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BE AT THE BRIGHTER SIDE

posted Jan 11, 2017, 12:22 AM by Jose Dasig

Sammy Y. Sabello 
Teacher II 
City of Balanga National High School

 

Teachers can make and unmake learners.

Life as an educator means unending lesson plans and classroom teaching hours. It can also mean taking all the blame for as they say, “It is the noblest profession where everything is your fault.” Meanwhile, for the many, it is a low paying job with numerous responsibilities. The irony of being a teacher: you are both good and bad and you take both the admiration and insult.

To teach does not mean you always do the right thing yet, a teacher is expected to do the right thing. To teach is to impart the knowledge you have, that’s it!  Anybody can teach but not everybody can be a teacher because it entails a heart. She must know that her students must value life. She must not make them radical monsters but sensible individuals.

To be a teacher means doing everything you can, without any question, so that your students will be able to choose doing the right thing. A teacher has to be the person that reminds every individual that despite all the bad things, right thinking must always be the choice. It is, therefore, understandable that a true teacher is someone who embodies virtue in its purest form. She can not be anybody because a true teacher is someone who chooses to inspire in leading others to continue carrying crosses even when others do not – she can be a mother, a trainer, a spiritual adviser, a life coach and the list may go on.

Uplifting the morale must have been the skill every teacher masters. Accepting defeat and learning the lessons from it are the important life lessons she has to share with her students. To treat disappointments and failures as stepping stones to reach their dreams is essential in making things happened. They must not lose hope. The strongest force usually emanates from significant adults of the youths and they are the TEACHERS. In reality, people can witness the crumbling of another person’s spirit despite giving them all?
It would  rather be easy to celebrate  victory than to get up and move forward after the loss. Yet, the greatest challenge is resting on our shoulders – the coaches, their teachers.

Being optimistic despite tribulations is the best disposition we can impart to our students. They need to surpass all the trials that they are undergoing. Giving up must not be the option. Fighting till the last drop of blood should be the only option. In fact, according to the latest Statistics on school dropouts in the Philippines in 2015, there is no particular issue determined behind the dropouts. Although this may be true, let us no longer be limited to what our eyes would like to see. Let us look beyond the happy moments and transcend. From here, we, teachers, can impact positivism into our students’ beliefs. Under such circumstances, our students begin to understand the purpose of everything that is happening in their lives and teach them to be more courageous in continuing what they should be doing in school. We are the key and it is truly important that we realize our roles in leading people as teachers. We must keep in touch with the real essence of why we are called teachers; we do not only teach, we should also inspire.

.Let us  always be proud to declare that indeed , WE ARE  TEACHERS. #proudeducator

Strides to Make

posted Jan 8, 2017, 11:06 PM by Jose Dasig   [ updated Jan 8, 2017, 11:07 PM ]

by Benjamin Joseph B. Lomibao 
City of Balanga National High School 

As what Thomas A. Edison said “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”. What you are looking for is not out there it is in you. We are the greatest motivation that teaching profession demands. There is no substitute for a hard work.

I often ponder how we can measure the success of a Teacher? Holding their horses to become the best teacher that they can be for their students and sacrificing tons of things to shape their students to be better, what strides do we have to make? And how far we can go? How imperative it is to know these things in increasing one’s effectivity as a Teacher?

One afternoon I went to my class realizing that most of my students were not yet ready for the lesson due to the other errands that they had, making some noise and not even paying attention. Simply provoking me to end up getting mad. That day I prepared so hard for my lesson only to find out that my effort was just about to get ruined by the majority of my students that were not ready, not attentive, not prepared and just didn’t want to participate in the activities.

            Finding motivation in the midst of a cluttered class is one of the struggles in a Teacher’s daily life. What can we do? First, seeing the students as the person that we want them to become not as what they are right now helps us a lot to increase our desire to be an agent of change. In doing so, a swift change of atmosphere can happen.  Sudden change of heart from anger will be altered into a patient and persistent heart that is willing to lift these students up. Second, remember why we love teaching. Being candid to our purpose in the first place, why we stay in teaching and keep inspiring people in a very subtle way is necessary. The reason why we teach is vital to increase our motivation, as well as our love for our students. Lastly understanding that we are an agent of change. We can break or change a person for the better. We have the power to change someone as we strive to be that agent of change that we want to be.

