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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Principles of Effective Teaching and General Roles of a Good Teacher

In the field of education, most of us believe that teaching is a multifaceted human activity for it entails a wide range of teaching approaches, interactions, planning, organizational arrangement and material resources that transpire within the four walls of the classroom and in the teaching-learning process.

Another view holds that effective teaching is the act of providing diverse activities that facilitate learning. Brown and Thornton have delineated certain distinctions between teaching and educational information-giving.

According to them, both of these teaching-learning functions are indispensable, but they are not the same. They have distinct functions on how a certain student learns fast with a right approach, the other one learns very fast with retention and the last one seems to absorb everything based on interesting conceptualization of the teaching-learning process, and what the student has fully learned from the teacher in a gradual way of teaching.

Principles of teaching should be followed by an effective teacher in order for him/her to be aware of the positive outlooks, prevailing classroom situations, and to be efficient at all times in classroom activities.

Furthermore, to know more of the so-called classroom strategies, what are these principles of teaching? Well, according to various authors, there are five principles of teaching to be used as a guide to effective classroom teaching-learning situations: 1) respect for the individual; 2) democracy as a way of life; 3) providing suitable conditions for the development and maintenance of a sound personality; 4) improving group living in the classroom; and 5) improving the classroom environment.

Through these principles, an effective teacher must have the best approach of teaching that gives the nature of the strategy in class or method of teaching to be used in everyday discussions. It points out how a lesson is to be developed and to be technically formulated in order to pave the way for effective teaching and learning processes, and for the extent of participation by the teacher and the learners in a classroom setting, as far as the teaching-learning scenarios are concerned.

Thus, it is indispensable for the teachers to take cognizance of the moral duties and responsibilities, especially when they face students with diverse family backgrounds just to share content-savvy, must use every precious time with the students, to get along with them by sharing current events or information, to teach them how to excogitate, to open the door to varied experiences in life, and to impinge on their hearts so that classroom scenario makes the teaching-learning enjoyable and meaningful.

The effective teachers must have the mastery of the subject matter. That is true! In order for them to gain the mastery of the subject matter, they have to know first the fundamental rules or principles of absorbing the contents or subject matters before imparting all-out knowledge to their students.

Teachers should encourage their students to ask questions, to give their viewpoints, reactions or comments. There are also other ways  in order for them to become very effective in imparting knowledge to their students; in all teaching activities, motivation is at all times a part or should always be a part of teaching because students do not  learn as much as they do without motivation. It should be followed by a query or a step-by-step level of questioning from literal level to interpretative level and from metaphorical level to evaluative level. And the third one is a lecture because it is considered an effective method of communication to be utilized by the teachers. In general, the roles of an effective teacher are as follows: model, classroom manager, facilitator of learning, motivator, friend, counselor and evaluator of students’ performance.


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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Technological Advancement Spreads like Fire in Today’s Generation

There are many ways of knowing about the outcomes of these gadgets, according to the explanations regarding internet video versus broadcast television.

Technological advancement spreads like fire in today’s generation...

From cell phones to computers and televisions to laptops, all of them are very useful to our day-to-day living. To be globally competitive, one must get acquainted with these gadgets.

One way of using this so-called technological advancement is the “spreading of news and information.” The age of newspapers is already done, now a new era has come with the internet and television.

Two of the most famous and widely spread devices are the internet and television. If one wants to impose information on gadgets to the public, these two are what you need. However, which of the two are more effective?

Television is somewhat a source of entertainment. It is now a part of the daily lives of Filipinos. Now, there are three major stations vying for the people’s attention. However, the problem with television is that…it is not connected worldwide. You have to connect first to a cable company, and not all can view your video or information you have posted all the time because it is scheduled.

Internet is also the ace in this field. From music uploads, picture downloads, online chatting and video posting. Name it and you all have it. When you post a video on the net, then it can be accessed worldwide all the time.

Technology nowadays is continuously improving!

Gadgets such as PSP, MP3, computers, and many more are commonly used. All of them are invented to make one’s life easier.

Technology affects human beings, most especially to students. In fact, students utilize computers for making their projects and assignments. They can surf over the internet for more information. Communication is also a factor, that’s the reason why computers are made. Through computers, communication is easily conducted from one place to another place. But, are all gadgets used for good?

