Wednesday, August 28, 2013

AHA Moment: The Teacher Who is NOT

This is my 3rd year working as Ed. Tech.

This year I will be assigned in 2nd Grade Classroom. It will surely be a challenge for me because I worked in Kindergarten Classroom two years in a row since I got hired. AND I know those kids are fast learners. I had some of them when they were in Kindergarten.

As the year went by, I found them completely new persons since they graduated from Kindergarten. Yes, my students changed since they stepped up to the next level.

They transformed into new human beings after one semester leaving their cuteness in the Kindergarten Classrooms behind. [If you know what I mean.].

Just a hindsight, you know. LOL
As an Educational Technician, I can only say what I observe. Yes, I am a Teacher Assistant here and not a full-pledged teacher. And I love my job. It's the best job in the world. I don't mind assisting the teachers because I believe each one of them needs assistant. They are over-worked, tired and underpaid. They need a raise. Seriously!

But even if I am not a full-pledged Teacher now... which is by the way, my personal choice [I can take a refresher course to be able to take Teacher's Board Exam to get licensed, but Nah!] I still feel I am a teacher. It is in-bedded in the very marrows of my bones. It is running in my veins. And I can feel it in my muscles. Yes, I am a Teacher! Alive and kicking.

I may not be taking a lead role in the classroom but I know in my heart that I too make a difference in the learning process of my students. I may not be in front of the class giving directions but I am an important person who helps the teacher carry out his instruction to the learners. And I may not be directly dealing with problems in the classroom, with the students and the parents [whew, I'm so glad!] but I can contribute in solving them.

And even if I am not a real Teacher...my optimism for our younger generation remains the same since the first time I took that special spot in front of the classroom 11 years ago. My optimism for those young learners is high and will remain that way as long as I live because this is what teachers do. We live not only to teach but to dream dreams for our students.

As a Teacher... our job is to mold them and prepare them and equip them with the basic lessons and skills in life that will lead them in the right directions. It is in our job description to help them achieve and be successful individuals so that once they leave the classroom, we don't need to worry and think... where are they going from here?

"As Teachers... we know that from the very start we held their hands and guided them to write their first letters, we didn't just teach them the basics of writing and counting - we taught them how to make good choices that will lead them to the right direction."

- Ruthi Orona-Gregoire


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Ruthilicious... absent in the Classroom, present in the Chatroom. She blogs when she is NOT Facebooking doing chores and she blogs while she is ALSO Facebooking doing chores.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

If only the shoe fits!

Girl 1: "C’mon it’s my turn for the photo op."
Girl 2: "I can’t get out, I’m stuck!"
Girl 3: "Hang-on Mom’s coming with an x-ray to find out why you’re stuck."

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Animal in Us

They say human beings have animal instinct. Are we referring to our wild side or our ability to be tamed?

- Ruthi Orona-Gregoire -

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

OMG Moment: Who's Genius?

I am so amazed how technology can bring us the best of everything. Just in You Tube alone, I can spend hours watching amazing things that people can do. And yes, isn't it amazing how people can do crazy things too?

The other day, I was browsing on You Tube for make-up tips when I bumped into this video.

As a teacher I was amazed at how the 2-year old boy can do such complicated Math skill designed for second graders. It's simply genius! I thought.

Then, I noticed the mother of the 2-year old boy.

She was with the boy in all of his videos guiding him and teaching him his numbers, his letters, his words, his shapes, his flags... then I realized - there is no boy or girl genius. Yeah, there may be some kids at are born genius but hey, still somebody has to do something to tap that talent, right?

A child cannot learn things all by himself even if that child is a genius without the guidance of a teacher. And in all cases... our mother is always our first teacher.

Yup, there is no such thing as boy genius.

There is only Mother Genius!


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Ruthilicious... absent in the Classroom, present in the Chatroom. She blogs when she is NOT Facebooking doing chores and she blogs while she is ALSO Facebooking doing chores.

To read more about her Teaching-Learning Experience... Click HERE.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Horse Knew



Oh no  I’m in jeopardy! How can I find my way now? There are too much traffic lights.” It was way better when this was just one big dry land. My horse knew where I’m heading.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hindsight: Kids' Stuff

Being a teacher for 11 years in the Philippines, I have not been so tired working till now. Maybe, it’s the weather [Maine's weather is so unpredictable that it changes every 5 minutes, seriously.] Maybe, the kids are too hyper [I don't know where they get their energy.] Or maybe, I am getting old [and that I had to admit, is a serious factor].
When I move here in Maine, my very first job was and still is a Child Care Provider. It is like being a teacher and it is not like being a teacher. Let me explain. It is like being a teacher because I deal with kids of school-aged. These kids consider me as their other teacher. It isn't like being a teacher because we do things that normal teachers do with their students like play tag-you're-it, dig in the sand for buried treasures, and lots of crazy kids' stuff that I found fun after all. It was indeed a total opposite of what a classroom teaching is because learning doesn't take place in the classroom but in the playground.

Then during my first year at work I was introduced to Summer Camp. Summer camp is entirely a new thing for me. It is not old school… it is new school, indeed. The experience is new to me. It is fresh and innovative since we don’t have that kind of concept back home. The work was a-ok considering the number of hours that I had to work [that was a full time job for me back then] so money was a good motivation.

