Welcome back to school!

Since the school year already started a week ago, I’d like to welcome everybody back to school. I know it’s a bit late but as most of us feel, I’m still in the process of converting my vacation-mode-mind-and-body to a busy-and-fussy-teacher-mode. I guess the process was complete now. Haha!

Before the classes started, teachers were already reporting to school to prepare their classrooms and everything they needed for the entire school year. I admit, I had a hard time decorating my classroom but big thanks to people to helped me out. As I was adding finishing touches to my bulletin board, Continue reading

Technology: Stumbling block or Stepping stone?

Social media, online games, internet, cellphone, and gadgets are some factors that parents, even teachers, blame for children’s poor performance in school. They say most of their kids’ time are spent playing online games in front of the computer rather than burning the midnight oil to get high grades. The previous generation would argue about how competent and intellectual they were during their time, back when there was no “distraction” to their studies. In others words, technology is viewed as a stumbling block causing children to be irrational and incompetent. But, is it really?

A few days ago, I attended a training about how to use the IWB or Interactive White Board. It was a huge touchscreen white board that serves as the modern blackboard. With the help of LCD projector, computer, and Active Inspire program, the speaker showed us how to Continue reading

God’s Gift of Life

 

I have long been on this planet — so long and yet,

it does not seem that long really.

 

My days and nights have been multicolored with impossible,

hopefully-possible dreams, a few of them vague and amorphous,

but on the whole, quite definable partially.

My months and years have been parked with stress and tensions,

light and deep-seated anxieties,

and host of basic inquietudes reminding me that I am blessed, and alive.

 

I thank God for the unpredictability, Continue reading

The Idiocy of the English Language

and if the plural of mouse is mice.. and louse is lice.. what’s the plural of house? =D

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If you are at all acquainted with the English language, you may have noticed some common sayings and words in there that are really silly, once you come to think of it. For example, why is it called a boxing ring when it is actually a square? Why is the load of the ship referred to as cargo, but when a truck carries a load on land, that is referred to as shipping? Actors recite a play for an audience, but then they play at a recital. See? It doesn’t make sense! But that is English, unfortunately. That is also one of the reasons why English is such a hard language to speak fluently – incorporating all its nuances. Ask me – I’ve been there. There are so many things you simply have to know.

If you want to read more about the silliness of English, there is this…

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She said….

I am the kind of person who doesn’t want to give advice. I mean, who am I to tell someone what he should do in his life? Maybe I’m just afraid. What if he did what I told him to do and his life became miserable? Well, I don’t wanna be blamed. So I just listen sympathetically and make the person think from outside the box. I make him realize his options and decide on his own. And yes, whatever happens, my hands are clean. 🙂

Ironically, I was given the advice column back in college. I found one article in the midst of my memorabilia box. It was published August 2005. Thank goodness it’s not a matter of life and death situation.  Here it goes…. Continue reading

From Learner to Teacher

It feels good to reminisce the time when you were still in the fantasy stage—full of ideals, enthusiasm, and passion. I wrote this essay before I graduate college. Again, sorry if it’s just another rotten piece of work.

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It was the 15th day of November. I woke up very early for I was excited to go to my cooperating school. It was the first time that I met my students.

When I went to Marikina Science High School, early this morning, I went directly to the Principal’s Office to meet Ms. Gazzingan, the Assistant Principal. She oriented me and my classmates about the things that we should be doing for the whole semester. She told us who our cooperating teachers would be, the year level that we are going to handle, and the schedule of our classes. As she was speaking, my heart was beating very fast. I was not really comfortable with what I was feeling in front of her. Probably because of the way she speaks and the tone of her voice.

“This is one thing that you should remember,” she said, Continue reading

Why Teach?

While I was carefully turning the pages of my dilapidated literature book, a yellowish bond paper fell. I was surprised to see this essay which I wrote when I was on my senior year. I don’t know if it makes sense but I thought of posting it anyway. Just don’t blame me if you find reading this a waste of time. I warned you. 🙂

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When I entered Center for Teacher Education, I never thought I would come to a point where I would be practice teaching. That time, being a teacher was not in my heart. I only took up this course because of my mother’s wish. When I was in first year, I was not serious in my studies because what I wanted was to become a psychologist. Until I met this person who made a big difference in my life. She had a great passion for teaching. For her, teaching was not just a profession, but a vocation which she vowed to do until the end. Even though she had already passed away, I can still feel a part of her in me through the principles that I’ve learned from her.

When I met Continue reading