Author: Teacher Christine

Children Learn What They Live

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn. If children live with hostility, they learn to fight. If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive. If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves. If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy. If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy. If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty. If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence. If children live with tolerance, they learn patience. If children live with  praise, they learn appreciation. If children live with acceptance,...

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Back from the Holiday and Christmas Break

News flash: Holiday and Christmas break are over. It’s back to school. Subheading: The students are still on a holiday hang-over. (And so are you.) Well, there isn’t much left to do but accept that the children are coming in the classrooms with their minds still wandering off.  But can you blame them? It is really hard to say goodbye to free time, playing, and lazing around. In fact, if you’ll be honest with yourself, you are having it as a bitter pill to swallow too. So, by all means, empathize with the children. The holidays have given our...

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Give Yourself More Respect This New Year 2018

I want to start this year not with gentle reminders, but with flashing light bulbs and billboard statement: DON’T LET ANYONE GET COMFORTABLE WITH DISRESPECTING YOU. I have been quiet during the last quarter of the past year. I needed to face personal battles. I had to confront and chose to battle bulls head on. I never said I am placid and calm. Most people see me, as such. But I am honestly, highly reactive. And I can snap as easily when hit close to matters personal to me. And there will be a haul of people telling us...

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Teaching Children Responsibility Is More Than Obedience

My daughter and I had our brief share of LDR (long distance relationship) last year. I was working in NCR (National Capital Region) otherwise known as Manila and she was in the Central Visayan Region. Coming home to her now made me realize that despite my parents’ strict patterns; she has grown complacent with many things. Of course, she was expected to obey and clean but she was not necessarily responsible for cleaning up. She has her stuff scattered all around their house. Every room in the house has some of her stuff. She is even clueless of where...

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Schools As Platforms for Learning Social Responsibility

Schools are great allies in reinforcing and learning a sense of responsibility in our children. Teachers, educators and school administrators should scaffold our children into becoming better citizens and members of our society. Schools are essentially great platforms for learning social responsibility. In general, responsibility is being answerable or accountable for something that is within someone’s control. Personal responsibility is the self-motivated effort directed to decision making that will enhance personal well being. Social responsibility is when our children are able to accept ideas and beliefs of others while continuing to respect and care for peers’ feelings in order...

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