Awesome August 2013

I love Fridays and I'm lovin' my kids more and more!

Yesterday, I had to call the attention of the little "girls at the back" for not listening during class discussion. As I arrived and dropped my things on the table, I received this note from one of them. I would have hugged them both, but I couldn't so I just smiled and reminded them of their promise.

Little by little, they are learning the value of learning, love and respect. 

It's a Fantastic Friday! (*insert #teacherkilig)

We learned about "pandiwa", spelled words with consonant blends, unscrambled letters to form words for parts of the body, learned about our Filipino ancestors and practiced subtraction with regrouping. I know it may be a lot to remember in one day for some of them.

Little by little, we are both lovin' learning while having fun.
Seeing them get busy as they do classroom jobs, go excited over "Good Job", "Magaling" and "Kaya Mo Yan!" stamps all over their notebooks, arms and faces, and hear them say "Teacher, next week nood ulit tayo tapos exercise ulit ah", "Goodbye Cher, mamimimiss kita"- it's PRICELESS.

Meet mah huggable Tidibur!

I received something from my Birthday wishlist too! Thank you so much Ms. Gracie c",) 

Pwede pa pong humabol yung gustong humabol! Lol!

Maring may have tried to screw up my birthday, nevertheless, it was failure on her part. I was able to reconnect with my co-fellows, had coffee, took a picture with Ronald McDonald, and Hello Kitty Vans, received wonderful birthday wishes from all over, lunch date with my family, joined the nation in #Millionpeoplemarch and and finally ended the last Friday of the month happily with my class.

So, bring it on September!

Can't wait to see my PBO friends again this coming Sunday, Sept.1st. I feel like I'm starting the -ber months with a ROAR by Katy Perry!



Happy Bearday all the way from Norway!

It's August 28, 2013 around 2 o'clock in the afternoon. I am doing my afternoon routine of cleaning, reading and planning for tomorrow's class when my neighbor asked if I am expecting a package coz a delivery man was outside the gate and looking for our house. Then, I remembered, Ms. Gracie said that small package was due to arrive that day.

She said, it's just a small one but it's not!I even confirmed with the delivery man if it was the right package.





I hugged it, shook it, and I peeked into it. As if the gift is not for me! hahahaha.. I am just so excited. I cant contain my surprise and happiness......



Napatili ako sa sobrang kilig at galak nung mabuksan ko at makita ang isang huggable Tidibur!
I feel so loved and special... :) :) :)

Confirmed! Thank you so much for this talaga. Napakasaya ko at sobrang nakakawala ng sakit at pagod makatanggap ng isang regalo.

Napaka-special nito.

Ms. Gracie, hindi pa man tayo nagkikita ng personal pero pinaramdam mo na sakin kung pano ka magpasaya!

Thank you po talaga. 

God bless you and I really look forward to meeting you in person. Makayap man lang kita at mapadama ko sayo kung gano mo ako napasaya dahil sa effort at sa regalong ito.


Tidibur!

Si Tidibur na lang ang tignan nyo. Wag na ako.. Hahahahahaha.....


What to Do. What to Do.

Akala ko late lang ulit mag-aannounce si mayor ng #walangpasok nung ika-23 ng Agosto. Mali ako, paggising ko ng alas-kwatro ng umaga, nabungaran ko ang text message ng Head Teacher, “May pasok na po tayo ngayon. See you all.”

Sinukluban yata ko ng katamaran at naghangad pa ko ng mas mahabang bakasyon.

Larga. Di ko dinala ang mga school gadgets ko. Di ko kasi inisip na papasok nga ang mga bata. Pagdating ko sa school, walo sa kanila ang pumasok! Aba, gusto talagang magkaron ng Certificate of Perfect Attendance for August 2013. Tignan natin kung sino sa kanila ang hindi aabsent sa mga nalalabing araw ng buwan.

What to do. What to do…

Naalala ko yung binigay na book ni Sir Jonathan, buti na lang hindi ko pa nagagamit. Balak ko kasing gamitin yun sa kanilang writing activity para sa 2nd grading period pero mas angkop na panahon ang araw na iyon para dun. Tulad ng orihinal na plano ni Sir Jo, babasahin ng guro ang bugtong at iguguhit ng bata ang sagot. Nakabuo sila ng kani-kanilang SINO AKO? Booklets pagkatapos ng gawain.


Natapos na. Ano naman ang gagawin namin?
Umupo kami sa isang maliit na bilog at nagtanong ako sa kanila:

If you have a pet butterfly, what will you name it? An octopus? An eel? A tiger?
Funny answers.
Then they got bored.

Nagtanong ulit ako:
Ano yung pinakapaborito mong ginagawa natin dito sa school?
--Cher yung experiment po na naghalo-halo kami ng mga vinegar, toyo at mantika. (Sa totoo lang, hindi totoo yan. Sila na lang naghalo-halo ng mga yan. Ang gagawin lang naman nila nun eh i-explore ang properties ng liquids. Kasama dun ang paglilipat-lipat ng mga materyales sa iba’t-ibang lalagyan. Napaka-simpleng experiment, pero alam ko ngang nag-enjoy sila kahit nagkanda-amoy suka at toyo sila pagkatapos nun.)
--Cher yung I Wake Up
--Cher yung exercise na jumping jack
--Cher yung magbabasa

Ano yung bagay na natutunan mo ngayon pa lang na hinding-hindi mo makakalimutan kaylanman?
--Cher yung solid, liquid, gas

Kung mag idadagdag sa mga ginagawa natin, anong gusto mo?
-- yung mas mahabang mental math po… (we tried minute madness for mental math-add as many as you can as the teacher dictates the pair of numbers to be added or subtracted) 

Di pwedeng dagdagan ang oras para sa mental math. It aims to let them practice faster thinking and confidence in speaking in front of the class.

