12 Things That Says You Are an Inquiry Teacher

In an article written by Kath Murdoch entitled “How do Inquiry teachers…teach?”, she listed 12 techniques and approaches she has observed from inquiry teachers.


They are as follows:

1. They talk less.

2. They ask more.

3. They relate.

4. They let kids in on the secret.

5. They use language that is invitational and acknowledge the elasticity of ideas.

6. They check in with their kids.

7. They collaborate.

8. They use great challenging authentic resources

9. They are passionate and energetic.

10. They see the bigger picture

11. They invite, celebrate and use questions, wonderings, uncertainties and tensions that arise from their students.

12. They know how to get more kids thinking deeply more of the time.


After reading her blog post, I wondered “So how do I fare as an inquiry teacher?”…

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Making the #PYP Happen (in my head): Thoughts of a Secondary Teacher

Domuschola International School Philippins Logo

I’m turning over a new leaf here at Domuschola International School beginning with a training on “Making the #PYP Happen”. Before starting anything, I believe that it’s good to have a clear objective of what you want to achieve. It gives me a clearer vision of what I would like to focus on. Today, my challenge as I observe teaching and learning PYP in the classroom is to make my thoughts and ideas (which I’ve been earnestly doing for the last three days) into concrete experiences .

Having said that, imagine my surprise when I entered the fourth grade classroom…

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Run4Unity2015: Run for a United World with the Filipino Youth

I know I haven’t been posting for ages but I expect that to change pretty soon given my new job. Hence, I am starting my mid-year resolution by sharing this fun run called #Run4Unity2015 organized by Young Ones for Unity (ages 10-17 years old) of the Focolare Movement​, a Catholic Movement​.

​​My husband’s cousins are quite active Focolare members in Cebu that’s why I am familiar with the group. According to Young Ones, they have several initiatives for this summer and  one of which will be the Run for Unity​ on Sunday, May 3 at Ultra ​to be attended by our Muslim friends, Buddhist and other Christian denominations. ​

Run4Unity2015 Poster

I am for supporting different religious denominations especially if the main goal is for promoting peace and unity. Its also good to hear that this activity is organized by youth leaders.
To know more about #Run4Unity: Run for a united world with the Filipino youth they have provided us with details below

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PLDT Gabay Guro gives the biggest tribute to teachers in Grand Gathering event

The first term of class is nearing its end and everyone in school are busy with the overwhelming amount of requirements: tests, reports, grades. Argh!!! The precipitous weather is also not helping. Then October hits and though World Teacher’s Day is a fairly new holiday to celebrate it is indeed a welcomed one for all the teachers who work beyond the call the duty, stay beyond the regular working hours and prepare beyond the normal work load.



I have a gazillion things to do but I find myself at MOA Arena joining hundreds and hundreds of teachers from all over the Philippines celebrate one of the biggest teachers Grand Gathering in the country – Gabay Guro 2014.


What is Gabay Guro?

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National Conference on Adapted Physical Education (Overview & Registration Details)

OVERVIEW of the Conference
Adapted physical education is vitally importantly to the quality of life for students with special needs (CSN). Providing safe and successful experiences and meeting the unique needs of CSN through PE will enhance self-actualization, including the development of abilities in psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domain.


Take advantage of numerous strategies in the implementation of adapted physical education (APE) including the efficacy of aquatic therapy and development and appreciation of sensory diets. Learn the latest issues in APE and sport and come with in-depth take-home materials, Network with other professionals, refresh your existing skills and learn new ones…, and stay up to date on the latest evidence-based research on APE.


Lastly, join coaching educators from across the country to discuss and debate how we can develop a more strategic, integrated, and aligned system of athletes and coach development, share best practices, the latest research and other ideas in coaching and coaching education.


OBJECTIVES of the conference

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#DreamWorks Features #DreamPlay in the #CityofDreamsManila

When I first heard that there will be an edutainment facility by DreamWorks here at the Philippines naturally I was curious to know what it is all about. Before that, guess the place where this edutainment facility is going to be located? Well oh well, it is located in the City of Dreams Manila of course! What an apt name of a place for the home of DreamPlay.



Arriving at the event, there is a fog machine by the entrance to make the experience seem like a dream. But is it really a dream?

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Are TESDA Graduates Half-Baked? (Need for Licensing for our Skilled Workers)

“TESDA Graduates are half-baked.” For me, these words are a red flag that means something is amiss. My curiosity as to why Mr. Tony Galvez, CEO & President of Tony Galvez School of Cosmetology, can give such a strong statement about TESDA graduates led me to stay and listen to what he has to say about TVET with an open mind.


However, first let’s answer the question, “what makes a technical-vocational education (TVET) graduate “fully baked?” Mr. Galvez showed me this Philippine Qualifications framework (PQF) to explain his point.


What does this PQF mean to TVET?

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100 Things About CT (Cognitive Therapy) a Special Education Teacher Must Know (Part 1)

I am reading this really interesting book about Cognitive Therapy: 100 Key Points & Techniques and I want to share them to all of you. It will be a summary of the keypoints which I find most useful to me as a special education teacher.

First, let’s start with some key definitions.


What is cognitive therapy?

It is an approach within the cognitive behavior therapy that seeks to improve how a person is feeling by helping them identify, examine and modify their thinking that is causing them anxiety, sorrow or pain.


Brief History

Cognitive Therapy was developed by Aaron T. Beck, an American psychiatrist, at the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1960s. This approach initially focused on the treatment for depression but CT appears to be applicable also in different disorders including phobia, anxiety, substance abuse, personality disorder, OCD, PTSD, and bipolar disorder. It can also be used for adolescents and older people.


Here is the first 11 Keypoints listed in Michael Neenan and Windy Dryden’s book “Cognitive Therapy: 100 Keypoints & Techniques”.

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Football: An Instrument of Transformation For Street Kids and the Marginalized

Ang Nagkahiusang Kabatan-onan Alang sa Kalamboan (ANAKK) Sta.Cruz is running a Social Sports School, which provides alternative learning systems, formal education and livelihood skills in STA. CRUZ, Davao del Sur. ANAKKSanta Cruz  is  a non-profit organization promoting the rights of disadvantaged youth. The Football sports program of ANAKKSanta Cruz is supported this year by Fundacion MAPFRE and Fundacion Real Madrid.



Aside from the out of school youth, the Social Sports School also caters its services to the poor and marginalized sectors in towns of Hagonoy, Padada and Digos City, said ANAKK’s executive director Pablo Tanuan. Tanuan said they also provide assistance to those who are taking formal education in elementary and high school levels. Among those who benefited from the non-formal schooling are Bonifacio Fuentes and Junrey Midagat, both used to be part of a gang in Digos City.


What is it like to be a street kid and a gang member in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur?

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The Use of ICT in Inclusive Education by @rmafoundation awardee, Mr. Mahabir Pun

Last Monday, several people gathered at Ramon Magsaysay Foundation to listen to Mr. Mahabir Pun talk about the use of ICT in inclusive education. He also narrated his experiences and challenges as the “Father of Internet in Nepal”.



As an educator, when I listen to inspiring speakers share about their life, I always look at how I can use what I learned from the talk in connection to providing quality education for all. My guide questions are “what should I take in from this experience?” and “how would my life be different from it was before after this talk?”. It didn’t dawn on me until the very end what inclusive education meant in a broader perspective. That proved to be my major blunder.


Only after the actual talk did I I realize I have been limited by my own knowledge. How? Why? These are my reasons:


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