Things I learned From The Emotional Difference by Adele B. Lynn

The book is entitled “The EQ Difference: A Powerful Plan for Putting Emotional Intelligence to Work” by Adele B. Lynn. It has 3 parts namely: Emotions (The Fuel of Life); Training Your Self Coach; and Five Areas of Emotional Intelligence at Work

The list I made will cover only the first part. This part of the booked talked mostly about the importance of developing and improving our emotional intelligence and how it can help us at work. Before reading my list, I think its necessary that we start with a couple of vocabulary words we need to understand.

First, emotional Quotient. Several people say that EQ is more important than IQ in the work place because without EQ you will have a hard time collaborating with people and businesses involve people one way or another. So how do we develop our EQ? And is emotional quotient different from emotional intelligence?

#SpecialEducationPhilippines The EQ Difference

A quick search in Google gives us the definition of emotional quotient which is “the level of a person’s emotional intelligence, often as represented by a score on a standardized test.” In the book, the term emotional intelligence is described by Lynn as the ability to manage ourselves and our relationships with others so we can live with our intentions.

What is the purpose of listing my learnings about the book, well first, if there is anybody out there who wants to talk to me about these points, feel free to comment what you think. If it resonates to you or if it offends you, I’m open for a discussion. Second, you might find an idea or a thought you would like to explore and might be interested to know if the book can answer your questions. Again, feel free to ask me. Lastly, for anybody out there in one way or another might benefit from what he or she reads from these points. So that is my intention here, and I hope this post finds you well.

Here are some of the items I would like to share from the book:

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SPED Workshop: Moving Forward with #Inclusion

Another school year has began and as teachers we are again on a lookout for workshops, trainings and seminars that will better equip us and help us improve our craft.

If that is the reason you have clicked this site, then “Congratulations!”. You have come to the right page  because The Teacher’s Gallery (TTG) will hold its National Seminar-Workshop on Moving Forward With Inclusion and Raising the Achievement Level for All from August 12 to 14, 2016. This workshop will be held at the Librada Avelino Auditorium Student Activity Center, Centro Escolar University, Mendiola, Manila.


Do you want to score tickets? Read on…

#SpecialEducationPhilippines Moving Forward with #Inclusion

Registration fee is inclusive of the seminar kit, certificates and meals.

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#IAM Is Born


In my x years of teaching, the end of school year was usually the toughest. Not only because of the requirements and the number of activities but more so on the idea that eventually you have to let your kids go. Some of them just for a few months while others were for a longer span of time. You say goodbye to the kids you have come to cherish not knowing when or if you would ever see them again.

When I was still a young teacher (age is just a number I know) anyway, I used to cry at end of year events. As time passed by, I noticed that I’ve been crying less. This year, I did not cry at all. Then I had another reflection, “Am I being jaded already?” Well, I hope not. In Desiderata, it warned us not to be cynical which I think is a scary state to be in.

My worries have been dissolved after I received a very thoughtful gift: Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul. The first thing that entered my mind is “Yipee I have a new book to read.” Then the realization came, “Oh my gosh I have so many books to read or books I told myself I will read but then life happened and it’s now gathering dust (literally) on my night stand.

Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul

Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul

So I made a pledge. (Take note, this is all happening in milliseconds in my mind). The Chicken Soup books (if you are not familiar) is composed of short stories based on real events and people. Knowing that, I decided to read one story a day to inspire me in my work the next day. My other prayer is that I hope that the stories I read will also ground me so that I will never forget my real purpose in this vocation.

After reading the first two stories, I had another brilliant idea. I wanted to share a powerful statement from the story I read and call these statements #IAM (Ia + Marga). Marga is the name of the student who gave me this book and her message to me is that she hopes I become a better teacher by reading her gift.  I was originally thinking of calling it #MIA because I want to always put my student first but then there is strength in the words “I AM” so I decided on the latter.

So without further ado, here are the #IAM statements I have gathered for you…

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Mabining Mandirigma – A Play You Must Watch Before You Vote for the #2016Elections

If you look at any social media site right now, the likelihood of seeing updates related to the #2016 elections is most likely. Just like any conversation about politics, it is only a matter of time before it turns ugly. However, I had a recent reflection about how Filipinos choose their voters. It seems we choose our candidate based on their probability to win rather than the ideals they promote. It appears to be treated like a betting game rather than a show of support for the programs you want to believe as well.

Therefore, I highly encourage everyone who  are still considering their candidates for these government positions to watch #MabiningMandirigma with the intention that you will be inspired of our past heroes and reminded on what it really means to serve your country.


To learn about Mabining Mandirigma, read the article below:

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1st National Special Education Leadership Summit 2015

the teachers gallery

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The end of 2015 is almost near but we still have a lot of events for special education here in the Philippines. One of the anticipated events is the 1st National Special Education Leadership Summit happening on the month of November. Below you will read more about the organizers behind this SPED event and their goals for holding this SPED leadership summit.




#Specialeducationphilippines The first national special education leadership summit

The First National Special Education Leadership Summit


P.S. For those who are really interested to attend this #SPED Leadership summit I suggest that you read this article until the very end. 🙂

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Myths About Learning That Need To Be #Busted

Yesterday I went to Mind Museum after a quick “eat & run” from my niece’s birthday party (I’m so sorry Andie. Tita will make it up with you). With less than 30 minutes to spare, I traveled to BGC to join a teacher’s workshop together with about 40-like minded people to discuss critical thinking & neuro-education for teachers.
Busted Critical Thinking Workshop  From 1 to 4pm, we discussed several  myths about how the brain works and how we learn. This is an account of how we spent those hours.  

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H.O.P.E. Summit 2015 For Work-Smart, Family-Oriented, Hands-On Parents

Bestselling author and inspirational speaker Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag is organizing a parenting event dubbed as Hands-On Parents while Earning or H.O.P.E. Summit on August 8, 2015. It will be from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM at the AVR of PLDT TelTech Building, Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City. This whole day workshop on hands-on parenting and working smart in the new millennium seeks to inspire and teach parents how to marry hands-on parenting with earning for the family

What is the HOPE Summit about?

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The Day I Decided To Be A Real Teacher

Today I start my week with a BANG! Yes I know its a Tuesday but I just came from a 4-day trip in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.

Going back to what I am trying to say, today I start my week with an important professional goal.

Since I am refreshed and invigorated from my vacation so in our UBD workshop today at Domuschola International school, I want to make a public announcement of my goal for the next three years.

And here is my declaration…


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Mabining Mandirigma: A Tanghalang Pilipino Presentation for 2015

Tis the season to be jolly but not because its Christmas but because it is the season for new and exciting theater plays to open for the school year. This year, we will start strong with Tanghalang Pilipino’s offer for the 15oth birthday of one of our national heroes, Apolinario Mabini.

Mabining Mandirigma “is a steampunk musical foregrounding the intellectual heroism of Apolinario Mabini, who in the second phase of Philippine revolution, displayed an uncommon vision, a warrior’s spirit, and a principled character, as he struggled against all odds to enjoin his countrymen to go beyond considerations of class, clan, economic gain and personal ambition, so they could think and act as citizens of one nation. In partnership with National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) to close the year-long celebration of the 150th birthday of Apolinario Mabini.”



Where and when can I watch Mabining Mandirigma?

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