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Work Out That Pane

Another year is over, and we’re on-set for the New Year!

We’ve always been thankful to God for the year that has been

and of course, we would also want to have the best of the new…ever!


Excited as we are with whatever is in-stored for us in the next 364 days, 

we should as much be excited with what WE COULD SHARE 

so as to open up our door to relationships which could bring the difference and make more significance to our existence. 

But wait, we should first peep-in through the windows of our SELF; otherwise, we wouldn’t really know what there is to offer and what there is to be in need of. 

 To BEST BEGIN, why not strive for this SELF-DISCOVERY and DISCLOSURE? 

We can never really give what we don’t have; 

and we wouldn’t know what to give if we wouldn’t identify what we have.  

In the same way, we wouldn’t really strive to work for something 

if we are not aware of what we don’t have. 

To end up satisfied and fulfilled by the end of the year, 

first things first: PEEP-IN your OWN WINDOW and see that you’ll be more aware of what you want to do, for you to WORK-OUT a more beautiful year ahead!

SO, grab this opportunity now … look within, query around, reflect on feedback, find opportunities. 

Begin filling-in your window: 

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This is a Johari Window, a Model developed by American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in 1955, an idea derived as the upshot of the group dynamics in University of California. The name ‘Johari’ came from joining their first two names: Jo-Har-I

As a Psychological Tool, the ‘Johari’ window model is relevantly used to identify TWO TRUTHS in your life: the “known”  and the “unknown” areas which you and others “see” and “do not see” .  

It could aid in improving self-awareness, ‘soft’ skills and in motivating personal development as you go through the journey of discovering “who you are” as a person. – while you enhance your perception on others through social  “trust” as you thrive to achieve the task of understanding and enhancing communication for interpersonal development when you’re already in a group. 

Each person is represented by the Johari model through four quadrants or window panes which signify personal information, feelings, motivation and whether that information is known or unknown to oneself or others in four viewpoints: 

1. “Open self” or Arena - the “Public” area which you and others see in you: attitudes, behavior, emotions, feelings, skills and views.  You typically do not mind discussing with others this part of you. Most of the time you agree with this view you have and others have of you upon “feedback solicitation”. 

2. “Hidden Self” or Façade – the “Private” area which  you see in yourself but others don’t; known to you but is kept unknown from others which you feel reluctant to reveal: feelings, past experiences, fears, secrets, faults, weaknesses, and dysfunctions due to modesty, vulnerability & protection.

3. “Blind self” or blind spot –the area which you do not see in yourself but others see in you: those that others know in a group but you are unaware of it. Others may interpret yourselves differently than you expect; sometimes a mismatch between your talk & walk which you fail to detect. 

4. “Unknown Self” area - the “Undiscovered” area of your self that you cannot see nor others around you: your feelings, capabilities, talents; even the traumatic past experiences or events which can be unknown for a lifetime and makes you unaware till you discover your hidden qualities and capabilities through observation of others. You would need to strive for Open Communication to effectively decrease the unknown area and thus to communicate effectively.

Should you strive to socialize and earn feedback from others, you could result to MUTUAL TRUST among your group and the sizes of your known arenas could be increased downwards, thus by reducing the hidden and unknown areas in your life. 

So there, ‘hope this could be the first you could accomplish among all else in 2014!

So long as you are ever willing to open up those windows, more doors of opportunities will be opened.

“Something good is going to happen to you 

through out this year!”

Claim it in Jesus’ name and nurture that trust deep within :-)

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The Existential Questions

teaching profession, philosophical heritage

Teaching Profession is like this!



Very shortly, you will be the subject of everyone’s eyes within a classroom of 40-100 students! … then everyone will be looking upon what you have to say; what you have to do and what you have to share.

Everyone in such class will OFFICIALLY BE EXPECTING SOMETHING FROM YOU! — thing is, what is it that you would want to FIRST AND FOREMOST TELL so that you could make a lasting impression to your students.

Humbly, it is here that we should realize that we could never tell right away everything that we want to tell just to impress our students right on that first meeting.

However, it should be at this point that we should START DEFINING WHO WE ARE so that we could have that preparedness to GAIN our students’ “FIRST IMPRESSION that we want to LAST!”

Strive answering these questions now and be determined to provide the most authentic answer:

What is life for me?

Who am I?

What am I here for?

What are my strengths?

What are my weaknesses?

How should I live life meaningfully?

I’d be more than excited to read from you :)

“Work Like You Don’t Need the Money”

How much effort do you usually give to the things that you do?

“Work like you don’t need the money. Dance like no one is watching. And love like you’ve never been hurt.”― Mark Twain

Sounds so ideal, isn’t it?

Nevertheless, come to think of it, what would shake you off, not to give your best in everything that you do?

