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Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul

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Chicken for the soul
Chicken Soup for the Teachers Soul

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Licensure Examination Experience

There were articles I had written the last few months ago about the story how I ended myself in pursuing education as one of my interest. Now, I’ve experienced so many things along with it, and some of these were already in scripted in some pages of this website. So, here I am, going to tell my experience on how I go through a long series of process in order to reach the point where I need to attend the LET examination and ended up taking them.

I’ve started my review last 2014 of April, along with my friends at St. Louis Review Center. I thought of reviewing at that said center for me to recall everything that I did learned when I was in my elementary and secondary age. Being in the confinement of the office for almost 5 years, it take my basic knowledge away from this memory of mine. Replenishing those information is needed, especially now that aging process is lurking along the way. The memory itself is starting to deteriorate if it is not well trained, and reviewing is the best option to suppress the unexpected events when someone is planning to take the LET Examination. This is why I took the risk in segregating my time for this task. It take my Saturday and Sunday time to go there and review. I was pleased by the schedule because we were mixed together with those freshly graduate of some universities/colleges within Iligan City. In those time, I was hoping not to be mixed up together with the meranao students, because as far as everyone’s know, nobody know about my plan. I guess, I am one of those typical person who undergone with a secondary courses and now kind of hesitating to tell everyone else, unless they did pass the examination mentioned. For almost 4 months, I’ve been busy with my work and my schedule for review. The time was ticking so swiftly that I almost forgot my other worries. God has been so kind to us since the examination were being moved from July 27, 2014 to August 17, 2014. There might be a reason for this event to happen besides the reason from the Catholic side why the exam ended up in a cancellation. This gave us plenty of time to prepare more in the exam. Along those days, I did realized that I didn’t made a mistake in reviewing at the said center, because it did gave me time to read, relearn and experience about this situation.

Before the exam, we did had a hard time getting our grades to be completed because one of our teacher didn’t gave our grade on time. For this reason we’ve waited days before she did gave us, and the filing of the examination were more or less 6 days before its deadline. Upon receiving the information of the completed grades, I didn’t hesitate to be absent on the first day of working days to settle things ahead. I did go to Saint Michael College in order for me to complete everything to get my Transcript of Records. I went to the Dean requesting my TOR, and gave me some instruction to complete. In addition with the prescribed requirements, one of this was paying our balance at the review center as to get certificate coming from SLRC. Upon knowing, it revealed to us that SMC and SLRC were somehow connected with each other. Having no choice, we ended up paying 4,000. That afternoon of Monday, we submitted the certificate from SLRC, together with the signed permit at the registrar. Giving them those papers, we were informed that they will be giving us a message after our TOR has been made. After three or four hours, we were pleased upon telling us that it was already had been finished.

Three days after its completion my friends and I have decided to go at the PRC office to file our papers for the Licensure Examination. We did bring the following requirements:

  1. Original and photocopies of Transcript of Records with Special Order and Date of Graduation, with scanned pictures and with remarks “FOR BOARD EXAMINATION PURPOSE ONLY”. Graduates of government schools and institutions/programs accredited by recognized accredited agencies under the FAAP are exempted from SO. Graduates of New Schools/Degree Programs must submit School Recognition and/or Permit to operate.
  2. Original and photocopy of NSO-issued Birth Certificate (if NSO copy is not clear, bring copy from the Local Civil Registrar)
  3. For married females, original and photocopies of NSO-issued Marriage Contract (if NSO copy is not clear, bring copy from Local Civil Registrar)
  4. Two (2) passport size colored with white background and complete name tag.
  5. Current Community Tax Certificate (Cedula)
  6. Other specific requirements are required by the Commission or the Professional Regulatory Board.

We did get there early at around 6 in the morning and hoping to be the first in line. However, arriving there after 2 hours of travelling, there were so many people in lined. I ended up getting 2k plus as a number. We’ve waited outside for one hour to be called. At that day many people were at PRC, some of them were renewing their license and many of the people were filing for the LET EXAM, just like us. We did get through with another line, as we get nearer to the front desk who would check our papers, we assured that our requirements were not lacking. As I was being entertained that moment, I was praying that everything about my documents were all complete. It didn’t take us much time for that clearing and all three of us were finished after paying a full amount of 900. The cashier told us that the NOA and the receipts will be given to us a week before the examination. We left a relief, and relaxed from the travel and the stress from filing our documents with a nice window shopping at Limketkai Shopping Center.

More than 30 days before the examination, all of us were tensed for the exam. We continued our review during Saturday and Sunday. Whereas the days were fast ticking, I thought of having a self-review after office. Someone did advised me to review because it’s not a 100 percent that everything in the review will come up. Days after days after days, I continued the self-review. I know that I didn’t totally focus, but I do know that I did review as much as my interest arises. I believe that forcing yourself too much will do no good. There were so many things playing along inside my mind along the way. I did tried to counter those negative thoughts that encircling my mind, by thinking of doing the best as I can to motivate myself. I did set up from these brain of mine that I need to pass the exam as to not waste my time from studying for 6 months plus 3 or 4 months of review. I already used up my time and energy doing this things along the way. As the days passed, there encountered changes happen, and one of this were my office schedule. I was assigned at Marawi Service Desk by my own agency, and then later on had an office scheduled of Sunday to Thursday, which caused me to decide to move my review from Saturday-Sunday to Friday-Saturday, as I’ve asked permission to Sir Ken about my plan, he told me that it’s too late for me to do this since the exam was getting nearer. For this reason, I don’t have the choice but to review only on Saturday, and excuse myself during Sunday.

Calendar

Seventeen days before the examination, I’ve decided to go to Cagayan de Oro to get my NOA together with my friends NOA. Since I was there, I already reserved for a hotel for us to stay in. I went to Will Shire HOTEL to settle for a reservation, but unfortunately they were already full on those dates I did mentioned. I was left with no choice and make a reservation at AMAREA HOTEL which is fortunately did accommodate us for the reservation on those two dates I did prefer. I paid 795 for a one day reservations, and the next day as per mentioned will be paid on the exact date after Friday.

Amarea Hotel
Amarea Hotel
NOA for LET
NOA for LET
Receipts
Receipts

The hours were ticking and the days were changing. As I crossed those days from my calendar before August 17, I did feel tensed each day. When the day arrived, it was August 15, 2014, me and my friend went ahead in order to catch Friday prayer at CDO. We’ve stayed there for two days, while two of my friends had a rigorous flash back of all the review we did back then. As for me, I choose to relax. We all did aside from reviewing were window shopping, buy foods, and more important one is sleeping. We did all this just to relax from our wary minds. Before the exam, I and my friend went to our designated room as to know where our room is before the examination. The PRC already written the things to be needed before the exam.

A Reminder
A Reminder
Rooms at Bulua Nat'l High School
Rooms at Bulua Nat’l High School
Front Gate
Front Gate

Rooms

Set for the examinee
Set for the examinee
Studying Tandem...
Studying Tandem…

We didn’t noticed that the day was up. We wake up ourselves at around 3:30 in the morning; review a little bit, eat our breakfast, take a bathe and prepare our things. I was the one who got out since I was assigned at BULUA NATIONAL HIGHSCHOOL which was far from the center. I was so thankful that when I got out at the hotel, a taxi was already have been there, and asked him to get me at the school I’ve been assigned to. Upon arriving, there were so many people in waiting to open the gate. I’ve seen one of my acquaintance, who was familiar to me, but never knew her name. She questioned me while we were both waiting, but it was so fortunate that a friend of mine was there, calling for me. I was relief when she does that because that girl I meet were starting to ask about my workplace, which I don’t want to be much open about it when I am in different situation. We talked with Ms Faida together with her friend about so many things in regard with the LET exams. While waiting there for almost 45 minutes, the door opened and each of us went to our designated room were assigned to. I was amazed the first day I saw my room assignment since all the numbers in seeing were all in 17. Date was August 17, my room was 17, seat number 17 and my name was written on page 17. What a coincidence, I say!

