. There are so many things more that have to be done so sometimes, setting aside time to make worksheets and reviewers have to be put on hold. This support system can truly make that part of the job much, much easier.
those in early childhood educationRead More
I have a contest up at my other blog, Fat Girl No More in celebration of my first year anniversary. Contest ends tomorrow, so you still have a couple of hours to think of your answer to the simple question: what is your weight loss/fitness goal this year?
Paypal cash prizes are up for grabs
I decided to do that contest because having the blog up really helped me work on my weight loss over the past year. Granted that I still have a long ways to go, I have transitioned from yoyo dieting, searching for the best fat burners, and cheating my way through weight loss. Now it really has become a lifestyle thing, although admittedly, there are times when I still lose track of things and kinda just give in to cravings, hehe. Nonetheless, one thing that works very well for me is having the social support system through the process which makes me push harder at keeping it up. I hope joining this contest will do the same for youRead More
In my practice, both as a teacher and a clinician, I have worked with one too many girls who have struggled with weight and eating disorders. Sometimes it can be a challenge for me, especially since I myself struggle with weight, but I guess that’s really part of the process, right?
What frustrates me about working with these issues and concerns is how difficult it is to maintain or reinforce what we are working with, especially given the mixed signals students (and all people in general I guess) get from various signals from all over. Although I will talk about media in this post, I recognize that they’re not the only culprit in this whole game. I want to make that clear after all
How does media influence an adolescents body image to begin with? Well, let’s face it: through television, magazines and the like, there really is a glorification of what is ” supposed” to be beautiful. Although, yes, there are shows and the like that DO EMPHASIZE that there is more to a person than size, it is still very much overshadowed by many other signals being given to them. As such, they go on all sorts of diets and take all these diet pills that promise weight loss in just x number of days. Add to this the reinforcements of advertisements and so on and so forth. Sigh. It’s a vicious cycle I tell ya.
So, what’s the solution? I honestly don’t know. Granted that the need to fit in and to look a certain way is part of the developmental process, I think there should be clear-cut and more significant steps that need to be undertaken to make long-term change happen. As such, I applaud the efforts of shows like America’s Next Top Model (yes, even if it is a model search I appreciate how Tyra would always say beauty comes in all shapes, colors and sizes…although in that show we still can see a lot of the stereotypes, right?) and Glee as they try to make changes happen.
What else can we do? Drop me a line here and lets see where we can goRead More