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Facts and Trivia / Re: Life's Simple Pleasure
« on: February 07, 2009, 11:01:59 PM »

Most of the colleges/universities offering international programs in Thailand are operating in partnership with American/British/Canadian/Australian Universities. Others are with Chinese universities.

Facts and Trivia / Re: Life's Simple Pleasure
« on: February 07, 2009, 10:57:38 PM »

ADMIN is under the American University Program (2 universities) while I am in the International Program. IP is cheaper than AUP. IP lang ang ako ma afford, another thing all programs under AUP are business oriented.

Facts and Trivia / Re: Life's Simple Pleasure
« on: February 07, 2009, 10:55:33 PM »

Karon lang ko nkabantay sa avatar ni glacier. It looks abstract at first glance but as you carefully look at it, you will discover the real meaning. TB DOKDOK QUEEN :D :D :D

LGU Philippines / Re: Additional one year in all Degree Coures in college.
« on: February 07, 2009, 10:53:00 PM »
Yes sir. As individuals wala tay mahimo but to start the change in ourselves.

Facts and Trivia / Re: Life's Simple Pleasure
« on: February 07, 2009, 10:51:10 PM »

Yes and I always meet the beloved ADMIN for he is teaching and studying in the college where I am presently enrolled. :D

Learn English Online / Rewards are Potentially Harmful in Reading
« on: February 07, 2009, 10:46:37 PM »
A very interesting article I've read from my friend's blog,, who is an English teacher by profession talks about what she has learned from a seminar by Stephen Krashen ( who is globally renowned in the field of linguistics and language education.

The article has mentioned that giving rewards for reading is potentially harmful in developing a child in becoming a life-long reader. WHY? First, it has to be understood that reading is not something that should be done in order to get reward because reading is a reward itself. Their is pleasure every time we read.

Questions may arise as to how to convince children to read considering that most of them have negative attitude towards reading. SIMPLE! We have to understand that as human beings, we have unique interests and so why not capitalize on our interests? If a child is interested at toys, do not force him/her to read Science books because you would certainly lead the child to hate reading in his/her entire life. If a child likes robots, give him books that's all about robots. In that article, Krashen dubbed it as the HOMERUN in reading.

Anybody here who loves to read? I am very sure that all of you have this one book which reinforced your love for reading. Try to recall, I know you have it. That book is your homerun according to Krashen.

In schools, we could observe that children are, often times, rewarded for reading. However, what kind of books can we find in the library? Math, Science and other non-interesting books for the children. Next time, instead of awarding those readers, capitalize on purchasing books which are of children's interests.

Back in college, there were more students who would pay for membership and in-house reading at Matthew Book Club (along Lessage Street) than spend time reading at the college library. What's in Matthew Book Club that's not in the college library that students love to go there and pay instead of spending time at the college library for free? We all know the answer.

To develop children/adults to become life-long readers they don't need to be forced or rewarded. This coincides with "Choice Theory" of Dr. William Glasser ( which states that (1) all we do is behave, (2) almost all behavior is chosen and (3) we are driven by our genes to satisfy five basic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom and fun.

Applying in the context of reading (or learning in general), we do choices everyday (eat or not eat, study or not study, learn or not learn, etc.) and so the same thing must drive the students to read (or learn):
1. Give them freedom (do not force them to read/learn)
2. The students will soon find reading (or learning) as way to feel love and belongingness
3. They will realize very soon that they need to read (or learn) in order to survive
4. Until they will strive to read (or learn) in order to acquire power

Learn English Online / Re: What inspires you to write?
« on: February 07, 2009, 10:06:41 PM »
I write a variety of articles which ranges from literary to academic articles. They might not be good but I write for the following reasons:

1. to express my thoughts (my opinions)... aron maka tulog ko ug dali :)
2. to share what I got from reading some articles and my opinion in it
3. to express my emotion (literary writing)
4. to help other people, especially teachers (I hope)
5. to be happy (writing is pleasure just like reading)

Facts and Trivia / Re: Life's Simple Pleasure
« on: February 07, 2009, 09:59:58 PM »

Educational Administration Enzo and I am conducting a research study on Total Quality Management in Education (total quality education supervision, total quality teaching, total quality learning).

Introduce Yourself / Re: The One and Only Story of Balong
« on: February 07, 2009, 09:56:49 PM »
Manong Balong. My lifetime classmate. Bisan asa nga forum, magkita intawon mi ani...

Science and Research / Re: Online Lessons: Molecular Biology
« on: February 07, 2009, 09:55:15 PM »
Can you give simple examples of those 4 possible bases of DNA? Like Sodium Chloride (salt) and Hydrochloride (acid), do they have common names?

I'm a noob and sorry for I have plenty of questions.

Facts and Trivia / Re: Life's Simple Pleasure
« on: February 07, 2009, 09:46:31 PM »
doing master's thesis
simple pleasure, indeed... TBTBhan lang... :)

Science and Research / Re: Online Lessons: Molecular Biology
« on: February 07, 2009, 09:30:11 PM »
Sir Lorenzo, I like this thread for I am interested to learn more about Molecular Biology. However, I could not relate to other concepts you have mentioned because, I guess, there are previous concepts that I have to learn first before this one. I can recall only a little about my Chemistry class before.

As David Ausubel proposed, "Learners will learn more if they could find connection between existing knowledge and the lesson to be learned." For learning to be remarkable, it has to be meaningful and meaningfulness can only be provided through connection.

I am not wondering why, of all the sciences, Physics is the one that I like the most. It's because learning Physics is just like learning mathematics. Acceleration and velocity can be calculated through differentiation (differential calculus) and the change of the temperature of a certain body can be computed through differential equations. Newton likes Physics and Mathematics. He has great contribution in the field of Physics and Calculus.