All in Seventeen!
All in Seventeen!

The schedule is all written in this way:

Schedule for the Examination
Schedule for the Examination
General Instruction for the examinee
General Instruction for the examinee

The examination went well after hours of taking them. I could say, I did well on the General and Professional Education but the Specialization were kind of a nose bleed. From the 2,500 test questions we did take at the review center for this specialization area, I ended up only three question similar from our review and everything I did used was stock knowledge. As I review my test paper for second time around that day, I was confident that I did my best, and the only thing left for me is to hope for a positive result for the examination. For those people who is reading this blog of mine. Wish me and everyone who take the test a Good luck!

On Becoming a Teacher

My Concrete Experience

  1. Who am I as a person? Do I have personal qualities that would make me a better teacher someday?
  2. With the use of the checklist find out your personal characteristics which would help you make become a good teacher. The qualities listed are few of the many attributes needed but the list given you would suffice.

Look into yourself very well and answer each item very honestly. All your answers are correct, so you do need to worry.

AM I THIS PERSON?

Below are indicators of personal qualities which may describe you. Place a ___ mark on the blank before each item if the indicator gits you most of the time or an ___ mark if the description does not fit you most of the time.

Chart 1
Chart 1

Number of checks in each cluster (Min-1 to Max 5)

Chart 2
Chart 2

My Observations

                Your concrete experience, enabled you to describe, what you are as a person. The qualities reflect who you are. Make a similar observation of ten active teachers in a school. Your observation will be done through a survey and will produce empirical evidences. This observation method will enhance your skills to collect data, like when you doing research.

                You will be provided with a Survey Checklist for you to produce 10 copies for your 10 respondent teachers. (They are on the last pages of this workbook). Make a proper request from these teachers who will become your respondents.

Chart 3
Chart 3

The Observed Information

Procedure:

  1. To get the average, add the scores of the ten teachers and divide by 10.
  2. Look at the legend in your own checklist, and determine the description of the average.

Study the results.

Questions:

 

  1. Which of the twelve attributes is the highest among the teachers?
  • Among the 12 attributes, buoyancy is the one that excel from among the high description with point one as a difference.
  1. Which of the twelve attributes is the lowest among the teachers?
  • The self-confidence is having the lowest among the 12 with 3.5 as an average.
  1. How many teachers are low in emotional stability?
  • Teacher Number 3 was the only one who has the lowest grade in terms of emotional stability.
  1. How many teachers are high in compassion?
  • Most of the teachers already reach the very high in compassion; meanwhile two of them didn’t reach that peek.
  1. What six attributes are found to be strong among the teachers?
  • Based on the Average of the whole attributes these six attributes are buoyancy, objectiveness, compassion, emotional stability, refinement and comparativeness with a tie total with that of Reliability
  1. What six attributes are found to be weal among the teachers?
  • As the opposite answer in number seven, these six attributes with a weak average are the self-confidence, self-motivation, intelligence, pleasantness, and comparativeness as well reliability can also be consider as one of them.
  1. What interesting observations can you spot from the other data not asked?
  • The cooperativeness in answering the questionnaire makes me so thankful to the teachers who answered it wilfully.
  • Happy. This is the one factor that I could consider that would bring your class in a good atmosphere and soothing for learning because learners drawn with this kind of aura.

Use the information from your personal results and those of the ten teachers in making your reflections that follow.

My Reflections

                After studying the results of your teacher survey, write down your reflection on the following situations reported to have happened in the school setting.

  1. Why are some teachers reported to have bumped a learner’s head on the wall or made a child swallow scratch paper or pencil filings? What attribute do you think is low for this teacher?
  • Emotional Stability. Based on the checklist under this attribute, it is all stated there the things that relates with a teacher’s temper. Once a teacher doesn’t have this kind of trait, they tend to do this without thinking too much. We cannot avoid losing our temper in some action as a person, but the thing is, we need to place them in an appropriate place. For this reason, a teacher should act and be more or less a mother that can stop their children without putting them in too much pressure. They are a child, making them swallow scratch paper or pencil filings as form of punishment will just make them loose their confidence that would affect them in the future.
  1. Why do you think some teachers are better loved by students than others?
  • In order to attract students, you need to have a heart and a certain attitude that would attract them. From among the attributes, I would say a teacher need to reach a high level of COMPASSION and OBJECTIVENESS. As a teacher you need to be at your best at anytime, you need to have happy disposition and appreciate students within your class. A Happy disposition can attract people, and this is also applicable with the students. One said that children are the best one to sense the feeling of others around them. So giving them an atmosphere that give them an ease, and learn the meaning of positive living will give them a boost to make their life in a better. A better influence will also be spread to the students, who will be drawn by this kind of feeling. As a teacher, you need to be more objective. Treating a certain situation in fairness is a must, in order for them to feel of being judged fairly, and will not lose their confidence in a certain situation. Children also need to be brought up in a way that they could learn a high value of fairness, and to whom they could look up to this aside from their parents? Their teacher.
  1. If you were to choose, which personal attributes should all teachers possess? Why?
  • I would say, a teacher should have a compassion, emotional stability, and self confidence. A teacher should have a heart. What’s good of having a brain with the heart that is full of nothingness? We, human are very expressive people towards other person. This is the reason why s/he needs to reach them through kindness, and our heart needs to function in a way that could understand the human heart. In the future, we need some people who need to spread love around the people, kindness towards others and a teacher could teach that to the students. A self restrain is needed in order to reach what we want for others. Unselfishness is also a must, so anger should be put in the appropriate situation. To act kindness and the courage to control your anger, self confidence is a must. Doubting once self of acting goodness to other is a toxic why of thinking. Confidence is needed in order to implement an effective teaching to ones’ students.

My Affirmed Concepts

                After reflecting on this episode and recalling my previous subjects, I have realized that there are several concepts in the teaching profession about personal attributes. I learned that has been affirmed and confirmed, examples of which are given below:

  1. When I was a student, I look up for those teachers who taught me as someone to be always prepared, and that they are the same from inside the classroom and outside, but it was not. From this experience alone, I did observe a teacher who was very different when she handled the class from the way she acted outside. This teacher holds out a humble and weak personality outside the class as I perceive it, but when she is inside the room, she is boosting with confidence. Her teaching style is very admirable since she can hide those weaknesses when she is in front of her students. As a part of the attitudes, this self-confidence is important enough in delivering your lesson to your students in order for them to be drawn by your teaching skill. I did realize this part after observing this certain teacher, which I really appreciate the way she handle herself in front of many learners and made me think of how this thing is important.
  1. There was an instant where a teacher suddenly called out those noisy kids inside the classroom and let them ask to go outside at the school were we currently observing. This teacher does this as punishment for those noisy kids. I didn’t experienced this when I was a student myself, but I did observe this kind of treatment from a teacher back then, who uses this style to punish them. Sometimes, there are those students who really are noisy, even how a teacher disciplined and warned them, they just do it. I could not blame the teacher for doing this like of punishment due to the reason that they can no longer handle this kind of attitude in class. Adopting this kind of punishment is better than hitting the kids with eraser nor making them ate some pencil filing to make this shut,

My Future Application

                Using what I have learned in this episode, when I become a teacher, I should learn some of this attributes in order to implement this to my students. If God’s well that I’ll be a lecturer to some learners, I would like to learn this attributes and have a restrain factor with my temper when I become one. One thing that I have learned from this episode is that, teaching should have a heart. Teaching doesn’t only mean just teaching, but it is further than this kind of thing. It made me understand the real meaning of being a teacher is to have a good value within thy self as a teacher. In this way, I became more aware of what are the things I should do for myself that would be applied to my students. Starting on this day, I need to have a self evaluation, and consider this attributes to be enhanced as I go along with this line of profession. In the near future, I would love to teach kids and make them realize of those beautiful things in this world, and become more positive in life. Fate will bring us all to the places where we should be, and I am praying to Allah (swt) that if this is good for me, hope He will fulfill my desire to help myself and become a tool for a change through imparting knowledge to the young ones.

