Saturday, December 24, 2011

There were a lot of things and people that I have to be thankful for.  I thank God for giving me my family, most of all.  They were with me through everything that I have been through.  They were with my children when I cannot.

Thank you God, for my Mom and Dad.  They are my rock.  Past 60, and still they are working hard so as to keep me alive.  It was not a joke, to be sick... to need millions... and continue needing money for my maintenance medicines that still cost around 40K a month.  It is not a joke to be told that the new kidney is rejecting... that all the heartaches and worries will still continue.

Thank you that you also take care of my children.  I will not forget that even the smallest things, from bringing my children to and from school when they were little, Papa did them for me.  He also taught Arolf a lot.  To be patient, to learn how to use the computer, and how to tell time.  They also bring my children to the doctors and hospitals when they were sick and I cannot do it.  

I do not forget, Mom and Dad, how you love not just me, but my whole family.  And for this, I will be eternally grateful to God for giving you to me as my parents.  There were a lot of things that you did out of love, and everyone should do well to remember that.

I thank God for my brothers and sisters, especially now and everytime that I needed them, they are always there for me.... they will go to the ends of the earth just to find me a suitable donor.  They watch over me in the hospital, patiently taking care of me.  Driving me to the hospital every month so I would not need to commute.  They also find time for my children when I am not able.

I thank God for my nieces and nephews.  My brothers and sisters, my parents, have taught you well.  You love me like your mother, and would readily give your blood to extend my life.  You also help me with my children's homeworks and projects.  Go with me during numerous check-ups and stuff.  Pick up their report cards when I cannot.

I thank God for my relatives, cousins, aunts and uncles who readily extend their help, who offered their prayers and support.

I thank God for my friends and classmates, you make me laugh and help me forget all my problems and pain.

I thank God for Ronald for my children.  I thank God for my in-laws who also help me with my children when needed.

And most especially, I thank God for my children--Anea, Dale, and Tony--because they are the main reasons why I still breathe.  All the heartaches and physical pain are nothing when I see them happy.

Again, before we end the year... I thank God for all of the people who made a difference in my life.  You will all be in my prayers.  Have a blessed Christmas and a fruitful 2011.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

pre-finals chaos

ang mesa:

maayos pa yang lagay na yan. di ko kasi sinama yung isa pang mesa sa tabi,
yung ilalim ng mesa, at yung isa pang mesa na nasa labas.
ang gumalaw ng mga mesa ko, papaslangin.

ang website na kinakain ko ngayon. kung AB English/Reading siguro naging
course ko nung college, di na ko umabot sa edad na 35.

guidelines ng prof ko. sabi niya "scholarly approach" daw dapat. yeah, right.

what gets me through.. ferrous sulfate, Katinko and these crazies
who stay up with me until I decide to give up for the day.

Monday, February 28, 2011

My Philosophy of Education

This was something I wrote about Philosophy of Education.  I am not taking all credit, since I gathered some information from all over the internet.  I apologize that I couldn't site links since I made this a long time ago and have forgotten where I got them.

When I was nine years old, I remember looking at my teacher while she was telling us a story about a mother hen and her chicks.  She relayed the story in a manner that moved me.  All the time she was speaking, she reminded me of the hen that she was talking about.  She was my second mother—caring, nurturing, and teaching me.  At that moment, I chose to become like her.  I wanted to be a part of a child’s life.  I wanted someone to remember me someday as someone who changed his or her life forever.

That changed when I was graduating from high school.  My mother did not want me to take up Education because she said there was no money in teaching.  I took up Communication Arts instead.  I worked as a banker, a marketing assistant, and then as a customer service representative.  Though I was happy with meeting people and working with them, I still feel incomplete.  Like there was something missing.  I then took up the Certificate in Teaching Program (CTP-PNU) and then attended the review (slept more than listened through it).  I was then working as a call center agent for an international company and I came straight from the graveyard shift to the review.  After finishing the review, I took the Licensure Examination (LET) in 2004 and passed. 

Unfortunately, I could not resign from work to start teaching right away.  When I finally did, I got sick and had to undergo a kidney transplant.  While resting and getting bored getting holed up in my room all day and doing nothing, I decided to finish my CTP course and take up the practicum.  I did not want to apply for a teaching position without some kind of experience.

The three months I was in school teaching Grade 1 students, I learned not just from my co-teachers, but from my students as well.  In our batch, I also got the highest grade in Practicum.  In that short span of time, I began to see the importance of teachers in our lives.  They are there not only to teach their assigned subjects but also to hone children into persons of worth someday.  You teach values, norms, religion, culture, and other social issues that are tackled in everyday life.

Children come to you with different problems.  You will be shocked at how numerous their problems are, ranging from simple to complex, like being in the middle of a family squabble.

I am now teaching in a parochial preschool.  This was my first official teaching job, and though I receive only a little in monetary value, I receive more in other aspects.  I have not been there for the whole school year and I already have a child abuse case (a mother abusing her son).  This was also the school’s first case.  I learned how to be more compassionate.  I discovered that a child’s attitude in school can stem from serious problems in the home.