Technology is also used for having fun like for instance, computer games. These are indispensable to everyone, especially children in order for them to play different sorts of games and to have fun. Unfortunately, children and adults are abusing the so-called technology. Because of their games' addiction, their grades are affected.

Computers and other gadgets are useful and, at the same time, harmful in our daily living. But remember, too much usage of gadgets can lead to games’ addiction and failure. Never forget that regret comes in the end. What about the integration of technology in education, particularly in curriculum?

As far as education is concerned, the integration of technology in education is no longer a "novel" notion. Because technology has become such an integral part of society, it is essential to integrate its use in education in a variety of ways. The use of computer technology has moved beyond computer assisted instruction in the form of tutorials or drill and practice.

Today's technology can provide teachers and students with opportunities for teaching and learning that were impossible in the past. Computers can be used as devices for communicating with people literally a world apart. They can be used as tools to create instructional materials or as presentation devices to provide information in ways never before possible.

These two are only a few of the things that technology has given to us. No matter what happens, both are useful in our lives.

Will the TV become passing fad in this highly evolutionary internet age?

The 20th century has been a witness to the growing technological innovations and advancements. With this current trend, it gives light to an all-new issue. Will the TV become passing fad in this highly evolutionary internet age? With the rise of internet video, servicing the world of broadcast media, may have found itself a worthy adversary. As the debates go on, a very simple question with a highly difficult response comes to mind—is it CNN.com or CNN on cable? It seems that a mere choice separates us from getting the latest news at the freshest instant.

Both TV and internet video offer many alluring spectacles, advantages and scenarios. The quest for knowledge and news sense has become quite convenient, thanks to the wide use of TV and internet media. Back to the time where people relied only on newspapers and word-of-mouth to become updated with the latest newsfeeds, it seems that the people of today have been highly fortunate to witness these glorious inventions.

The TV, first conceived in the 1950’s, has become the most liked form of broadcasting; overwhelming radio, only its 5th year of introduction, the TV is sure to be an exceptional invention. The box-shaped contraption has alerted us and made us up-to-date with the latest facts and figures for up to more than 50 years now, but may the king of broadcast media now be challenged by an amateur foe?

Internet video has come a long time since the internet was first created, made by then CERN physicist Tim Berners-Lee in the 1970’s. The internet has now left the areas of research and development to become widely promulgated in the use of almost all activities of everyday life. Numerous video hosting sites have provided all-out means in order for us to discover facts at a click of the mouse; surely, then the internet video phenomenon has made its way inside of epitomes of living.

In conclusion to this, whether we like it or not each of us is bound to use the TV or internet video service, we’re sure to find unique advantages and disadvantages. In whatever endeavor we choose to pursue in, we should always remember that if God had not inspired these scientists and prolific inventions to think outside of the boxes, we might still be hunting for food or wearing out-of-date cloths. Kudos to technology!

Computers: A friend or foe?

Technology nowadays is continuously improving. Gadgets such as PSP, MP3, computers, and many more are commonly used. All of them are invented to make one’s life easier.

Technology affects human beings, most especially to students. In fact, students utilize computers for making their projects and assignments. They can surf over the internet for more information. Communication is also a factor, that’s the reason why computers are made. Through computers, communication is easily conducted from one place to another place. But, are all gadgets used for good?

Technology is also used for having fun like for instance, computer games. These are indispensable to everyone, especially children in order for them to play different sorts of games and to have fun. Unfortunately, children and adults are abusing the so-called technology. Because of their games' addiction, their grades are affected.

Computers and other gadgets are useful and, at the same time, harmful in our daily living. But remember, too much usage of gadgets can lead to games’ addiction and failure. Never forget that regret comes in the end. What about the integration of technology in education, particularly in curriculum?

As far as education is concerned, the integration of technology in education is no longer a "novel" notion. Because technology has become such an integral part of society, it is essential to integrate its use in education in a variety of ways. The use of computer technology has moved beyond computer assisted instruction in the form of tutorials or drill and practice.

 Today's technology can provide teachers and students with opportunities for teaching and learning that were impossible in the past. Computers can be used as devices for communicating with people literally a world apart. They can be used as tools to create instructional materials or as presentation devices to provide information in ways never before possible.