Learning Assessment Strategies

This post is based on my field study that I did conduct last three months for the year 2014. You may seem not to approve some of this idea, but please correct me if I am wrong. Most of the things contain here were based on my own opinion. I am very welcome to some ideas that you may share on this subject matter. Thank you and hope it will be a help for those people in search for the same studies.

My Tools

                As I observe a class, I will use the Observation Sheet for a more focused observation.

OBSERVATION SHEET Number 1
 

Principles of Learning Assessment Teaching Behavior of the Teacher/Learning Behavior of the Learner as Proof of the Application of the Principle of Learning
  1. Assessment is an integral part of the teaching learning process.

 

The Teacher gave out a quiz to her students worth 20 points on Basic Geometry Figure and Angles.
  1. Assessment tool/activity should match with performance objective.

 

The tool that was being used by the teacher was an objective test that blends in with the students’ performance.
  1. The results of assessment must be fed back to the learners.

 

After the quiz, the teacher let the students check the papers of their fellow classmate, and right after that, was being returned in order for the students to see their score.
  1. Teachers must consider learners’ learning styles and multiple intelligences and so must come up with a variety of ways of assessing learning.

 

While the teacher was giving out the answers to the students, she was also asking them orally before she explains them that answer to that certain question.
  1. Give some positive feedback along with not so good ones.

 

The teacher gave out a positive feedback to those students who get good grades and advice those students who didn’t do well to study more.
  1. Emphasize on self assessment.

 

Upon seeing the scores of each student themselves, they will now realize if they did study will or not. As for the result of the test, the teacher can identify her teaching if she did will or not.
  1. Assessment of learning should never be used as punishment or as disciplinary measure.

 

The Teacher’s test was not for punishment or as a disciplinary one. A verification whether the student study their lesson or not.
  1. Emphasize on real world application that favors realistic performances over out-of-context drills.

 

Applicable in the real world, because they will use this basic geometry figures and angles when they go on with their studies and apply it when measuring of shapes are involved.
  1. Results of learning assessment must be communicated regularly to parents.

 

The teacher did mention that as much as she is capable of. She is indeed letting their parents know their status on their grades.

OBSERVATION SHEET Number 2
 

Principles of Learning Assessment Teaching Behavior of the Teacher/Learning Behavior of the Learner as Proof of the Application of the Principle of Learning
  1. Assessment is an integral part of the teaching learning process.

 

The teacher gave out their tentative score, and the result of their assignment for them to verify within their self if the student themselves did their best.
  1. Assessment tool/activity should match with performance objective.

 

The teacher used assignment in order to assist if the students were doing their homework, and mostly they did. However, this type of assessment is not guaranteed.
  1. The results of assessment must be fed back to the learners.

 

The teacher handed out the students’ assignment together with their score, as well as their tentative score from their exams.
  1. Teachers must consider learners’ learning styles and multiple intelligences and so must come up with a variety of ways of assessing learning.

 

That time, the teacher handed them down the result of their assignment and exam results.
  1. Give some positive feedback along with not so good ones.

 

The teacher didn’t give out any feedback to the students’ result. She just gave the result without saying anything.
  1. Emphasize on self assessment.

 

Without the feedback from the teacher, the learners are now the one to assess themselves either they do good or not.
  1. Assessment of learning should never be used as punishment or as disciplinary measure.

 

The teacher somehow doesn’t apply this harsh assessment for the student. It is more on academically.
  1. Emphasize on real world application that favors realistic performances over out-of-context drills.

 

Since they are in electromagnetic as a topic, they can apply this drill when the students were curious about a certain situation that relates with this topic.
  1. Results of learning assessment must be communicated regularly to parents.

 

The teacher ask the students to hand out a 1/8 sheet of paper with the student’s name on it, in order for her to write their tentative score and give to their respective parents for them to see.

OBSERVATION SHEET Number 3
 

Principles of Learning Assessment Teaching Behavior of the Teacher/Learning Behavior of the Learner as Proof of the Application of the Principle of Learning
  1. Assessment is an integral part of the teaching learning process.

 

The teacher let the student participate in solving problem, making her aware the effectively of her teaching from her students.
  1. Assessment tool/activity should match with performance objective.

 

The teacher used oral recitations in solving the problem in front of the class that coincide with her tools.
  1. The results of assessment must be fed back to the learners.

 

Some students didn’t do well, coming up with a wrong answer, making that certain student to be aware to study the lesson more.
  1. Teachers must consider learners’ learning styles and multiple intelligences and so must come up with a variety of ways of assessing learning.

 

The teacher was driven by her motivation to teach her students, aiming for the student to be more confident and given an ease atmosphere for everyone while answering the problem.
  1. Give some positive feedback along with not so good ones.

 

The teacher was giving a complement to those students who answered correctly. For those who didn’t do well were given an encouragement to try again from the teacher herself.
  1. Emphasize on self assessment.

 

The learners’ reaction of being participative mood is an indication that they understand the lesson that was being taught to them by her.
  1. Assessment of learning should never be used as punishment or as disciplinary measure.

 

The teacher didn’t give the solving problem and letting them to discuss it as a form of punishment, but a review for the upcoming exam. The activity was beneficial for the student.
  1. Emphasize on real world application that favors realistic performances over out-of-context drills.

 

They will need this lesson for further lessons, and can be applied in their daily life in a certain situation that needed equation, and not to be ignorant when they pass this kind of topic in some mathematic readings.
  1. Results of learning assessment must be communicated regularly to parents.

 

The teacher give the students’ assignment score, and their result of the examination in order for the kids to show it to their parents.

My Analysis

                What are the possible consequences on the teaching-learning process if each of the principles are not observed.

Principles of Learning Assessment Possible Consequences if Principle NOT Observed
1         Assessment is an integral part of the teaching learning process. Teacher won’t know if his/her students are learning well from his/her class.
2         Assessment tool/activity should match with performance objective. The objective of the learning will not meet if the activity/tool didn’t match. The learning objective will be useless, and more confusion for the students.
3         The results of assessment must be fed back to the learners. If this won’t be applied, the learners will assume everything, and therefore there is no room for their realization of doing better in class.
4         Teachers must consider learners’ learning styles and multiple intelligences and so must come up with a variety of ways of assessing learning. It will be unfair for those students who don’t have fast learning skills. Also, students will not develop and enhanced in their respective skills.
5         Give some positive feedback along with not so good ones. If a teacher won’t give a positive feedback the students desire to learn will not raise up.
6         Emphasize on self assessment.

 

If there is no self-assessment, then there is no room for advance learning.
7         Assessment of learning should never be used as punishment or as disciplinary measure. The learners will develop fear in the class; some student will be forced out of their will. Learning is not about coercing!
8         Emphasize on real world application that favors realistic performances over out-of-context drills. The expectation of the student will not meet. Learners definitely wanted to know if this thing will be useful or not, if it is, learning on their part will be excitement. Higher thinking skills will not be enhanced.
9         Results of learning assessment must be communicated regularly to parents. The parent will assume that their child is doing great at their school. No advice that will come out for them for their child and it will be unfair to them. No transparency and accountability to reflect on.

   My Reflections

                As a student, do I remember any incident when any of these principles was/were violated by my teachers? How did it affect my classmates and me?

