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Jun 20, 2013

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The Benefits of Mixing Technology and Education

The following is a guest post by Ted Levin.

Image Source – educationnews.org

Image Source – educationnews.org

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.

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May 25, 2013

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Welcome AY 2013-2014!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Set up your dorm/room to feel homey. I think this is pretty self-explanatory :)
  5. 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!

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May 21, 2013

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Oh Dropbox, You’re Amazing :)

I have recently rediscovered the amazingness of Dropbox :) I’ve had an account for some time now, but because I still was on the first generation iPad and my classroom didn’t have such a great internet connection, it was frustrating for me. However, since I upgraded to iPhone5 and my school’s system is much better, I am beginning to really enjoy the wonder that is known as Dropbox. It has allowed me to be more efficient with sharing files with my students and colleagues, and allows for access to my personal files anytime, anywhere :) I even got to use it to share photos with a friend of mine that I took on my phone when we went to the beach. It was easy, peasy sharing! As compared to email, which takes a long time to attach, this was quick. Sure there were a few delays when my internet signal dropped, but all in all, it was great :)

As a teacher, I like how dropbox makes file sharing and storing very simple. The space allotted for a free account is good enough too, although if you really want to keep your files there for long, you may want to follow simple steps to upgrade your storage allotment. Most of them are free too :)

Dropbox is definitely another one of those tools for the techie teacher! :) Check out and sign up for dropbox here: http://db.tt/ehxlNVEP

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May 8, 2013

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Summer Activities

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?

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May 8, 2013

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Treasure Hunting!

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!

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Mar 26, 2013

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Dear Students…

Dear Students,

Yes, this is another one of those letters from your teacher. This will be brief, however, because it seems that that’s all we can manage for now…I read through your papers recently and all I can do is ask WHAT HAPPENED???? :( I am saddened by the poor quality I see in your work now. I may not be pertaining to one student particularly, but for the most part.

I do hope you get to realize that reading and writing will still be an important part of your life.

With love,
Your Teacher

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Mar 13, 2013

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Classroom Safety

Since I stopped teaching in the preschool level, I thought the concept of classroom safety was a thing in my past. Apparently I was wrong! Even as a college lecturer, I still have to remind my students to be careful and watch out for equipment and materials in the classroom as it may pose a threat unintentionally to the students. For example, a protruding nail underneath the desk chair. Although I may not need to safety proof my classroom the way I would have in a preschool setting, such as by ensuring drawers had cabinet latches and that sockets had seals, I still need to keep an eye out for things. I was reminded of this importance yesterday as I taught in class and sat on a chair that was kinda brittle and weak. Although it withstood my weight, I realized that if I had sat down quicker or with less finesse, it would have probably fallen! Gah!

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Mar 7, 2013

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The Babies are Here!!!

Break out the montecristo cigars, the babies are here!!! Nope, not mine, but the babies in my DevPsyc project! Since Valentine’s day, my students have been “raising” their children! It has been so fun. And funny, I must add! Sad to say one couple lost one of their twins to an accident, but many of those that had problems at birth or were diagnosed with a special condition are doing quite well :)

I’m looking forward to more of how this project will unfold and when I have the final outputs, I shall share them here :)

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Mar 7, 2013

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Rainbow Kids is Back!!!

One of the best things I did for myself last year was enroll in the three day Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training program. That, coupled with my 300-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training from Beyond Yoga really changed my life immensely. This year, both teacher training programs will be doing a second run!

The Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training will be led by my teacher, Lei Sadakari once again. It will still be hosted by Urban Ashram Manila. Please check out Rainbow Kids Yoga on Facebook or www.rainbowkidsyoga.net for more details.

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Feb 20, 2013

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The Baby Egg Project!

For my developmental psychology class this trimester, I finally got to do the baby egg project that I always wanted to do. Yey! I paired up my students and gave them a baby egg to take care of for the trimester, documenting the various stages of development throughout the lifespan in our Facebook group. It’s so much fun, but boy, this is an expensive project!!! I had to buy about 50 eggs for my classes! I thought of getting a baby book made for them and going through the whole envelope printing online for each baby but I decided to cut costs and be kind to the environment so we just posted everything online, haha :) Nonetheless, it’s so cute :) I’m such a kooky teacher I tell ya!

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