Here Are Some of the 2014 New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers

New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers

Before we proceed with the main topic, let me greet you with a HAPPY AND BLISSFUL NEW YEAR!

Teachers are one of the busiest people you can find on all kinds of communities. Their busy schedule sometimes affects their personal lives especially their daily routines. Their hectic and straight teaching hours often lead to the lack of time for preparing quality instruction. I also encounter these problems and sometimes, I end up regretful with the things I think I should have done well in the past that will benefit me as a teacher and my pupils as individuals. And since it is New Year’s Day, I want to grab this opportunity to list down my New Year’s Resolutions for teachers. These resolutions are all applicable not only for me but for all the teachers who may find it helpful for their daily activities as educators. I hope you can also share yours at the end of this article.

1. Be more organized

New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers

Teaching requires a lot of time and I think it would be helpful for a teacher to always stay organized with the educational materials you will be using for instruction. One way I think that would avoid a messy work station is by cleaning your room first. After that, you should prepare drawers and organizers from where you will consistently keep your records as to where they belong. I said it because, often, heavily tired teachers have the tendency to put things out of its designated drawer, envelope, or organizer. You may also want to add labels into your drawers.

2. Sleep and wake up early

New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers

This one is quite hard to achieve especially if you know the nature of the teaching profession which is that school works will often be a part of your house chores. Stuff like checking assignments, preparing lesson plans, and other things related to teaching. With this, teachers sometimes lack time to sleep which in turn leads to unhealthier body. This is critical for teachers since a sluggish or sick teacher is more likely to deliver his lessons ineffectively. One way to avoid it is to set a time when you will go to bed and have a good night sleep. Take note that this requires discipline and by sleeping earlier, it’s expected that you’ll also wake up early to fulfill your responsibilities as a teacher.

3. Spend more time in knowing your students

New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers
The picture above was taken on our last day of Practice Teaching at Kaparangan Elementary School. That was me with my Grade 4 pupils.

Having a good relationship with your students helps a teacher to feel the positive sides of the teaching profession. However, creating a better connection between you and your pupils will transform you from being a teacher to their second parent. By studying their family backgrounds, likes and dislikes, and interests in study, you’ll learn that teaching is not just a profession. You’ll realize that teaching is a vocation or a calling from which you belong. It is a mission God has given you to mold every single student in your class into future leaders and productive individuals. By knowing your students more, you’ll definitely find out that the different statuses and situations your students have. And with this, you will gain the love from them by letting them feel that you’re not just their teacher but you are also a friend, a mother, and a father a companion who always listens.

4. Have some time for yourself

Tips in taking the LET

Teachers aren’t robots; they are humans capable of being tired, stressed, or worse, depressed. These cannot be avoided throughout our careers and finding a way to lessen or recover from these worrying situations will help us get back on our tracks and perform our duties as educators. And honestly, the best way to deal with these stressful circumstances is to give ourselves more time to reflect and to ponder on things that will develop better versions of us this year. By giving yourself a time to relax, you will be able to plan for your school works efficiently. And as result, you will be a more productive teacher.

When you feel down, have some sleep, go on the church, watch a movie or eat some healthy food. You can do this on your own but having a buddy or your family with you during these activities will also do.

Take note that plans and resolutions are useless if you won’t work hard to achieve them. After all, your success in everything you want to happen for this year still depends on your focus, your will, and your determination to make them all happen.

I hope you find these resolutions helpful but if you have something better in mind, please do not hesitate to leave a comment. And that should do it for my 2014 New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers. What about you? What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2014? Please share them on the comment section. Thank you.

Free Movie Day for Teachers 2013 – A Treat by Partners in Learning Philippines, Microsoft & SM Cinemas

Free Movie Day for Teachers

Partners in Learning Philippines in partnership with Microsoft and SM Cinemas is now offering a Free Movie Day for Teachers on December 22 which will be available for screening in all SM malls nationwide.

Who may join the free movie screening?

The said activity can be availed by all educators, both public and private in. This is open for K-12 schools and universities.

Free Movie Day for Teachers
Free Movie Day for Teachers 2013
Image credit: Partners in Learning Philippines

How can I register for the free movie screening?