  • Yes, there were some. As far as I remember, there was that one instances where in, we as a students were very noisy, the teacher can’t help it but to reach her temper in a maximum level, and out of her irritation, she gave us a quiz as a form of punishment on our part. In this, she violated the number 7 principle “Assessment of learning should never be used as punishment or as disciplinary measure.”

My Portfolio

                Present the principles of assessment of learning in a very creative way.

A-Assessment is a very important in integral part of learning.

S– School should be more aware of this part and not fall in a

S– Substandard way of learning that students aren’t that learning more.

E-Equip the students thoroughly in realizing their dreams.

S-Students are the holder of the future.

S-Self-assessment on their part will increase their thinking, analyzing, and evaluating abilities.

M-Maximum awareness for the teacher is highly needed for their learners.

E– Ensure that the best tool and knowledge is equipped by the students.

N-Note that their interest is the highly concern.

T-Teachers are the captain in building their future.

O-Observation from the administrator is needed.

F-Facts are not always on written words but also through observation.

L– Learn to be more appreciative.

E-Enhancing the students’ knowledge and skills are valuable.

A-Apply the most high caliber teaching for the learners.

R-Result of your teaching as a teacher is the future you can see.

N-Notice every single mistake you can observe and correct them with most appropriate judgment.

I-Instruct the students in a well mannered

N-Never give up on your student!

G-Go with being positive, that future will hold a better people!

LET’S CRAFT THE CURRICULUM

This post is based on my field study that I did conduct last three months for the year 2014. You may seem not to approve some of this idea, but please correct me if I am wrong. Most of the things contain here were based on my own opinion. I am very welcome to some ideas that you may share on this subject matter. Thank you and hope it will be a help for those people in search for the same studies.

My Map

                To reach my target, I should do these steps:

  1. Observe a class.
  2. Identify the curriculum design used by schools.
  3. Reflect and write my insights/learning gained from the activities.

My Tools                            

                A curriculum can be organized either horizontally or vertically. Write samples of them on the illustrations.

Horizontal

Sample Activities

TASK 1: Listen to the text. Take note of examples of intolerance discrimination and prejudice.

TASK 2: Recall the bases of evaluating the relevance and validity of ideas.

  1. Your personal observation or experience
  2. Personal interviews with knowledgeable person or authoritative sources
  3. Current publications and other reference materials.

TASK 3: Do you agree that…(Ask the student to explain his/her answer.

  1. “One reason fights are started is that one person cannot let another be different.”
  2. “We do not carry much of the prejudice and discrimination of yesteryears.”
  3. “Today we have become tolerant of others.”

 Vertical

 Sample

1st year Grammar: Use indirect discourse to report request to commands and advice.

Activities:

  • Divide the class into small groups and have them give the advice, commands or requests they would give or make in these situation (direct discourse). The other groups are to give in reported speech what was said.
  • Transformation drill on direct and indirect discourse (Imperatives: requests, commands, advice) in problem situations.

2nd year Grammar: Direct and reported Speech Giving Instructions, Commands, Request.

Activities: Transform the following direct statements to reported statements.

 3rd years Grammar: Give and follow instructions using direct and reported speech.

Activities: Round table discussion about agreeing and disagreeing in a given topic.

4th year Grammar:

  1. Make requests, commands using indirect speech.
  2. Give an advice and get things done using reported speech.

Activities

  • Changing Imperatives from direct to indirect discourse
  • Giving advice and instructions to get things done.

A spiral concept of the curriculum provides for both horizontal (widening of knowledge) and vertical (deepening of knowledge) aspects of the curriculum design simultaneously. The figure below shows the concept of horizontal and vertical articulation from preschool to adult.

hv

My Analysis

  1. Examine the Basic Education Curriculum. What aspect do you want to modify. Why?
  • The Basic Education Curriculum that was mentioned from the facts that I did read contains a very concise and direct way of handling students in relation to their own learning, it almost cover all aspect of developing the kids into a rightful citizen of the Philippines. However, from all that details given in the said curriculum, I guess there is something that should be addressed that I want it to be modified in this kind of curriculum. I wanted to give an indication on the objective of this curriculum. I would like to add and give a big importance on the spiritual aspect of the students. Since, I am a Muslim born, and my knowledge in relation to my religion is not wide enough, and for this reason there is lacking in me that taught me the importance of God in our life. In the part of the students, while they are young it is an opportunity to teach them religion in a high regard and integrate it with every lesson.
  1. What curriculum models do you prefer? Why?
  • From the three designs that were mentioned in the book, I prefer Problem-Centered Design, which draws on social problems, needs, interest and abilities of the learners. I love to implement this kind of design in a certain curriculum because of its salient feature that tries to let the students’ abilities blossom into a full realization. Students today don’t like to spoon feeding type of learning; they want challenges in a certain manner, something new that they can set their motivation on. Creating such atmosphere will give them a boost to realize their realization on a certain act. Through this kind of curriculum, the learner will be totally introduce to a more real life situation that will not caught unprepared in the future they want partake.

My Reflections/ My Insights

Reflection

 My Portfolio

Make an illustration of any of the three curriculum design models. Be sure to incorporate the salient features of the design.

The multimedia-oriented Problem-Based Learning curriculum model

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WHAT’S THE CURRICULUM MADE OF?

This post is based on my field study that I did conduct last three months for the year 2014. You may seem not to approve some of this idea, but please correct me if I am wrong. Most of the things contain here were based on my own opinion. I am very welcome to some ideas that you may share on this subject matter. Thank you and hope it will be a help for those people in search for the same studies.

My Map

For this concept, go through the following steps.

  1. Interview a school administrator / faculty about how they concertize their school’s vision and goals into the curriculum.
  2. Visit a school and find out how they attain the aims of elementary, secondary and tertiary education.
  3. Interview one or two students and ask them their school’s vision / mission.
  4. Record the different methods. Strategies that they employed to attain their school’s objectives

My Tools

                For this Episode, visit a school / university or get a copy of the school brochure. Copy the school / university’s vision, mission and goals on this page.

VISION

A Globally Competitive Institution of Higher Learning. Distinguished by its commitment to the total development of man through quality education. Islamic values and Advance learning concepts, methods and systems.

MISSION

 The RC-AL Khwarizmi International College shall provide high quality of advance, professional and technical education to Muslims and other youths in the Philippines thereby serving as a catalyst of Development of the Muslim Communities especially in the ARMM through instruction research and extension services.

My Analysis

  1. How important is the school’s vision, mission, and goals in designing the curriculum?
  • In human life, a goal/plan should be created in order to have his/her guide on how her/his life supposed to be or how s/he wants it to be. A curriculum should be in the same status. An objective is needed in order to direct the change in behaviour of the students which is the aim of learning, to change a person to a better citizen. A curriculum should entail this, and in order to create a path for a certain objective, they need to create a vision that redirects the institutions would be like to be in the future. A mission that aims the student on what they will become after being educated, and a goal that tends to set the intents of those things to be accomplished.
  1. What methods and strategies were employed by the school community to realize these goals?
  • As per observed at their institution, they are providing all the necessities that the students needs, for them to learn in an ease environment. Other than this, they mostly employed teachers who are highly qualified and well motivated to teach the learner what they supposed to know. The administrators were also doing as much as they could to communicate some educators outside the Philippine in order to send the highly qualified students to the United States of America to learn more. In terms of their students, they seem to be vibrant kids, full of enthusiast. Confidence can be sense from them and inside the class; they wear a brimming energy of interest in learning.
  1. How did the students manifest that they have internalized their vision, mission and goals?
  • As seen in the third year pearl, students were giving out a well mannered attitude as model students. You can sense how well they put/pose their self in a more professional way even they were just a third year student. The principal, Ms. Imelda Mamangconi was always praise this set of group for being doing well in their academic status, and it can also be seen in the observation we did see on that day. Due to excellence that they are projecting, some of them were given the opportunity to be sent in the USA to learn further.