            It is inevitable to find yourself as a teacher that we get fed up and tired to these students that do not even want to embrace personal growth. We feel that our effort is ineffective not even worthy to fight for but we made an ought that we will do our best to serve the people that we share in the same umbrella.

            Is it possible to have a perfect picture of a teacher for our students? Answers may vary but it will depend upon how we see ourselves whenever we are inside our classrooms.

            We look for the joys of teaching not just the hardship. We invigorates people to bring out their best and we lengthen our strides every day not because we just want it for ourselves but rather we want to be a blessing to others and grab the opportunity that we get every day to be a blessing.

KauntingLungkot Mas MaramingLigaya

posted Nov 22, 2016, 6:20 PM by Web Administrator   [ updated Nov 22, 2016, 6:22 PM ]

Nerissa D. De Jesus, MT-I 
Bataan National High School 

1 + 2 = Problema at Ligaya.

        Minsan di mo akalain kung ano ang kahahantungan ng iyong kapalaran, di mo inaakala na ikaw ay magiging guro na magbibigay ng liwanag sa magandang kinabukasan ng mga mag-aaral.

        Sa isang nobelang “ Titser” ni Liwayway Arceo, inilarawan nito na “alipin ng bayan“ ang mga guro, taga pag-alaga ng mga mag-aaral sa maghapong pagtuturo at iuuwi pa ang sandamakmak na Gawain hanggang bahay, kaya’t di na maihakbang ang mga paa ng mabibigat sa dami ng dala-dala sa kanyang malaking bag.

        Galit ang inang si Aling Rosa sa kinuhang kurso ni Amelita dahil kakarampot ang sahod ng anak na guro. Mababa ang tingin.

        Ganito ang kalagayan ng mga guro sa kasalukuyan, may mga magulang na kulang ang paggalang sa guro, kung may pagkukulang ang anak sa paaralan, o di pagkakaunawaan ang dalawang panig nasa halip na pag-uusapan muna sa paaralan ay diretso na ang reklamo sa Dibisyon. Kawawang guro! Nakaladkadangpangalansamuntingusapinlamang.

Mga Kuwentong isa…

    1 mag-aaral namin ang problema ng guro sa klase na nais niyang tulungan dahil biktima ng kalapastanganan.

    1 estudyante ang sumasagot sa guro kung napupuna ng guro ang maling gawin ito at ang tanging nais lamang ay ituwid ang kawawang mag-aaral.

    1 mag-aaral na naliligaw ng landas dahil produkto ng broken family.

    1 guro, na naiingit sa kanyang kapwa guro dahil umaangat ito sa kanyang sariling pagsisikap. Kahabag-habag naman siya.

Mga Kuwentong dalawa….

    2 mag-aaral ang babalik sa dinami-dami ng naging estudyante at nagpapasalamat sa guro kung sila’y nakapagtapos na ng pag-aaral sa kolehiyo.

    2 seksyon ng mga mag-aaral o higit pa ang babati sa iyo at ipaghahanda katuwing kaarawan mo, para paligayahin ka, pero naiiyak ka.

    2 taong kukunin kang ninong o ninang sa kasal na dati mong mag-aaral dahil nakita nilang naging tunay kang pangalawa ng magulang sa kanila .

    2 magulang na nagpapasalamat sa iyong paggabay sa kanilang anak dahil nakapagtapos ng pag-aral.

        Marami pang mga dalawang kuwento ang mga guro sa kanyang buhay.

1 + 2 = Problema at Ligaya.

        Sa kabuuan, kung ikaw ay tunay naguro sa propesyon, makakaharap ka ng paisa-isang problema nadudurog sa iyong puso, na nagpapakita ng problema ng ating lipunan.

        Kaligayahang hatid ng mga mag-aaral sa isang guro ay doble ang saya, mapapatunayang itinuros aiyo ng kapalaran ang daang iyong tinatahak.

1+ 2 = Problema at Ligaya

        Ang guro ay matatag, malakas at matalino sa pagharap sa mga problema, sa kabila nito, hatid ay mas maraming ligaya upang masukat kung gaano mo kamahal ang iyong propesyon, dahil kung hindi mabilis kang lilisan sa paaralan upang hanapin ang tunay mong kaligayahan.

