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Pick your Litter

posted Aug 16, 2018, 8:53 PM by Web Administrator   [ updated Aug 16, 2018, 8:54 PM ]

By Mary Ann G. Balajo

 

               Whenever we, teachers, see some litter unmindfully scattered by some neglectful students in any corner of the school, it may be in the school canteen, around the covered court, in the playground, along the path walk, in front of the library, near the garden or most commonly in the classroom, we couldn’t help but to let any students we see around to pick it up or get a broom and a dust pan and clean the mess up. Why do we do that? Our eyes are allergic to dirt, litter, rubbish, refuse, garbage or waste. We are accustomed to seeing clean surrounding since it has been our habit to train our students to observe cleanliness in school and even at home. Despondently, what we’ve trained them to do isn’t actually what is expected of them. More often than not, we see them do the opposite. They scatter litter anywhere they wish to scatter it, or if they fail to see any available trash bins along the campus or premises, the entire ground where they are walking serves as their huge trash bins. If we let our emotions rule our minds, we will often get mad at them for having been as forgetful as to why they keep forgetting the rule or intentionally having broken the rule of NO LITTERING. Why does this forgetfulness often happen to our students? There are several reasons for this distressing truth.

                Inconsistency of the implementation of the good cause comes first. We, teachers need to be consistent in everything we say to our students. Let’s see to it that we live the words we say. When we speak of consistency, we speak of doing the habit ourselves even at our own homes where students do not see what we do. It has to be innate of us to observe and practice cleanliness inside and outside the surroundings. Inside the surroundings would mean the inside of us MUST be clean as well. The inside of us MUST be free from the pollution of sins such as envy, jealousy, hypocrisy, pretension, anger, wrath, hatred, rage, greed, slander, gossip, adultery, idolatry, immorality. When we do these, we are living out consistency of the implementation of the good cause.   

                The second reason for students’ forgetfulness in doing what they ought to do is the absence or lack of their model in doing what must be done. When we remind them to clean their classroom before going home, they need someone to model them what to do. We have to be there and show them how to clean their classroom properly instead of just merely telling them and leaving them do the work themselves. Instructions without any action would be unworkable since learners of this age need modelling in doing anything worthy of emulation. They hardly move around if they are left to do things on their own; hence, modelling by us, teachers is a MUST since they tend to copy what they see. Let us teach them how to clean their classroom by showing them how to mop the floor, how to sweep the floor, how to dust off the windows and how to scrub the floor. In this way, we can properly teach them how to clean the surface. Cleaning the inner is more important. That is, we MUST avoid showing favoritism wherein we favor one student over the other because his family has done us favor or his family is well-off or even well-known by the entire community. Whatever background our student has MUST not be a reason for our partiality to him/her. Everyone deserves equal treatment. And so whenever we teach one student how to do things especially the how and why of life, we MUST teach everyone the same prospect.

                 Lastly, some students find difficulty following the instruction since it is against their training at home. For example, the teacher would often remind them to observe and practice cleanliness in school but some of them would forget to do it. Looking at their background, we will find the root cause of their actuation and behavior. They are not properly trained to observe cleanliness at home; hence when they are at school, they are not trained to do the proper thing. The challenge for us is to divert their mindset to do what needs to be done. We must focus redirecting their thoughts on the more essential things in life. How we change their perspective in life takes a lot of hard work, patience, consistency and much love in order to make a life-long impact in their lives. This, however, cannot be done overnight. It takes much time as a seed takes months in order for it to grow into a small plant and several years to let it grow into a robust tree. Godly principles are still the most effective and so far the most incomparable methods to use to train a student become an asset to the community where he lives. Living righteously before the King of kings and the Lord of lords will absolutely bring lost souls to Jesus Christ the Saviour.

Important Facts About Education

posted Aug 13, 2018, 11:39 PM by Web Administrator


By: Dalyn Ursulo - Sugatain

Education requires arduous tasks to earn its certification that you are able to successfully finish all the requirement of the course that you choose to become. It is the key to attain financial freedom that’s why Mandela once said that it is the key to fight poverty, truly enough, if we do our best in homing our skills in the schools we attend to, we become better. We can get better jobs appointments and we can change our economic status.

Why are there students who opt to be average and worse, they are truant and mean? Can they see their future in showing off their misdemeanor? Can they become useful citizen of our country, if they do not attend classes? Can they hone their skills if they skip classes? All of these rhetorical questions delineate an irresponsible individual, there is no future if we do not discipline ourselves and immerse ourselves to rigid trainings and classroom instructions.

