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Feb. 27th, 2017

shinhwa

When I accepted the task...

and after reading the DepEd order as to how things are to be done and the expectations, I knew it was a challenge, a true test of limits and level of preparation for the unexpected since it is the first time we are going to fully comply with the requirements specified in the Order. However, I am also open-minded enough to realize that there can be bumps and pits on the road that even if I try to read and re-read the order 100 times over, there can always be a room for error, mis-interpretation and something that might have slipped, so Lord, I ask that you guide me as well as the rest of the members as we go over papers that will be submitted tomorrow. I know it won't be easy but please give me the opportunity to learn, the heart to accept suggestions and sudden changes and even the unexpected events. Please allow me to have a humble heart yet with the decisiveness to make things right and just. I still have a LOT to learn and let this be an opportunity to do so.

If I may ask for one more favor, please allow us to push through with Math Camp. We have prepared a lot and its such a waste not to use any of the materials we have prepared. All these I ask in the name of Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and always, one God forever and ever. Dear Lord, I surrender to you whatever challenges that may come my way all the time...

Feb. 26th, 2017

shinhwa

The feeling of...

GRADUATION/CLOSING RUSH is strongly coming in... and it only means one thing! SUMMER BREAK IS NEAR!!!

One of my closest friends texted me how I am and that's how I replied and she's one of the few who actually says she's jealous of my job since I get to have breaks - long time breaks that is... with that we are to see each other again this summer... teacher duties come first, hehe

simply love this life! not for the breaks, but for the opportunity to serve and enjoying every minute of it and when you get exhausted, you get the time to unwind and relax...

Feb. 25th, 2017

shinhwa

Something unexpected...

happened today.

It was the first time Math 117 participated in a volunteer work in a Home for the elderly. Now, as expected of volunteers, we were to mingle with the lolas, listen, care and be aware of them during the entire time. There was a program to be followed but it also involved providing what they need the most, undivided attention. Even from the start, it was somewhat personal for me since I get to remember joking with my mom about that place. I often told her that I will put her there whenever she misbehaves or says something off but it was always as a joke since I always knew she preferred being home. Also, it was a first time from what I can remember that all 3 of us are present, Anjo, Jana and I in one event wherein all of us are of the same 'level of expectation'. The thing is, after that event, I asked them to join me going to SM only to have my picture taken for my PRC renewal application. In the cab, we all mentioned the same thing, at the start of the program we were somehow reminded of Mama and all of us got teary eyed seeing all the lolas. I just told them, it's ok, we did our best when she was with us so we know we made her happy and feel loved. Again, if its family we are talking about, it strikes like a lightning that is both uncontrollable and unavoidable. But I will say it again, it's ok since we have done our best while we can and we know Lola Mila and Lolo Lauro are happily watching over us.

Lord, thank you for reminding us what is really important in life yet again today...

Feb. 23rd, 2017

shinhwa

I always...

tell my mom what happens to me in a day, well I used to... Just this afternoon, something struck me and realized, I haven't told her what happened to my students who participated in MTAP Challenge last Friday. Well, she may not be around but still I want to remember that day.

Ma, we placed 2nd in school ranking, 2 of my trainees placed 3rd and 4th among all Grade 10 students and there were 25 total so placing 3rd or 4th is good enough for me. I know what she will tell me, its not the place that matters, what's important is if you did your best and I think we did so we're contented with what we achieved. It's my first time to have someone qualified for the Individual category so that alone is already a personal achievement. Come Division Orals, I just hope they won't get rattled in anyway and just do their usual thing. What's more surprising is they beat 7 other schools in terms of accumulated scores and the schools were no joke! To name a few, OB Montessori, ICA, even Fountain IS. I always believed that we are better than Dominican, Aquinas, Tabernacle even Chen Kuang so that is not even a surprise but beating the other 3 is another achievement. Thank goodness the training hours paid off.

So, from then till now, I will continue doing what I know is right, how I do it when it tends to offer the best possible results, do it NOT for personal gain but for a greater good particularly for the students yet continue to be humble, keeping my feet on the ground, staying true to my passion and never be affected by anything nor anyone unimportant. Lord, please guide me always as I tread this path...
shinhwa

After what's been said and done...

People do get the leadership they deserve.
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Jan. 29th, 2017

shinhwa

Just a sudden thought...

what if they perform Shinhwa's Touch... or TVXQ's Something... pero para mas madali, F4 na lang, hehe... I can't seem to make a clearer picture but if there's one thing I'd wish for, it would be this one... just for fun...