Just follow these eight quick steps:
1. Visit this link: Free Movie Day for Teachers Facebook app
2. Register there and invite as many as five (5) friends.
3. Next, choose your preferred branch, movie, and screening time.
4. Send invite and ask your friends to accept the invites.
5. After inviting your friends, refresh the page and check if your friends have already accepted the invitations. If yes, then you may now try to generate a voucher by clicking on “Get Free Ticket.”

NOTE: Due to the high volume of users accessing the app, it may take a while for a voucher to be generated. This step needs your patience, anyways, I assume you’re a teacher, and so I’ll expect you’re patient enough to wait. But if it takes too long for a page to load or generate a voucher, then simply refresh the page and do not go back to the previous page.

6. Finally, download or print the official voucher for the movie screening. Your friends may also download the voucher by refreshing the page after they accepted your invitation. You are now ready to redeem the passes on your selected SM cinema from December 16 – 22, 2013.

REMINDER: Please bring a valid teachers I.D. upon redemption.

Share this to your friends and your teachers so that they can enjoy this free movie treat. Thank you!

5 Reasons Why Teachers Quit Teaching

Why Teachers Quit Teaching

Teaching comes with a life-long responsibility of learning, educating the children and continuing professional growth that’s why it’s not easy to blame others why they can’t last on this kind of job. Reasons why others have left the noblest profession vary according to their own experiences, their needs, and their environment. For now here are five of the most common reasons why teachers quit teaching and leave the teaching profession:

why teachers quit teaching

1. They became teachers by force or by an accident, not by choice.

Some teachers struggle to embrace their responsibilities because on the first place, teaching was not their first or personal choice. Reasons why they ended up educating the children inside the classroom may have resulted from different situations. Some of them may have been forced to take up Education courses because their parents or the ones who support their study believe that this course would provide them lifetime compensation and various benefits from the government.

On the other hand, there are still cases wherein a person who’s about to enter college ended up in Education because there are no available slot on the course where he wants to enroll or maybe it is the only course his money can afford. There are also instances where peer groups influence one’s own decision that’s why instead of choosing a degree he truly wants, he ends up taking Education just because his friends enrolled on the same course.

Teachers who have experienced the examples given above have the higher chances of quitting the teaching profession. However, there are lucky ones who also came through these experiences but later discover that teaching is their true calling.

2. They have a different passion.

Another reason why teachers quit teaching and choose another job is that they can’t see themselves doing their duties efficiently simply because they do not enjoy what they are practicing. It means teaching is not their passion.

In life, it is easier to achieve success if you like and if you are happy with what you are doing. For example, would you continue teaching your pupils even if you become an ineffective teacher because instead of reading lessons or preparing your materials, you are busy capturing scenes and places around your town for your love of photography? If that’s your case, then a good advice for you is to leave the teaching profession and take up photography lessons.

If you don’t have the passion for life-long learning, then teaching is not for you. I do not mean to discourage anybody, I’m just talking about reality, after all, this would prevent the learning of our pupils to be put at risk.

3. They found a different calling.

This one is a bit rare and less frequent to occur in our society but nevertheless, it still happens. There are teachers who have served for a couple of years or even for decades but later discover that they are living for a different purpose, that they are living because aside from educating the children, they are much more needed by other people. I’m talking about those teachers who leave the profession and became priests, nuns, NGO workers and missionaries and politicians.

4. They find the teaching salary insufficient.

They say you won’t get rich if you’re on the teaching profession, however, majority of us stay in this job because of its stability and future benefits. But there are teachers who don’t seem to be contented. They think that they are not well compensated of their salary which comes from the government. These teachers are those who have higher dreams, particularly to be wealthier than the typical educators. Or maybe they are the teachers who find the salary of a teacher insufficient to cover their family needs and expenses. Usually, these teachers opt to commit to other jobs which will provide them huge amount of money which they can’t get from teaching the young minds.

5. They are impatient.

Teachers should always be equipped with proper and desirable characteristics. One of these characteristics is patience. In our country, many aspiring teachers, especially those who do not possess an item in teaching, substitute teachers and volunteers sometimes lose hope and give up the teaching profession because they can’t bear to wait to be promoted for a position. This usually led them to decide whether to continue teaching or find another job where they won’t wait long just to get a position. And of course you know what happens next, they choose other job and leave the teaching profession.