Education nowadays is accessible to all, every student poor or rich, sick and healthy, lame or able can go to school. No one is to peace their intentions of attending schools. No one is deprived of their right. The only reason why some youths are not in schools is because of their wrong prioritizations.

We do not have to campaign the importance of education to our community so that we can really ensure that nobody will be left behind 




A PARADIGM IN MANAGEMENT

posted Aug 13, 2018, 11:03 PM by Web Administrator   [ updated Aug 13, 2018, 11:07 PM ]


By: MYLEN D. DUE


            DepEd considers management a paramount importance. There is a vital need to improve office procedure as a major concern in management to address speedy and efficient services to clientele. The office looks forward to effectiveness especially that we are undergoing the ISO process to be fully recognized.

            It is also important that we are aware of standards not only of the DedED office but more so of the international scale. To be able to have this status employees should be undergo training to upgrade themselves, tools of management, skills in handling situations. These will upgrade their potentials and skills to perform effectively.

            Frontliners personnel should be well equipped with cheerful attitude and courteous manners. A smile is inspiring to our clients, low tone voice in communicating to them will be of course appreciated. The new paradigm includes hiring educationally qualified and experienced-wise. This will ensure management is in good quality employees who are refined in rendering services.

            The rule in performance in the office does not lie only to the low-position employees. More responsibilities lie in the heads of units and ultimately to the head of the office. So then they have to design a unified organizational and administrative framework in order to make a good flow of services in the system. This is setting up the management design for the employees to adhere.

            Finally there should be a periodic review of performance that constantly monitor the changes and effectiveness of everyone. Setting goals and standards is a great aid in the management.

ASSURING WHOLESOME WORK ATMOSPHERE

posted Aug 13, 2018, 10:11 PM by Web Administrator   [ updated Aug 13, 2018, 11:09 PM ]

By: MYLEN D. DUE

 

            To begin our day to day work, lets wear a positive attitude at least a smile to everyone will ensure a wholesome feeling to our comrades. Positive attitude can influence our thoughts and action.  Every client deserves to be happy while needing our services.

            Usually our clients come to us with burden. Let’s not add to their hard life. Let’s make them feel their load is light and can be managed. We make their life easy when we make them feel at ease. Though sometimes what they need cannot be solved at once, yet our gestures can lighten their burden.

            We entertain our clients with the assistance of our co-workers. They are our partners to assure them that we can be their answers to their needs. We are forming the corner of our office a glint of hope to someone who is heavily burdened. This is forging a happy mood, a solution to anyone expressing depression.

            Our words are so important so do not use them to displease people. Any word uttered carelessly can cause dismay to the receiver as an employee we should always feel that anyone who comes to our door needs some sort of assistance that we should not turn down. There are many ways to say no that will not make him feel he is denied.

            Referral can help him gets the needed solution when asking a favor for any paper that needs to be processed immediately. We don’t have any reason to complain but assure them that everything will be okay. There should always be a landmark for joy to anyone we serve in our office. Such atmosphere will always be remembered positively.


SERVICE IS THE HALLMARK OF DEPED

posted Aug 13, 2018, 10:08 PM by Web Administrator   [ updated Aug 13, 2018, 11:06 PM ]

                                                                                                      
By: MYLEN D. DUE

 

Do you really want to work at DepEd? If you are ready to give more of yourself, then you are very much welcomed in our workplace.

DepEd calls for a strong commitment and dedication in dispensing its service to the clients. Our tasks are not simple and easy. They are often laborious, repetitions and arduous. We serve 24/7 yet, we find so much fulfillment on what we do and we cherish the thought of working with people who love us unconditionally.

Our journey will never be smooth always. It has its bumps and rough days too but it becomes light because of the genuine camaraderie and friendship we get from one another. This is the institution that easily erases mistakes. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs. We do promote a culture of service because it is the essence of our existence.

Service is the hallmark of DepEd so, it is expected that we work with utmost confidentiality with any transaction made in our window and we fix problems right away to make our service becomes better, our students, parents and teachers, whom we care so much and look over all things must feel our presence when they need us. We use our heart and mind when we deal with them. We never get tired of working for them. The pile of papers may be high everyday but our heart is full of love in serving our stakeholders.

Working in DepEd requires integrity, high professionalism and team work. If you are ready for this then, you are welcomed to fill up the vacant position in our institution.

THE NORMS IN THE WORKPLACE

posted Aug 13, 2018, 9:53 PM by Web Administrator   [ updated Aug 13, 2018, 11:10 PM ]


By: MYLEN D. DUE

Any company organization must establish good if not excellent management strategies that may benefit the production of better outputs and may lead to stronger company relationships that work together for a common goal.