The Missing Link

posted Oct 26, 2016, 11:31 PM by Web Administrator   [ updated Oct 26, 2016, 11:47 PM ]

Frederick L. de Guzman 
Teacher I, COBNHS

 

We are very much aware of the vital roles physical activities play in the development of one’s health. Regardless of what aspect is considered, it cannot be denied that it contributes a lot in the well-being of an individual. Childhood experiences of physical activities especially playing are surely unforgettable. The playing years continue in primary grades where simple games are introduced. This is where movement explorations begin. The child becomes aware of how one moves in space, and how to manipulate body parts in sports. Learners are slowly exposed to different levels of competitions until college where importance of winning is emphasized. As an athlete, I appreciate how my coaches motivated me to compete with all my heart.

Time passed and I took up Secondary Education major in Physical Education. I still remember one of my mentors, Mr. David C. Santos, the former Sports Director of Bataan Peninsula State University (formerly BPSC) who told me to take up my graduate studies in Manila. He said that most of the knowledge that I will acquire, other than my professors, will come from my classmates who come from different places with different experiences. Fervently, I took his advice.

Now as a teacher, coach and trainer for more than a decade, I realized how my experiences has helped me find a way of still looking for the “missing link”. We have dreamed of winning a gold medal in the Olympics. We have tried all that we can to catch that elusive pride. But we always end up a failure. We are a well-spirited nation though fighting for our honor but unfortunately, we often times bring home empty handed bringing only our hearts.

It is very important to fathom why we have missed a lot of opportunities. We are trying our best to produce quality athletes. Others are sent abroad for their training and some are self-supported. The government cannot be blamed alone. They are actually trying and doing their best to hone the finest future athletes of the country hoping to produce a gold-medal performance in the Olympics. But personally, it seems impossible to produce such athlete without looking at the very foundation of how each of us learned how to move.

I have observed common scenarios involving teaching sports or movement in particular. Teaching the foundation of movement is taught at a very low quality and that is where the problem begins. Teachers should consider that our body is capable of adapting any repeated movements that we do. No wonder, if movements are repeatedly done wrong, our brain will get used to it and consequently, poor quality is produced.

Training programs aren’t even monitored efficiently if it is based on science. Also, one of the most important things that we neglect is to maximize the contributions and use of science. One cannot deny the fact of its position in the field of sports. The eligibility of the coach or trainer is another concern. Yes, they know how to handle or train athletes, but if we take a look at their “coaching toolbox”, very few erudition can be seen from it. The only consolation is that they know a little bit of everything without any mastery and virtuosity at all.

Our mentality of achieving the results that we want is far from reality if we will not put in the core the importance of teaching the proper foundation of movement. Continuity of effective programs are indispensable. A highly competent, educated, experienced and effective coach or trainer is needed in our sports program. Technology is outpouring with information. Utilizing it to our advantage is one of the most important things that we can do. Just like other countries, more sports scientists are needed to man our athletes.

We still have a long way to go. Yet, our hidden talents are out there waiting to be discovered.

If that’s the case, are you the missing link?

DEVELOPING TOBACCO FREE GENERATION LEADERS IN YOUTH

posted Oct 26, 2016, 2:07 AM by Web Administrator

By: Marlon G. Jose RN, MAN

        Tobacco Free Generation (TFG) is a social movement that seeks to re-balance the landscape of teenage smoking. Helmed by doctors, medical students, teachers and volunteers, they seek to connect with youths in schools to educate and encourage them to be part of tobacco free generation and not to fall prey to “being replacement smokers” of the tobacco industry, and promote prohibition of sale and use of tobacco to people born after the year 2000.

          Since most smokers get started as teenagers and likely to continue through adulthood or sadly end up dying, it is essential to understand the causes of youth smoking and how effectively tackle these causes. In TFG, they encourage teens to be the generation that makes the difference, the generation that says NO to cigarettes and to look after themselves, their peers and family members. It somewhat a different approaches to advocate anti-smoking. As it teaches the next generation to understand how this smoke machine companies work in luring young vulnerable people to get hooked with their products just so they earn lots of money. It also explains to our adolescents how addicting nicotine is, and how the older smokers find it hard to quit until it slowly deteriorates their health. And so, TFG encourages the next generation to refrain from starting or trying to smoke, because chances are, they might not be able to stop.