My Reflections/My Insights

                 Curriculum is a life blood of education as I perceive as I’ve learned gradually in Educ 15s. The important aspect in learning. Upon creating this so called curriculum. Administrator of a certain school should implement their mission, vision and objective as bases in making/creating good curriculum. The administrators have this responsibility in developing such matter because they are dealing with the interest of their learner, which could affect their whole future.

                The school that we did observe were very accommodating, and even gave us permission to roam around their premises. In AKIC-SLS, we roam around in order to observe how they put this VISION, MISSION and GOALS inside the campus, however it was kind of frustrating since it wasn’t displayed anywhere the outskirt of the school except inside the learners’ classroom. So far we indeed observe three sections from elementary and secondary level. Two of the room namely Grade VI and 3rd year level display’s the VISION and MISSION inside the room as a part of their decoration inside the room. However, the display of VISION and MISSION are highly advice to place these aspects about the school inside the premises of the campus in order to be transparent to its reader especially for those parents. Furthermore, the school should as well put the GOAL/OBJECTIVE inside the campus and in the classroom. This school failed to implement this important aspect in promoting the school, as well as instilling to the young minds of their children for guidance throughout their school life.

Classroom Management and Learning

Students on play time!
Students on play time!

This post is based on my field study that I did conduct last three months for the year 2014. You may seem not to  approve some of this idea, but please correct me if I am wrong. Most of the things contain here were based on my own opinion. I am very welcome to some ideas that you may share on this subject matter. Thank you and hope it will be a help for those people in search for the same studies.

TASK:

Step 1: Observe a class.

Step 2: Using a checklist, find out the evident classroom components.

Step3: Describe how the classroom is structured/designed to follow everyone to participate in the learning activities.

Step 4: Relate the data in your checklist to the learner’s behaviour.

Step 5: Reflect on how classroom management affects learning

OBSERVATION GUIDE:

  1. Are there areas in the classroom for specific purposes?
  2. Are there rules and procedures followed?
  3. What are the daily routines done by the teacher? (Prayer, attendance, monitoring of assignment, warm up activities, etc.) how are they done?
  4. Is there a seating arrangement? What is the basis of this arrangement?
  5. Observe the noise level in the classroom. How is this managed?
  6. If a learner is not following instructions or is off-task, what does the teacher do? (behaviour strategies)
  7. What does the teacher do to reinforce positive behaviours? (behaviour strategies)

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT MATRIX

 

ASPECT OF CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT DESCRIPTION EFFECT ON THE LEARNERS
SPECIFIC AREAS IN THE CLASSROOM In there were a set of arm chairs a table, and a bulletin board and other charts that where located on the wall. It is mainly for learning environment. The classroom was fitting to a learning situation but the effect was for only inside learning. They only have limited area inside that could widen their interest.
CLASSROOM RULES Class room rules were very specific located at the left side of the classroom. This will keep the learners be reminded of possible importance aspect in life.
CLASSROOM PROCEDURES There were no procedures written anywhere the classroom. Since no procedures were written, students were left hanging and left with no instruction inside the classroom to follow.
DAILY ROUTINE Prayers were being done inside the classroom before they begin their classes. A good motivation for the learners is to pray and engrave in them the importance of spiritual aspect.
SEATING ARRANGEMENT Teacher arranges them accordingly. There were three rows, every row consisting of three arm chairs; left and the right side were for girls and middle was boy. This instil and force the kids to keep their silence, because girls were separated as to stop them from being talkative and boys were put in the middle as to behave them self during classes.
HANDLING MISBEHAVIOR/OFF TASK BEHAVIOR Teacher calls out directly those students who are noisy. These will help the other students to be focused and realize the consequence of being noisy during the lessons.
REINFORCEMENT OF POSITIVE BEHAVIOR The teacher give positive feedback by saying “That’s good Ms. ____, but whose gonna help her/him”…by this, teacher appreciate a student for doing an effort. This will build a self confidence on the students’ part and making them learn to be appreciative even in a little thing.

SUMMARY OF OBSERVATION:

      How did the classroom organization and routines affect the learners’ behaviour?

      In our class Educ 15s, our mentor suddenly spoke these words in front of us that “a lesson needs to be repeatedly lectured for them to be reminded and as to master it.” I believe that this is the reason of daily routines to be integrated inside the life of the students. Our memories as human being were very short, we are very prone of this aspect and in order for us to apply things, we need to make our body and mind master it. In terms of this so called classroom organization, this was being set up for the students to learn how to organize a small group as for them to be ready in the bigger application that they could apply it in organizing a certain group when time comes.

      What should the teacher have in mind when she/he designs the classroom organization and routines? What theories and principles should you have in mind?

      A teacher should think the befitting classroom organizations and routines that could also be fitting with the likings of her/his students in general. S/he needs to include students mostly in deciding this issue for them to learn how they could organize themselves and the routines, but of course with assistance from a teacher. In order to coincide this with the students I did observe, I once asked a student how did they designed their classroom, and she in did mentioned that they did the most of the activities and the design in the classroom and with the consent from the teacher.

      Which behaviour strategies were effective in managing the behaviour of the learners? In motivating students? Why were they effective?

      Attitude of a teacher means a lot in managing the behaviour of her/his students. As I observe from one of the teacher in AKIC-SLS last February 3, 2014. She has this typical expression which seems to be strict, and talk to her students with confidence, but this act doesn’t seems to be effective for the learners since they keep on talking, despite of the emotion she did show to them. The possible reason that I could come up with this is that, this teacher taught her students without concerning the so called passion within her and don’t have a happy disposition. She seems to be not caring so much with her students. Nevertheless, those teachers whom you could sense their passion and having a happy disposition from the way they taught their children seem to be a far more effective. Students listen very well and motivated with an ease atmosphere around that certain teacher. We human somehow sense the other mood that we can easily vibrate in them.

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS

  1. Imagine yourself organizing your classroom. In what grade / year level do you have yourself? What routines and procedures would you consider for this level? Why?

      Imagining me in a classroom set up, I would highly recommend myself to teach a first year high school. Why? For the reason that I would like to handle those kids who will be in their first year of high school. Their fresh mind and their higher level of curiosity is something I want to fill in. First year level is something important in a high school part because this is the first thing for a student to occur and their motivation to know new something is in their first year. In relation to their routines, I would like to implement a prayer before our classes begin. Next here, I would like to start my discussion and alive greetings for the students, and expected to have a feed back in them as well. Thirdly, I would probably ask a certain student to recap on our lesson the previews meeting, and then proceed to my lessons. I would end my lesson through my students giving of a quote that will help them motivate their self and the other, and end with a prayer.

  1. Make a list of the rules you are likely to implement in this level. Why would you choose these rules?

The following rules were something I would like to implement.

      I would like to implement that they should wear their proper uniform and ID when they are in the school premises.

      Observe silence when the class is ongoing, because they will be given an ample of time when their return comes like reporting, oral recitation, or making them answer.

      Excuses should be made when they are going outside the classroom.

      They should apply and be courteous among their classmates.

      Before and after the class, they need to arrange their things and table.

      Greet their teachers and those visitors politely when they are at present.

      I would like to have a higher participation coming from the students.

      Cell phone must be in silent mode. Being caught using their cell phone during class will be punished.

  1. Should learners be involved in making the class rules? Why?

      In this today’s generation, kids are not just mere students in a classroom but also a decision maker. We are also now in progressive mode of curriculum, and most of the activities were facilitated by the teacher and the students are highly advisable to do most of a certain activities. The making of the class rules should include the students in making those rules in classroom, as to practice their rights in getting their opinion and ideas and that these makings of rules were part of it.

