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...
Happy World Teachers Day! Every now and then, I still find myself questioning why and how I happened to fall into teaching. I still haven’t figured out the answer to that, but every...
Join the Rainbow Kids Yoga Tea...1
I Teach Because They Taught Me...2
Rekindling the Passion3
Over the past few months, I have been appreciating the idea of alternative education more and more. Don’t get me wrong: I still am an advocate for the educational system and for classroom learning experiences. I do recognize, however, that for some people, alternative forms of learning are just as important and life changing as higher learning. Case in point: Steve Jobs.
Nonetheless I believe that earning a degree is still a pivotal component of success. It’s just not the only one. Personality factors, opportunities presented, and availability of resources, for example, can also contribute to success. As such, some one who has been homeschooled all their lives or perhaps did not formally finish high school or college in a formal institution can still excel.
The educational system now is so different, we all must admit. There are lots of new ways to learn and even entrance exams and the like are readily available. More so, these resources allow us to tap into different types of intelligences and lifestyles. For example, should you decide to go to graduate school, you can maintain your regular schedule and still accomplish that through an online education. Heck, we can even enroll in online gre programs.
In my classes, I really try too veer away from just plain lecturing. I try my best to incorporate as many alternative learning exercises and opportunities for my students. These include exploration activities, creative outputs and even immersions. What about you? As a parent or educator how do you give alternative learning?Read More
I haven’t read this much in years, I tell ya. Har. In the past seven months, since I started on working on my final thesis, I’ve read countless journal articles, references, and the like. I feel like I’m in college all over again! Oh, and lets not forget that I have a whole bunch of teacher training references to read! Yikes!
Am I enjoying it though? Hmm…I guess the teacher training part I can say yes, but the journals…they’ve been so hard. How i wish they were simpler!Read More
If there is one thing I miss from being a preschool teacher, it’s the daily opportunity to get my hands dirty with all sorts of art projects. I loved getting my hands all sticky with glue and covered in glitters. I enjoyed spritzing colored water on walls and watching it make rainbows. It was a whole lot of fun trying to figure out creative ways of transforming the ordinary and mundane, from toilet paper rolls to fire hose fittings, into amazing little projects.
Yesterday I got the chance to tap into my artsy side again and did some glass painting experiments. Lookit…
Not bad for a first timer, yes?Read More
One of the things I didn’t really like doing when I was still a student was wrap my books. Let me rephrase that…I actually liked that A LOT but my mom was kind of a stickler for having the plastic strait and evenly measured and so it was a chore.
The other day I wrapped my YTT books and I had to laugh at myself…I was, unintentionally and unconsciously, exactly like my motherRead More
Last year, I gave up my preschool teaching career. I didn’t know why or what would be out there for me. I didn’t know what I’d do next. All I knew was that it was the right thing for me.
I did think of a lot of things I wanted to do. I wanted to enroll in French lessons, I wanted to become a full-time blogger, I wanted to throw everything in the wind and take a new course, like maybe carpentry so I can experiment on power tools such as the festool kapex miter saw or perhaps creative writing which I have always loved. I really just did not know what I wanted.
In between, while trying to figure things out, I continued on with my yoga practice until I decided that I wanted to do a Yoga Teacher Training. And then I came across a kids yoga class and found what it is exactly I want to do. I will be a yoga teacher working with kids and adolescents with a leaning towards yoga as therapy. Woot.
I know I have found my place in the sun. FinallyRead More
Today I had an interesting conversation about the whole “kuya” and “manong” thing. Notice how we Filipinos tend to address vendors, the janitors, photocopy people, etcetera like this? I never gave it much thought before but today, I accompanied a visiting teacher from New York around Greenhills and I addressed many of the guards and sellers as kuya (or ate when applicable). She asked me what kuya meant and if it was a Filipino word for excuse me or something like that.
Over the course of our conversation I came to realize that I prefer using kuya/ate over manong/manang nowadays. In a way, I kinda feel like its a more respectful way of addressing people in the service industry. When I said that, my friend said that she resonated with that and asked what perhaps, would make someone a manong or a kuya versus a sir. She said something about how although there is no caste system here such as that in India, there still is that kind of a divide. Maybe not with regards to the mingling of people and whatnot, but there was still that separation. Eventually as we talked I realized that often times, it all boils down to the fact that when those in the service industry often have limited access to education. It kind of made me realize how much I take things for granted. For example, I would love more than anything to buy a new iMac but majority of Filipinos have to rely on internet cafes to really have access. I’m sure they’d be more than thrilled to receive even a very old used pc desktop and here I am complaining about my old laptop.
Random realizations today.Read More
Tomorrow marks the first day of the school year for many schools around the metro. As far as I understand, it is also the beginning of the K-12 program in the public school system here in the Philippines. For a teacher, I must admit I haven’t given that much attention, primarily because I no longer am in the preschool setting. I’ll be exploring the whole program soon, though, just to see what it’s all about. I hope that with this change in the set-up, a wider change can also happen in the entire school system. Granted that given the limited funds, schools might not be able to avail of hi-tech computer systems or updated laboratory equipment and so on and so forth, but I do hope there will be a change.
In any case, here’s to School Year 2012-2013!!!Read More
I started my new job last week and it has been quite an experience. Suffice it to say being in a new campus makes me feel like a child again because it takes me back to being the new girl in school. Literally. It’s an interesting feeling. I don’t really know yet what to make of it, and how I feel about it, but to be honest, being the new girl is not something I really like feeling It makes me a little anxious, especially since I have no one to really chat with yet. Add to that the fact that I really am not the open and sociable type, right? Well, lets see how this goes nonetheless
As public school students continue to fall behind in their test scores, more parents are choosing to homeschool. Homeschooling allows parents to control what their children learn and at what pace. However, like their public school counterparts, homeschooled children often do not find learning math to be enjoyable. They may dread the subject and struggle to master basic math skills. When homeschooling parents want to make learning math more fun, they can utilize several techniques to both entertain and instruct their children.
Playing games with their children can be an effective way for parents to teach math. In fact, they might utilize DreamBox math games for kindergartners as they instruct their children in math skills like counting and adding numbers. Children may believe that they are playing and having fun; however, they are absorbing the lessons found within the games themselves. As they continue to play, they retain what they have learned through having fun with their parents.Read More
I’m looking forward to starting out a new teaching position soon…pending of course the finalization of a few details but for the most part, I’m super excited for things to come. It’s gonna be on a greener campus (well, I’m not sure if that’s the right word for it). What I mean is that this will be in a campus that’s more rustic and not as surrounded by steel buildings. Excited much. I guess that’s really why I also decided to teach rather than work in an office building. I don’t think I’ll do very well in office buildings all day long. I need space to move around and lots of air to breathe in. Anyway, when things fall into place, I shall post pictures of my new workplaceRead More