Summer camp is play and game. It brings back the child in me.The kids are contagious in terms of fun and laughter. Their innocence is surprisingly educative if not completely compelling. And if there is any downside to this learning experience… that would be… their energy is draining me, making me totally exhausted, useless and unproductive at the end of the day. AND that justified my decision NOT to do summer camp ever again. LOL

Oh well, life at the camp was fun. There would be some unhappy campers every now and then but we [the Counselors] always came up with something [or improvise] to make the camp “the happy place on earth” [or is that Disney World or Walmart, for me?] And if there is anything I learned from the experience that would be... The Camp is not just a place for fun but for learning experiences that will never be learned from the four corners of the classroom. Summer camp taught us lessons that will surely come handy in life.

A couple more weeks and summer will be over. Things will be back to normal again both for the Camp Counselors and the kids. Two more weeks and I will be putting on my Child Care Provider hat again and that means we will do serious business again learning new lessons, the conventional and unconventional ways. Two more weeks and the summer fever will be over… but definitely will never be forgotten .


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Ruthilicious... absent in the Classroom, present in the Chatroom. She blogs when she is NOT Facebooking doing chores and she blogs while she is ALSO Facebooking doing chores.

To read more about her Teaching-Learning Experience... Click HERE.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Subject Matter: Summer Fever

Summer will soon be over. We only have two weeks [or so, who's counting anyway?] left for summer and school will start again. I wish I could have time to relax and take a prolonged vacation but I don’t think it will be possible. School starts right after Labor Day and reality will sink in from there on. Hayyyy…
Speaking of summer, it is the busiest time of my life. Well, summer is always the busiest time of anyone's life. Everyday is one hectic day... lots of lakes and ponds and rivers to swim on... tons of berries to pick and enjoy... eon parties to bug and crash... endless roads and trails to run and hike... countless places to explore... and a whole lot of things and fun activities to do. Summer is so short if we have the chance to do everything in our wish list. But that is not the case with me.

If you have noticed that I have not written a lot since summer started that's because I was busy doing chores, organizing and reorganizing things around the house, and doing lots of less fun stuff that you and I can ever imagine. Yes, with all the fun stuff I mentioned in the second paragraph, I have done only a couple of those fun activities because I have summer job. Just those not-so-fun activities and the 3 and a half hours, 3 days a week summer job ate up most of my time and energy and sanity for real. It could be the crazy weather too. Not to mention spending countless time hacking my Hubby's FB account spying on other people. That one is so time consuming to be honest with you. hahahaha

But I don't really spy all the time [LOL] I also blog in my other websites. [Feeling proud here!] Good thing I was able to recover the domain that I lost for Ruthi's breathingSpace. Yes, RBS is so back online and in blogosphere. Thank God, my prayer was answered . But I have not done any of my polymer clay stuff like I promised myself at the start of summer. Hey, something caught up with me... so don't judge! LOL. I will always have time for it, won't I? How about - next summer? wink***

Well, since I still have a couple more weeks to do things unscheduled, I might as well do some blogging and running [and claying hopefully] for as long as I can because times like these are so rare and I want to use them productively.

But yeah, keeping focused and not being side-tracked are the only problems I have right now.

Whew, it's the summer fever I guess.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

A worse case of bad hair day

No Frills, huh? How can you make someone smile if he has not washed his hair for days? “Bad Hair Day” hat only works with my girlfriend.



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Friday, August 2, 2013

God Bless Blogging

Things in bloggospere are not coming roses for me lately. If you have been a loyal follower of my blog, [which I doubt it since I don't really blog like I used to and don't do blog hopping for the longest time] you are probably aware of what's going on with my websites [stress on the letter "S"]. One already lost it's domain because of "2 words"... auto-renew.

Yes, "auto-renew" is now my least favorite words because I don't know how to do it. Long story and I don't even want to talk about it.
Anyway, this website [auto-renew alert!] will sooner or later suffer the same fate. Sad but true. I know I there is a way of auto-renewing all my blogs that will sooner or later lose its domain but something is telling me to just give up, slow down and downsize. I need to get a life and blogging is taking so much of it.

Blogging saved me from losing my sanity years ago. It helped me a lot in making friends and money as well. It gave me the freedom to express myself and my thoughts without reservations. And it became my tool to reach out and sometimes escape [for awhile] to a fantasy world where I can choose to feel exist and recharge.

After the fateful RBS domain issue, I decided to post this kind of write across my 7 blogs to warn you guys of the major blog revamp that is going to happen and is currently brewing.

This website - My Refuge Online - is what it it. This is my 'go-to" blog when I feel poetic... or when I wanted to get in touch with my inner soul and reflect on the goodness around me... or when I wanted to share my personal experiences with my students and the lessons I learned from them... or when I wanted to praise God for all His blessings... or when I wanted to share my blessing through words.

Now, that this is in danger of losing it's domain [unless I find a way of changing it's fate] it will be merge with my other website - a Carpenter's WIFE's Tool Box just like what happened to my Ruthi's breathingSpace. There is a room for all my blogs in there and I feel that it will be easier to manage one blog now considering my work schedule.

It will surely be a bitter-sweet departure [or more bitter than sweet] but change is always a good thing if we will only open ourselves to the possibilities we can gain and remain positive, isn't it? But yes, it's better said than done. But I am still grateful for the opportunity that I was able to get the chance to do what I love doing and hope that I will be able to blog for as long as I live.

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Prayer
Lord, thank you for the gift of writing
Thank you for the inspirations I get from writing.
and Thank you for blessings that writing brings.
Amen



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