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Jun 13, 2012

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Teacher Goes Back to School!

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. Finally :)

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Jun 3, 2012

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Kuya vs. Manong

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.

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Jun 3, 2012

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Welcome AY 2012-2013!

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!!!

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May 29, 2012

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Teacher Goes Full Circle

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 :)

 

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May 17, 2012

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Making Math Fun in the Home

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.

Consider Games

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. 

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May 13, 2012

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Campus on the Green

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 workplace :)

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May 9, 2012

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We’re All A Little Different…

If there’s one important thing I learned to appreciate through because of writing my thesis, it’s the fact that we’re all a little different. I was reminded of this a lot because I struggled greatly with writing that darned paper. It was so frustrating because I am a good writer. At least I think I am. Seriously though, I would like to think that I am a good creative writer. However, technical writing is really not my thing.

I began to appreciate the fact that we’re all a little different because of that. One of my colleagues, for example, is really good at the technical stuff, but not at the creative stuff. I guess that’s also true for kids who can be very good at math but sucky in sports. I remember one time I had a student who could memorize the entire atlas, name all the different species of dinosaurs, identify every possible power tool and construction equipment, and even differentiate between nail bits and end mills, but when I’d ask him to answer reading comprehension questions, he could never do it.

And so like I was saying, through my thesis I learned to appreciate that we all are indeed different learners. As such, while I may have completed my research, I can’t help but feel that I gave too much of a literary tone to it. Oh well. Haha.

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May 5, 2012

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Schoolyard Picking

I’ve been watching re-runs of the show Survivor China and I couldn’t help but think about how I hate the practice of schoolyard picking. Schoolyard picking refers to the practice of having two or more team leaders pick out their team members from a line of their peers. No matter what you say, there will always be one who will be picked last.  All too often, the one who gets picked last. Many times, the one who gets picked last are those who are overweight, less competent in the activity, or simply put, less socially acceptable because of whatever reason. It isn’t a nice feeling. I prefer using techniques such as counting off or random selections for groupings. I feel it’s more fair. What do you think???

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May 4, 2012

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Keeping Your Mind Active Over Summer Vacation

Keeping Your Mind Active Over Summer Vacation

Summer vacation is almost upon teachers and students alike, and it is such a relief with it finally comes around. While I love to be in the classroom, enjoying a month to myself and family is always nice too. However, summer time doesn’t mean that our brains should go to mush.

Both teachers and students alike benefit from keeping their minds active, and they don’t necessarily need to enroll in seminars or sign up for summer classes to do so. Simply by getting online – something most of us enjoy on a regular basis anyway – both teachers and students can learn something new by doing one of the following:

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May 1, 2012

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Dear APA…

Well, this is me, finally making my way through the last of my thesis. Yay. I must say, however, this whole APA style formatting is driving me crazy!!! I know it’s not THAT hard to do, but following all the rules, working on this and that, and making sure I am citing things correctly is kinda nakakapraning. I know I’m referencing my sources, but I can’t help but worry that I might do something wrong. Har.

Thank God for the OWL….no, not Harry Potter’s owl, but the Purdue OWL :)

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