TESOL & Dr. Angie

She is an epitome of a career woman; only her riches lie within the hearts of men she has taught probably with a cup-filled gusto. How could she not? Enthusiasm overpowered her like a madwoman. Her audience, listening intently to what she has to say, couldn’t just take but bequeath their senses. But in a good way.

She is Dr. Angie Pacleb, a TESOL trainer with a couple more. But that would still be an understatement.

Let me focus on the real thing:

Let’s just say, people at the school yearn for someone to teach English Language fluency and proficiency. And she came into the picture, right in time. Heaven’s sent? I supposed. She proposed a training for TESOL-slash-ESL to be used in kindergartens. To do so, she needed to train teachers first: how to use English, how to speak it, and how to flow in the medium to teach subjects other than English.

That’s quite possible. Though, it is a long, tedious process.

And it starts with making sense of all the ideas:

The first is obvious. English can be used to teach History, Science, Mathematics etc., It is already in those medium, but there is an undertone, a hidden stuff. That is, skills in English such as listening, speaking, reading and writing can be all taught in each subject area. Follow TESOL way. Combine it with Reading in Content Areas. Fluent speakers of English with high comprehension skills will be produced. Both ways will enable the teacher to become a facilitator, while students are empowered to become independent learners.

Araby and history

In my World Lit class today,  we have finished digging into the deeper world of James Joyce’s Araby. What was notable about the lecture on this was the kids have permeated through the surface level and understood the story within the context of the author’s time, biases or prejudice in the selection of the characters and objects evident, and the interpretation of each symbol or allusions made.

The story’s theme of a boy’s sexual awakening where the unrequited love of the young protagonist is set against his excitement at going to the Araby Bazaar (Daithai C, 2009) revealed during the discussions have kept them surprised. They all seemed like churning over their seats, uncomfortable with the discussions (like section Prolific) due to some words.

But I guess two points are made clear: (1) Boys will got through the same process. They might not understand what it is but they will feel certain emotions brought about by the physiological changes happening inside them. Girls pass through similar but unique physiological changes. And (2) The belief in God, as advanced by religion, holds young boys and girls to rise above their feelings brought by the chemical processes and reactions going on inside them.

Next week, my classes will trace the various psychological development that happened in the boy as he go to Araby.

In my 3Y Innovative, we started wrapping up the Prehistoric Timeline activity by handing out the rubrics for assessment and filling out a sheet of paper with the reflections on the things they have learned from the activity and the comments about the activity, itself.

Next week, we will go through the performance assessment. They will have to role play how pre-historic people stumbled upon the discoveries that we still make use of today or that have already developed into their present forms.

The Chapel Hour created an atmosphere of prayer and worship. It felt great to see the students praying for each other, helping others out to accept Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour, and worshiping Him after the moment of prayer.

Next week will be exciting because the transfer students will have their Retreat. The metacognitive part features a metaphor of white towel to be dirtied and be washed to make it clean once again, as white as snow.

Excited about SY 2011

The Honors Society.

Despite the fact that I am being overwhelmed with frustrations over The Helix, LifeCollege Student Council, and FACES 2010, here I am trying to find the real niche where I should be handling at my best even at the littlest effort exerted.

The Helix remained a blueprint of the schools could-be Print Media. I envisioned it to become like The Varsitarian or Gideon. It was supposed to be a News Magazine that everyone could read on and relate to. The group should have also been the hub for language training both in writing and speaking. We started out training for debate and speech. We continued producing dummies for the paper. But I guess, that will remain to be a far-fetched dream until there are students who are very eager to explore the boundaries of their talents.

The LifeCollege Student Council remained a name. I envisioned it to become the council that listens to and responds to every issue that students face. It is supposed to develop servant leaders at best, and self-led, needs-sensitive, and creative individuals. Until leadership workshops are conducted, outside conferences are attended, and community exposures are tried out, the values that I want to see will remain just but a dream.

FACES 2010 remained in a halt. The supposedly launching pad for role models and ambassadors has been placed in a halt because the focus shifted. Still, the faces and talents are there buried inside the ground and waiting to be uncovered.