          TFG has been introduced to Balanga City in 2015, and has expanded and brought to new heights since then. From getting the Guinness World Record of Largest Dance Fitness Exercise last year, to organizing Ride for TFG this year. Just recently, developing leaders in Youth, specifically from Balanga and Singapore, were the target of week-long series of activities spearheaded by the Local Government of Balanga thru the effort of Councilor Jernie Jett Nisay, Committee Chair on Health and City Health Office headed by Dr. Mariano Antonio T. Banzon and other stakeholders like DepEd Balanga City, Multi Sectoral Governance Coalition, and various Biker’s Association in Bataan among others, TFG has embarked on increasing its campaign to other municipalities in Bataan.

          Being a part of it, I am convinced that it is a must for today’s generation to have through understanding of the risks that come along with smoking, the constant changes on policies, taxes and educational campaigns. That youth should be able to decide for themselves, and even influence their peers, not to start smoking because they know that they can get addicted and soon destroy their health. Let us all help one another to ensure brighter future for the next generation. What an unforgettable experience! Kudos to the all organizers for a job well done. Keep it up and God Bless Us All.

The Hero Within You

posted Oct 26, 2016, 2:03 AM by Web Administrator

Frederick L. de Guzman

Teacher I, COBNHS

               

An adage that says “United we stand, divided we fall” has long been used to identify the importance of working together in order to achieve success. It is likewise evident that in the field of sports, we cannot deny the fact that the same thing applies. One thing is for sure, if I’m going to ask you “have you joined a team or a group?” you will definitely respond positively. But was there any instance where you tried to think how well “your” team or group performed? Who contributed a lot? Or who helped the least? How about your involvement in the team, are you more of an asset or a liability? It is in this light that I would like to impart with you how each member can support or contribute to the success of the team.

                It is a given fact that every team is a distinct group. It has a deeper sense of clear organizational mission (Anderson and Abermann, 2006), an open communication mechanism (Pain and Harwood, 2009) and the development of strong leadership (Janssen, 2004). For me, a team is like a broom or sweeper. Together, we are capable of cleaning a lot of litters but separately, we are powerless. Like each member in a team, every person has to know what their goal is. Once any member is not aware of his/her task, expect that the team will not perform at their best. But that should not stop the team from executing their plans-the leader is there to bridge the gap. And one of the ways to bridge the gap is through effective communication. This is where a challenge to the leader arises. Janssen (2004) said that lack of leadership challenges team cohesion. The ability of the team to perform at their best is compromised when this communication problem is not resolved. Noteworthy to mention is that obstacles in a team are always present. Whether it is environmental or personal, technical or psychological, the ability of each team member to recognize these problems is very important.

                In as much as we recognize the inevitable potential threat in a team, and that will eventually affect the team performance, likewise, everyone is a potential part of the solution. I always tell my players that committing an error is not important; it is how they deal with it and how they will make up matters more. This is where flexible and constructive coaching is needed to enable the team to grow and maintain team cohesion. But as an individual part of the team, we must remember that the more each member know what their goal is, that everyone knows his/her task, and knows each other well, the more that the team will be cohesive.

                You will never realize where you are now or how you’ve been through unless you learn from your experiences. A person’s worth is measured not only in his/her achievements but how he/she learned and shared his learnings to others.

                In a team, losing is not an end in itself. It should serve as an inspiration to perform better. Who knows, your team needs a hero to lift it up.

Lastly, bear in mind that each member is a piece of a puzzle to fit in a team. Though committing mistakes is unavoidable, one must not stop and be demoralized. Instead, find that hero within you. We must always remember that if a team needs a hero, that hero could be you. 

Lost Opportunity

posted Oct 24, 2016, 1:26 AM by Web Administrator   [ updated Oct 24, 2016, 1:44 AM ]

Frederick L. de Guzman 
Teacher I, COBNHS 

To improve one’s skills in sport, an athlete needs a coach. But coaching is no easy task. It entails a lot of duties and responsibilities. Unfortunately, most coaches never had a formal training in terms of handling athletes’ needs to better perform in their chosen sport.

One of the most important duties a coach should know is the physical training. Many can tell they know how to train. But the basic question I think that a coach should answer is, “Is my knowledge in training based on current trends and research and based on science?” We must admit that many coaches are guilty of this. Therefore, they need more coaching education to teach their athletes, to enhance their skills and to perform at their best.