 

 

 

 

Characteristics and Needs

This post is based on my field study that I did conduct last three months of the year 2014. You may seem not to approve some of this idea, but please correct me if I am wrong. Most of the things contain here are based on my own opinion. I am very welcome to some ideas that you may share on this subject matter. Thank you and hope it will be a help for those people in search for the same studies.

Differentiating the characteristics and needs of learners from different developmental levels:

Step 3Validate your observation by interviewing the learners.
Step 2Describe each of the learners based on your observations.
Step 4Compare them in terms of their interests and needs.
Step 1Observe 3 groups from different levels (preschools, elementary, and high school).

Physical

  1. Observe their gross motor skills. How they carry themselves. How they more, walk, run, go up the stairs. Etc.
  2. Are gross movements clumsy or deliberate/smooth?
  3. How about their fine motor skills? Writing, drawing, etc.

Social

  1. Describe how they interact with teachers and other adults.
  2. Note how they also interact with peers. What do they talk about? What are their concerns?

Emotional

  1. Describe the emotional disposition or temperament of the learners (happy, sad, easily cries, mood-shifts)
  2. How do they express their wants/needs? Can they wait?
  3. How do they handle frustrations?
  4. Describe their level of confidence as shown in their behaviour. Are they self-concious?

Cognitive

  1. Describe their ability to use words to communicate their ideas. Note their language proficiency.
  2. Describe how they figure out things. Do they comprehend easily? Look for evidence of their thinking skills.
  3. Were there opportunities for problem solving? Describe how did they show problem solving abilities.
Learners’ Development Matrix

 

DevelopmentDomain PreschoolerIndicate age range of children observed:5-6 years of age ElementaryIndicate age range of children observed:11-12 years of age High SchoolIndicate age range of children observed:15-16 years of age
Physical
Gross-motor skills 

 

Fine-motor skills

 

 

 

 

 

Self-help skills

 

 

 

Others

The learners already knew how to balance their self.The coordination of the muscles is still developing, but mostly able to control it. 

 

They still need assistance from the adult.

In the elementary level, they already have a refine control on their body parts.Their coordination was very fine due to some reason that most of them are in good health. 

They have the idea how to do things on their own.

Adolescent children has a refine control on their body parts, and already aware the significant of the othersFrom Head to Foot were functioning well. Most of the students were healthy on the time of observation.They already can help themselves physical and act independently.
SocialInteraction with Teachers 

Interaction with Classmates/friends

 

 

 

 

 

Interests

 

Others

The learners were very attached with their teacher.They enjoying the company of their others, yet always playing without thinking either it will harm their classmates or not.

 

 

 

They like colorful things, and small things can already give them contentment.

Some of the learner’s can already voice out their ideas to their teacher.They interact will enough to their peers, and know their limits. 

 

 

 

They are still interested in playing. Start as a mode of motivation is already not applicable to them.

They are very expressive with their teacher, and easily conveyed their wants.They already in the level of the so called “infatuation” , and most likely loved to tease their friends. 

 

They are interested in more activities and with new gadgets.

EmotionalMoods and temperament, expression of feelings 

 

 

 

Emotional Independence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others

They are an expressive learner. If they want to cry they will. If they want to show attachment to their teacher, they won’t hesitate.They are not dependent; they are still on the first level of learning this factor. They already know how to control their feelings, and they are already comprehended the meaning of shyness and where to put their self. 

They are in the stage of learning this emotional independence, but still they need to be guided carefully on this aspect.

Unlike the elementary, they already knew how to put their emotions in, but to some other child, they are boosting with moods that sometimes cause them to be talkative.They are closely to be more emotional independent, but it is restricted and should teaches them this part in a far more detail since they are in the height of wider curiosity about their environment.
CognitiveCommunications Skills 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking Skills

 

 

 

 

 

 

Problem-Solving

 

 

 

 

 

Others

The learners were starting to convey their feelings in a more basic way. 

 

 

Their thinking skills are still on side of molding them since they are questionable about their environment.

 

 

In terms of this area, they are not capable of solving this around them.

They are being talkative, that even in class they sometimes over do it, and not listen to their teacher. 

 

 

Their thinking skill is way improved than that of a preschooler, which they can give out their idea on a certain subject matter.

 

Problem-solving become easier with them in giving out an answer that they understood.

The learners were well controlled on their communications skills, and way better than those in the lower level. They can express their self even with the adults.Their thinking skills were better, that they could already hand down the critical analysis in a certain subject.

 

In this aspect, they have the higher abilities to decide and think of a certain solution and even give an alternative.

SUMMARY OF OBSERVATION

Write the most salient developmental characteristics of the learners you observed. Based on these characteristics, think of implications for the teacher.

Level Salient Characteristics Observed Implications to the Teaching-Learning Process
 PreschoolAge range of learners observed 4-5 years of age Preschoolers like to babied and a way sensitive about the feeling of their teacher, which they showed more affection when they already closed with the teacher. The teacher should be more compassionate with their preschoolers and be keen enough on their needs and tactics on how to handle small children.
ElementaryAge range of learners observed 11-12 years of age Elementary learners have the possibility to be way talkative and move around and ask lots of question. Therefore the teacher should know how to keep her/his children tame in keeping their mouth in silence during the lesson session.The teacher should also have the ability to know the possible question of these children, since their questions are far more active.
High SchoolAge range of learners observed 15-16 years of age High school learners like activities.They like to explore a lot and some of them could express their thoughts to teachers with confidence. Therefore, the teachers are now complied to facilitate the learning of their students, and ready for some alternatives ways for them not to be bored with the class.

 

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS:

  1. While you were observing the learners, did you recall your own experiences when you were their age? What similarities or differences do you have with the learners you observed?
  • Yes, I did. The commonality that I saw from the learners during my time was somewhat eerie, since I can see myself in them during my younger years. I am the silent type the whole year round of my school days.

The assistant teacher from the preschooler suddenly mentioned about the first day of those kids. There were those some that wouldn’t like to go to school, teacher were complied to do something for them to go to school at those crucial time. This typical feeling was something that I did feel back then as well when I started going to school. Afraid of the new things and changes, and don’t want to be away from their parents. Yet somehow, as preschoolers get too used in schooling that feeling were slowly fading. During my elementary days, I like playing games more than studying, and these kinds of thing were very common even with the learners I did observed. They love to get involved with their friends, play with them, and explore new things within their own hands. Furthermore, like those high school learners, I am also fun of getting involving myself in a report, but I only got the chance when we were required too, because I don’t have the guts to volunteer during those days. I like activities that are within my reach, yet the learners from that school were different in some way or another. However, the difference that I could possibly detect from this today’s learner was that, they are far more into activities, and very involved with technology now a days. They were exceeding the skills from those kids back then. They are totally enhancing that themselves are trying variety of experience that they can try on.