            Acceptable norms of behavior are necessary to promote positivity in the workplace. What we do in the office must be governed by rules of conduct. It feels good if we don’t have any negative emotions against anyone. Certainly, since we deal and work with people it is possible that beliefs clash. Misunderstanding arises when different views surface but if one has good set of values, everything is taken as part of communication process and it won’t be taken as big deal.

            Among the values that are deemed essential in the office are respect and obedience, kindness, courtesy, open-mindedness, and cheerfulness.

            Respect and obedience oblige us to pay so much value on the person’s worth whom we work with and work for. Each of us comes from unique micro-cultures. Our attitude may not be the same with other. Moreover, our perspective and beliefs are expected to be dissimilar too hence, we have to accept this as facts of life which we have to deal. Thus, respect must rule our life. Obedience is also very important. The company will be unproductive if there’s no obedience. We ought to heed certain rules and instructions to achieve production target.

            Kindness must also be cultivated and promoted in the office. Each one of us needs to be accepted and loved. Bestowing a hand constantly to someone who needs help is not a matter of consequences but a Christian act. Being sensitive to the needs of our colleague is essential. It may not always be tangible things. Often it is unlimited understanding for one another’s shortcomings and weaknesses.

            Courtesy may not always be “po” and “opo” but a simple gesture of love – sincere smile or hug. People come and go in the office because they have to transact business so, one good thing we can do is to make them comfortable in dealing with us and to give them warm accommodation.

            Open-mindedness is opening our mind to better ideas and new ideas. We have to be flexible. God created us to acknowledge that we need others to be more productive. People who may have better ideas must be welcomed in our doors.

            Cheerfulness is one good value that every Filipino shows despite numerous trials that he encounters. We have to be cheerful always even if our client is irate. We have to turn the negative atmosphere to positive one. Being cheerful prolongs life.

            All these values must be the norms in the workplace. Life may not always good but with God in the midst of tribulations everything will be okay. These values must be with use always so that we can radiate good vibes in our workplace.


I am a Teacher My life Story

posted Aug 9, 2018, 1:42 AM by Jose Dasig

 

I am a Teacher

My life Story

 

Ferdinand D Rodriguez/City of Balanga National High School

 

                It is ironical I never wanted to become a teacher, I never had special regard for teaching, but here I am.

            When I was younger, I did not actually know what I want. Initially I engaged myself in taking Engineering course in Manila, merely embracing the promise of financially successful future.  Later I determined without finishing my education to try other opportunities to become rich and successful.

            I grabbed a chance working as an apprentice inside the Ship Repair Facility; several years later, I used all means to work overseas- Japan, Papua New Guinea and Palau. Time flew fast I realized I was not getting any younger that I went back to the Philippines to get married.

            Prioritizing my family I never went back abroad although I came back to school and this time to pursue a course in Education. It is noteworthy that I was converted to Baptist before coming back to the country. Here I was given chance to teach children during Sunday school and I found it very fulfilling.

            That paved the way for me wanting to be a teacher. Inspired by the Master Teacher, it is my goal not only to help my student learn the English language but to impart spiritual values as well. With man’s fallen nature, it was expedient to restore him by regeneration of the spirit. All deepest problems manifested by the students can be helped by enlightening them with the very same lesson shared by God in the bible.

            I am a teacher,   my passion, perseverance, patience, temperament will all be the reason of my ideals. Every day I dare to be different. Now you see me exhausted, later you will be amazed of my new found strength. I might have lost my patience, but I will always be determined to be changed, more loving and compassionate teacher. More than a profession teaching is now a way of life.

            It was my oath to become an effective language teacher. It is my zealousness to impact change among my students by extending the same resounding message of hope, life, and love.


The Growth and Development Approached for Teachers

posted Aug 6, 2018, 12:32 AM by Web Administrator

The Growth and Development Approached for Teachers

By: Irene P. Mendoza- Teacher III

City of Balanga National High School

 

 

 

            How does faculty approach their development as teachers? The faculty hailed from different disciplines, have different family backgrounds and genders, and have varying levels of experiences and different kinds of academic appointments. In order to grow, one needs to know how. I believe, with the personal narratives of others who have grown as educators with a well written account of a teacher learning from his or her careful, critical analyzes of teaching experience can motivate a deeper level of personal reflection. What growth and development as a teacher meant to them, how they went about it, and what they hoped to achieve. (Maryellen Weimer, Phd)

 

Here are five different approaches to growth and development that emerged.