Or another instance is that they’re having a hard time tolerating students’ misbehavior due to their impatience which later results into a decision of quitting teaching.

If you want to last on this kind profession, you need to have the love and concern for children or at least learn to deal with them.

10 Tips in Taking the LET Exam (Licensure Examination for Teachers)

tips in taking the LET exam

Every person who just graduated with a degree in education has a common goal – to pass the LET (Licensure Examination for Teachers). This exam is everyone’s stepping stone in crossing the threshold of being a fully-pledged professional teacher. But passing the LET is, of course, easier said than done. It requires a lot of hard work and dedication. But aside from these two things, there are still various factors to consider in preparing for this examination.

Today, i’ll be sharing 10 tips in taking the LET exam which will surely be helpful for everyone who’s going to take the said licensure examination. It’s quite a long post so please bear with me. I’m not an expert on giving advice and I’m not forcing you to follow these guidelines. These won’t guarantee you a 100% possibility of passing but reading these tips will be of great help. So here they are.

10 Tips in Taking the LET Exam

1. DETERMINE YOUR STRENGTH AND WEAKNESSES

You know yourself better than anyone else so I’m sure it won’t be hard for you to do. First, take a look at your Transcript of Records (TOR) or you can just assess yourself to realize what subjects you find yourself having trouble. For example, some of the Filipinos, including yours truly are not good in Math, what’s in for you? Take note also of your strong points. List down all of these subjects and proceed to tip number 2.

2. CREATE A TIME FRAME

After listing all your strengths and weaknesses, you can now assign a working schedule for each of them. Make it one at a time. I repeat “ONE AT A TIME”. I said that because having a cluttered schedule or “To do” list will result into information overload which, I tell you, is not good.

tips in taking the LET exam

So for example, if you’re not good in Math and Science, you may schedule a time for each of them. Let’s say you’ll have Math for the morning and Science in the afternoon or you may review Math on M-W-F and Science on T-Th. But of course devote also some of your time to review other subjects; you can do it for two weeks or a month and then move on with other ones. And for the subjects where you are good at, you may also set a schedule for them to further enhance the retention of knowledge.

3. REMEMBER THE “MUST REVIEW” CONCEPTS FROM PROFESSIONAL AND GENERAL EDUCATION SUBJECTS

For General Education, review the basic and general concepts of each subject. Remember that you have taken most of these concepts back in elementary and high school so there’s a great possibility that you have forgotten them already.

  • For Math: Fractions, Volumes, Percentage, Areas, and Elementary Algebra
  • For English: Figures of speech and the Subject and Verb Agreement.
  • For Filipino: Tayutay, Retorika, Pagbasa at Pagsulat
  • For Science: Biology, Physical Science and Earth Science.

 

That’s quite many to accomplish so again review each subject “ONE AT A TIME”

Meanwhile, for Professional Education, I advise you to focus on the major philosophies of education. There are few subjects which are frequently present on the actual examination, these are:

  • Educational Philisophies – The famous “isms” (Realism, Idealism, Pragmatism, and many more.)
  • Principles of Teaching
  • Facilitating and Learning
  • For Childhood Development, remember Freud (Psychosexual), Erikson (Psychosocial) and Gardner (Multiple Intelligence)

4. IMPROVE YOUR ANALYTICAL SKILLS

LET is all about common sense and analytical skills. Most of the questions are situational ones and will surely squeeze your brain out. To lessen the difficulty, the best technique you can use is the elimination method or just what I said, your common sense. I’ll discuss this further on the 10 Tips in taking the LET Exam Part II: On Examination Day – The BIG Day.

Tip: There are some observations which states that LET examinations nowadays contain a lot of SATA (Select All That Apply) questions. What you can do is to try to answer a handful of these questions to develop your analytical thinking skills.

