Things I've Learned
One quarter down. Thank goodness I survived. Thank you to my family, for their continual support and prayers, to my friends everywhere and this blog.
1. Never ever let those papers pile up unrecorded.
2. Always be advanced in lesson planning
3. Prepare extra worksheets/seatworks.
4. Take care of oneself—physically and emotionally.
5. Have songs, hand gestures and mnemonics incorporated in keypoints of the lesson.
6. Journal daily events in the classroom.
7. Never let those down moments linger.
9. Be the influence.
10. Start Mondays with a smile. End Fridays happily.
11. Read. A lot. Read more.
|Meet the Top 10 of our class for the First Grading Period.|
Seven more months to go for the first year of my teaching fellowship to get completed. There are still a lot of work to be done.
I had carton boxes of cereal and milk, and as of today, I was able to cut 3”x3”, 2”x2”, and 1.5”x 1.5” of square cards, I will be putting letters on it to be used on remedial classes. I was also able to find a free video downloading app that can help me acquire nursery rhymes and singalong videos for them. The bookset of Hooked on Phonics had also arrived and there are parents that are really eager to acquire their copies to be used for their children at home. I had also asked them to give me dvds so I can give them copies of the videos that I can get here and there.
Im still trying to find ways on how to get copies of Bayani, Hiraya Manawari, Math Tinik, Epol Apple and Atbp, and Sineskwela. There are very limited copies available online. My generation was fortunate to have these tv shows on free tv years ago. Now, most of the educational channels are available on cable tvs. Knowing the economic backgrounds of my kids’ families, getting a cable tv subscription is not a priority.
Last August 31st was Parents’ Day. Report cards of the pupils were given to their parents and their progress were discussed as well. Out of 51, 40 of the guardians and parents came for the meeting and asked about their kids. A parent even cried out of frustration about her child as a frustrated reader. She had been very much willing to buy all those educational materials that I had told them about, thinking that it will be the answer to her child’s struggle. She is a working mom and had admitted that she cant watch over the child after school since she is the office. She had been willing to pay for afterschool tutorial sessions for the child. Honestly, I am very much tempted to accept the offer but thinking of my other non-reader kids, I just told her that probably she can bring us merienda every now and then on our remedial classes instead.
On Monday, I plan to start my afterclass remedial sessions with three pupils for now. Monday to Wednesday, we will stay in school for one-on-one reading drills. Three kids for now.
I cannot change the world but I know I can change a life of a child as he prepares to face the world. One at a time. As Mr. Marrero, CEO of Mead Johnson Nutrition, advised us, “Be realistic. Don’t lose idealism. Choose your battles.”
I had chosen this. May God be with me.