“Doing the right thing even when nobody is watching.” These words had struck me the most during the three-day seminar on Values-Based Leadership.
I am just one of the many school principals who claim that our leadership position is never a dream realized. Up to this time, after eight years of being a school principal, I still have some moments wondering why I am a principal now. Looking back, I never had childhood memories of being a leader nor a child of influence to playmates. But indeed, I am now a principal, a leader.
LEADERSHIP is a gift from the Lord…for many are called, but few are chosen!
Without any doubt, we are now at the digital age. Anywhere you go, technology says hello to you and its advancement is exceptionally prevalent. The modern age did not earn its ‘modern’ name without the success of the technology.
People who are eager to learn and to study are continuously growing in number; from the towns, cities, and even the outskirts. However, the means and opportunities are still out-of-reach and cannot suffice the increasing number of students – even in the cities. Education is becoming a privilege than a right. Being educated is now more expensive and exclusive for the upper class of the society. Philippines can be an example on this issue.
The heavens gave us equal rights yet unfortunately, the society has always been distorting the equality and depriving the various sectors and minorities. Through the years, discrimination prevailed across the globe—gender discrimination for an instance. And on this discrimination dispute, the women are the oppressed group. They have been continuously fighting to have an equal footing with men at all aspects. One aspect is the education. Education must be given to anyone, regardless of gender.
Quality education is a right, not a privilege. Every single person is entitled to be established and honed by proper education that would help him to improve his well-being and maximized his capabilities as a citizen and as a self-supported individual. Education has been evolving for years—the pool of knowledge is massively increasing and the foundation of learning is developing. Education is made for everyone, but ironically not everyone can taste even the smallest and simplest form of education. Through the years, education has been becoming more and more expensive which cannot be attained by the majority of the society.
Most of the students nowadays are really determined to work in the medical field, to be successful businessmen and entrepreneurs, to be part of engineering and architectural firms, to be progressive and dependable lawyers, or to be notable personalities in the world of music, art, and media. There’s nothing wrong with those – it is actually amusing how the students in the present time are really passionate about their dreams and goals. Now, can you please reread this paragraph? Did you notice something? Like something is missing? Or you did not since it’s not part of the list of profession you’ve been thinking to be?
Kabanglu na naman pu ning kuartu yo! (Ang bango naman po ng kwarto niyo!) Karimla pu king kuartu yo! (Ang lamig naman po sa kwarto niyo!) Mapa keni ng kapreskuan! (Buti pa dito, presko!)
Most of the time, these are some of the Kapampangan expressions or statements we receive whenever clients enter our room. It has been more than a year since we left our previous room to give way to the changes brought upon by the Division Office road to ISO Certification. Indeed, it was a blessing in disguise for us because it was a herculean task to move every table, cabinet, and files to another room. Before, we share a room with the ICT Services Unit; now, it was our own. As such, we made it a point to maintain its cleanliness and part of that was to make sure it smells pleasant.
I had an appointment with a dentist because I noticed a swelling or lump in my gums. There was no pain at all but I was worried because it was unusual unlike the other parts. Aside from that, I already learned from my previous experience of letting health issues worsen. The dentist checked it and informed me that it was normal and the gum’s ridge was healthy. An expert of that field made me at ease but after some time, it bulged more. So there, I sought another dentist and asked for another opinion. It was contrary to the first impression. This dentist, with the eagerness to be sure of the resolution, asked me to undergo an X-ray to see the condition of the teeth. Seeing the condition of the teeth, the dentist told me that swelling / lump was caused by a fractured tooth which can no longer be treated; instead, it must be extracted immediately.
The movie Avengers Endgame has a lot of people drawn into cinemas in the last few weeks and has already shattered box-office results in a span of several days. Millennials can learn a thing or two about the characters developed in the movie Avengers Endgame.
Since time immemorial, leaders around the globe had been viewed as a ruler, someone who sits comfortable in a throne and being held in high regard with which they claim such vast power over their subordinates. Time had passed and some remained in that mindset while others changed the course of what a true leader should be.
