Monday, September 30, 2013

The Hat

I own a myriad collection of hats in all sizes, shapes and colors. If only I know where I put them! It would be nice to wear any of them but this one.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Over a Cup of Tea

Over a cup of tea, life is in a stand-still to savor special moment or reminisce happy memories.

- Ruthi Orona-Gregoire -

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Success 101: Values - Taught or Caught?

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” – Aristotle -


Children learned important lessons in life way before they enter school. Values are taught and caught at home from daybreak to sundown. And their parents are their first teachers.

Children learned important new lessons in life when they enter school. Skills are taught and caught in school from the very first day they walk into the classroom until they step down the stairs after receiving their diplomas. And their teachers are their skill teachers.

Parents learned from their parents and from their former teachers. Teachers too learned from their parents and their teachers before they become teachers themselves. To say that Values and Skills are learned from both parents and teachers at home and in school is not just a cliche... it's a fact.

And as human being regardless of what age or status or profession we have, it is just practical to say that our values and skills are two important lessons that we learned and can teach the new generation to help them live life to the fullest.

Whether we are a parent or a teacher, we both learned from our own parents and former teachers what we now teach our students and our own children. And the lessons of life we get from the experience stay with us and are in-bedded deeply into the core of our character.

The unshakable and well-grounded upbringing and wisdom we get from them are the very foundation of our teaching strategies. And that equipped and empower us with life lessons that we now use to lead a fruitful life.


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Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Light

“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care, then, how you hear. To anyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken away.” Luke 8:16-18

As Christians, we can choose to be a light or a fire... or both.
We could choose to be - A light that can bring enlightenment to the souls in darkness.
We could choose to be - A fire to bring warmth to the cold hearts.
On the contrary, we could also be - the light that can ruin the sight of the already blind and the fire the can burn the weak faith.
And for these reasons we need God's light to make a good choice.

-Ruthi Orona-Gregoire

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Prayer
Lord, give me the light to see the truth
and the fire to keep my faith burning
Amen.







Friday, September 20, 2013

Blessings

Another week passed by without me knowing it. I was so busy with work and I have no time to stop and think of all the things that happened.

I am not complaining. I am not whining. I'm actually blessed. And I thank God for all the blessings I received.

And for that, I want to share this beautiful song of Laura Story about blessings to express how grateful I am for all the blessings I received. Hope you all enjoy it.


Blessings
By: Laura Story


We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things
'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe
'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It's not our home
'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

In life we encounter lots of challenges and trials. With each challenges and trials we encounter blessings unbeknownst to human understanding. Acknowledging them as blessings is enough for us human to show gratefulness to the Creator of all things.

-Ruthi Orona-Gregoire

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Prayer
Father, thank you for all your blessings
though I am not worthy
You still bless me.
And for that, thank you is not enough.
Amen.



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

OMG Moment: Lesson Planning

This is my 5th year as Child Care Provider for the Kids Out Program. It's a before and after school child care program. And so far, I love this second job of mine.

The job is kinda similar to being a teacher. The difference is - I don't have to do any "lesson planning" and "grade computations"  and "documentations". I don't even have a classroom. I have the playground! And yes, one huge difference... I have more fun because all we do is PLAY!

Then, opportunity came for a permanent position in the Kindergarten Classroom. I grabbed it.

Now, I am a teacher again. Well sort of. I am an Educational Technician. I assist the classroom teachers.

So technically I am a teacher, right? Right!

And I love this job too because - I still don't do lesson plans! How awesome is that?
When, I was a HS teacher, I breathed... ate... dreamed... lesson plans. It is an important tool to carry out my lessons. But I was not a big fan of lesson plans!

Can you keep a secret? I didn't do lesson plans. Shhhhh. hahaha

Well, technically I did. I would write lesson plans like I blog though - scheduled and/or back scheduled.

Here's the thing. I don't know how the class will turn out. Who knows?

Can you predict the future? Can anyone tell if there will be interruptions when you are in the middle of the lesson and you needed to stop? What would happened then? No! No one can tell.

So yah, I wrote the lesson plan after I taught the lesson so that I would be able to justify my lesson. Bad teacher! Yeah, that's me! [Well, that is why I have blogs instead of lesson plans.] LOL

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What's with planning? Why do we need to plan? Doesn't it spoil the fun?

Planning... I know has a purpose. It is invented for a reason. It gives one a concrete sense of direction to take to avoid failure and to achieve results. It's a good thing. [I should have convinced myself but I don't operate that way. wink**] It gives the person a tangible resource to success.

As a teacher, I need it. I need it not because I get paid for doing it but because it will help me help my students learn and achieve.

As a human being, I need it. I need it not only to stay in the right track but to keep me focused on my responsibility as responsible citizen.

As the person I am, I need it. I need it to keep me sane!

So do I plan my activities now? Yes and No.

I plan when I know that it will help me get the best result in my mind. And when I want to be adventurous, I just let fate take its course. I love surprises too... good ones only. LOL


PLAN... when you need to. Plan when you want concrete, feasible and successful results. DON'T PLAN... when you have a strong faith that things will be fine and you are fine with whatever result you achieved - good or otherwise.

- Ruthi Orona-Gregoire
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

AHA Moment: I Can Write B!

"Hold your pencil still..." I told little B as I did a hand-over-hand technique to guide his tiny hand.

"Then, draw a stick down like this..." still holding his sweaty hand as he carefully followed the lined paper in front of him.

"Now, draw two half circles on top of each other." I continued as he patiently listening to my instruction while moving his little fingers through the direction of my big hand.
The silence in the room was not typical for a Kindergarten class. I was expecting that it would be more chaotic considering that having twenty 5 and 6 years old children are capable of creating chaos in one single moment. But then no, they have been so quiet for more than 10 minutes now as they practice writing their names.

