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Blog Entry 012: Signing Off

This will be my last blog entry in this little blog of mine exclusively for my LTS course and tonight’s our graduation! For this blog entry, I will present my insights about my student’s performance and progress.

So I first met my student when we were supervising the pre-assessment exams. He was doing fairy well and I didn’t catch him copying from another student’s test paper, rather another student was trying to take a peek of his paper, but he was gently reminded that it was to be answered independently.

For the duration of our time together, my student displayed an above satisfactory understanding of the lessons and performed well in the activities. He was able to answer most of the activities correctly without assistance, but there are instances when he’d commit errors in writing. He’s generally good at reading and is good at identifying which letter an object starts with.

As for his attitude in learning, he didn’t really show particular interest in learning about literacy nor did he take initiative during our activities. His enthusiasm started to decrease over time. He still did did the required activities, but that’s all he did.

As a teacher, I feel like I’ve failed in such a way that I wasn’t able to help my student take interest in learning about literacy. I wasn’t able to make our sessions interesting enough for him to feel excited about performing the activities. I wasn’t able to make the lessons seem engaging to him. And I wasn’t able to perform well, as his teacher, enough to make him want to take summer lessons.

But I do hope he learned a few things from me and our sessions together. I know that he’s a fast-learner, so hopefully he’d be able to pick things up quickly during his regular classes.

I think my LTS class really taught me a lot on how to be a more effective teacher. I really need to commit more time to study lesson plans and prepare the activities enjoyable to students. I need to work harder to keep my student’s attention on the activities at hand. And I need to make our sessions fun enough for them to take an interest in learning and in literacy.

Teaching my student might have been very challenging to me and I might have not fully overcome it, but I did learn a lot from this course and I enjoyed what I was able to do with it, as well.

 

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Blog Entry 010 & 011: May 8 & 15

Took me a while to update here because I’ve been really busy with my other classes. This class is as important to me as any other class, but I’ve been having problems with my other classes, so I kinda set this one aside for a moment.

Anyways, for the last two meetings of my LTS course, our class was divided into two: those tutees whose students were there and those without students. The former continued with the lesson plans while the latter were tasked the group together and perform a storytelling activity.

For both meetings, I was part of the storytelling group of the class. And, for the life of me, I can’t remember the titles of the two stories I was assigned to, but I can briefly explain what they’re about. So, the first story was about a kid who’s in a “magic chair” and his best friend. Not only did they travel to many places, but they also got to experience many wonderful and exciting things. It is revealed in the ending that the “magic chair” was a wheel chair and that with their incredibly vast imagination, they were able to make it all happen. Although the other kids weren’t able to realize it, the person in the wheel chair is also like them in every way, except one. They didn’t travel to the places nor did they get to experience wonderful and exciting things. And that’s their loss.

For the second story, it was about a town that was black and white because the whole place was covered in a thick layer of dust. Then, one day, a man with colorful clothes appeared and started a movement by cleaning a chair. The chair turned out to be red! And so the other townspeople started cleaning up, revealing that their town is actually filled with vivid colors!

So I think the storytelling performances for both of the meetings and the activities we had after the storytelling for the last meeting went very well. I think the groups were well-planned and very prepared to perform the story they were assigned to, complete with props and tricks that make the story more thrilling to listen to. Most of the students were attentive while the story was being told and cooperative while they were enjoying the game. Our professors even provided prizes for the winners and snacks afterwards.

 

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Blog Entry 008 & 009: April 17 & 24, 2017

Okay, so I wasn’t able to post entries for the past two Mondays yet and since nothing much happened, I decided to put it all in this one post.


For April 17, my student wasn’t around again, so I teamed up with two other tutors to teach one of their students, Philip. I didn’t last long there because Ma’am called for a few tutors to group up and to present a story.

I’ve forgotten the exact title of the storybook, but it was about an edible planet where the inhabitants, called “Nguyamyams”, ate and drank  the planet to their heart’s content. One nguyamyam realized the dangerous effects this might have, so he tried to warn the people. No one listened to him, so he got his family and flew to another planet. They got to safety, but they had to watch their old planet get smaller and smaller ’till it was no more. They then agreed to take care of their new planet and that’s how the story ends.

It was a very nice story and, in a subtle way, it talks about the environment and its resources. It teaches a valuable lesson that we shouldn’t take our resources for granted, rather we should take good care of it because the Earth is our home.

I admit that we weren’t able to present it as properly as we would’ve liked due to disorientation between our group of presenters, but in the end, we were able to fix it and end the story in a good way.


For April 24, there were less students. I was late and my student wasn’t there again, so I joined a group of two tutors and their student. I really should’ve noted the things for this blog during the lesson or right after it because I keep forgetting a lot of details. I remember that Claire was one of the tutors, but I can’t remember the name of the other tutor and the student we were teaching at the time.

The student was studying advanced lessons already, so we didn’t follow any particular lesson plan. She was having problems with vowels, so we focused on that. She was able to write the alphabet and identify the letters and how it sounds. We also read two storybooks to her and she was able to answer the questions related to the story during and after listening to us read it.

After the lesson, a new story was presented by a new set of tutors. It was also about the environment but the it was portrayed in another way.


The next session will be on May 8 because there won’t be any classes on Monday since it’s a holiday (Labor Day). I hope the students would still come and enjoy the lessons and fun we have for that session.

