August 31, 2014

Under Pressure

I want more days off from work! It's like there'd be no more days after August because of its almost full weekend schedule.

Anyway, we only had two days with classes this week because of National Heroes Day (holiday), and two suspension of classes due to heavy rain warnings. This week had been easy teaching-wise, but I was stressed because of some re-construction and revisions I'm doing in my classroom. I hope that the monitoring team will reschedule their visit in our district. I NEED MORE TIME TO PREPARE MY CLASSROOM!

This week, I was able to get in touch with a former kid in my class. He sent me voice notes and video recording to say hi. It's such a sweet gesture, and it made a teacher like me grateful for what I'm doing.

I'm still praying that I will have more time to prepare my classroom for my kids.

Before I end this entry, I'll be including another song. I recalled this old favorite song (not so old actually) today and felt that I missed listening to this. I found out about this song when there was a music tour in our dormitory during my college days. There was a duo who played this song and I like their version very much. Sadly, I couldn't find them so I'm sharing this one instead, which is as great as the Don Henley original. Listen, please :)

August 25, 2014

What day is it?

Basic Training Couse, Kinder Demofest, Educational Film Viewing, Sports Fest - Cluster Meet, Mind Education Specialist Training - these had taken up my August aside from my morning and afternoon classes. I couldn't help but feel tired and somehow, accomplished.

September is coming and soon, people will start posting a line from a Greenday song (because it's that time of the year again.) I just hope that the coming month will be better and less tiring. But with the scheduled visit of the division supervisor of Kindergarten program, I have to work hard to make my classroom more child-friendly. I have yet to make a lot of changes and that means, I need more resources and time to make my plans work out.

I'm glad that the internet has been helpful when in comes to looking for ideas and designs for a better classroom, especially for a teacher like me, who loves DIY things.

It's still August but I'm excited already because someone dearest to me will be coming home soon, soon, soon. Maybe, two more months! How quick can it be?! I can't imagine how busy October-January will be. Well, I gotta learn how to manage time more wisely.

Anyway, Vienna Teng came to Manila, Philippines and I wasn't able to watch her live. But, I heard her sing live through live audio streaming! She's so kind to share her music even to those who don't have enough time and resources to listen in her gigs. If you don't know her yet, you better check her out for some soulful music experience (look for Eric's song in YouTube, the live performance, I suggest.) I'm sharing this song of hers for some confidence-boosting music. :)

July 26, 2014

Pretty sad poems

I stumbled upon my old journal which I wrote on from June 2008 to July 2009. It's a journal full of doodles, songs, poems, lines, topic outlines, and excerpts from books I read. It's also where I kept some tickets of concerts and films that I went to (yes, I like keeping souvenirs for memories' sake before.) When I was keeping that journal, I realized that I wanted to write a book of poems and have it published. That dream still lives. 

One of the sad poems that I wrote on that journal is one of my favorite. I am sharing it here because I thought it's one of those beautiful things I have written. Or, maybe not. Haha. I, sharing this, is just one step to being less selfish. Some friends knew that I don't share or talk about to everyone the things that I like. I thought that if many people would like them too, the beauty of those things would be corrupted. Anyway, here's the poem that I wrote, dated April 30 - May 1, 2009. Cheers to life! :)

June 30, 2014

Teaching and good stories

A month in the public school system was an entirely new experience for me, as a preschool teacher. Also, a month was enough to help me adjust to and love (especially) the work I have.

Everyday is filled with funny conversations with the children and the parents. I love it when children share what they know and feel about the lesson and I love it more when parents tell me what do they children say about what we talked about in class. Unfortunately, there are only few parents who give feedback about their children. 

Everyday, I get to talk to and spend hours with a maximum of 48 pupils, (28 in my morning class and another 20 in the afternoon) and with just a week, I was able to remember all their names. That, for me, is crucial so that the children will somehow feel that their teacher knows them, and that they are important. My voice has started to get hoarse because of singing, talking, and shouting (at times) for six hours every day. I think a big part of it was because of singing. Haha. Good thing that nobody in my class has told me yet that I don't sound good.

So far, my favorite lesson was when we talked about the parts of the body that we can't  see. I chose five organs only such as the brain, heart, lungs, stomach and kidney. I'm glad that they understood the use of each organ and remembered how to take care of their body. I told them that smoking can make lungs sick and almost all of the children told me that they knew someone who smokes. Some of them were their dads, uncles, etc. I told them that they can tell those persons what may happen to their lungs because of smoking. Here is the funny story I heard the day after that lesson (non-verbatim):

          Parent 1: Ang anak ko sinabihan si A, nanay ni K.(My daughter told something to A, mom of K.)
          Parent 2: Ano raw? (What did she say?)
       Parent 1: Huwag daw manigarilyo, mabubulok ang baga at mamamatay. Ang sabi naman ni A hayaan na lang siyang mamatay. Hahaha (It's not good to smoke, her lungs will get sick and she will die. A just answered that just let her die. Hahaha)
         Parent 2: Eh, bakit hindi ang tatay niya ang sinabihan? (Why didn't your daughter tell that to her dad?)
         Parent 1: Sinabihan nga, ayaw na ngang ibili ng sigarilyo 'pag nagpapabili.(She told her dad that, too. She doesn't like to buy her dad cigarette when she was asked to.)

I laughed when I heard that conversation between parents and was glad to know that the message got across. I hope that in the months to come, the class will learn more things and enjoy school even more. Here's to fun-filled learning! :)

June 29, 2014

It has been a while

I've been wanting to write something here these past few weeks but since I'm still adjusting to my new work plus I've had weekend activities to attend to, I didn't have much time.

I had this vow to write at least two things here every month and I have yet to break that vow. Maybe later, or tomorrow, or before June ends I will be updating this blog with great things (I hope.)

Now, I'm sharing this pretty cover of a song I love and I'll be back sooooon. Have a happy day! :)
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