PERSONAL

The Write Things 2019

After actively participating in National Youth Day in Cebu, I confronted myself to rest and to be more passive in life. I kept on reminding myself to be more relaxed and stress-free on the next half of 2019.

However, life has its own twists and turns. The next day after National Youth Day, Teacher Roel of Write Things sent me an invitation to be one of their facilitators. I did not reply right away. I mean, I just stared at his message for a long time. After reading his message, I contemplated about life in general. I doubted my capabilities.

I know, I just had (still have) trust issues even with myself. I never thought of joining that two-week writing workshop with kids and teens because I am too shy. With some advice of my closest friends, I finally said NO to his offer. But, he refused my NO. He only said that he only accepts my YES. I had no intentions of being a facilitator. But still, I said YES anyway (after questioning myself for the last time).

Before I started being the facilitator, I prayed for the wisdom and knowledge. I couldn’t do it without God’s help. Hey. Thank God, it turned out really great! (Well, great is just an underestimation).

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This is me, explaining how fun creative writing is! 🙂
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Teacher Roel doing an orientation to our students.
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Teacher Neni welcoming our dearest young writers!
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Dr. Gemino Abad, UP professor, Palanca Awardee, & our guest author.
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Ms. Mina V. Esguerra, founder of #romanceclass, and our guest author.
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Our youngest writer! She’s only 7 years old.
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Some materials for our zine-making activity.
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Write Things Teen Class of 2019
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Write Things Kids Class of 2019

I really am grateful for what happened for these two weeks. I mean, I couldn’t contain my joy and happiness. That YES is really a great experience. I am able to share my insights about creative writing and guide my students finish their book.

How was your summer, folks? 🙂

LIFE LESSONS

Live, Love, and Teach with a Purpose

Most students are back in the classroom. For us in St. Paul, classes resume on June 19. I thank God for having time to blog about the theme and topic I’ve been itching to share with you, guys: my work. I studied Education major in English back in college. Since my course of study is related to English, it was easy for me to get full-time, and even tons of part-time jobs. But, it never ends there.

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Live

I live by the quote “Live life with a purpose.” I totally adhere to this because our social purpose keeps our heart moving. As an educator, I have always had this goal of supporting the greatest advocacy in life — teaching. I’ve considered the English language as my forte; thus, teaching English is my life’s purpose. I’m lucky that I discovered this early. Some have taken time in knowing what their true passion is.

It was in the summer when I started to teach English online. I decided to teach English that time just to  make my vacation worthwhile. I had nothing else to do. So, I decided to teach ESL foreign students. Luckily, I got hired and experienced new working environment. However, after few weeks, I decided to quit for I did not see my purpose in just merely teaching them online. I was not motivated to teach because I only teach for a living, not as a passion.

 

Love

I quit not because I was tired but because I did not see myself growing and doing a socially significant task. I felt like a robot that catered to the needs of human beings. This was the reason why I searched for another company that would cater my goals, purpose, and at the same time, my forte. That was the time I searched for another company and found Learntalk. They do almost the same thing as what my previous company did, but what makes them different is their contribution to building a nation.

In fact, recently, they had a training program that included the Jesuit Volunteer Philippines Foundation, Inc. (JVPFI). Last May 25, 2017, Learntalk gave teacher training about the use of  English in the classroom to these volunteers. This allowed the volunteers to be more knowledgeable about using English effectively in teaching.  Valery, Learntalk’s training manager, told the volunteers to keep their students engaged and interested.

 

Teach

This partnership allowed the Jesuits volunteers to learn  how to handle students using the Learntalk methodology and how to write lesson plans based on British Council standards. They were taught strategies in keeping their students engaged in discussion. Long and boring discussion was discouraged. Indeed, Learntalk’s mission, “English for everyone,” is true to all. As a teacher, I am amazed on how these people show concern and pay attention to the needs of the  nation. They continuously extend their services by communicating with the Uruguayan government so they could also provide English lessons to public schools.

How I wish I could do things such these. But now, I am still confined in the four corners of my classroom, still, teaching English to first graders. I am new to teaching to little kids. Hence, it is really something challenging, but something that I look forward to. Currently, my partner and I are in the process of finishing our materials for the entire school year. By the way, I am also on the process of planning a unique design for my classroom. Do you have any suggestions?

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