I can’t remember how many times I’ve asked myself this question, “What if…”. Just a couple of weeks ago, we had a boodle fight here at Domuschola International School. Seeing the kids share a meal on top of banana leaves made me wonder, “What if I start a food fight?” Well, let’s just say a major clean-up incident was avoided thanks to my colleagues.
However, not all “what ifs” are crazy ideas. Some “what ifs” stem from pondering the monumental events on one’s life. This is Dulaang Laboratoryo’s theme in their latest production, “What if”.
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?”…
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…
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.
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?
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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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?
“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?
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.
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”.