Teaching is a process of imparting knowledge, skills and attitude in order to bring about a desirable change in learners . When this kind of teaching took place by a teacher, the teaching delivered by the teacher has become effective.
Pedagogical processes fortify education. New pedagogical approaches which are learner-friendly as well as inspiring and motivating are necessary. Teachers motivate students, develop their critical thinking, and nurture moral values (United Nations General Assembly on Human Rights Council, 2012).
Obviously, the teachers provide the key component in realizing transformative education. They embody the core of the process of education. The teachers’ commitment, dedication and creativity are decisive to the the success of transformative education. Recognizing this, progressive schools take priority investment in their teachers, providing them the proper support and condtions to develop and realize the goals of transformative education.
In today’s unending quest to improve the management of our educational school systems, one important but overlooked area is research. Considering that the prevailing principle for college teaching is “publish or perish”, most teachers do not heavily engage in research.
Being a teacher demands a lot of work. Unlike the traditional educators, teachers nowadays carry more responsibilities. They are not confined in the four walls of the classroom anywhere. They are pushed to go out their comfort zone and develop themselves – personally and professionally – through seminars and active workshops.
Years of being in the education sector made me see so much: the insufficient number of classrooms to accommodate all the students comfortably, second-rate school facilities, scarcity of learning resources, and poverty showcased at its finest. Riding my motorcycle from one school to another somehow makes me compare each from the other one I have visited. There are times, I must admit, that my heart breaks because I know that all I can do is take notice of things that could have been done to the previous one to make it more like the last one I did see. Sharing my insights and experiences is nothing if it weren’t supported with enough funding and support, I know, so they all end up being just new sets of information, something to envy about, for the school where I teach. Even if my co-teachers and the administrators listen to me intently, we can do nothing more than proposing it to the department and wait for further actions to be taken.
A survey among public school teachers about the largest threat to school safety revealed that most common response is a lack of cohesive culture and positive relationships between staff and students.
According to studies, effective education leadership makes a difference in improving learning. Leadership matters insofar as it is second to teaching which brings impact on student learning.
To be or not to be a teacher, that is the question and for all that has been said but have never actually been done, we have been trying to defend our choice to remain loyal to our profession as educators. It is not denied the fact we’re sometimes tempted to shift our gears towards better paying jobs here and abroad; because we’d be hypocrites if we do so. Rather, it is to reassure ourselves that we’re on the right track; and that we deserve to be here. As a teacher, I admit that there were times of doubt and disappointment in my chosen field. I asked myself too many times whether or not it is worth all the sacrifices I need to make. I question my fate as a public school teacher and had almost quit on it but I realized that it is my calling that I was born to share what I know to children entrusted to be in my class - I am always meant to be a teacher.
What is Stress? Why do we get stressed? How do we overcome stress?
There are many types of leadership, and many techniques to become a successful leader.
We often see ourselves getting bored or uninterested on what we do, especially if it is a job or task routinely done. Change is the only constant in this world. Change is reinvention.
Multitasking – It is a word that we often hear especially from our bosses or superiors, Multi-tasking simply means doing one, two or several things at the same time. It is a very simple word to hear but it is a hard thing to perform especially if you are not used doing it.
Recently, I have watched news about the working hours of an employee consumed a day. Typically, the standard work day is around eight hours. Does it ever come up to your mind on how long do we have to work in a day? Generally, every person I know, including me, works around eight hours a day and that is one element of our life we can never change being in the government service. The Civil Service Commission (CSC Memorandum Circular No. 14, s. 1989) and Department of Education issued a memorandum circular and department order (DepEd Order No. 23, s. 2018 on the Implementation of the Flexible Working Hours for the Non-Teaching Personnel pursuant to Section 6, Rule XVII of the Omnibus Rules Implementing Book V of EO 292), respectively, adopting changing the eight hour norm working hour to “flexi-time”. DOLE also encouraged government offices and private companies to consider implementing a flexible work time system.