Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Our Super Teacher Booth, Decorating With Mini Chalkboards and Blue Pompoms + Lanterns

The last week of September was declared Education Week at the university which happens to be funny because October is officially International Teacher Appreciation Month. We took the time off and moved our activities from the classroom to the backfield. 

I helped out the seniors with some booth designs and suggested to adapt the #superteacher theme. We also added more character with mini-chalkboards and created blue pompoms as well as blue and white Japanese lanterns. The result?- A floating haven of blue right in the side of a muddy backfield. 


Juliet brought her ribbons with her and sold them at really affordable prices. To check out more of her creations, visit Jam's Ribbon on Facebook.



Like our blue pompoms? We just learned to do that a day before! Where did we learn it? From a tutorial on YouTube! (Sshh don't tell!)


Of course our friend Biboy  also brought his blue and white Japanese garden lanterns which made quite a huge difference with the decor. 


And what's a teacher's best tool for teaching? Enter chalkboards! 


We used mini-chalkboards to tie it up to the Education theme.





You will never guess but this one is Pinterest inspired.  We also used mini clothespins.




Finally, this is for all the #superteachers out there. 


Did I mention that it was a contest? We won by the way. 



I've been seeing a lot of these all over the place. You might want to do this too. Have a fabulous International Teacher Appreciation Month! 


Monday, August 11, 2014

Teacher Wishes: Portable Speakers


There was a time when teachers only needed chalk and blackboard to teach.

These days, the methods are as diverse and a teacher has to engage a student’s interest in the best way possible. This means that there should be varied teaching instruction such as using multimedia and other forms of authentic instructional materials like art.

I enjoy introducing kids to music and video that are appropriate for my class topics. Thus, for a big class of 45 Grade 8 students, I need some help when it comes to audio materials. This is where portable speakers come in. It will help if I have audio and video files to introduce to the students when there are new topics and lessons to discuss and  it will help to arouse their interest as well.


Young learners are drawn to music and videos and perhaps someday I can use these to make their learning experiences more interactive. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Teacher Wishes: Teacher Stamps

Photo from Bee Happy Facebook
Maybe it’s not only elementary school teachers who should be investing in teacher stamps but also those teaching in the seventh up to tenth grade. I don’t have teacher stamps but would definitely appreciate them if they came my way.

I find that praising a student’s work goes a long way. Simple things like “Good Job!” or “Checked” can actually make a student feel special and it lets them know that you've read or gone through their work. Just like anybody, students want to also hear feedback and would want to improve on their performance when they have the chance.


As an ESL teacher, I give writing prompts frequently and encounter the occasional misspelled words, grammatical errors and misuse of punctuation and capitalization errors. However, seeing all these corrections made by my red pen can feel discouraging. A mark or a stamp that inspires my student may well change the impression and even give proper motivation. 

What are your teacher wishes? Leave a comment below! Have a lovely weekend! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Teacher Fashion: Picks From Bad Teacher


Just some piece of advice, although Cameron Diaz was hilarious in Bad Teacher, her behaviour as a teacher is definitely not to be followed. However, even if the film was intended to be for laughs, her style was indeed serious.

Not a lot of women teachers have long legs and captivating eyes like Cameron’s, but we can definitely take some notes! All throughout, she impersonates killer heels and sexy legs, punctuating her character as a “bad teacher”, but there are a few wearable too.


The inspiration from her teacher fashion that made the grade were sky high Loubotins, biker jackets and oh those gorgeous legs. 

 





Monday, July 7, 2014

The Dynamic Learning Program

The Dynamic Learning Program is not a curriculum or a module but a teaching method tapping into students’ potentials. It was first conceptualized and implemented in a humble school belonging to one of the poorest towns in the Philippines. Its president and principal looked at the situation of the lack of teachers in a given field, turning other expert teachers into facilitators and implementing parallel classes.

Every Wednesday, students have a recharge gap from classroom activities and the subjects of Music, Arts and Physical Education as well as TLE are observed. The DLP focuses on components like sciences, languages and maths, and all of the students’ works are accounted for in a portfolio.

Students admit that it is a lot of work but the rewards are worth it, having been consistently ranked at the top percentiles of the most challenging academic entrance examinations in the country, the UPCAT.


The DLP is an example of bridging gaps in education and it is proof that even a small town school can make a difference. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

These People Deserve To Be.... Part 2

B stopped schooling after she gave birth to her son. She still wanted to finish her Education degree and thus started selling food and even merchandise for a living. She sold makeup and snacks to teachers and even fellow classmates. Whatever money she has, she saves for paying off school fees apart from their food and daily expenses.


Every day she wakes up at 4 AM to prepare food and get ready for uni. Next year she will have to make arrangements with a neighbour to watch over her son because her evenings will be occupied as she reviews for the teacher’s license examination, the cost of which she will have to raise again. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

These People Deserve To Be.... Part 1

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These People Deserve...

Three weeks into this internship program and I’ve had the pleasure of knowing friends and a few people who have their own reason of becoming teachers. There are others who have nothing better to do with their time in university but there are three people who really captured my respect and attention.

R is the eldest of five children and stands as the man of his family. His mother is a laundry woman and together they go door to door in their neighbourhood taking on jobs washing clothes. He leaves his second sibling at home to watch over their younger brothers and sisters.

...To Be Teachers.

For R, his days consist of going to school in the morning on a scholarship and enjoying free tuition and in the afternoons he hurries home to assist his mother with laundry for their neighbours. He signed up for an Education degree hoping to be a teacher someday.

I wish for his dreams to come true and I know he truly deserves to be a teacher someday. His sacrifices will pay off now that he is in his senior year.


May you reach your dreams R.