Hay.. Ang saya lang ng araw na yun. One-on-one with each of them. Kung pwede lang na ganun. Next year, 40 kids nalang strictly per class as we get complete implementation of Currciculum for K-3.

Tapos na ang first grading period. Di ko pa tapos ang grades. Ang hirap “gumawa” ng grades. Ang sakit sa loob “magcompute” ng grades lalo at wala namang ico-compute dahil na rin sa dami ng interruptions sa class namin the past few months. Kapabayaan ko na din siguro na dapat ko nang baguhin para sa susunod sa grading periods ay di na ko mahirapan. Sa totoo lang, ang pagbibigay ng grades ang pinakanahihirapan akong gawin. Alam kong kelangan ko tong gawin. Dito ko din kasi makikita kung effective ba akong guro. Takot lang din siguro akong malaman kung may natututunan sila, baka kasi wala L

Hindi ko alam kung pano ko sisimulang mahalin ang assessment and evaluation aspect ng patuturo. Alam kong importante ito. Sa katunayan, isa ang Research and Evaluation sa mga options kong maging  major sa future MA studies ko.

Oo nga pala, malapit na ang Second Semester.

Malapit na din magtapos ang Agosto. Tapos na din ang birthday ko. Matanda na naman ako ng isang taon. Umalis na si Maring. Wala pa sa 15 ang bilang ng araw ng pasok sa paaralan sa buwan na ito.  

Maraming salamat  sa lahat ng bumati. Nawa’y pagpalain tayong lahat ng Poong Maykapal.

Malapit na ang September! Papatak na ang –ber months. Kakaiba ang galak na hatid ng –ber na mga buwan!




Ayokong Tumanda



by Itchyworms 

Rainy Thoughts

The rain hasn't stopped since Saturday. My prayer for a good weather last Saturday did not come true. It's ok though. I had a great day anyway.

It's felt good to catch up with my co-fellows in the office. Sharing our experience and stories with our kids—funny ones, heartbreaking and most of all, those that give us spark every now and then. Those stories that convince us that we really are doing something good. It felt good to celebrate a part of my birthday with these amazing people who had set aside far more promising job offers and decided to teach for two years. A few of us most likely will stay in service and stay in public schools as teachers, others as policy makers and others will move to other jobs.

We had always been asking one another as to what are our plans after this two year fellowship. My veteran co-teachers keep advising me to stay and apply for an item in the DepEd. Since I am a LET passer, getting an item in a school anywhere I choose will not be hard. I just smile and nod my head so as not to disappoint anyone.

After the two-year fellowship, I hope to work somewhere else. Abroad maybe. I had always wanted a better house for my family. The house we are living in right now is already in a dilapidated state. I don’t want to blame my parents for failing to give us a better roof over our heads. They had always been responsible. My father just really have something else in mind and love helping relatives to the point that we have to give way and forget our own needs—saying that the house can wait, but the lives of others can’t.

My eagerness to work abroad to earn more had been intensified by this torrential rains. I need to work on building a better home for my family. Every time this happens, we move to my uncle’s place in a higher ground which also happens to be my second home already. I stay there most of the time.

My parents are growing old. Time will come that they will have difficulty moving and going around. I need to work on building a house for them that will keep them secure and safe. And maybe, in time, it will be us who will shelter those who would need shelters during bad times like this.

For now, I pray for the rains to stop. That our house stays intact. That our other three cats are safe, too. When they moved, they brought with them our favorite cat, Jude. The rest were left behind. They are more used to this kind of weather. They know how to survive while Jude’s first disaster was during the Habagat rains last year and he had to sleep in my youngest sister’s arms for safety.

I also have difficulty sleeping with this kind of weather. Others treat this as bed weather, I used to but since Reming hit Legazpi City way back in 2006, I had been sleeping very lightly if the weather is like this. Feeling the heaviness of the rain. Listening to any signs or sounds of landslides. I barely watch or read the news. Earlier today, I screamed because of lightning and the sound of the thunder. My housemates were shocked. If I can sleep tonight, I don’t know. Maybe just like last night, I need to pop a pill.

 

Wishlist


My Wishlist

1. to receive a letter in the mail
2. a backpack 
3. a new playlist 
4. a trip to the zoo
5. a new wristwatch
6. climb a mountain this month
7. to write an article worth publishing
8. a dress sewn by mama
9. a divider
10. ref magnets and keychains from all over the world
11. to watch a concert or a play
12. no rain on Saturday, the 17th of August. 
13. a new bearbrick keychain set
14. Calvin and Hobbes
15. Peanut and Charlie Brown
16. a huggable bear stuff toy

17. a pillow
18. a mickey mouse earrings

19. a hello kitty mug
20. a pandora bracelet
21. a photoshoot (me  as the model, emo as in total darkness...hahahaha)
22. a new doll shoes
23. a lovelife (????)
24. an apple headset
25. a trip to Cambodia
26. a picnic 
27. a ton of happy thoughts

Hello August! Yay! This is my month! This is my year!


I couldn't ask for more. Lol. Yung nasa list lang.. hahaha.. Pag-isipan ko pa yung iba. Bwahahaha.

I gained the courage to change career.
I have a very supportive family.
I can read, laugh, and get inspired by awesome people from all over.
I am starting to make great friendships again.
I am learning everyday. 


I thank God for all the wonderful blessings. It makes me feel grateful eventhough a lot of hardships had been coming my way.


As I turn 27 on the 17th, I would like to thank everybody who had been making my life colorful and meaningful. 

Maraming-maraming Salamat sa inyong lahat.