I have encountered a lot of problems and a lot of happy moments in teaching.  When I took up Philosophy in Education, I realized that every teacher should have his or her own philosophy and principles in teaching.

A teacher's personal philosophy of education is a critical element in his or her approach to guiding children along the path of enlightenment.  There are schools of thought and philosophies that I could see myself believing in.  However, I could not just put myself into just one.  There are different factors to consider before you choose the philosophies that you will use and believe in.

Each carries both positive and negative tenets, at least in my opinion. Therefore, I prefer an eclectic discernment in my quest of an educational philosophy.  A certain amount of creativity, enthusiasm, and motivation is needed of the teacher and this requires more than one philosophy.

Being a teacher also does not only involve teaching per se, but also molding the child in all aspects of his development, and this also involves parenting and friendship.  I relate to the adage of serving as the "guide on the side", rather than the "sage on the stage", as is the case in teacher-centered philosophies. I believe in focusing on individual needs, and involving students in the process of their learning.

I do not like perennialism much, the aspects of multiculturalism and gender issues having no place in the curriculum. I think that individual differences need to be recognized and respected.

Another is perennialist view of education as a "sorting mechanism". All students have strengths, and the teacher’s goal is to assist students to identify and build upon these. Tracking does not necessarily provide opportunities to do this, and may in fact limit potential in individuals which do not fit the educator’s definition of what constitutes the "intellectually gifted".

To summarize:

I have to be Idealistic.

Since those we study like measurement and laws of science are mostly transcendental (which is idealistic), and we apply them to actual objects like in construction and manufacturing, Idealism is a very important philosophy of education that I have to absorb.

I have to be naturalistic.

As opposed to Idealism, naturalism or materialism also plays a vital role in education, especially in the fields of science as it regards scientific knowledge final.  Since it is said that learning is a very natural thing, it is also but natural for a teacher to be believe in this philosophy.

I have to be pragmatic.

Since pragmatism considers practical consequences and real effects to be vital components of meaning and truth, I believe that teachers should also embrace this philosophy, because for some or most cases, practical experience and observation is a better method in learning than giving out theories.

 I have to be an essentialist.

I believe that teachers should instill such traditional virtues as respect for authority, perseverance, and consideration for others, especially in the Philippine society wherein we are born and known for our “bayanihan” culture.  In the classroom, traditional disciplines are taught such as math, science, history, and literature, which form the foundations of the curriculum.   It is hoped that when the student leaves school, they will possess not only basic skills and an extensive body of knowledge, but disciplined and practical minds as well.

I have to be a behaviorist.

Skinner, the father of Behaviorism, believed in reinforcements, both positive and negative to attain goals.  This now, is important as a teacher.  Every individual is different and unique.  In a classroom of 25 or more children, the philosophy of behaviorism plays an important role.  Basically, it depends on the skill of the teacher to create a positive and harmonious environment conducive to learning in all aspects.  One of the most proven positive reinforcement in a kindergarten classroom is the giving out of “stars” whenever a good behavior is observed.  I use this method not only in wanting my students to keep quiet, but to get them to learn on their own, like turning the pages of a book to the correct page.  In as much as I believe in positive reinforcements, I do not like it very much to use negatives on children, though sometimes, this cannot be helped as children nowadays are growing to be disrespectful and irresponsible.  Personally, I juggle between positives and negatives, judging and depending on the situation.

I have to be a progressivist.

I, myself, have a respect for individuality. I believe that people learn well through active relationships with others and we learn when we are engaged in things that have meaning for us.  That is one of the reasons why we have curriculums and lesson plans.  Teachers plan lessons to arouse curiosity and push the student to a higher level of knowledge.   Like me, for example, I have been able to memorize information in order to earn good grades, however I have not always related to the information, or seen its relevance to my personal life and interests. After examinations, and years after taking Algebra, I cannot teach my 2nd year high school student daughter the fundamentals of getting the value of x.  This approach to learning was, in my opinion, so as my daughter’s opinion, an effective use of educational time and effort. 

Progressivism is a philosophy that is adaptable for society’s current state.  It is a philosophy that promotes education aimed at helping students to develop the kind of problem solving skills that will enable them to function successfully in a competitive society.  In line with the progressivism philosophy, the role of the teacher is to facilitate learning by posing questions for students that exercise their minds in a practical manner.  Teachers of the progressivism philosophy encourage creative thinking as well as analytical thinking.  The questions they pose for their students are often open-ended questions that may or may not have prescribed answers. 

By allowing students to bring their own stories, experiences, and ideas into the classroom, this provides the students with opportunities to work together, to learn from each other, and respect each others’ differences.

Consequently, my personal philosophy is drawn from those listed. I believe that all children can achieve their full potential as they follow the educational path, if they are given the basics the Essentialists extol, the individualism and cooperative learning environments the Progressivists commend the reinforcement of Behaviorism, and the fundamental tenets of Idealism, Naturatism, and Pragmatism. The vision of my future classroom reflects all of these points.

As I go through life not only as a teacher, but also as a parent to three children of same nationalities, but of different personalities, it is my fervent hope that they will remember me someday as someone who embarked with them a journey that changed their lives forever.