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Monday, July 18, 2005

Our house, is a very very fine house!

I was invited by Teacher Sol to join and be a core member in a recently formed group of teachers who will write, discuss, share with one another, tales and tips about education and teaching per se. How can one deny such a request?

As you may well know by now, I am a Fine Arts graduate and had no teaching experience when I first began teaching. Needless to say that I had to learn things the hard way. I would hear buzzwords in education which sounded Greek to me and although it was really humiliating, I had to ask around for meanings. Ex. I didn't even know what a syllabus looked like. Hence, when I was asked to design my syllabus, I had to ask for a copy of the old one so that I can see what were supposed to be written there and use it as a template.

Now that there is this group of pinoy teachers, hopefully, we would be able to reach out and answer some questions other teachers have, affirm decisions, and correct what's wrong with the loose ends in teaching through a lengthy discussion.

Officially launched last Tuesday, July 12, the pinoy teachers blog has been in cyberspace since July 8 to advertise the group. I had posted my first entry How can a teacher be a happy camper which tackles the duties and responsibilities of teachers and their consequent legal liabilities towards their wards. This is an old post of mine here but I thought many would benefit from it, hence, the reason for its reposting in another venue.

So, if you are a teacher reading this entry, why don't you try and see for yourself what is in store for you. Joining is easy! Just click the button below:

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Blogger transience said...

i would never have guessed that you didn't know teaching like the back of your hand, rolly. it seems that you've been a molder of minds ever since. you've grown into it, i guess. and your students are lucky to have you.

9:24 AM  
Blogger TEACHER SOL said...

TITO ROLLY, Twenty one years of being an educator! Wow, we'll surely learn a lot from you here in Pinoy Teachers Network, and that's the reason why we believe you should share your wisdom to us...

Teaching is a lifelong learning, so we understand your predicament. We have the same fears as you do. That's why we created this collaborative blog and forum of Pinoy Teachers hopefully to "to reach out and answer some questions other teachers have, affirm decisions, and correct what's wrong with the loose ends in teaching through a lengthy discussion.


12:34 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Thank you for sharing this! My youngest sister recently became a high school teacher. I'm sure she'll like reading through this!

1:23 PM  
Anonymous sis said...

Oo nga! Sali na!

Ako din po ay walang education credits-- Marine biologist by training at ngayon ay grad student sa Geography department. I say I go by gut & heart, by instincts ika nga.

7:36 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

Transience It might surprise you all the more to know that I still don't know teaching like the back of my hand. All those twenty years was spent on learning the trade, actually. So you see, I have a feeling about half of it was down the drain.

Teacher Sol I hope so. AS you said, teaching is a lifelong learning.

Toni has she joined us yet? What subject does she teach?

Sis That's a good plan. Go by heart. Teach with passion, ika nga. And remember this, when you're trying to instill discipline, wag sasamahan ng gigil. :-)

9:19 PM  
Anonymous sis said...

> wag sasamahan ng gigil

Sir Titorolly, mga estudyante ko yata ang nanggigigil sa akin (yes been through the entire spectrum of evaluation results); Ako, I remain amused--both by students' intellectual capacity and at times, their refusal to use such capacity (hehe).

1:37 AM  
Anonymous sis said...

...IMPRESSED pala, by students' intellectual capacity, and amused during times they refuse to use such capacity.

(note to self: minimize blogging when you haven't had a decent sleep for over a week)

4:29 AM  
Blogger watson said...

Tito Rolly! Magandang idea nga yang teacher's network. Ive been in e-groups of similar interests before, such as those for phones and anime, and the sharing of information makes it worthwhile. I'm sure it will be the same for the network too!

1:00 PM  
Blogger Tomato said...

Hi SIR! Gosh it's been a while since I've seen any of you guys over there :) How have you been doing?

I actually have a favor to ask (As well as mangamusta :P). :) Well, Psych na po ako at kailangan ko mag interview... This is for my Psych 150: Personality class. I figured since my only free time is during the weekends (and I think free time n'yo rin 'yon ;>) I won't be able to catch you in Zobel. And ang appropriate ng topic n'yo sa pinakarecent na post kasi this interview is about teachers :) (hooray!)

I have two simple simple questions that I hope you'd answer :)

1. When did you decide that you wanted to become a teacher?

2. What influenced you to want to become a teacher?

I'm going to make a paper out of the results I'll be getting from these interviews and thank you for participating :D

PS: does it come as any surprise kaya if I said I'm very friendly with the fine arts of UP? heehee ;)

7:40 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

sis hehehe. It worked the first time around naman ;-)

watson I'm sure it will. I'm waiting for it to fly in full swing, though.

tomato Hi, how's my a-one artist doing? i'm doing okay here in school. OF course I'll answer your questions. It's for your studies, siyempre all out support ako jan.

1. The position was applied to me by the principal. I was the artist in the audiovisual of the university before and siguro, sabi nung principal, kailangan ng pogi dito, (hahahaha) kaya kinuha ako. I took it as I am not one to back out from a challenge. And that was a challenge for me.

2. i wish I have a very good answer like "I had this teacher back in high school..." but I don't think I had that many memorable ones when I started. it was during the time that I was teaching that I tried to recall my teachers. What made them good and what made them bad. Sort of emulating baga the good ones and trying to avoid the ones that I thought was bad. So there. I don't think the answer was responsive to the question. But I think I answered, in a way, the question "what made you decide to
stay teaching in school." So, the next time you have to ask me that question, me konting sagot na ko.

Good luck on your studies although I know how good a student you are really. keep in touch.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Pinoy Teachers Network said...

OFF TOPIC: thank you for all the support, TITO ROLLY! Hope we go far and wide...

7:12 AM  
Blogger Tomato said...

Thank you sir!!! Magsusulat na ako ng report hehehe:D you've been a big big help :D

11:30 AM  
Blogger pepseeh said...

Sir, I think it has been unfortunate of me not to have you as an art teacher.

10:17 AM  
Blogger BatJay said...

kamusta na bossing. ngayon lang ulit nakaikot dito. kakarating lang namin galing mindanao.

20 years na nga pala ano. matagal tagal na rin. masuwerte ang mga students mo, naturuan sa buhay through art.

8:40 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Pinoy teachers network No problem. I believe in the cause.

Tomato Good luck!

Pepseeh Hindi naman. Teachers in our school have been handpicked kaya equally good lahat.

Batjay Sana nga. Kita tayo bago kayo umalis at mukhang matatagalan ulit tayong magkita.

4:34 PM  
Blogger pepseeh said...

true, but I'd have wanted to experience what it was like under your tutelage.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous AnP said...

21 years. wow!

A blog for pinoy educators would surely be good for our future educators, parents and students to better understand how things really are.

Excuse the vagueness of my terms. Normally, I do not comment about things that I do not know about pero this new venture of yours is so good that I can't help commenting.

4:26 AM  
Blogger joyce said...

naku sir!
gusto kong sumali...eto na naman ako...wala namang time :-( but can i please join the group?

11:15 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

AnP I'm glad you took the time out to comment. Medyo mabagal akong mag bolg or even bloghop these days. Ang daming distractions e. Thanks for the comments.

Joyce Of course Joyce. This is for teachers. Join na. Click mo lang yung link.

5:32 AM  

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