Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I survived Dr. Aberion's seminar

Of all the seminars that I’ve attended, the seminar on problem-solving strategies is perhaps the most frightening—and challenging. Why? Well, for one, it was Dr. Bernardita Aberion, former Education Program head, who facilitated it, and everyone present at that time knows who Dr. Aberion is. She’s a no-holds-barred teacher. She speaks her mind. She’s frank, the kind that can make anyone recoil in embarrassment. She’s strict. Her very presence is enough to send chills to faint-hearted students.

Indeed, she’s the only speaker I’ve ever seen who began a seminar by scolding the participants. “I was told that you will prepare the materials,” she said, “only to find out that I will have to prepare them myself.”

When she started fuming, it seemed as though the cozy Audio-Visual Room suddenly turned warm. The din in the room disappeared, and was supplanted by an eerie silence.

Nganong gamay lang man ang gipa-photocopy?” she continued. “Nagtipid mo? When you want to learn, you have to spend.”

Still, we managed to keep our heads above the water. Later on when the tension in the room died down—and all were no longer fidgeting in their seats—she gamely gave us an exercise that involved problem-solving. It was about “Discovering Properties of Counting Numbers.” She emphasized, however, that it’s not only in Mathematics where one can apply the problem-solving strategy. Dr. Aberion said it can also be used in such diverse subjects as English, Science, or Social Studies. To illustrate, she gave us another activity that still involved problem-solving. It was about “Desert Survival.”

The activity took a long time to finish. Yet I thoroughly enjoyed it. Had I not taken it, I wouldn’t have known that the most important thing to be had in order to survive when your plane crashed in the desert is a cosmetic mirror. I thought it was a liter of water.

“Of all the items,” Dr. Aberion explained, “the mirror is absolutely critical. It is the most powerful tool you have for communicating your presence. In sunlight, a simple mirror can generate five to seven million candle power of light. The reflected sunbeam can even be seen beyond the horizon. If you had no other items, you would still have an excellent chance of being spotted and picked up within the first twenty four hours.”

As we ended the seminar, Dr. Aberion apologized for fuming mad at us, and asked us if we enjoyed the seminar. Well, it need not be asked. Yes, we had a rocky start. But we ended it well. In fact, I’m proud that my co-interns and I had survived Dr. Aberion’s seminar. Through this seminar, I’ve proven to myself that that Dr. Aberion is not really the strait-laced disciplinarian and terror teacher that she’s rumored to be.

To me, she’s just a no non-sense teacher who wants every student to take learning seriously.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Activities for this week...

Nov. 10 (1:00-1:30 pm) - Orientation to be given by the Office of Student Affairs
Nov. 11 (whole day)- Guidance and Counseling (AVR)
Nov. 12 (am) - Hiring Policies to be given by Mr. Merlas (yes, he's the husband of Dr. Merlas); (pm) - CES Orientation
Nov. 13 (am) - Reading Readiness; (pm) Technical Writing

Attendance is a must.

And one of the things that Student Teachers should remember, matud pa ni Dr. Unciano, is BE ON TIME.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dates to remember

Nov. 4 (8-12) - BEAM Seminar (AVR)
Nov. 4 (1-5) - Guidance (AVR)

Nov. 5 (wholeday) -BEAM Seminar (AVR)

Nov. 9-13 (wholeday) - Orientation (AVR)

Nov. 16 - Sending Forth (HCDC Gym)

Note: You can now pay the Php500.00 seminar fee to Lea Coloma for the BEED, and to Joan Olbez for the BSED. Payment is until Nov.4 only.

Monday, October 19, 2009

To give or not to give

No education student gets out of an Educ F. (Principles of Teaching 1) class without learning that giving rewards motivates the student to learn. When a student shows good performance in every activity—the argument goes—give him a reward in the form of, say, a plus point. The reason? To motivate the student to continue what he is doing.

But “for decades, psychologists have warned against giving children prizes or money for their performance in school. “Extrinsic” rewards, they say — a stuffed animal for a 4-year-old who learns her alphabet, cash for a good report card in middle or high school — can undermine the joy of learning for its own sake and can even lead to cheating,” according to a New York Times article, titled "Rewards for students under a microscope."

Although the practice of giving rewards has become more popular in some parts of the world, the danger with it is that “rewards may work in the short term but have damaging effects in the long term.”

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Theater Workshop Schedule

Final schedule for the Theater Workshop:

November 7 - Bajada Gymnasium
November 8 - Social Hall-H.S. Bldg.


This blog is all about the Education interns of Holy Cross of Davao College 2nd Semester S.Y.2009-2010.

Schedules of activities, workshops, seminars, fees, links to useful articles, tips, and other sundries---all will be posted here.

Shall we also include backstories? Maybe. Maybe not.

But don't force us. We just might do it.

Comments, suggestions, constructive criticisms are most welcome. But no swearing, please.

Remember: This is a site for, by, and of the future teachers. We must set an example, right?