Sometimes, we are left with no choice but cry over a spilled milk — all because we did not grab the chance when we supposedly have exerted the best essence of our existence.

Here’s a story I love sharing about. Sorry, ‘can no longer remember the exact source but I recently found it here

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire.

He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family.   

He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor.

The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work.

He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.

When the carpenter finished his work the employer came to inspect the house.

He handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “This is your house, he said, ‘my gift to you.”

The carpenter was shocked!!

What a shame!! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so much differently.

Consequently, the Author emphasizes:

“So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building.

Then with a shock we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we’d do bit much differently. But we cannot go back.

You are the carpenter.

Each day you hammer a nail, place a board or erect a wall.

“Life is a do-it-yourself project” someone has said.

Your attitudes and the choices you make today, build the “house” you live in tomorrow.

Build it wisely!!”

So there, how much regret would you have if you were that carpenter?

The scenarios, decisions you’re making, endeavors you’re thriving at right now, may be your reward in your lifetime. God is giving you this “present” to make the most of what you can do. You are not only the carpenter, but the “sculptor” of the future which you are about to enjoy.

All that you have to do now is be realistic and be humble enough to realize: were there times when you’ve been like this carpenter who resorted to shoddiness? What kind of feeling did it give you? Can you take off from there? What should you tell yourself now?

Just a Matter of Focus…

Prof Ed 1. Physical & Motor Development of Children and Adolescents

What could be one good reason why “would be teachers” in Professional Education Courses should discuss about the Physical and Motor Development of Children and Adolescents?

Why is there a need to identify in detail the indications of growth and its correlations from Early to Middle Childhood until the stage of Adolescence?

One good sharing of a nice presentation and lecture such as this: ,may bring interest to the students; however, there is more to this that we should see.

And so, having done this in class, could you guess what were presented that were even beyond the limits of words? …

Aspects of Physical & Motor Development naturally happens. They just come about biologically in every child although there could be some reasons, aside from the genetic factors that influence growth.

Alongside, such occurrence could be a constructive experience for the child if he is placed under favorable conditions such as having enough concerned parents who strive with him.  However, distant and absentee parents provide unfavorable conditions which then bring detrimental experience to the child. Consequently, the child has founded on such experiences and would explain the kind of life that the child would live in his future.

Thus, what and how do you think should you regard an opportunity such as this?

Additional References:

Thriving Through the PEDAGOGY, both as a Science & an Art.

…Symbolizing what we can give…

Taking it from here: [my shared lecture in reference to the indicated references therein], gone should be the days when students used to just learn what the books contain.

The measure of good teaching now-a-days should be the agility to mix-and-match whatever will bring excitement to the learners — just so, teachers are desired to see that teaching should really be packaged as both “an art” and “a science”.

More than just “instructing/lecturing/discussing”, each one should strive to develop that “system” of “stimulating the mind to think” rather than just tasking the students to memorize and just receive the inputs from the teacher. Ideally, each child should struggle to come up with an OUTPUT of a BETTER SELF which would eventually serve as one mark of accomplishment of an “ideal-teacher-in-the-making”.

Yes, each teacher should strive to be “ideal” in every way…don’t you think so?

More than the Professional Attributes, a teacher’s PERSONALITY which is expected to be  “magnetic”; natural, genuine, devoid of pretenses and artificiality; consistent, true & authentic – should matter the most.

If you are ONE who would consider yourself IDEAL, what do you think should you do to really be ONE? give it out here … symbolize what you can share. :)

learn from your “SYMBOL”


What makes us Paint a Portrait Soon

The Strategy.

Child and Adolescent Development

Chapter 1.  The Child and Adolescent Learners

The Strategy.  Most of the Filipino learners of today doesn’t really enjoy education because teachers are not so equipped with the proper know-how in dealing with the needs of current times. The usual tendency of reading what the book says when in search of definitions is no longer that effective in the so-called 21st Century Education – neither is it exciting to just enumerate one after the other the current Situation of Filipino Children and Young Persons.  Nothing compares than make the students define Childhood and Adolescence by making them recall the experiences they’ve had in those two stages in their lives.  At such description and from the sharing done by each one,  they were able to come up with a portrait of the Situation of the Filipino Children and the Young Persons at present. At such, the Rights of Children and Young Persons could at the same time be scrutinized/itemized.

The Experience.  Having seen what we’ve been in a simple recall and grabbing an opportunity to share who we were back then could be of great help to see and realize what we are present. Our past could actually be the greatest reference and connect why are, and why we’re not in the current time.

Defining the situation we’ve been into could make us relate to the recent period and realize too that we would possibly know what to do having been there where the young persons are into right now.

How we feel for them now has something to do with the past we’ve been into…


The Challenge.  Having seen the modern situation of the Filipino Children and the Young Persons at present, what do you think is your call? / what would be your advocacy for them?

