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...
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A few weeks ago, we were discussing transportation in our classes. The kids had a blast pretending to be traffic enforcers and learning all about stop lights. We made them little cardboard signs that we used to signal the drivers and they had so much fun doing that!
Other things we did (or can do for that matter) in discussing this topic includes:
- For the older kids, we made a stop light as an indicator of their “warnings” in class. Beside each color (red, yellow, green) is a little pocket where I put in their names if they are misbehaving in class.
- Cut and pasting art activity where the kids get to make their own stoplights
- In the juniors they did a “read” and color activity
- Car wash day!
- Invite resource speakers like a police officer or a roadside assistance club worker who can show them how to set up an early hazard device and talk about how to be safe on the road
Any other ideas?Read More
Being a teacher, I am all for educating people and informing them about what options, alternatives and the like are available for them. However, sometimes, I get a bit alarmed at how easily accessible information is. For one, it makes for lazy students. All they do is type in a search term, such as best digital camera for beginner or easiest way to lose weight or phentermine reviews etcetera, and all the information is at their fingertips. What is lacking, sometimes, are complete warnings or write ups about the other side of the story. Another example is when they use blogs or wikis as references but fail to look deeper into the veracity of information. Sometimes it seems they forget that opinions are different from facts.
In any case, I do feel giving information is essential in making wiser choices. Monitoring and censuring information is not whay I’m saying here, but that information should be complete, full disclosure must be given and that readers should be discerning about what they read. Then again, that’s just my opinionRead More
Last Sunday our school head sent me a text message asking me to come to school a wee bit earlier than usual. According to her, we needed to practice some new numbers for our program, so if I could, please try to be early. Errr….much as waking up in the mornings and dealing with traffic so early seems to have gotten much harder these past months, I readily complied, albeit with some struggling teeheeeheee…the upside, I was thinking, was that it was Monday and for the most part, Mondays are my Happy Days because it’s the one day in the week that I have the lightest load of work.
Little did I know that it was all a ruse…apparently, they had a surprise for me….
My little Cara came to visit!!! Well, she’s not so little anymore but she still is my adorable little cutiepatootey Cara
Happy, happy day And like I said in my Facebook page, despite the fact that I wasn’t all prettified the way I usually am (literally sans any makeup, hair in a bun and not dolled up at all!), and let’s say despite being all rested over the weekend, I was bloating like all hell because I ate a whole lotta stuff I shouldn’t thus the chubby cheeks and teeny tiny eyes, plus the fact that I wasn’t really looking forward to the rest of the days tasks because unlike other Mondays, I had to work, it truly was an extra special day for me
Um…I was soooo happy I fell of my chair. KtnxbaiRead More
This Christmas, Teacher really, really wishes she gets a netbook. Or an iPad. Teeheeeheee
I know that I already have a laptop, but for the past few months, my laptop has become, errr….a portable desktop? Haha. It no longer works without it’s charger because I think I accidentally killed my battery, thus it no longer carries any juice at all. According to the Mac store, I used up all the charge cycles already. They blamed it on the fact that I very rarely recalibrated the battery and that I was not very consistent in draining it or what not.
So, while I still super duper love my Mac, I still want a netbook for the holidays….I need the portability!!! Haha. The question is, what are the best netbooks to choose from???Read More
It’s hard to believe how quickly the term has gone…it seems like only yesterday when I wrote my thank you post for the first trimester but here I am again, sitting and reflecting about what I am thankful for this term.
Admittedly, given the fact that this isn’t a very good day for me, and that this term has been, um…extremely challenging to say the least. After such a heart-warming and fulfilling term, this one came as a sudden surprise, but more in the personal level rather than professional, mainly because of the fact that my schedule was not so great this term mainly because it meant I wouldn’t get to see my friends in the department too often. Plus of course the fact that there were some people and things missing as well in the department (ktnxbai ). On the professional side, however, this term started quite well I still am trying to find the silver lining to the term.
So here goes….
Thank you that the LCD projectors now have virtual remotes (even though I still don’t like where it’s set up because it is sooo hard to manipulate. plus let’s not forget the lighting in some of my classrooms is not all that great so it’s either I’m plunged in darkness or stuck in brightness because all the lights are connected to one switch only).
Thank you that it wasn’t too rainy and stormy throughout the term so I didn’t have to worry too much about the weather.
Thank you that my “Miss Ria’s Exams bring Natural Disasters” curse broke!!! Haha. Yes….my exams have happened at the same time as earthquakes, sudden rainstorms and freak floods.
Thank you to my thesis mentees for, well, finding a way to make research interesting. Then again, when we talk about shopping, how can you go wrong, right?
Thank you for that little corner in the Andrew Library which made my Wednesdays bearable because otherwise, it would have been very, very lonely to make the trek back to the department in between classes.
Thank you to the random people who kept me sane and grounded throughout the term by sharing their bits of advice, positivity and love whether in person, online or through text.
Thank you to my Persef2 classes, the Bio majors and the errr….what was that again? Management? Marketing??? (haha) for making classes fun all the time.
Thank you to my Persef1 classes for….um….well….challenging me beyond belief. Yes, I ranted a lot about you guys, wrote several blog posts because of you, but I would like to hold on to the notion that no matter what, things happen for a reason.
but most of all THANK YOU to my Clinpsy students who made teaching a joy for me this term, even though I think I did talk a weeeeee bit too much about myself this term hahaha. Remember: what we talked about stays inside those four walls, okay?? haha. Oh, but of course you MUST take what you learned about Clinical Psych outside of our classroom. But seriously, THANK YOU for a wonderful term. I learned so much through you, with you and because of you
Miss RiaRead More
The other day, Bubba and I took a little trip to Bonifacio High Street. While we were walking around, we came across this little girl dressed in a short frilly skirt, a tank top with spaghetti straps, and heels. YES HEELS. She was about three or four years old. HEELS! errr….