Then, my little guy suddenly broke that silence without warning... and shouted on top of his lung... "I CAN WRITE B!"

Then, little B threw his little arms to me and wrapped me in a soft warm hug pressing is little cute face on my belly and looking up to me saying... "You're the best Mrs. G!"


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Scenarios like these are very common to Kindergarten teachers. It isn't for me. I was a High School teacher for over 11 years back home. I was used to having my students celebrate their new found knowledge by giving each other high fives and giving me a "thumbs up". That is when they remember to acknowledge my presence at all. wink*

Don't get me wrong. I love my High School students. They are the best. I still get in touch with them up to now. Some of them still contact me even if they already have kids of their own or successful managers of some multinational companies at home or abroad. And some of them still consider me as their "favorite teacher" even if they are already teachers themselves.

But the little ones surprise me to no end from day one of my job. I never thought I can work with the little ones until I came face to face with them. For some reason, the little ones scared the wits out of me. I don't know why but they are kinda intimidating to me. LOL.

But yes, they are so adorable. Their simple needs and wants make simple things wonderful. They taught me how to be contented with what I have and appreciate the simple joys that simple things provide. They gave me a sense of fulfillment with what little I got and work on it to fit my needs.

Their appreciation for small things make me feel so small and ambitious. And I guess as adults we need that. We need to feel that small things can be considered as big. That small things don't make us small or irrelevant as a person. ON the hindsight, that big things don't make one powerful. We need to be reminded that big dreams are okay to achieve as long as you don't forget to have fun achieving them. Or worse acquire them through wrong deeds.

And despite the endless whining and countless tattling and the crying over simple things, I learned to deal with my own negativities in life because whining and tattling and crying over my frustrations and failures in life made me feel childish. wink*** So as I watched them bounced back to being happy kids after the whining and tatting and crying... it made me realize that it is somehow easy to bounce back from my own issues that crippling me to be a happy person. I only need to face them with childlike manners.

And yes, they are so cute and innocent. [I just wish they will remain that way until they graduate in High School.] They are not afraid to try new things out. They don't care about the result of what their choices will bring them.  And if they fail, they can laugh it out or cry or just forget it yet keep the faith that someday they will succeed. Failing or quiting seemed NOT an option for them - be it in the playground or in the classroom. And they know how to celebrate those simple achievements like crazy.

YES, those little fellows can teach us teachers lessons in life that are not in our lesson plans. They can teach us the basics that are long-forgotten when we learned the most complicated lessons like rocket science. And advancement in science diminished our fascination for the simple things. Life will no longer be basic or simple or plain once they step out of the Kindergarten classroom.

As teachers, we cannot stop it. We can only wish that they will remain - in Kindergarten mode.



Contentment is a "big word" for Kindergärtners and yet they know it by heart. Contentment is a "lost word" for Adults... and I'm afraid - it will never be found.

- Ruthi Orona-Gregoire


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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Success 101: Career Choice

"I will be a firefighter". Little R proudly said.

Today, the kids were asked to share what they want to be when they grow up.

Little M shouted... "I will be a Nurse like my Mom!" And she did a little twirl like she always does when she feels she said something important.

After 10 minutes all the kids have shared what they want to be when they grow up except shy K. He remained quiet the whole time his friends were saying their dreams one after another. He seemed uninterested and unaffected.

Mrs. R, my Classroom Teacher whom I was assigned to assist finally called him out. "Do you have anything to share K?" The whole class shifted their eyes to him and silence engulfed Room 12.

"I want to rob a bank when I grow up!"

The deafening silence remained for 5 minutes until the bell rang that signaled it's time for lunch.

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Teachers are faced with different things, situations and problems all the time. How we deal with them is always a learning experience.

Yes, we don't stop learning when we graduate from college and receive our diploma and got licensed to teach. [SPOILER ALERT!] LOL.

We continue to learn a whole new lessons each time we teach our students.
 
I swear I didn't want to be a teacher. I didn't go to college to be a teacher. But fate led me there. Fate brought me to the door of the classroom. And that fate gave me happiness that I would have not known if I stayed in the corporate world.

Each day in the classroom is a challenge. Each day is a struggle both for me and my students. The challenges are endless and getting harder and harder with each lessons we tackle. But with each lessons we teach our students, no matter how hard we work to make a great impact on them, will only make sense if our students chose to take them. We can only do so much. It is up to them to take it or... leave it.

Being an optimistic as I am, I know that reality is a path that my students travel to from home to school... and back. And reality could be a place that they found both in school or at home or neither. It could also be possible that "reality" is in the heart of our students. And for some of them, they may not give us the chance to look at it for fear of being "judged". Sad but true.

Who knows what the shy K was thinking when he said that - he wanted to be a robber? Who knows if he is eating 3 square meals a day? Who knows if he is sleeping in a warm bed at night and not worrying if he will be able to ride a beautiful white unicorn instead of battling monsters in his dreams? Who knows if he has clean clothes and dry shoes to wear to school? Who knows?

As a teacher, we cannot turn a blind eye on situations involving our students especially when deep in our hearts we know that there is something wrong with them and that they need help. It is in our genes to worry and look for solutions to the problems concerning our students. And sadly, we have limitations!

As teachers, we can only do so much. Our limitations as educators and as human beings can sometimes hold us back to do the best we could to mold our future generation.

- Ruthi Orona-Gregoire


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Monday, September 2, 2013

Irksome, Indeed!

“This is irksome! I said I want the helmet taken off but with your hands.” His Mom said and went on.”That’s probably the reason why I can’t knock some sense on your brain.”

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