What was there in your past [negative and/or positive] that you can possibly bank on, to make you contribute to a better portrait which you should be painting soon?

Advocacy starts from here.

At which Aspect are you Fully Developed?

The Masterpiece We Should CreateChanging times! Nothing is ever permanent.

Everything changes too fast — while Man never really learns! He just keeps on travelling the Journey called “life” while he doesn’t really know if he’s growing or not; he doesn’t really know if the things that he does develops him to the person that he should become.

EDUCATION is change for the better.

Man may learn many things,

But if these things do not change him into a better person,

Then he has not acquired EDUCATION!

So there, along the fast swifts , there’s got to be something that we should acquire! Good thing that this is now being put into the realm of education. There should be no way out than discover what would make the most of making ourselves A BETTER PERSON.

LIFE is a changing process!

Yes, from the moment of conception to the moment of death! Human beings in reality do undergo many complex process of development.

However, not many a mind do know how to handle the complex process — a quite dangerous scenario!

We would never really be able to strive for betterment if things are chaotic because we cannot even define who we are and what we have as a person.  We cannot even determine the different aspects at which we should strive to experience development.

Sad part is, we cannot really teach what we haven’t learned! … but good news though, that we are now given the opportunity to learn what we are about to teach in the near future through this experience.

Try now to make your Personal Evaluation and take the challenge of coming up with a MASTERPIECE of your own:

•At what point of human growth & development are you?
•Can you identify or define  each of your ASPECTS OF DEVELOPMENT?
•At which ASPECT are you now fully developed?
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Related Principles of Teaching

i hate school

What teachers do and how teachers are to the students would really make a lot of difference — that’s why, Teachers should take note of these related Principles of Teaching:

1.Begin with the end in mind
2.Share lesson objective with students
3.Lesson objectives must be in the two or three domains
4.Work on significant and relevant lesson objectives
5.Lesson objective must be aligned with the aims of education as embodied in the Philippine Constitution &

other laws & on the Vision-Mission Statements of the Educational Institution of which you are a part    6.For accountability of learning, lesson objectives must be SMART.                                                     7.Aim at the development of critical and creative thinking.

However, it’s just so alarming that despite Teaching Teachers to apply the above mentioned Principles, STILL, THERE ARE SOME STUDENTS WHO “HATE SCHOOL”!

Just what is it that would motivate our students to learn?

How are we going to change their perception of “hating school”?

If you would luckily be the teacher of a student who hates going to school, this would be something against you … don’t you think so?  We may have thought of several ways of motivating them; but what could have been wrong, what really is it that puts a student off despite that you have already tried using different strategies just to motivate?

This then should be our goal: to MAKE STUDENTS LOVE SCHOOL!

I’m sure, answering these questions would eventually lead us to discovery:

1.“It is important that Teachers should formulate their own lesson objectives.” –why?

2.What difference would it make if you regard the Educational Goals in the Phil Constitution & the Vision-Mission Statements of your school/institution and relate it to those of your own?

3.What PEDAGOGICAL benefits can we derive in formulating SMART objectives?



I Cannot Teach Anybody Anything

Have you ever envisioned your VISION?
Have you ever thought of your MISSION?
Did it ever come to you identifying both?

Goals and Objectives … have you had a list of your own?
If you are to teach, can this be something easy to bring to your students’ minds?

“The Art of Teaching” … just what you think is it?
Congratulations for bringing yourself to this world!
Congratulations for venturing to this idea :
“that you want to be a teacher!”

In layman’s mind, it’s never really difficult “to teach”
but if you have to consider “the art of teaching”
here is where a teacher of the 21st Century should make the difference.

And so YOU, yes YOU…
start defining these few details now…
What are your Vision, Mission, Goals & Objectives in life?
We can never lead others to discovery if

Have you ever envisioned your VISION?
Have you ever thought of your MISSION?
Did it ever come to you identifying both?

Goals and Objectives … have you had a list of your own?
If you are to teach, can this be something easy to bring to your students’ minds?

“The Art of Teaching” … just what you think is it?
Congratulations for bringing yourself to this world!
Congratulations for venturing to this idea :
“that you want to be a teacher!”

In layman’s mind, it’s never really difficult “to teach”
but if you have to consider “the art of teaching”
here is where a teacher of the 21st Century should make the difference.

And so YOU, yes YOU…
start defining these few details now…
What are your Vision, Mission, Goals & Objectives in life?
We can never lead others to discovery
if we cannot discover these answers for our own. :)

“Even When No One is Watching!”

“We can tell one’s true character with what he does and who he is
… even when no one is watching!” –

This is a constant reminder and challenge i would give my graduate students at the start of every semester. We can never really share to others what we don’t have; yet if there’s something we would share with others, let it be that something which would uplift your significance as a person. and so, it should always come from within. — the person that you are, even when no one is looking :)