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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What’s the most resilient parasite? An Idea. A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules. – Cobb, Inception
As the quote from one of the biggest blockbusters this year, Inception, goes, an idea can really change lives. This year, Unilab encourages us all to look into ourselves and find our own “parasites” to effect positive change. Even a small idea may cause big changes, especially with the Filipino Youth.
Launched in June The Unilab Youth Camp for Change is an idea-generation camp and competition for college students that aims to
inspire fresh, developmental, and research-based social marketing initiatives that promote and advance health and wellness at the community level.
Now, Unilab pushes the envelope further with a simple little contest for you, my dear readers!
Simply answer this question by leaving a comment at the end of this post:
Q: If you were given a chance to do one good thing to improve the health and wellness situation in a community, what would it be and why? Your idea can be as simple as improving the drainage system to dramatically alleviate the cases of leptospirosis in your community or as grand as building an entire city hospital to address the health needs of your community.
The entries will be judged by Unilab and other media outlet. Five winners will take home two Unilab gift packs each.
So, what are you waiting for? Leave me your comments now! Let your ideas grow! Contest will run from July 27, 2010 to August 6, 2010. UPDATE: prizes will be claimed personally by winners via meet-up
Also, all college students are invited to join Ideas Positive: The Unilab Youth Camp for Change. You and your friends can channel your ideas in helping your chosen community through this program. The winning group can see their idea come to life with a P100,000 seed money plus a 3-day, 2-night all-expense paid trip to Boracay. For more information, visit www.ideaspositive.com.Read More
A few months ago, I came across this pack of candy that I thought was quite cute. It was a play on one of the popular cigarette brands that said “Sucking Does Not Kill”. I liked how, in it’s small way, it implies that smoking is dangerous to ones health while the candy, well, it’s a better alternative, right?
However, days later I came across this one in a local grocery store:
I was quite shocked and angered by what I had seen. This actually encourages young children to think smoking is cool Grrr.Read More
In the past few days, we have been discussing the senses. It sure has been fun talking to the kids about their ideas of what things they can see, smell, taste, feel and hear are. A lot of funny moments sure come out of these discussions. For example:
Teacher Ria: Okay, who can tell me what we see when we look up at the sky?
Kid #1: The clouds, Teacher!
Kid #2: Mr. Sun, Teacher!
Kid #3: Teacher, where’s Superman? I can’t find him!
In talking about taste:
Teacher Ria: So, what part of our body helps us know what things taste like?
Teacher Ria: Correct! With our tongues, we can taste sweet, salty, sour, bitter and even spicy stuff. Now lets play a guessing game. Can anyone tell me what a chocolate bar tastes like?
Kid#1: Sweet teacher!
Teacher Ria: Good job! Now lets try this. What about a calamansi (Philippine lemon)?
Kid #2: Asim, Teacher. (Sour, Teacher)
Teacher Ria: Great! What about ampalaya?
Kid #3: Bitter.
Teacher Ria: Correct again! Very good guys. Now…this is tricky…let’s try this one. What does rice taste like (hmmm….no particular taste right?)
After carefully pondering over it. Child #4: I know, Teacher!
Teacher Ria: What?
Child #4: It’s yummy Teacher!
Hmmm….that’s right I guess!
This one I don’t know is laughable or what:
Kid: Teacher, what’s that? (pointing to my face)
Teacher Ria: What’s what?
Kid: There’s black-black on your face. And dots too. (referring to lines on my forehead and my freckles)
Gee….I guess I need to invest in some wrinkle cream and good foundation too!!!Read More
I’m sure there are a whole lotta things you hide from your teacher, such as your little notes about him or her, or the caricatures you doodle to make fun of them, but of all, I think this is one thing you don’t want your teacher to know:
Free essays, eh? Hmmmm.
I got this in my email inbox not too long ago, after I assigned an essay to my students. Definitely not the kind of thing you want your teacher to see.Read More
One thing I will miss most from teaching preschooler is being with the joyful spirit of innocence. When I am with the kids, I feel like I still am very young, despite the aches and pains I may feel while working with them. They also help me keep the child in me alive by making me laugh, not just have fun, but to really laugh those deep belly kinds of laugh that really go to the core of you.
However, every now and then I think about how I have to “grow up”. I need to think more seriously about moving on to the next phase in my life, personally and professionally. I guess that’s really why I’m lucky that I also teach in the college level because that caters to the adult side of me.
I still wish I could afford to keep on teaching until I’m much older to the point that I am no longer looking for life term insurance but I will be considering term insurance for seniors already. Yup, I seriously love to teach well into my old days but I know that’s an impossibility! I hope, however, that I can still work with kids in some other way as I age. This website, for example, is one way for me to do thatRead More
It’s been over a month since classes started and I realized I still have not posted what my classroom concept wall looks like. With no further ado, here it is!
The caterpillar is actually a recycled one from my Toddlers days but I love it so much I decided to keep it, even if my students don’t really need it. For the calendar, I decided to up the ante by having the kids master the concepts of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
My favorite feature, however, is the reading train. My co-teacher painted that over the summer There are a series of pockets which currently hold our various word lists. An alternative I was thinking of is tracking titles of books we read throughout the month. Fun idea, huh?
