2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 580 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 10 trips to carry that many people.

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June Thoughts


Just random thoughts:

1. Your body is a kingdom, the heart is the king. Pure heart, follows pure thoughts and actions. You make sure you always take care of your heart. So reflect, what type of heart do you have?

2. Yes I believe in the saying ” your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does”. When people discriminate other people because of religion/race/color/education/status etc. because of certain beliefs or principles they follow. Why discriminate? that does make you a better person?

3. Marriage is a wonderful life experience if the couple will work together to make it a wonderful experience. It’s a team effort.  Open communication is the key to understands each other’s points or views. Be forgiving to one another, nobody’s perfect. Don’t expect too much, if one forgets the wedding anniversary then remind the other, it doesn’t mean that the he/she is not thoughtful or caring, it means he/she just forgets.

4. Allow children to express their opinions and not under estimate their ideas, they are minors but they have thoughts and own perception and understanding of things. Just listen, maybe you can add or maybe correct their ideas, but not stopping them of expressing themselves. It’s an information age, children acquire tons of ideas everyday, so as an adult let’s make sure to explain if there are things they don’t understand.

5. Let’s be caring to nature, all elements in the planet are essential for our growth. If we are good to universe then it will bounce back something good to us.

6. Don’t allow your body to be in a deep emotional or depression. It’s not good for your health.

7. Read books or watch something beneficial to your mind everyday. Be careful what you put to your mind, it can alter the way you think. Commercials or advertisements were design to program our minds to think always that we need the product and let’s consume and consume, spend and spend. But think first, is it something you want or something you need? is it something beneficial or not?

8. Let’s not criticize one another, sometimes what you saw from the outside is not the same what’s in the inside. Most of the time, when a person makes mistakes, it doesn’t mean that person understands his/her action, in most cases they are also confuse and have no control about it.

9. Let’s always pray, prayers can move mountains. Whatever your beliefs or religion, when you say your good wishes or think about your good wishes, that’s already a prayer.

10. Enjoy life. Life is an adventure, there will be ups and downs, obstacles or challenges. All these will help you to become a better person.

Thank you for your time and appreciate for dropping by…

Good day always!

“Rita Pierson: Every Kid needs a Champion”

I love what she said:

” So teachers become great actors and great actresses, and we come to work when we don’t feel like it, and we’re listening to policy that doesn’t make sense, and we teach anyway. We teach anyway, because that’s what we do.

Teaching and Learning should bring joy. How powerful our world be if we had kids who were not afraid to take risks, who were not afraid to think, and who had a champion? Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.

Is this job tough? You becha. Oh God, you betcha. But it is not impossible. We can do this. We’re educators. We’re born to make a difference.”

Quote of Barbara Harrell Carson

“Students learn what they care about . . .,”Stanford Ericksen has said,
 but Goethe knew something else: “In all things we learn only from those we love.”
Add to that Emerson’s declaration: “the secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.”                
and we have a formula something like this:
“Students learn what they care about, from people they care about and who, they know, care about them . . .”
– by Barbara Harrell Carson, 1996, Thiry Years of Stories

Learning would take place…

“Learning would take place if there were no teachers, just as healing and growing

would go on if there were no physicians or farmers”     

– by Mortimer J. Adler, in “Reforming Education”

Got this quote from this link: Learning Methods

When one of my readers suggested that I should also add learning methodologies, then it made me think… yeah why not… so I did Google it and I found the website about Learning Methods.

This is what they say: “The goal of LearningMethods is to pass the tools along to you so you no longer need a teacher…

Actually that’s the challenge for all teachers is to teach their students how to learn, how to be independent learner. Well, in my opinion, the best learning methodologies is to be an active learner, participate in the learning process and knows how to learn from the mistakes. In addition, the student should have a good study habits, that’s why teachers always expect students to study before attending the class.

As the saying goes…”It takes two to tango”…Learning won’t exist if one of the components failed.

I’m glad that this semester, in my Object Oriented Analysis and Design (OOAD) course, students were actively participated in the Student-Centered Activity, which is to teach in the class about certain topics in OOAD, and yeah, they made  great presentations and explained the topics clearly. And I guess my way of teaching influence them how to be a teacher in the class, because I can see some of their styles are my styles, and I’m glad that they learn how to make a good PowerPoint presentations that it should not be more textual and also not to read the slides.

More Power to my students!!! All the best!!!

Keller’s ARCS Model of Motivation

How to motivate students? good question… a good answer for that would be applying Keller’s ARCS model of Motivation.

Keller suggested that the ARCS conditions occur as a sequential process:

  • Gain the student’s attention first
  • Then help the student see the relevance of the instruction to his/her life
  • Assist the student’s confidence in their own abilities to experience success at challenging tasks. Finally, support the student’s sense of satisfaction with applying or use the new knowledge or skill in meaningful ways.

A- Attention (Course content can activate the student’s interest)

R – Relevance (Course content will emphasize relevance to the students, the course is meaningful to the students)

C – Confidence (Providing guidance, mentoring and support to build student’s confidence)

S – Satisfaction (When students are confident, satisfaction would follow. Helping students to have that feeling of sense of achievement)

Source: http://vid.vinu.edu/laap-vid/vid/motivation/inspiring/keller.html

Keller’s Website: http://www.arcsmodel.com/home.htm