And here I am, excited to start again and willing to set things right and straight.

Learning in Style

Twenty-first century learning is not merely using technology inside the classroom, but it is about knowing how students learn so that with or without the immediate presence of technology, learning does take place, still.

For teachers, knowing how their students learn, and for students, knowing how they learn indubitably impacts the learning process. Although, I could not really tell, yet, if identifying the student’s learning style and matching classroom design and teaching strategies to the learning style is directly related to student achievement.

Nonetheless, I believe that the students must have shared ownership and must even take the lead in the learning process. Hence, knowing their style can make learning easier, exciting, and edu-taining.

Welcome to my Class 2011

Today marks another innovation inside my classroom.

My goal in this learning quest is to produce students who are independent learners regardless of the subject area, and to train them to become collaborative and team-oriented.  This can be done by teaching students how to read and how to make meaning from the text they are reading. This will be done with introducing various strategies in reading.

For both World Literature and World History classes, I will be utilizing the Understanding by Design, Pre/While/Post-Reading strategies, the SQ4R (Survey, Question, Read, Relate, Recite, and Review), and the collaboration or team setting.

My approach to each lesson will have to look like this:

1. Drop the Essential Questions and Big Ideas

2. Download the assessment plan through product or performance rubrics

3. Engage the students in Pre-Reading Task, which will use:

a. Survey

-Check the title

-Check the topic and subtopics

-Check the font, font size, and style

-Create a mental outline of the contents

b. Form questions

c. Activate previous knowledge

d. Predict

4. Allow students read the reading task

a. Highlight important details

Green – important name of persons, places, or things

Blue – important dates and numbers

Red – words with unfamiliar meaning

Yellow – important phrases or sentences; definition

b. Annotate the selection

c. Take down notes (mindmap, outline, or Cornell notetaking)

5.Let the students play through:

a. Performance

b. Product

6. Synthesize and conclude with the lesson through a Learning Log, which is also called as journal or reflection notebook

In order to make my class more manageable, I have divided them into various teams. All teams will go through the various tasks and activities prepared during each lessons. They will also be responsible, in part, in evaluating whether they have learned something or not.

Through this, my class will become student-centered and activity-based, where I will be there to scaffold their learning process.

Welcome to my class!

Teambuilding 2011

Every year, school starts with team building activities.

It is a fatal attraction, a no nonsense hustle and bustle that lures our student into some kind of a comma, a trance of what this hub can really offer.

Everything was birthed from the idea that LifeCollege high school is One Team with 4 different levels, with 2 sections per level, and with approximately 25 students per section.

But that was four years ago. This year, there is an average of 30 students per section. The high school has grown in numbers; yet, it remained a single team.

Thanks to Sir Polds and the LifeRangers for relentlessly putting up the various team building games and challenges yearly after PowerYouth (now Champion Youth Philippines) first held it.

Thanks to every student whose non-participation is not an option. Never did this year-opener fail to rouse fun and excitement among every participant, whether one is introvert or extrovert.

This is the school’s distinctive in welcoming its returning, continuing, and transfer students.

2011 Opens

School Year 2011-2011 started today.

And this blog as well.

Honestly, I felt once again what my university professor never fails to say that his life is like a portal of students coming in and out every year.

I am really nostalgic about my advisory class. Staying with them for a year has taught me patience and love. I would have wanted to chase them and become their adviser this school year. I had that option. But, I had to let go because it is based on what I feel.

Nonetheless, I am excited about meeting a new set of young bloods. They won’t just make me look younger, but they would prompt me to innovate strategies. They won’t just keep me posted about their world, but they would also stretch me beyond limits.

What I feel right now is a mixed emotion of a teacher who is left behind by his student but is never emptied for there are new kids to fill in the spaces. Spaces that were never really taken, but are created again and again to accommodate new ones.

And so, I am blogging again this year to speak of the lives of these students, to share our experiences inside the classroom and in the school, and to walk on more responsibly and responsively to the calling that I heeded.