Join in and jump aboard the reading train!Read More
While being a preschool teacher may be full of fun and excitement, it is not without any job hazards. For one, I have not had my toe nail grow back to normal after it has been trampled on, dropped upon and abused by my kids. Lately, however, I have been contending with one of the worst job hazards ever: lower back pain. I know there is a right way to bend and squat, and I guess I really haven’t been quite careful about it because now, my lower back is always soooooo painful. At times, even slight movements make me cringe. I think I need to see an acupuncturist or a therapist to help realign whatever and help ease the pain. Also, I KNOW losing weight will help a lot, and I can’t really dilly-dally around with that. Perhaps some apidexin supplements will help kick start the weight loss and ease the back pain. It really is crucial that I get this done ASAP! Perhaps, if I feel better physically, I may reconsider leaving preschool next school year.
job hazards I have learned to live withRead More
One of the most common accidents that happen in school is what we call in Tagalog “nakanto”, or when a child hits the corner of a shelf or a table. One way we address this in our school is by making sure the tables we get have rounded edges, but these are not really a dime a dozen, right? I was once able to buy those plastic office furniture kid safety pads (those plastic thingies that you slip to the corners of a table) but we lost two of them. Now, I can’t seem to find replacements In the meantime, we placed cut-up sponges in the corners.
Another common classroom accident are fingers caught in the door We were able to find a rubber foam stopper that helped eradicate this problem in school. It’s looks like a butterfly and it helps block the door from closing completely, so tiny fingers don’t get caught even though you close the door. Will post a picture of it soon!
The scariest room danger, however, are electrical outlets. It’s like no matter what you say, children seem to gravitate towards them. I’m glad we were finally able to find those socket blockers so now I feel much better about it. Before, what we could do would be to cover up the outlet itself by putting a shelf in front of it or hiding it behind posters and charts.Read More
There are a few excuses I hate to get from my students. For one, I hate it when they come to class late and offer up the lame reason “Miss, it was traffic, eh”. Some even have the audacity to say, “I come pa kasi from Alabang” (I still come from Alabang). I reply: so did I.
I also hate it when they forget to bring in their homework. What gets my goat is when they say “But Miss, my printer didn’t have ink” or “But Miss, the line in the internet shop outside was so long!” and to top it off “The computer shop cant open .docx files”. Um…hello?
What irks me most, however, is when the students seem to forget common sense. For example, I can’t get why students think that walking into an elevator at the same time those inside are trying to walk out. Isn’t it common sense?
The other day, I was consoling a friend as she was checking her students’ tests, many of which were extremely low. She was feeling low about it, especially since she knew she gave the kids adequate resources to do well in the test. She even pointed out that some items used rephrased terms that came from her lectures. That set off an endless barrage of comments between us, pointing out how sometimes, the students don’t think hard enough or even analyze what they are taking. It’s as if it’s all a game for them. That got me to talking about the lack of common sense or perhaps, the lack of care for common sense. My friend jokingly replied, that’s not a lack of common sense…kulang lang sa prenatal vitamins at gatas yan! (It’s probably not a lack of common sense….maybe it’s a lack of prenatal vitamins and milk growing up, that’s why!)
To be fair, there are those who do well and care deeply for their grades, and do think before they act. I think one reason why students behave the way they do is because of the changes in the way life is nowadays. While we still live in a very social world, it’s more of an online social world that makes the dynamics of working with others quite different.
Sorry, World…you had to make it through a teacher rant!Read More
Cooking and food-related activities are sure hits when teaching kids. It can be a little tiring for teacher though, especially since you have to keep in mind the kids safety, as well as the fact that some kids have food allergies.
One activity I enjoy doing is a food sorting game. This can tackle a wide range of topics, depending on the level of difficulty. For example, the food sorting game can focus on shapes by having kids check out what’s in their lunch boxes and grouping them together like this:
For older kids, you can have them classify it by taste (i.e. sweet, salty, bitter, sour), type (go, grow, and glow) but the most fun I have experienced was when I asked them to identify where food comes from.
What I did was had the kids bring in some of their favorite food (some brought in the real thing, while others brought photos only). On my table, I put a plastic pig, cow, chicken, and plant/tree. We then had a taste test-slash-learning activity. After sampling some of the food, we placed them in the appropriate column. The simple ones were the obvious ones: fried chicken, eggs, milk. Fruits and vegetables were easily associated with plants as well. Burgers, hotdogs, and barbeque was a little more difficult for them, but they were able to understand it quickly. What they had a hard time grasping was that rice, bread, nuts and even chocolate came from plants. I showed them pictures of wheat fields and explained that when the plant grew, it was harvested and milled so rice could be produced. I also showed them pictures of trees like the cashew tree and other flowering plants where nuts and cacao seeds would come from.
cashew tree in Coron, Palawan
cacao tree in Bali (Photo: “cacao fruits” by Dennis Tang, c/o Flickr. Some Rights Reserved). Cacao trees grow in different parts of the world, the largest of which is in northwestern South America. Africa and South East Asia, including the Philippines, also produce a large number of cacao plants. The irvingia gabonesis, an African tree, is an example of where chocolates come from.
The activity was not just an eye-opener for the kids, but it was also a laugh fest for us all. Some of my favorite comments during the activity:
Teacher: Where do hotdogs come from? Kids: Doggies teacher!
Teacher: Where does bacon come from? Kids: The freezer!
My all time favorite:
Teacher: Where does a burger come from? Kids: (in unison) Jollibee!!!!