  1. Think of a teacher you cannot forget for the positive or negative reasons. How did she/he help you with your needs? How did it affect you?
  • There are so many teachers that change something about my perspective from how I see life. There were those certain whom I admire the most; and one of them was named Ms. Gabuyo. I forgot her whole name, but what I always remember was her last name. She was our physic teacher. She was a strict teacher who gives punishments when her students do wrong, and got low grades. She usually uses something like a meter stick as a paddle to punish someone from getting a low score. Her judgment was so strict that every one of us was complied to do the best as we can to survive her subject. During her lesson, everyone were not at ease, because most of us was afraid that she might give some oral quiz or else an examination that will comply us to discuss in front of our classmates. However, the way she does this isn’t bad at all because her subject gives an opportunity to sink some of her ideals about physic in us, and from the way she handled her class is something I admire the most. The thing that affects me was to be at my best as I can.
  1. Which is your favorite theory of development? How can this guide you as a future teacher?
  • I am not sure of what kind of theory development that is being mean on this part of the question, but for me, I find high school to be an interesting one. I did go throw with this kind of development, and as I perceive it, this something deals with the most crucial stage in one’s life as a person, because this is the stage where everything is at question. A very vulnerable one that could possibly lead the student to turn their way going to a direction that they didn’t imagine it. As far as being an educator, I want to learn more about this stage through complying myself. I want to give an input in them the goodness of life to be thankful for, and give a full meaning about life by integrating it within my lesson.
  1. What are your other significant insights on the learner’s characteristics and needs?
  • The learner’s characteristics and needs come in a variety of aspect. Learners are not all the same, based on my observation; I see different kinds of kids. There were those learners who were talkative, silent, very naughty, active, loner, happy and so many things. Different side of which help me understand more that God create human in a very unique. Each has their own unique way that makes them as an individual. Their needs also differ, each kids has their own. There are those kids who are lack of skills than the others. There are those fast and slow learners, goes as well with those learners are who are far and near sighted. Student who are well able and who are not. These are those few things that should be addressed by the curriculum maker since the students are the life blood of school. There interest and giving their needs in terms of education is their rights that must met by the educator.

Preschooler on Math Session

 

School as a Learning Environment

This post is based on my field study that I did conduct last three months for the year 2014. You may seem not to approve some of this idea, but please correct me if I am wrong. Most of the things contain here were based on my own opinion. I am very welcome to some ideas that you may share on this subject matter. Thank you and hope it will be a help for those people in search for the same studies.

SCHOOL FACILITIES CHECKLIST

Familiarize yourself with the different areas and facilities of the school. Check the column to indicate their availability. Give a brief description of those that are available on the last column.

Facilities Available Not Available Description
Office of the Principal The Principal’s office isn’t in a one room type. Her desk is located along with the faculty room, only a divider that makes it separate from among the faculties’ desk.
Library The library is somehow well equipped and very far from the playing ground of the students, which makes the place conducive for studying, and doing some home works or any school work.
Counselling Room The counselling or guidance room is located near the gate. The place were lacking of some materials which can be used in guiding the student. However, since the place is open and near the gate, I didn’t find it very well in terms of giving advices to a certain student due to its noisy background from the car that is going in and out the school and even in the highway.
Canteen/Cafeteria The place is kind of messy; when I got there, the chair weren’t arranged. The school supplies weren’t well organized, the food seems to be more on junk foods.
Medical Clinic This room is located in the administrative office along with their admin. They have good personnel that were assigned in there, a registered nurse! The materials were well segregated, and clean.
Audio Visual/Media Center They don’t have this room, but the supplies and need for these equipments were located at their library.
Reading Center
Speech Laboratory
Science Laboratory They don’t have this room, but the tools for science were located at their library.
Gymnasium They have this but not like any extravagant type of a Gym. A very wide open area.
Auditorium
Home Economics Room
Industrial Workshop Area
PTA Office
Comfort Room for Boys The Comfort Room were well maintained. But the only thing is that some of the door located in this place were somehow not in good condition. Repairs to some of it are needed.
Comfort Room for Girls The Comfort Room were well maintained. But the only thing is that some of the door located in this place were somehow not in good condition. Repairs to some of it are needed.
Others (Please Specify)
Prayer Room Prayer room for an Islamic school is needed for spiritual aspect. The school has this, where in it is well ventilated and clean. The area is wide enough in order to accommodate more people in times of prayer.
Cashier’s Office This office is somehow small, but I guess it can accommodate all queries that relates to them.
Registrar’s Office They have the same area with that of the Cashier’s office. Documents are well arranged, and can entertain a certain number of clients in a span of time.
Computer Laboratory The computers are well arranged through divider. This room is available for the computer class in elementary and high school. As well as available for the students who need to use it for assignments and other activities in relation to their studies.

Write your observation report here.

Name of the School Observed: ________________________

School Address:

Date of Visit: January 19, 1014

                Before going to a certain school, I was thinking of going to Dansalan College to conduct my observation in our Field Studies, but then, I heard from my co-classmates that they don’t allow this kind of thing in there, and I decided to go to AKIC-SLS instead. That Sunday, I did go at their main building located at Basak Malutlut, Marawi City, and there I got the chance to meet with their HR Head, Ms. Khaireia Umpa Galleto. I did explain her about the reason why I am there, and she advised me to write a letter address to their dean, in order to ask permission. However, it was so unfortunate that Sir Ibrahim A. Mamao, their College Dean, weren’t there due to a certain meeting. On that day, she asked me what level I was planning to observe, and I did mention to her, that I preferably go with the secondary level. To my surprise, with a pleasing personality, she indeed recommends me to go to their Elementary and Secondary section, where it is located a few kilometres from there. She mentions to approach Mrs. Imelda Mamangconi, the Principal of AKIC SLS, and tell her about my concern. Doing it without a further ado, I directly went there and handed down my letter that Sunday Morning.

On that Afternoon, I did go back there together with my co-classmates to start our observation. We indeed talk to the principal and to my surprise, she is very accommodating. She indeed welcomes us in a very friendly way, and did mention that their school is very open to some students who are willing to observe and be part of their academic purpose. From the way the principle showed us kindness, I felt that we did a right choice of choosing a school. I also got the confidence to do these studies at their school because of the courtesy she did show us. She even let us choose, what level we should be in, and recommended the best section among the school. We were accompanied by an elementary teacher Ms. Fatima to the third year room. Unfortunately, when we got there, a substitute teacher was there. As explained by the sub-teacher, he is handing the student a seat work asked by the assigned teacher. Ma’am Fatima informed us about it, and we decided instead to go to her class for our observation. We did explain to her that we cannot observe will enough if we don’t see an actual class that conduct a discussion inside the room. So, Ms. Fatima approved our request. For one hour, we observed her class and the way she conducted a lesson. Together with this, Ms. Namraida, the next teacher of the Grade V-Seabourgium let us observe her class in the Science subject for another one hour.

After observing inside the class, we roamed around to see everything in their school. I was thinking that we needed to see everything inside this school because the observation we will have in that moment will be more applicable in the Field Studies. For a few minutes, we three walked around and gathered data as per needed in the requirements. We see many things, and learn something on that day.

I appreciate the way they welcome us in that school, and wishing that this kind of accommodating atmosphere is also welcome to other school in order to give a room to a new knowledge for the people like us, who is just learning the Education Field.

Be guided by these tasks as you do your observation. Then accomplish the matrix to record your data.

  1. Look at the walls of the classroom. What are posted on the walls? What heroes, religious figures, lessons, visual aids, and announcements do you see posted?
  2. Examine how the pieces of furniture are arranged. Where is the teacher’s table located? How are the tables and chairs/desks arranged?
  3. What learning materials/equipment are present?
  4. Is the room well-lighted and well-ventilated?

CLASSROOM FACILITES MATRIX

Classroom Facilities Description (Location, number, arrangement, condition)
  1. Wall Displays
There were quite displays in the room, but you can count them by the hands. Some of them were entertaining when you look at them. The condition of this display materials were still at its good condition.
  1. Teacher’s Table
A table enough for the teacher to put his/her materials in one place. This is located at the left side of the blackboard facing the students.
  1. Learner’s Desk
The learner’s desk is well provided, and well equipped for the students to use while learning. Setting arrangement was done by their teacher for a certain purpose.
  1. Black board
The Black board is well maintained, and when we got there it’s very cleaned and ready for the lesson to be written on that day!
  1. Learning Materials/Visual Aids.
These materials were very colourful, but for some reason, it isn’t enough in order to fill the students with a more uplifting atmosphere to them.
  1. Shoe Rack
This is located near the Grade V’s door, it has three tier shoe rock that can accommodate all the students’ shoe.
  1. Ceiling
The ceiling is will build, and will paint. No sign of licks when the rain starts to pour down.
  1. Fluorescent
They have two fluorescent in there and it can bring a well ventilated light for the children during dark cloud appear in the sky.