PROS AND CONS. A student can learn many things about computer. Thus, the benefits are: processing skills when learning to write, working on computer fosters collaboration between students and teacher as facilitator in the classroom, utilizing computers can help others, promoting problem solving skills, increasing responsibility and independence and having a natural form of breakthrough and often learning by trial and error methods. On the other hand, there are disadvantages of using computer. A student will get addicted to it. Using said computer may ruin his focus on the lessons and on other things to be done everyday not only in school but also at home.

Finally, the title cited above needs an honest replication by everyone. Are computers considered a friend or a foe? What do you think?

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Memories of Easter--Parts 1 & 2 with Kabanhawan Festival

"With this, one of the greatest feasts here in Cebu that can’t be avoided is Easter. This is largely held in the local municipality. We call this event as the “Kabanhawan Festival.” This is only the municipality wherein the greatest feast is being held every year, particularly in the month of April."

Memories of Easter--Part I

Easter is when the day where our Savior was reincarnated by the Holy Spirit. Today’s momentous event is to celebrate His “Rebirth”--being a Resurrected Being. Many people, especially the Christians, usually celebrate every year this Easter through dancing, praying and other important rituals. This is the time also to open our souls and hearts to our Lord, Jesus Christ, for the good health and prosperity.

Christian followers are the experts in such a way that Easter is being celebrated. Focusing on His Rebirth, our Redeemer, it should be stringently observed in the month of April. We devote our time and efforts to celebrate and to pan out whatever activities to be initiated during Easter in order for us to recollect the significance of it to the devotees or religious people in general. It is one way of becoming closer to Him and makes ourselves devoted constantly and as dedicated children. We have to nurture the Easter activities by taking part actively and getting involved—just to experience and feel the true meaning of Easter.

Easter memories are really amazing and the memories which we can never be forgotten even in the ancient practices are deeply rooted in our hearts. Our God, The Almighty, saves us from our transgressions or inequities, and we have to find ways to blot out our sins. Resorting to being committed such a sin is inevitable, but if we are dedicated and so much devoted to Him, God loves us eternally despite our shortcomings and weaknesses. Unending love is scattered everywhere just to remember God and to make everyone eternal concerning spiritual activities and righteously follow what our Savior has redeemed for us.

Aside from Christmas celebration, Easter is also a special day because Jesus Christ is not born but He is really reborn. It is also the time when we sanctify ourselves with God for the eternal blessings. He has done so much to mankind—redeeming us from inequities. Due to our warm and heartfelt prayers, He always forgives us no matter what our sins are.

Every time when Easter is approaching, our family members pray hard so that we will be forgiven and also we pray for the blessings--everything what the Lord has done for us. Yet, Easter is not only the time when we do our prayers for God, but also to the days where God is present at all times.

Memories of Easter—Part II
Easter is really a great feast as practiced by the Catholic Church. In this Season of the Church Calendar, we celebrate as Christ rose from the dead. From the start, He saved us from sins and his father in heaven also saved Him from death.

Philippines has been so popular or well-known for being one of the largest Christian countries in Asia in celebrating Easter. This proves that Filipinos really love God and we are regarded by many people outside of the Philippines as religious people. We celebrate a lot of feast that is in celebration with the religious people and celebration from the church calendar.

With this, one of the greatest feasts here in Cebu that can’t be avoided is Easter. This is largely held in the local municipality. We call this event as the “Kabanhawan Festival.” This is only the municipality wherein the greatest feast is being held every year, particularly in the month of April.

With the lined-up events, first of this event is the Sugat. This is to be held on the dawn of Easter Sunday. It is mostly to be held at the church or the oval grounds of the local municipality. This place is very crowded with people from all walks of life who come and celebrate with the townsfolk. In the morning there will be games and egg hunting contests. In the afternoon there will be street dancing and ritual showdown. This is one of the greatest feasts that we celebrate in honor of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who has risen from the dead. And that is what Easter all about in the Municipality of Minglanilla where the Cebuanos celebrate yearly in honor of the Resurrected Being—The Almighty.

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The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ~William Arthur Ward. The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. ~Edward Bulwer-Lytton. A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image. ~Author Unknown. What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches. ~Karl Menninger. Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts. ~Author Unknown. The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people. ~K. Patricia Cross

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