 

1.      Teaching development as building a better knowledge of one’s content area, in order to become more familiar with what to teach- To know the content are better is the ultimate goal that will increase teacher confidence and teaching will become easier and more comfortable.

 

2.      Teaching development as building up practical experience as a teacher, in order to become familiar with how to teach- Growth from this perspective equates with experience. With more experience come greater confidence, ease and comfort. Believe that growth come naturally from experience-learning by doing. Teaching is a natural ability and practice is what allow skill to emerge and develop.

 

3.      Teaching development as building up a repertoire of teaching strategies, in order to become skillful- By approaching growth as the process of acquiring teaching strategies as it would not happen naturally, they come from outside or require a certain amount of effort to master for successful incorporation.

 

4.      Teaching development as finding out which teaching strategies do and don’t work for the teacher, in order to become effective- This approach goes beyond the previous category in that these teacher actively seek to discover which strategies work best for them. They experiment with different strategies, reflect on their results, and buttress their understanding of effectiveness with feedback from students and colleagues. These teachers are seeking new strategies even though the ones they use may already work quite well. Here success is measured by student satisfaction with the strategy and by teacher comfort with the approach.

 

5.      Teaching development as continually increasing one’s understanding of what work and what doesn’t work for students, in order to become more effective at facilitating student learning- Feedback is an important process and exclusive focus on student learning. Teacher concerns go beyond student satisfaction, or whether or not they like the strategy. These teachers care about what a student will take away from a course long term. What students learn and retain is more important than their short-term satisfaction. (Gerlese S. Akerlind)

 

The above named approach addresses the impact of faculty conceptions of development on student learning. Teachers who focus on students and student learning tend to have students who orient to learning as understanding. Teachers who focus on themselves and what they are doing tend to have students more likely to equate learning with memorization. The idea of faculty orientation to development having implications for students is a new idea, and one that merits thoughtful analysis.


Working together beyond the box

posted Aug 2, 2018, 8:22 PM by Jose Dasig

Working together beyond the box

Frederick L. de Guzman

TII, City of Balanga National High School

 

Seminars, trainings and workshops offer everyone an opportunity to learn new things and to have a broader sense and gain more knowledge of specific areas of specialization. But there are times that these are taken for granted. After attending the Writeshop on the Development of Coaching and Officiating Standards last June 19-22, 2018 in Anne Raquel’s Hillside Resort, Inc., Olongapo City, Zambales with partner National Sports Associations (NSA) and where I served as one of the writers, I came to realize the following things and may this be a reminder to every aspiring coaches, teachers and trainers not to take for granted the opportunities to grow and share the knowledge learned.

The culture should never remain placid. It should go with the flow of the changing time. Though there are some intangible things that should remain, but still, some needs to be attuned with the current culture and we should be aware of it lest we don’t want to grow. Like our life, the only constant thing in this world is change. So as in many aspects of educational system.

Everybody needs to raise the bar. In an effort to uplift one’s profession, it is a must that we should attend seminars, trainings and workshops and apply it and not only be used for promotion purposes. Uplifting ourselves would mean enriching the leaners minds as well. The quality of system depends on how we maximize the resources that we have.

Our expertise is only good if it is shared. The very purpose of acquiring those knowledge is to extend it to others. In this sense, we can only prove that we are worthy of acquiring it. We become successful not because we acquire a lot of material things but by sharing ourselves to others.

Our clients are the future of this generation. We can’t change the future but we can do something about it for everybody’s benefit. Change is a personal decision. But their personal decision to change depends on how we influence them. So it is paramount that we enrich them to serve their purpose in the society.

It is high time that we connect to others to learn new and know more. We live in an ever changing world. Technology has enslaved our learners so must we, but in a way that will help us ease with the burden of teaching and find a “connection” to our learners to discover how we can easily bridge the gap to understand their culture.

It is normal that some would be shocked in the new culture that they will encounter, but eventually, they will get used to it. It’s a human nature to react in any new experience. But what’s important is our ability to easily adapt to any situation. We must learn to accept the challenge and take the risk to fully understand how we go with the flow of the changing culture.

Lastly, our effort will pay off if and only if we work as one. Our concerted effort would not go to waste if we keep the fire burning of bringing the best in us especially for our future generation. 