In my school, I have come across several of those heels already and every time I see them, it kinda freaks me out. I mean, I know as a child I liked putting on my mom’s high heels and dressing in them but I never imagined having them in my size. When my kids wear their heels to school, I send home notes that I don’t want to see them because one, it’s inappropriate for class activities and two, it’s such a hazard I tell ya! It’s bad enough I have to deal with shoelaces and buttons that the kids can’t manage, but this?!? Oh geee.Read More
I never had a prom in High School. Or a ball for that matter. Back in our time, our school was still very strict about male/female dances and thought it best to forgo such activities. We did have our own little parties in friends’ homes, but for the most part, we never got the chance to go shopping for those prom dresses or ball gowns. Errr…we did have debutante dresses and bridesmaid dresses but that wasn’t the same, right? Hehe. In the past year, however, I’ve had to accompany my brothers to get something for them to wear. It was so cute seeing my little kids all grown up (um…let me put it in context: my brothers’ batch were first graders when I first started teaching in their school ) and all dressed up Talk about happy high school memories.
My favorite high school memory didn’t really involve the school so much, but the people I grew up with in that school. What about you, what are your happy high school memories?Read More
Today I came to the realization that there are only 8 more days before Christmas break. Woot! While a big, big part of me admits I am sooooo looking forward to the break (I really need a vacation I tell ya. My sanity depends on it!!!), a little part of me is already missing the little things like random comments that make me laugh and think…as well as brilliant moments of watching children bloom….hugs for no reason…but but but….I think this takes the cake (yes, pun intended!)
It may sound a wee bit shallow but….
I am so gonna miss the cutie cakes and cupcakes that come to school for birthday parties teeeheeeheee. You can’t help but smile when you see them, right??? It’s not really the eating part I’ll miss (oh, but yes…some of our celebrations are so festive and full of so much yummy food I don’t think even the most powerful appetite suppressants can stop you from giving in to temptation!!!), but the fact that these are just do darned cute, right? And to be honest, once, I got so inspired by a cupcake tree one of the mommies made, it ended up a blog post. But that’s a whole other storyRead More
Not too long ago, I was tagged by several people over at Facebook with a note entitled “100 Books” (or something like that). The premise of the note was that majority of people would have been expected to read only an average of six books on that list. Me…um…I didn’t bother to see how many I had read haha.
I’ve never kept it a secret that reading is not my favorite thing in the world, right? Well, math definitely ranks number one as the academic thing I hate most, but reading is not too far down the list. To be fair, however, as a child I liked to read a lot, but the task was always a bit of a chore to me. During my middle childhood to early adolescence, though, books were a refuge for me. Growing up as a fat kid, after all, was not very fun. Add to that the fact that I am quite an introvert and quite picky with the friends I hang out with. Also, the books of my childhood were fun and as I grew up, romantic and idealistic. But then the world happened and work got in the way then things I have to now read are no longer fun so the bookworm in me kinda went on hibernate mode.
However, a few nights ago I was invited to the screening of The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader and out of the blue, that little bookworm in me kinda peeked out a bit Yes, admittedly I have not watched the first two installments of the film, nor have I read the series, but after watching the movie, I want to! While some of my friends did not enjoy the film (I honestly can’t fathom why!!! hehe…but, we’re all entitled to our own opinions, right???) I fell in love with it. In the beginning, I wasn’t so sold on it first, but as it went on, I grew to like it more and more until the very end where I found myself drawn to the story. Add to that the theme song, There’s A Place for Us sung by Carrie Underwood, at the end moved me to tears. Well, that and some other things that happened towards the end of the movie
I truly, truly loved the movie, and I rarely ever say that about a fantasy film. Even though I’m into the whole fairy, synchronicity, signs and energy thing, I always liked my movies to be simple and…errr…real? Actually that’s why I never bothered to watch the first two films but since I’ve been working on trying new things, I figured going to see this movie would be a good thing. NO REGRETS I TELL YA!!! Oh…this is also one of those that I will say is so worth seeing in 3D (and yes, I don’t say that very often).
The Chronicles of Narnia, Voyage of the Dawn Treader opened in Digital 3D last Friday, December 3 and opens in regular theaters on December 9, 2010
Yes, C.S. Lewis reawakened my inner bookworm with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Borrow book?Read More
The other day my kids had a fight. They were arguing about who could be friends and not. I was somewhat flabbergasted when my four and a half year old said: you’re too small to join us. And you’re not pretty.
Oh my gosh.
I know that kind of talk happens, but at four and a half??? I mean in middle school, sure…it can happen….in fact I know of some pre-teens who ask me about slimming techniques and medication, as well as check out sites about human growth hormones like www.besthghreleasers.com and even contemplate taking birth control pills to stimulate their hormones just so they get taller. AT 13!!! Oh my gosh….these were things I never thought of, even though I have always been overweight and shorter than most of my friends.
It got me to asking where that comes from and what I can do about it. I decided to have the kids write a storybook about how they feel when they have no friends and from there, we talked about “good” words and “bad” words. I hope that this little exercise helps them realize the power of their words, especially when they hurt.Read More