Sana maisip nila ito na closing gift for me... wishing...

Jan. 28th, 2017

shinhwa

Math Jingle Finals 2017...

is another success yet also a heart-breaker...

First off, the main idea for this activity is for a class to unite and come up with something they can always remember as a class. With all my classes, i think we have achieved just that and for that alone, they all deserve an applause.

For Earth. Being this year's champion was always the goal, no more sharing of winnings, no more second thoughts, no more doubts if they will get it or not, it was simply theirs from the beginning and THEY.DID.JUST.THAT! I don't think I can ever claim any credit for it, they did everything on their own with little or no suggestion from me. I don't think they also need motivation (and I don't think the money did anything, too! It was just my way of saying, I always believed in them, even from the start!) since they were already HIGHLY motivated even from the start... So this victory is entirely theirs! Ahm, if I am allowed to say, if there's anything I did, i made them wary of Mars since I've always mentioned that Mars has an advantage and that their voice is thicker than Earth. But what surprised me during Finals, yes, you can hear female voices but with the unison, there's only one thing you can think of, they DID PRACTICE A LOT!!! So Earth, CONGRATULATIONS almost means nothing at this point since the 'winning moment' is almost over but what I would like you to remember and cherish is the experience that brought upon the victory. Please do not forget the moments you shared as a class, the times when you come up with a single idea, when you felt your bond become stronger. It is not about the winning or losing, it is about the experience. Remember also all the people who helped you achieve this and make sure to just utter a small thank you.


To Mars. It was not a simple task to begin with yet with all your efforts, you did achieve something as a class and it was beyond my expectation. It might not be the first prize you are aiming for, still I hope you are satisfied with the results. At first, I was more clinging towards your class since I thought you had an advantage over Earth, the thicker voices from the males. But let us face the fact that the other class prepared really well for this one and so did you, siguro talagang ayaw lang nila ng ka-tie. In the same manner, you also did not want to share the award with anyone so you clearly got the 2nd place this time. Still, I am proud of your effort. I don't think I helped in anyway yet I hope you will continue doing better in my class... Again, Mars, well done! Also, i think your costume is the best among all participants!


To Rizal. This is the heart-breaker. Before I decided to go home last Friday, I am still not convinced that they placed lower than 3rd so I had to look for the scoresheets from the judges and realized that they are 4th overall. The thing is, there is only 1 point difference between them and the 3rd placer and I still cannot accept that. Why, because of the costume?!? the concept?!? Haaaysss... Rizal was fuller in voice and performance and so what's with the costume when you cannot even hear their lyrics or songs?!? Sorry if I am being biased but Rizal was able to silence the crowd and made them listen to their performance most of the time they were performing. Can the same be claimed by the other group?!? My apologies to the judge/s who thought differently but my true 3rd placer is this class, because inspite and despite of the odds, this class performed better than expected. They may have been through rough patches yet, they were able to work together as a class with minimal supervision and that alone is an achievement. So, Rizal, raise your heads, straighten your backs and stand proud of what you have achieved as a class. I never asked for a winning, i just asked that you give them a good fight and that you deliver. From the moment the judges had to call for a tie between you and Mars during elimination, I knew you had a spot in the Finals. It just saddened me that it was 'stolen' from you during Finals. I wish I could say there's a next time but let this be a reminder of the best moments of your class. Again, it is not about the winning or losing, it is about the experience you gain. On that note, with everyone performing, i think you deserve higher than the 3rd place!


To Sun and Moon. I know you all did your best but what i can offer you right now is the fact that you can try again next year. The only hurdle you have to face is, since it was proven by Earth and Mars that there's no need to collaborate among classes, you each have to stand on your own. Meaning, you all have to develop thicker voices to prepare for the competition next year! And yeah, next time, i think you have greater chances... Let's all look forward to next year!

Jan. 23rd, 2017

shinhwa

I just need to...

remember this feeling...

Math Jingle 2017 Eliminations
January 23, 2017
4 out of my 5 classes made it to the FINALS! Not bad... Nah, GREAT JOB so now I have to re-do grades... hmmm I think that's the best I can do for them...

Sun is the top among grade 9 classes and i think that's a no contest... Personally, I prefer the cleaner execution of Moon over Narra but that's me and I respect the judges decision...

Earth was the best among 6 contenders but what really got me this day is that, Mars and Rizal really made it a headache for the judges to decide which between them deserves the last spot for the finals... Really, even I would have a hard time choosing...

Now by friday, will there be any changes?!? Let's see...