Read the following statements carefully. Then write your observation report on the provided space.

  1. Describe the community or neighbourhood where the school is found.
  2. Describe the school campus. What colors do you see? What is the condition of the building?
  3. Pass by the offices. What impression do you have these offices?
  1. THE RC-AKIC SLS School is located near at the High-way of Sarimanok. In the left side of the school is a Shell Station. A few blocks from the school in the right side is another school. The school guards must be will in looking after the kids of going out since outside is a highway, where in some drivers are driving in a fast pace. So the school need to be more extra careful for the kids.
  2. This school is new and from the way it looks the building construction is still at its good condition. Upon entering the school, you will notice a wide area in a rectangular shape, composed of elementary class rooms and room offices. At the center of this building is a stairs going up to their secondary classrooms that form a small rectangular shape. The colour of the school is quite good since it has an inviting aura. The buildings have this flesh kind of paints all over the campus. At the center of this building there are some other parts that aren’t well cemented, which gave a hard time for the cars to parked in and kind of messy for the students once the school is off.
  3. For me they are not well organized. There is that one certain building there, where it composed of six rooms, and these rooms are not all for class rooms. It is mixed. One room, is for Senior Kindergarten the other is for Junior Kindergarten, next is the cashier’s office, registrar’s office, and two remaining were elementary classrooms. A certain room were composed of three divisions, clinic room, administrative room and either that one was for visual or audio, and they were divided by a partition. The next room I did notice was the faculty area. What I appreciate in there was the male and female faculties, where they are being separated by a partition as well. The Principals desk is mixed to those faculty members who make her having no privacy in terms of doing here school works, entertaining guest especially for school related, making a private decision in relation to school/personnel with some administrative officers.
  4. Aside from what has been indicated in the upper part of this Episode; Prayer Room, Faculty Room, Registrar’s Office, Cashier’s Office, Computer Laboratory.

 

Walk through the school halls, the library, and the cafeteria. Look around and find out the other facilities that the school has.

SUMMARY OF OBSERVATIONS

How do the school campus and the classroom in particular impact on the learning of the students going to school? What are your conclusions?

  • The school campus and the classroom should be covered in an atmosphere conducive for the learning students. The reason for this is that, the school is a community where they need to learn. If the place is somewhat messy, and everything seems to be not in place, it will be a problem for the students in their part. Instead of learning, they will just develop a headache from this typical set up. School should be filled with a community that is peace and loving, because that is their right. As for the status of the AKIC-SLS, from my own observation, their campus and their classroom could be rated as a good standard. They have students that are very lively, which can be presume that this kids are satisfied from what the school could give. The surrounding is well maintained as per observation on that day.

How does this relate to your knowledge of child and adolescent development/How does this relate to your knowledge of facilitating learning?

  • In regards to child and adolescent development, they should be developing in a certain community where they can learn freely, and not coerced by some people within the area. This school is a typical school that concerns on their learner’s best interest. Observing from the surrounding, the school is trying to provide them the best facilities the administration could give to them. The faculties facilitate their lesson to the learners the best way as they could. As per the rights of the Students according to the right of the children and young person, this school is trying to follow it as much as they can.

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS:

  1. Would you like to teach in the school environment you observed? Why?
  • In a greater sense, yes, I would likely to teach in the said school. I could say that the school is well equipped in terms of materials. Teachers and other administrators are very well accommodating that could possibly give a boost up in pursuing my interest in teaching the young minds. Students are naughty but they can easily be taught with appropriate tools they needed. More or less it will be an interesting, and fun experience if indeed I’ll go out there and teach!
  1. What Kind of School Campus is conducive to learning?
  • Based on what I observed and ideas i gathered, a school campus can be conducive if they indeed have the facilities that are needed by the school for there learner, more training ground for the students to test their minds and skills. Along with this, is a well-organized campus, free from any elements that can be a disturbance to the learning process of the students.
  1. What kind of classroom is conducive to learning?
  • In the classroom part, the learning could be conducive if the teacher themselves is well equipped. Having a good moral, values, and well knowledge on the rights of his/her students, and more or less well informed about his/her students need. Enthusiasm and motivation from the teacher is needed in order to convey that aura to their student to increase their desire to learn as well. The materials used for display inside the classroom should be rightful chosen, were the student can pick an information from their daily school life. Classroom must also be well organized, and everything is at its place, well ventilated and clean.
  1. In the future, how can you accomplish your answer in number 3?
  • If teaching is my calling, I will equip myself at hand on the things I needed. I don’t like to go out there without any strategies or objective for my students for their learning. I want the student to have the greatest learning experience they could have while. Being young is a once in a life time opportunities, this is the reason why I would love to be at my best.
  1. Write your additional learning and insights here.
  • In this kind of experience, I indeed learn something that isn’t available in my college days. It gave me an idea what a teachers life is, the importance of touching young mind, and how a teacher should be more sensitive in the needs of her/his students. The teachers hold whatever the student will become off. Teacher hold that part in their growth, and for this, they should be more aware of. This experience made me aware of many things, like the right of the children, how they should be handled, and how the school works. I could say at this moment that teaching is not an easy task, but a true noble profession.

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THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS

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Right now, I am making my fact sheet for my report this coming saturday! I was thinking of sharing some thing about this in order to remind us about the children and young persons rights. There are those moments that some grown ups forget their responsibility to their child, and for this, they need to refreshen up there mind as well. Children are the treasure of our own nation and the holder of our future. A fully awareness of their rights are needed in order for them to grow up in an convenient environment, where they can enjoy being a child and learn without presurring them.

1)      Every child is endowed with dignity and worth of human being from the moment of his conception, as generally accepted in medical parlance, and has therefore, the right to be born well.

2)      Every child has the right to a wholesome family life that will provide him with love, care and understanding, guidance and counselling, moral and material security.

3)      Every child has the right to a well-rounded development of his personality to the end that he may become a happy, useful, and active member of society.

The gifted child shall be given opportunity and encouragement to develop his special talents.

The emotionally disturbed or socially maladjusted child shall be treated with sympathy and understanding, and shall be entitled to treatment and competent care.

            The physically or mentally handicapped child shall be given the treatment, education, and care required of his particular condition.

4)      Every child has the right to a balanced diet, adequate clothing, sufficient shelter, proper medical attention, and all the basic physical requirements of a healthy and vigorous life.

5)      Every child has the right to be brought up in an atmosphere of morality and rectitude for the enrichment and the strengthening of his character.

6)      Every child has the right to an education commensurate with his abilities and to the development of his skills for the improvement of his capacity for service to himself and his fellowmen.

Children are not a burden!

7)      Every child has the right to full opportunities for safe and wholesome recreation and activities, individual as well as social, for the wholesome use of his leisure hours.

8)      Every child has the right to protection against exploitation, improper influences, hazards, and other conditions or circumstances prejudicial to his physical, mental, emotional, social, and moral development.

9)      Every child has the right to live in a community and a society that can offer him an environment free from pernicious influences and conducive to the promotion of his health and the cultivation of his desirable traits and attributes.

10)  Every child has the right to the care, assistance, and protection of the state, particularly when his parents or guardians fail or are unable to provide him with his fundamental needs for growth, development, and improvement.

11)  Every child has the right to an efficient and honest government that will deepen his faith in democracy and inspire him with the morality of the constituted authorities both in their public and private lives.

12)  Every child has the right to grow up as a free individual, in an atmosphere of peace, understanding, tolerance, and universal brotherhood and with the determination to contribute his share in the building of a better world.

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