5. DON’T PROCRASTINATE

Mañana habit somehow became an attachment to Filipino culture. So I’m not asking you to kick it off your lifestyle, instead I’m appealing to you that even for a month or two, try to avoid it. SELF-DISCIPLINE and FOCUS on your goal will be a defining factor for your success so learn how to control yourself to fight distractions while having your review.

tips in taking the LET exam

Tip: When reviewing, avoid places where there are beds or a couch, the tendency is that you will have a hard time controlling your sleepy head especially when you know there’s a comfortable bed just a few steps from you. And one more thing, STAY AWAY FROM FACEBOOK!

6. ENJOY THE REVIEW

There’s no greater feeling than enjoying what you are doing and if you do, chances are you will be able to remember and understand all the things you put in your mind.

7. TAKE SOME REST

You are not a robot and you are not Superman. If you’re the type of person who takes review religiously, then take some time to rest. At the end, you will realize that you should be physically healthy especially on examination day. You don’t want to take the exam feeling sluggish.

8. HAVE FAITH

Being physically fit before and during the examination day is not enough; you also need to feed your soul. You will feel good about yourself when you know that you have God on your back when you take the LET. Pray and thank God every time possible, He will not let you down.

9. HAVE PEACE OF MIND

Keep calm and relax.  A day or night before the big day, watch a movie, or have a healthy dinner with your friends, this will keep you out of the stresses you had in your review.

Here’s an optional tip. You may follow this one or not. Before the exam, do not try to bring any review material. But why? Here’s the thing, when you take your materials with you on or before the examination, there’s a possibility for you to get stressed. How? Okay let’s say you’re the “subusub sa pag-aaral” or the “last minute” type of person and you attempted to look at any of your reviewers hours before the exam and found terms or concepts which you didn’t know of, then it might bother you and cause you headache. Again, that would bring you no good. But as I said, this is optional and you may follow your own preferences.

10. JUST DO IT

Lastly, when you are already physically, spiritually, and mentally ready for the exam, which I mentioned on tips 7, 8, and 9 respectively, then it’s time that you DO IT. I mean pack all the things you need to bring for the exam and prepare yourself for the big day. Leave your gadgets including your cell phone as this is not allowed inside the examination room. Make sure you have checked your room assignment. Set your mind towards your goal – to pass the LET. Lastly, sleep early the night before the exam and as you wake up in the morning, thank and ask the Lord for His guidance.

Oh and I almost forgot, don’t forget to bring your Notice of Admission (NOA).

On Part 2 of my 10 Tips in Taking the LET Exam, I’ll be sharing some tips to consider during the examination. Good luck future teachers!

Rappler Pioneers 2013 National Teachers’ Month Celebration on Twitter

National Teachers Month

SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 – In celebration of the 2013 National Teachers’ Month, Rappler, one of the leading social news network in the Philippines is steering a modern way of appreciating the heroism of all the Filipino teachers around the globe using social media. Rappler will pioneer a Twitter conversation dedicated for Filipino educators worldwide using the hashtag #ThankYouTeacher.

National Teachers Month

The said conversation will be moderated by Rappler’s and Move.ph official Twiiter accounts @rapplerdotcom and @MovePH and will start at 3 pm to 4:30 pm on Saturday, September 7, 2013. The micro blogging platform of Twitter will be of good use as it can widely spread the said activity online using the hashtag #ThankYouTeacher.

Every Filipino individual is welcome to participate to the online activity which primary goal is to honor all the Filipino modern-day heroes – our teachers, who continuously shape the young minds into becoming worthy and responsible members of the society. The Twitter conversation will last for an hour-and-a-half and will allow everyone to share their gratitude towards their beloved mentors.

With the said activity, everyone can reminisce and reflect on the following questions:

  • Who is your best teacher?
  • How did your teachers contributed to your personality?
  • What is your most unforgettable thing or memory about your favorite grade school teacher?
  • Who’s the teacher who helped you chose your career path?

Excited for the answers? Then join Rappler and Move.ph for one and a half hours of shouting out gratefulness for our great teachers. Express your gratitude to the people who are constantly building the foundations of this country by responsibly carrying the chores the noblest profession. Kudos to every Filipino teacher! To participate on the Twitter conversation, just use the hashtag #ThankYouTeacher.

The Philippines yearly celebrates the National Teachers’ Month from September 5 to October 5. This is in accordance to the declaration of President Benigno Aguino III in Proclamation No. 242.