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after only a day, changes happened, and now there will be 3 contenders per year level and so, MOON is in! So let me change my statement, out of 5 classes, all are included in Math Jingle Finals, not bad... not bad at all...

Jan. 7th, 2017

shinhwa

Math Exhibit 2017

I've probably mentioned this countless times, Math Exhibit is and will always be my personal favorite among all January activities handled by the department. Primarily because it showcases a lot of amazing outputs made by students but also, they are given the chance to be proud of what they have done. On one particular occasion, parents were looking at the exhibit and mentioned something like, 'Uy, ito ung pinagpuyatan ni (sorry I can't remember the name they used)'. They looked at it intently as if seeing it for the first time yet the son has been working for it for days at home! I guess, that's just the parent in them, very proud and happy to see their son's work being displayed. They also come across another output and mentioned that their son brought it home and finished most of the details (they were talking about the Kalesa). I asked later on who was the student they mentioned and when I heard it, 'Ah, si Canlas po'. We conversed for a while but when I told them I am their son's teacher, I felt different reactions from the parents. The mother wanted to end the conversation quickly but the father raised his shoulders and made more comments about his son and his work. I guess he really is proud of his son and I hope he cherishes that moment for a long time and even share the story with his son. I guess, there will always be moments when we can really be beaming with pride with our sons or daughters and this situation proves that this is a great opportunity for parents to know what their sons or daughters are doing and how their hardwork is paying-off in school.

Also, for this particular exhibit it was quite memorable since it is the first time we get to receive visitors from other schools. I can remember visitors from Pinaglabanan ES, Kabayanan ES, Sta Lucia ES and probably there are others but I can't seem to remember them all. The bottomline is, I am very grateful since we are given the opportunity to expose our work to more Math enthusiasts and I think this is because of Mrs. Acedo. She did arrange the schedule for when each school is to attend the exhibit and I/we are just overwhelmed at first meaning I do not know what to do. Someone from among the visitors suggested that there should be someone explaining the work to the elementary pupils and instead of asking my students to do it, I had to do it with much hesitation! It went well I guess since they did appreciate more the displays with little explanation I/we provided. I am just thankful that more saw and appreciated the entire exhibit. Before, i only thank the teachers and staff at school, now we have to extend the gratitude to more people and we hope they will receive more generous blessings.

As always, i feel the sense of achievement with this activity. I can honestly say, i did little with how they completely and successfully finished their outputs but I have that sense of connection with each and every output since I have seen it from paper to actuality, and I guess I am the only one who can brag about that. Well, yeah, they might have finished it out of fear or whatnot, but still I am allowed, even just a little, to be proud of my students who painstakingly did all the efforts in order to comply with the requirements to the best of their abilities and with sense of pride at the end. On that note alone, I know I have achieved a lot from this activity.

They have probably complained, spent, cried, hurt, sacrificed even cursed at me a lot. I am just thankful that they probably still do it with a smile while looking at me in the eye. I know I will never be a favorite among students but they can never deny me this, I always push them hard to achieve something not to owe me something but be proud of themselves. I let them know I expect highly of them, not to pressure them but to make them realize their worth not their limits. I always remind them of doing things with their best, not to tire or exhaust them, but to prepare them for life because in the real world, that is what they have to do on a daily basis and there will be less or no chances for excuses.

So, to Rizal, Earth and Mars, THANK YOU SO MUCH for another successful and memorable Math exhibit. With your effort and creativity, all people who visited the event praised and shared generous words about the displays. Only us will know the sacrifices and efforts we exerted to make this a success and let this moment be a reminder that your best efforts will be recognized. Maraming, maraming salamat sa lahat! To those whose outputs were not displayed or accepted, well I hope you learned the lesson. It is not about finishing a job, it is finishing the job with dignity where you can send your pride together with it, otherwise it means you have to re-do the job.



Dec. 24th, 2016

shinhwa

Christmas 2016

is always simple just like the previous ones... When there were kids, well its different but now that we are all grown-up with real life situations we just value life and what it gives us everyday so that everyday, it will always feel like Christmas...

This year, if I may, I wish not to gain more of anything rather, I wish there be no more losses... its painful, it sucks and it comes when you least expect it and its hard to cope yet as an adult you can't hide in a corner and cry. You move on, you deal with it, you make things easier for you and the people who depend on you. And you just wish that one time, at only one time, you can shout out and allow yourself to admit, I am not ok, and that someone will get to pat you at the back telling you, it is going to be ok...

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