Wordle in paper

Wordle.net is an interesting discovery. Aside from the fact that I was able to fuse together all the names of my students and our section Innovative, I also used it as a pre-reading activity for several chapters in the ancient civilizations unit. 

What I intend to do here is for the class to collaborate on a project called ROTA: Return of the Ancients. This is a Public Awareness Campaign, wherein they will revive the Lost Ancient World for younger students to see.

As a product, they will create an exhibit of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Latin America, Greece, and Rome. Each team will be creating giant mindmaps that include headings such as geography, organization, and achievements. They will also have to show other graphic organizers such as problem-solution matrix, contributions matrix, Who’s Who?, gods and goddesses, and collection of speeches among others. This is supposed to teach them that understanding what they have read can be shown in visual maps and graphic organizers. These are student-friendly tools they all have to get familiar with. 

Another group activity is the performance. Here they will have to choose one of the following debate, panel discussion, speech, drama or roleplay. Or they can choose any activity that require them to perform something.

Individually, they have to produce an essay related to the topic assigned to their team. It is a reflection essay on what they have learned from the activity, and from the exchange with the other teams.

On top of this, the students must be able to follow the principle of while-reading. They’ve got to highlight important details, outline or mindmap, or take down notes.

Sky is the limit to creativity because they cannot spend too much on the materials and they have to follow the principle of GREENOVATION.

By the way, from Wordle, I came up with a design for our section:

This is my advisory class.

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Encounter retreat with froshies and transferies

Sixty-one freshmen and transfer students join the Encounter Retreat as their final integration step to LifeCollege high school after the orientation and team building held last month.

Held for 2 days at YWAM in San Manuel, the students listened to several talks that introduce Jesus Christ to their lives.

Teacher Amelia Baloloy, the school’s Academic Head, talked about the Father Heart of God and His Love for the Prodigal Son. Meanwhile, Teacher Lucelyn Lucenara, the school’s Guidance Counselor, discussed the Steps to becoming a good Christian through prayer, worship, fellowship and reading the Bible.

“The Encounter Retreat is a platform for new students to realize that LifeCollege is not just an ordinary school because we give importance to our students’ spiritual development.” Sir Leopoldo Alarcon, the school’s event coordinator explained.

In between talks are workshops that allowed students to become more aware of themselves and the issues they are dealing with. Hands on activities were also included to make sure that the participants were able to understand the lessons taught.

“I love the well activity because it made me reflect about my positive and negative behaviors in situations where other people see me and especially when I am alone,” Arlo De Ramayo, a 4th Year HS student said.

Meanwhile, the others liked the towel illustration of Renewal in Christ where participants were asked to soak their towels in a dirty water, made them soak it in bleach, and laundry them afterwards until the towels are clean once again.

Teacher Lucy further commented, “Activities are integrated into the Encounter Retreat to ensure that it is balanced with lectures.” She added, “We are excited because through the years, we have been gradually developing our material that really touches the hearts of our students to know and grow in Christ.”

The 1st day was capped with small group discussions and one-to-one interaction between the participants and LifeCollege grade school and high school teachers.

During that activity, the students were able to share their stories and revealed what they have written on their well, while the teachers prayed for them towards the end.

Truly this encounter retreat reached out to sixty more souls and made sure they were welcome to Jesus Christ’s family in this Christian school.

Live (MORE) Curious

Yes, it is National Geographic Channel’s logo and tag. But for this school year, we thought of having it as our section’s mantra. Last school year, the classroom deisgn was Facebook/Twitter inspired, where we also posted a tweet for the week at the classroom’s door.

This time around, I commissioned Jonard to innovate the design and have it suit our section’s class ‘personality’. He came up with the design on the left, which was actually better than what I asked him to do. He added the word: more. That made it cool.

The class logo should make everything more exciting and more exhilarating. I expect that learning will become wackier and funnier with these hyperactive batch. They really love to talk and share their ideas. They’re loud. Very loud. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have something in between their ears. They do. A lot.

There would be few stretching points for sure. Some would really be stressful. But I think that’s basically what life is about: being stretched and stressed because you have to make hard decisions and stand by them. I guess, my role as an adviser is to make them aware of where their choices could lead them and teach them to become more responsible of the consequences of their choices.

The logo is suits them after all, live curious so that they have multiple options to choose from and when they choose they have to stand by the consequence of their choice. After all, I can’t make a choice for them.  I only serve as a guardian.