Monday, April 8, 2013

My Teaching Philosophy

According to Anatoly France, “The whole art of teaching is the only art of awakening the natural curiosity.” Curiosity also brought ideas to Albert Einstein. So, I made it my goal to ignite my students’ curiosity and keep it burning. I often draw from their own experiences to keep them interested, and usually, excited.

Photo by Ayan Tolentino (one of my students. not in photo)
I believe learning is a collaboration between the teacher and the students. My teaching style is highly interactive. It demands participation and feedback. That way I can help them recognize how they learn best. My classes often have opportunities for my students to share their own thoughts. I welcome differing opinions. That way they learn from me, I learn from them.

My Grade 3 Kids
I make them experience instead of memorize, because instead of just knowing the concepts, I am more interested in how they put them in critical use. I make them find solutions to their own problems using the knowledge they gained from our classes. 

Learning has no end. I still have a lot to learn, to improve, to try, and to experience. I may not be an expert in the field, but I am sure, one way or another, I helped my students learn.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Plan No. 1: Save! Save! Save!

The plan is to save something a month. Because with the way I spend now, I haven't save a thing. It's feasible, really. All I have to do is change my spending habits. I know, with my age now, it's probably too late to start being thrifty, but it's better late than never, right? Seeing most of my friends getting married and having kids, I believe I reached a point where I need to get ready. Well, we'll never know... I might be next. haha! Seriously though, there are things that I wanted to have when I was five years younger (like, you know, my own car, and place) that I would have had if I just knew how to save.

So, how do I do it? Read more to find out.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My 2012 Year-End Report

2012 has been a rollercoaster ride for me. There has been a crazy combination of ups, downs, twists, and loops. The year brought me a combination of emotions I never thought I would ever experience in my entire life; joy, pain, love, heartache, excitement, fear, happiness, depression. However demented my 2012 has been, I'm still thankful for all the people who made a mark in my life, the experiences (especially the first ones) that I'll never forget, and the things I have received. They all made me the person I am today. See how I turned out! I am stronger, more in control (of my life), and probably (and hopefully!) wiser than who I am last year.
Get a glimpse of what happened to my 2012: 

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I am armed and ready. Bring it on 2013! ^_^

Friday, August 10, 2012

Life (and Pain)

Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" really touched my heart. (I thought) The book was supposed to teach me only about Business and Investing.. just about making money work for me.. But it did not only talked about THAT. It also introduced me to LIFE.. 
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I've been living and breathing for 21 years (originally posted this on Sept 2007) already and still, I haven't got a clue of what Life is trying to tell me.. until Kiyosaki (or his book for that matter) made Life known to me. He said, Life is the best teacher of all, but it does not talk. It just sort of pushes you around. Each push means, there's something Life wants you to learn. (Kiyosaki, 1998)

Monday, May 21, 2012

The GPS/GIS Song

I was thinking of ways to make my future classes fun and engaging when I remembered I have been doing this ever since I was a student. I have been making seemingly difficult topics easier to understand. How do I do it? With something I believe I am good at: Music!

I wrote a song (Read more to see lyrics) when I was assigned to present / report about GPS (Global Positioning System) and GIS (Geographic Information System) in my GE1 subject. Mind you, this is a college class and it still clicked. :) Too bad, I don't have a video of me singing it.

Climate change as a threat to national security

Climate change 

Climate, as described in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is the average condition of the weather formed over all parts of the world.1 In contrast with the word – 'weather' – it is often mistaken for, which refers to relatively short-term environmental phenomena such as storms2, climate is composed of weather patterns that extend over much longer periods of time.
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The climate in the Philippines is tropical and maritime, similar to the climate of the islands situated just above the Equator, just like the countries in Central America. The country has a average annual temperature of around 26o Celsius, except in Baguio, which is elevated by 1500 meters above sea level, where the average annual temperature is around 18o Celsius. It also has a high level of relative humidity, the moisture content of the atmosphere, due to the combination of its warm temperature and its surrounding bodies of water. The country is also known for having an abundant rainfall. Based on the temperature and the distribution of rainfall around the country, two major seasons were recognized in the country: the rainy season that occurs from June to November, and the dry season that occurs from December to May.3

Recently, the country has been experiencing extreme weather events such as typhoons. Although, typhoons coming to the Philippines, which are coming from the region of the Marianas and Caroline Islands of the Pacific Ocean4, have been a fixture to the country's natural climate, it had been more frequent and more destructive in the recent years. Typhoons such as Nitang in 1984, Uring in 1991, Rosing in 1995, Reming in 2006, Frank in 2008, Pepeng and Ondoy in 2009, and this year's Pedring have claimed many lives, destroyed many agricultural lands, and left the country with billions of pesos worth of damages.5

Saturday, March 31, 2012

On taking Art Studies 202

On taking Art Studies 202
by BRT Baylas

The only reason I took Art Studies 202 (Perspectives in Art Studies in the Philippines) was to make up for failing Art Studies 2 back when I was an undergraduate. It was not the grade I was after, but the feeling of finishing something the way it was supposed to be finished.

I put in a lot of effort in Art Stud 2: reports, exams, projects, and other requirements because the subject was something I am interested in and I really liked the way it was handled; fun and engaging. It was just, at that time, I was also engaged with my organization’s activities that I failed to attend to my classes. The professor, being consistently firm and strict, gave me a grade of 5. I failed not because I was not good but because I was too lazy. It was depressing.

So, during the pre-enlistment, when I saw a similar subject handled by the same professor and offered at a convenient time, I thought it was a sign. I immediately grabbed the opportunity to redeem myself.

When I enrolled in the subject, I never thought how unrelated it was to the path I am trying to pursue until it was discussed on the first day of the class that the cognates we are taking should in a way support our planned thesis topics. 

I am currently working on information systems, databases, and technology-related researches. On the side, I deal with laws on information: copyright, intellectual property, freedom of information, and other legal researches. How can Art Studies be useful in my planned thesis topic?