Moreover, we fail to consider the acquired skills of the athlete with regard to the foundation of movements. Most of the time, the coach simply start from what their player know without correcting the “form” of every movement. That is very tedious thing to do though! And that is where the problem lies. What a player used to do ever since he/she started to play is hard to correct when teaching a higher level of skills. Form should never be compromised over result. If we want to get a better result, we must invest in teaching the proper form from the start. One of the avenues where they can learn the proper form is by enrolling them in Summer Sports clinic. It may cost something, but at the end of the day, isn’t it amazing to see that a child is able to execute the proper skills of a certain sport in a competitive way?

Another thing that a coach should understand is the psychology of coaching. There is no single strategy in handling athletes’ psychological needs. It varies in every coach and in every situation and in every athlete. Unfortunately, not all coaches are able to guide their players whenever it is badly needed. It plays a very crucial role to manage the psychological aspect of an athlete. If not properly monitored, the effect will reflect on the performance of an athlete. Therefore, a coach should know when and how to include and discuss this aspect of training. If guided properly, the athlete will definitely have an edge over his/her competitor.

Given the least emphasis in training is the lack of knowledge in sports nutrition. Different sports needs a variety of diet and nutrients before, during and after competition, and during pre- and post-season.  Evidently, we fall short in providing them with proper nutrition. Our concern rather is, to make sure that they are not going to compete in an empty stomach.

In a school setting, these three aspects of training is shouldered only by the coach. No wonder our players are not motivated to push their career in sports! Coaches themselves aren’t equipped enough with the necessary skills.

Having said all of these, we still have a long way to produce a top caliber athletes. Coaching is an opportunity but we are lost in the middle of nowhere simply because our duty as coach is taken for granted.

The Master Teacher for a Research Work

posted Oct 18, 2016, 8:54 PM by Web Administrator

By: Marvin S. Santiago

 

Research work is a complex process which requires a lot of time and a wide –ranging effort or dedication indeed. Suppose to be, this is the key for the better changes in many and different areas which absolutely lead to our nation’s progress. Thus, it is a must to do in the Department of Education.

 

Anybody in the field must be engaged in this kind of endeavor.  Besides, research work is specifically one of the tasks/responsibilities of a master teacher.  The question is, are they capable to do such?

 

A professor once mentioned that a master teacher position was created for such a reason but to not lose competent, dedicated and passionate teachers inside the classroom.  It was observed before that many teachers who possess these virtues are becoming administrators for a practical choice of higher standard means of living.  But not today.  There was already a teacher in the classroom who can earn much better or nearly of that of the principals. 

On the other hand, it is not that easy to be a master teacher.  The compensation against the bulk of work and responsibility towards his/her learners, colleagues, principal and the school as a whole is really of worth.  He is working with instructional leaders to prioritize the teaching of literacy and numeracy within the school’s curriculum and teaching framework, he is improving and enhancing teaching practice and modeling the quality teaching with his colleagues, providing coaching and guidance to teachers and other staff in delivering quality teaching, improving the capacity of school teams to use evidence based assessment to inform teaching and learning and some more.  In short, he is supposed to be the most multi-tasking teacher in the school.

 

Furthermore, his every action requires documentation.  The latter requires time and effort as well.  Every time multiplies likewise the flesh is weak.  Henceforth, these factors hinder his capability to do research.

 Yet, it is a mere fact that a master teacher has a great research capability.  Particularly because he belongs in the naturalized environment of school and classroom.  He has the access for data, material and human resources.  He has the reflective ability and direct experience toward the learners and curriculum.  He has also an expectation to have deeper critical eye in reading and writing research.  If not so, he has even potential to develop or enhance these through acquiring skills and knowledge in research works.  Professional readings, seminars, workshops & trainings will do.  But still, his personality, passion, willingness and ability contribute a big factor for his research capability.

A Teacher’s Dilemma

posted Oct 18, 2016, 7:53 PM by Web Administrator   [ updated Oct 18, 2016, 7:56 PM ]

By: Marvin S. Santiago

 

                   Recently, many were astonished upon seeing from the social media a news about a teacher who committed suicide during her dwelt with her Daily Lesson Log (DLL).  Nobody knew the reason behind it.  No matter what were her struggles and burdens, it is not practical to think that working on the newly mandated DLL triggered her weakness.

