UPCAT 2011

I finished checking and cross-checking my students’ form for the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT). Three months from now they will be colliding heads to head with over 60,000 4th year high school students who will be graduating this school year. I can’t help but reminisce the time I was applying. While looking at the photos, I could tell how time flew by so swiftly. Gra-graduate na sila.


Maps and Timelines

Fourth year Competent and Prolific were both funny with their kindergarten-like drawings. Although, the effort and energy they toiled to finish the map for the short story Araby by James Joyce is truly commendable. They might probably be thinking that I am the least person to appreciate. Oh well, they are right. Haha! Except that it is not about their work per se. I am actually proud that they were willing to rise above despite of the lessons they still need to learn.

I just observed though that there were similarities in the way the different teams interpreted the text. Their maps looked more like a typical Filipino community and not an Irish one. Some groups placed a talipapa or a wet and dry market with cogon roof. They portrayed the roads as rocky, uneven and unpaved. And the shades they selected resemble that of summer beach party.

I find their outputs really cute. I could but tell that aside from being creative, they are very much childlike (not really childish, I hope). But this won’t go amiss. I’ve observed that orientation and perspective are delimited by exposure.

And I guess, that is where education comes in. It ought to be the emancipator or liberator of a man from the vestiges of a narrowed down thinking. Today, we have tread one step toward realizing that our space is indeed not just what we thought it is.

Meanwhile. the Third year Innovative and Collaborative had a different experience. Section Innovative was more diligent in doing the work, while Collaborative needed more time and cooperation to finish theirs.

The two groups were supposed to have finished a Prehistory Timeline last Tuesday, but we adjusted time because I am still observing how they work. Call it leniency. I allowed this because this might be the group’s first time to experience this methodology inside the classroom.

So, due to this I had to postpone the next activity, a role play on how the pre-historic men lived as toolmaker, worshiper, hunter-gatherer, worshiper, and discoverer.  I have yet to see the other group’s output, but I am already blown away by the first one.