Nevertheless, BRING IT ON Sir! I will follow this thread and will ask you if I have any confusion. For now, I have to read the entire lesson again. :D :D :D

Philippine Daily News / Re: All About the Murdered Call Center Agent
« on: February 07, 2009, 09:17:41 PM »

Nagabasa lang ak sang mga panghitabo dre bisan ug wa ko maruyagi pero nalipay gad ak sa pagkahibaro nga may kasangkayan ako ditoy. Pasgdan na lang nato ang balaog nga mag husga sa mga nakasara sangkay nga ihatekillers.  Waray ang akon iroy pero mapinanggaon man. :D :D :D

BALAOD na ang bahala mga kasangkayan... Maupay nga gab-i sa inyo..

Special Dates and Events / Re: Happy Birthday, Ethylene aka C2H4!
« on: February 07, 2009, 06:56:22 PM »
Happy burthday Ms. Ethyl! Wishing you more birthdays to come.... :D :D :D

Bohol Directory / Re: Awit sa Bohol
« on: February 07, 2009, 01:38:26 PM »
nindot kaau pamalandungan ang mensahe sa Awit sa Bohol. Every time we have gathering of Boholanos here in Thailand we do not forget to sing the Bohol Hymn aside from singing the Philippine National Anthem. It makes us feel that we are just meters away from our homeland, Bohol.

Manong Jose--->>> proud to be Bol-anon

LGU Philippines / Re: Additional one year in all Degree Coures in college.
« on: February 07, 2009, 11:48:49 AM »
Among the countries in the world, only Philippines has 10-year basic education curriculum, other countries have 12-year basic education curriculum.

There are so many problems in the education system of the Philippines right now which need to be be addressed by those people in authority aside from that increasing one year for all degree programs. As what I have observed, the problem is not lying in the higher education only but the biggest problem in education which affects the downward spiral of the Philippine economy lies heavily in our basic education system.

Most of the students entering college could hardly do basic algebraic operations which is supposed to be developed during high school years. I don't know if it has been changed but when I was teaching Mathematics in the Philippines, the following curriculum has been followed for high school Mathematics:

First Year: Elementary Algebra
Second Year: Intermediate Algebra
Third year: Geometry
Fourth Year: Advance Algebra and Basic Probability and Statistics

Well, as we can see, most of the mathematics courses in high school are dealing with ALGEBRA but aren't we surprised why students entering college could hardly do basic algebraic operations? There are students who could hardly determine the sum of x + x which is merely an addition of 1 banana + 1 banana = 2 bananas (x + x=2x). Here are some problems in the basic education system which I think must be resolved by the department of education:

1. There is much focus on the content of curriculum and less or zero focus on mastery learning.
    The Philippines is following fixed curriculum provided by those people in authority. It is mandated that the all topics within the curriculum should be tackled within the specified curriculum days. I could still remember my high school math teacher who told us, "This topic is supposed to be completed within 3 days but we have been discussing days for 4 days so let's end it up." when we asked for more practice exercises and more explanation about a certain topic in Mathematics which we could hardly understand. MASTERY LEARNING is not emphasized and it's a very sad fact for the students who are ought to learn life skills and not just go through the topics within the curriculum.

2. Teaching for test is still blatantly practised.
    Teaching is geared towards achieving high marks in the achievement test and not towards achieving the expected knowledge and skills. A teacher once told, "I have to teach all the topics specified in the curriculum because they will all come out in the National Achievement Test." Are our learners learning for the test? NO! NO! NO!

3. Stiff bureaucracy in the education system
    The curriculum is still pre-determined by those "EXPERTS?" in the Department of Education. It's about time for our education administrators to wake up the diversity of our students (different needs, different environment, different social and economic status, different learning styles  etc.) and therefor ONE ABSOLUTE CURRICULUM could not work for all. The EXPERTS that they call who designed the curriculum doesn't have any idea of what's happening in BARANGAY CANLUBAS. Do they know the learners in such area? If no, what made them design and implement a curriculum for learners there. I agree that DepEd should set goals and standard for education that would reach to all types of learners but I am against of a centralized curriculum. TEACHERS should be given the task to assess the learners' needs and design a curriculum based on their needs and DepEd's goals and standards (although this is very expensive because it would require rigid training for teachers on assessment and curriculum design).

For more articles on education, visit my teaching blog . I will update it very soon.

« on: January 24, 2009, 10:18:27 AM »
Maganda po itong naisipan mo Ginoong FDARAY. Isa po ito sa mga mabisang mga paraan upang mahasa natin ang ating husay sa paggamit ng wikang Filipino sa pakikipagtalastasan. Sana ay mahikayat din natin ang iba na i-paskil ang kanilang samu't-saring kaisipan hinggil sa mga kasalukuya'ng mga pangyayari sa ating bayan at iba pa. 

Special Dates and Events / Re: Happy Birthday, kiamoy!
« on: January 20, 2009, 08:32:45 PM »
Happy birthday kiamoy! More blessings to come...

World Daily News / Re: Filipinos excited over Obama's inauguration
« on: January 20, 2009, 08:31:09 PM »
mao ba? nag cge lang pud ko ling-lingi dre kay ang inaugural speech lang ni Obama ako gipaabot. Gusto lang nako madunggan iyang panglantaw sa education. You know, education in Americal affects the education of the entire country. :D :D :D

I hope it would be better than the infamous NCLB...:D

World Daily News / Re: Filipinos excited over Obama's inauguration
« on: January 20, 2009, 07:54:52 PM »
wala pa diay magsugod diha Haze? ako dia nag multi-tasking..:D

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