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Changing Education Paradigms + my own (shitty) reflection

A few weeks ago, my prof asked us to watch this video by Sir Ken Robinson. I find this video a genius because it just is. 🙂 So anyway, our prof also asked us to have a reflection/ reaction paper about the video, and we’re “required” to be creative in doing our paper (honestly, how can you require creativity?).



After watching the video a few times, because the message has a strong point, and because the animation is just genius, I decided to make my reflection this way. I just had to printscreen it because I am a lazy bum.



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December 7, 2012 Friday


 Every single time that I add something slightly stressful in my “stuff-I-need-and-should-do-NOW” list, I always start with tons of energy (“I can do this!”) and excitement (“I’m ready to go!”), then anxiety (“Can I maintain this pace?”), then realization 01 “Hey, I’m sort of tired”


then “Gee, I’m really tired”


then “Hey, my lower back’s hurting”


then “Isn’t it cold?”


then “The food needs more salt”


then “It’s really co-co-a-choooooo!”


the FLU life cycle strikes again.


I was not able to attend my OJT today because I was already feverish, and I knew better that I should stay away from the children, but I still went to school to drop off a task given to me by Teacher Ina.

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Since my blog died already died for the past few months, I decided to resurrect it and keep it (barely) alive just to preserve this account (and to not have this blog be called worthless). So from now on, until I get to have a whole lot more spare time, I”ll be posting my Practice Teaching journal logs – these logs don’t really mean anything to me, this is just a requirement in one of my courses. I just thought that posting them online would just remind me (in the near future) of how I did in the past, if ever my files get deleted or something. I cannot promise that I would be as active as I did before, especially after I realized that blogging is definitely not for me.I am too timid to blog about stuff. 


December 3, 2012 Wednesday


 Upon arriving in Mary’s Road, I stumbled upon Teacher Kris teaching the Kinder 1A class how to read three-letter words, and they were about to do some worksheets together. But since they were pressed for time, she had to simultaneously assist two children doing worksheets while the others had their recess. While watching Teacher Kris, I found myself thinking that teaching pre-schoolers how to read would be quite taxing, especially teaching how to read the English language (since I find it to be such a complicated language), and that teaching how to read would always be one of the challenges of a pre-school teacher as it will greatly depend on the number of your students and to the abilities of the young learners. After doing their worksheets and eating their snacks, they proceeded to practicing their performance for their Christmas Outreach on the 10th. I can say that they have greatly improved, but I still think that the actions were a bit too much for the children, although I am glad that Teacher Kris had faith and urged the class to do their performance. The sit-ins were a bit uncooperative, but I guess they’ll do their part once they’re on-stage.


By the time Kinder 1B had their class, I realized the difference in the teaching strategies between Teacher Kris and Teacher Ina. The words that Teacher Kris took time to teach to her class were taught in a matter of minutes for Teacher Ina’s class. Teacher Kris commented that Teacher Ina’s kids were more skilled with reading, but I thought otherwise; ever since I have been under Teacher Ina’s care, I saw that even though the kids are not yet asked to read, Teacher Ina already injects some reading strategies beforehand, so by the time Teacher Ina formally teaches them how to read, they already know the basics and reading would just come naturally. Plus, I guess teaching reading to more than 10 students requires the use of more traditional techniques as the teacher would be the main source of information. Since the kids in K1B already “knew” the basics of reading, the worksheets were a breeze and they just had a lot of time to take their recess and practice their performance.

pouring my heart out on this word processor is torture.

Pamela teaching her children (1743–45)

Image via Wikipedia

Being able to adapt to the changes and come up with creative methods on instructing are one of the few things that define an effective educator. In line with being adaptive, keeping up with the changes in the academic world is also a characteristic, as well as a small burden, for any educator. This implies that being an educator goes beyond instructing; an educator has to constantly learn the said changes.


This is what scares me the most.


Barely a year into the program, and I already feel the pressure of becoming a decent educator rising. Expectations from the left and right, and even those behind me are slowly catching up. I keep learning about being an educator, but I do not know how to be an effective one. At first, when I was asked what aspects I should improve on myself as an educator, the first answer that I came up with was “everything”.


But why did I unconsciously answer ‘everything’?


I still do not feel confident that I know a lot about being an educator, especially one that handles the early childhood stage. I keep reading about how an early childhood educator makes a huge impact on the education of the child, and it keeps me on edge. As much as possible, I want to be the perfect teacher – I want to be the kind of educator that parents would feel comfortable leaving their child to. I believe that my classroom management skills are above average, as I apply them in the goings-on in my daily life, and so far, they have not failed me.


Grateful for my professors, I have already found out what kind of learner I am, and my educational philosophy. I find myself completely traditional – a visual learner and an essentialist in nature. Personally, knowing that I possess traits that are needed in an early childhood education teacher, I feel much more confident in myself. I know that in most preschools, despite the different curriculums, preschools want their students to learn the basics, something that an essentialist educator would gladly teach. Students at this stage are highly visual too; their attention is short, and visuals are among the top tools needed in order to catch the attention of the students. Who else can make an effective visual other than a visual learner himself?


Never in my entire life would I find that studying education would make me learn more about myself, not after my previous program. I used to think that Psychology would help me acquire information about myself; possessing an interpersonal intelligence, I guess it is of utmost importance to have a firm and stable knowledge of one’s self before venturing out into the open. I used to think, that if not Psychology, no other program would help me gain more insight about myself; and now, I am eating my words. Despite the results of various personality tests taken and interpreted, despite knowing what type of personality I possess, it was not enough. I became more aware of myself, but it did not give me direction on how to lead my life. My personality test results explained why I am behaving in such manner, but it never explained how such behaviour could help me improve. The small tests that I took in education gave me a specific view on my life; knowing my philosophy, finding role models, learning about the different aspects on being an efficient educator, and knowing what kind of learner I am all lead me into being a more effective human being. They made me conscious on how I act, and I learned how to detach myself from everything. I solve problems now by distancing myself away from the problem and see the whole issue from a third person’s point of view; I became more observant and careful of my words… I just appreciate how much I have changed.


I guess what I fear the most are my strategies and methods that I will use upon becoming a teacher. As an essentialist, I know for sure that I have the tendencies of becoming a traditional teacher. I fear that I may not be able to overcome this. I fear that I might constantly resort to lecture and direct instruction. I fear that I would lose control of myself and be dominating to my students. I also fear my lessons. I may know them by heart and soul, but they could all disappear once I stand in front of my students. I might stutter, keep forgetting what I’m trying to say and just lose confidence about myself entirely.


I have a handful of things to improve on, and I do not know where to start.

. . .

it has been quite some time since I last posted anything. I kept on looking for the motivation to post something for such a long time that I didn’t notice the time.

anyway, here’s a decent quote that I believe summarizes everything that we learned about LIFE.


‎”Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.”
Vernon Law