CATCH THE GENERATION Z WAYS

posted Aug 2, 2018, 6:38 PM by Jose Dasig

CATCH THE GENERATION Z WAYS 

by 

JENNIFER R. TALAUGON

Teacher II – COBNHS SHS

 

At present, majority of the students enrolled in elementary schools as well as junior and senior high schools are members of the so-called Generation Z. Yes, they are not millennials like how they assumed to be rather they are the Generation Z also known as the Centennials, iGeneration, Post-Millennials and Plurals. This generation came in the midst of technological age and multiculturalism. It has global culture or mixed culture, though some argue that it is just a ‘confused culture’ based on their characteristics and trends which are mostly adopted from foreign cultures making them known for being the most open-minded generation to date. These young individuals are the first true digital natives, growing up with mobile devices, tablets and laptops in both hands. We can say that digital technology for Gen Z is neither distracting nor exciting rather just a normal thing.

Generation Z are often misunderstood by the generations ahead of them. They are mostly perceived as reckless, idle, aggressive, introvert but loud thus becoming the most confused individualistic beings. As eccentric as they can be, this cohort have the most peculiar learning styles. They value easy access to information and expect immediate feedback. They learn most effectively when they are left alone to solve problems and find solutions on their own. Most importantly, according to a study conducted, Generation Z can adapt to new technologies faster than any other generation. Gen Z clearly has different learning preferences, goals and values compare to previous generations thus teaching methods should be adapted to the preferences of this group to ensure the success of the teaching-learning process.

Here are some pedagogies or teaching strategies that can be applied in teaching a Generation Z learner;

Ø  Make use of Technology. We cannot take out technology from a centennial’s life. Remember, they are digital natives and they are highly visual thus using pen and paper, chalkboard or manila papers will not suffice to cater the best learning for a Gen Z student. They need the pop outs, the sounds, the codes, the moving letters, symbols or characters and most especially, they need emoticons. According to Seemiller & Grace (2016), Gen Z students prefer flipped courses and rely on YouTube as a primary source of self-instruction. Some conventional teachers would say I am a comedian so I can entertain them for hours - but NO. They need to be really entertained while learning. They will later be sick of silly jokes but if you put a screen on their faces they will get all of the learning they ought to gain without getting bored plus, at the end of the day, the teacher is not exhausted to death.

Ø  Embrace the idea of Interconnectedness. Apparently, digital technologies have made Gen Z a global generation with a local mindset which means, this generation shares the same culture and preference with peers across the globe without losing interests in local affairs. However in some appalling cases, Gen Z may know more about ongoing issues on the other side of the globe than what is going on next door. Also, centennials have the great interconnection ever which made them profiled as hyperconnected individuals. Digital technology halted the boundary set within power relations like that of teacher-student relations. Actually, digital technology has redefined teacher-student relations through equal access to information. Moreover, Gen Z possesses a very influential voice that is valued and considered online like that of the effect of the bloggers’ and netizens’ commentaries on social media. As a teacher, our main role is to facilitate them in analyzing information available on the web as well as guiding them in filtering interconnections in a critical and in an adept manner so they would not be deluded.

Ø  Give them Take Home Tasks. Since Gen Z enjoys working alone, giving them take home tasks will enable them to work on their own pace thus allowing them to solve problems and find solutions on their own. That will provide them vast opportunities to do their task in the manner they would love to. However, take home tasks will require the effort of teachers in guiding the students on how to scrutinize, sort, and synthesize information to prevent information overload as well as for checking accuracy and evaluating information. Teachers must provide strict guidelines for online searching and viewing and segmented assignments could help students avoid the binge mentality that can cause them to consume time and lose focus.

Ø  Break the Long Lectures. Based on studies, an average human has the ability to listen and absorb learning from a three-hour lecture. However, Gen Z learners would not be able to take an hour sitting just to hear lectures. Gen Z learners are more effective when multitasking and with constant stimulation. A long lecture would bore them and the moment they lose interest in the discussion, the teaching-learning process already is a failure.

Ø  Ensure Parental Involvement. Communication with parents or active parental involvement has tremendous impact on the academic success of a Gen Z learner or of any learner be it a Baby Boomer or a Millennial. The way parental involvement take effect on student’s success from an earlier generation goes the same among Gen Z learners. In fact, they need it greater because Gen Z learners need vivid understanding especially from their parents who, most often only thinks negatively about their extreme inclination to technology and gadgets.

Ø  Provide Immediate Feedback and adapt their Language. According to several studies the Gen Z learners are quite impatient and have the shortest retention span among all generations. What they do today or what they hear today could be gone tomorrow. Providing them immediate feedback regarding their tasks while employing their language style is a win-win strategy in teaching a Gen Z learner.

 

 


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