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Blog Entry 007: April 3, 2017

This post is more than a week overdue and I apologize for that. I’ve been preoccupied with Holy Week activities, so I wasn’t able to attend to any other matters. Anyway, I’ll recall the essential things about last last weeks session in this blog entry.

There were only a few students who were able to go to school for our remedial program. Since it’s their summer break, they aren’t required to go to school anymore. I’m happy some of them still went although it isn’t mandatory for them to do so.

Since there weren’t that many students, each student got at least two tutors. I would say that it’s a better set-up since there’s two tutors to pacify the student and the session was more efficient, with the two working together.

Unfortunately, my student wasn’t around again and I’m having a difficult time with remembering the name of the student I was teaching for this session, but I remember that I worked with Shay at the time.

I really should’ve written this last week because I’ve already forgotten what happened during the session. This serves as a lesson for me to write our blog reflections as soon as possible rather than procrastinating till’ the last minute.

 

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Blog Entry 006: March 27, 2017

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet with my tutee, Don Miguel, this session. Summer break has already started for them, so it’s not a mandatory thing to go to school anymore. There were still some students who were practicing for their graduation at the gym and a few who still came for our teaching session.

So, I paired up with Thea to teach her students, Johnrick and Mike. During the session, I observed that Mike was generally quiet while Johnrick was a bit playful. They were able to perform well in the activities, though there were times when they weren’t focused on the task at hand.

They were able to follow the plot of the stories and answer the guide questions after. They correctly spelled the words in the tachistoscope and matched it with the corresponding picture. They also enjoyed playing the memory game (which is also the matching game). There were times when they didn’t follow the instructions and flip the other cards to find the match of the one they’re holding, but I guess that’s only normal. We tried correcting them, but they were having fun with the game, so we let it be.

We took a break from studying after we finished one of the two lesson plans we had for that day to make paper airplanes and let it  glide around the place. It was a fun experience, since I didn’t know how to make one before. Although I wasn’t able to make a proper one that day either, I made one and it flew anyway.

I didn’t have that much trouble getting their attention, since they seemed interested enough with the tasks, except when they really wanted to make paper airplanes. We were inside a big classroom with chairs and walls, so it was easier to make do with the teaching materials. For example, we were able to tape a manila paper on the wall. Written there with sentences with blanks. The words that would fill the blanks were taped on the wall, as well. So, they would take the taped words and tape it in its proper place in the manila paper.

We gave them pencils with a small note that invited them to go to the next session, even if their classes have already ended. Hopefully, they would still attend, along with the other students.

 

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Blog Entry 005: March 20, 2017

We weren’t able to conduct a one-on-one session today because the students were dismissed earlier to make way for a meeting among the teachers and faculty members. So instead, we continued the focus group discussion we had before proceeding to San Vicente Elementary School.

Basically, we were grouped according to the sections of our tutees, in my case, Hosea. Then, we were tasked to assign a facilitator and to record our discussion, so that it could be sent to our professors. Recording and sending it would allow the professors to watch it and to help us with what we struggle with.

So in the discussion, we answered the questions that are usually guide questions for writing a blog entry each week. More or less, our answers were common and we were able to share experiences and possible solutions for the challenges that we face.

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Blog Entry 004: March 13, 2017

Last week’s session was a bit more challenging than the previous sessions because there was a shortage of teachers, so rather than having a one-on-one session with Don, we had a three-on-one session with his two other classmates, Chrisdale and Aidan. Sure it was very challenging to get them to cooperate with our activities for the day, but it was also more fun because there wasn’t a dull moment in the session. It was either they were very noisy and playful while performing the activities or they were running around and chasing each other.

It was quite hard to get them to focus their attention to the activities I had prepared, but we did end up accomplishing all the tasks for that session. They didn’t need much guidance with telling the story, Nang Sumakit Ang Ngipin ni Mando, because they got the necessary observations from the pictures were about to use their inferences in story-telling. Though they were very rowdy in identifying and differentiating the things that start with the letters “Aa” and “Mm”, they did the task very well with little correction needed. And for the second story, apparently, they had encountered a similar story before, so reading it to them and putting an emphasis to the words with the letter “Mm”. wasn’t that hard.

By the time we reached the tachistoscope activity, they were too rowdy to properly cooperate with the activity. I had a difficult time trying to pacify them. I noticed that they spelled some of the words incorrectly by misplacing the letters and they ended up spelling them reversely. For example, when I asked them to spell “MAMA”, the word they formed with the tachistoscope was “AMAM”. So then, I corrected them. Hopefully, they were able to listen to my correction even though they were already too distracted with playing with each other and the tachistoscope.

I had to ask the help of another teacher for the last activity, the memory game, because I was already having too much trouble getting their attention. They also started running around again, so I had to chase them down. Fortunately, my co-teacher was already done with her students and was willing to help out. She made the activity a sort of game where the students have to race each other into finishing the word corresponding to the given picture first.

I’ve observed that they had already understood the “Mm” and “Aa” lessons very well, but need a bit of help with spelling out words. Since they were able to perform the activities with an above satisfactory rating, I’m considering whether or not I should ask for some advanced lessons to give to them.

Hopefully, next meeting would still be as lively as this one, but also less rowdy. It is still a challenge for me to get and to maintain their attention to the lesson, but I’ve been progressing as the weeks go by, so I just need to try harder and harder.