                        Indeed, there is no easy job.  Yet, teaching specifically in elementary is a profession and a job of many jobs.  A teacher is a multi-task profession. She/he is engrossed with so many tasks, roles and responsibilities.  Her multiple roles keep her busy like the bulk of documents to accomplish. A book keeper of their records as well.  She is a housekeeper in maintaining the cleanliness and orderliness of their classroom inside and outside.  She is a carpenter of damaged arm chair or desks, bulletins and shelves.  She is a nurse for his pupils who are sick in school or the first aider for those who encounter accidents.  She is a social worker who frequently provides the needs of his indigent pupils.  She is a parent and nanny for toddlers, abandoned and misguided children, a friend, counselor, preacher and manager of education in her own classroom.

                        In reality, no working hours can be accounted because of her numerous works and unlimited duties. Due to many and varied roles she is undertaking the whole day every day, she  has no choice but to plan the next day lessons and activities at home from night till midnight or at dawn till morning.  No quality time left for her and family.  No quiet time to reflect and plan for her dreams. Even no time to relax and unwind with his love ones. Every single hour is stolen by the different tasks.  Moreover, coaching and training for competition, mapping and home visitation are likely a must to do.  What would be his strength the next time around  if she needs to cook, to do laundry, to clean the house, to care for his children and more.  If she can’t, no choice but to get somebody to labor for her, and it is not free.  If again nothing to do about this dilemma, no choice, a teacher is forced to be a superwoman to embrace and do all the tasks in school and at home until her last breathe.

Why Personalized Learning Matters

posted Oct 18, 2016, 7:46 PM by Web Administrator   [ updated Oct 19, 2016, 1:34 AM ]

By FE ALMA VC. ESPEDIDO

“Everbody is genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing It is stupid.” - Albert Einstein Our understanding of the human brain has become better and better as the discipline of neurobiology and psychology has discovered more on how and why we think.

What we know of psychological disorders and tendencies have reached the point where we can recognize symptoms and provide possible treatments. As educators, this should help us in managing our classrooms and providing better education. This becomes challenging when we realize the importance of personalized learning. Personalized learning, at its core, is recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of each student in a classroom. Through this, we can figure out the best way for them to learn, to be motivated, and to progress. It also provides us with the necessary background on which fields we can expect them to naturally excel, and which fields they will most likely have difficulty in.

Education becomes difficulty, but more rewarding, in the sense that we have to modify our traditional teaching techniques to cater to the different needs of our students. But how do you do this in classroom with 40 to 80 students with different attentions spans, preferences, and tastes? Well, this could mean we need to change classical assignment of students to sections. During entrance exams, the students learning preferences can be determined. Some students are visual, and need visual aids to learn, some are oral and prefer vocal instructions to written ones. Some are independent learners that prefer to work on their own than learn through lectures. By grouping our students based on how they prefer to learn, rather than IQ or their entrance exam scores, we group them based on the type of instructions they need. This will make it easier for us to prepare the right modules and methods of teaching. Apart from this, we can also set different expectations and motivational systems for students. Traditionally we compute for the highest total average against all students and measure excellence based on this average. Except that we have students who are amazing scientists but do not excel in Math, while we have great artists who are not gifted with bodies that will excel in sports. By evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of students, we can set up streams where artists and trained and measured as artists, managers are trained for administrative work, and scientists are immersed in a culture of science. In this way, a child will not feel that he is stupid even if he fails in Math, because Math may not necessarily be important in his field of interest, same with other specific subjects. We must, of course, set a core set of subjects where all students must have at least a minimum knowledge in. This can be language, either English or Filipino or their native tongue, to facilitate good communication. Philippine history is important, so that our students have a clear national identity. We must also focus on Physical Education as a means to be healthy, rather than just focus on sports. General Math would be focused on arithmetic and general problem solving for daily life (how to compute for change in stores, how to compute for bank interest, etc).

This would ideally give us more time to teach a discipline that is getting more difficult to teach: Good Manners and Right Conduct. With greater exposure to the world because of the internet, our students, at a young age, learn about moral ambiguity. They see behavior and appearances that are deemed “cool” and appropriate, from twerking to cursing, and pre-marital sex, before them learning about the consequences of these actions and their negative impacts in the lives of people who engage in them. As they grow up, the believe themselves entitled to all the world’s comforts without realizing the value of hard work and critical thinking. This makes them cold, apathetic, disrespectful, self-centered and selfish. By adjusting our teaching methods and realizing the differences in strengths and weaknesses of our students, we can teach them better.

And more importantly, we can also help teach them to become kind, concerned, respectful, open-minded and generous.

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