Among the many benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles, these three points stand out.

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1. Physical Skills: as the child manipulates the puzzle pieces to fit together, eye-hand coordination as well as fine-motor skills are developed.

2. Cognitive Skills: memory enhancement, problem-solving, shape and color recognition are just a few learning skills enhanced during jigsaw puzzle activities.

3. Emotional Development: for those who are having difficulty putting the puzzle pieces together, patience is slowly being developed as the child puts the pieces together.

Jigsaw puzzle activities can also be given as a goal setting objective that progresses from a few pieces to multiple pieces as the child becomes more adept with the activity.

Posted by teacherjulie @ 8:52 am

In my line of work as a Special Ed teacher, it helps to understand and try to see the reasons why the parents of my (current and would-be) students say or do things that seem to question my abilities to teach their child. It still seems controversial to me, no matter how long I have taught and how much I have valued my work as a reflection not just of my abilities to teach, but as a reflection of the values I hold dear, as a mother and as a professional.

Maybe these parents are still reeling from the fact that their children have been given a diagnosis that they themselves have been suspecting before it was officially written on paper.

Maybe these parents feel vulnerable and are afraid to know what the future will be like when their children are older: will they be able to cope, adjust, be like the typically developing children, will their potentials be developed and be tapped for them to be independent citizens?

In everything, it is for the benefit of the child, and his/her family if the parents are willing to cooperate and work with the people who will help them develop the full potentials of the child(ren).

As a special education teacher, my work is not done at the end of our one-on-one sessions. There would be times when I get frantic messages or calls. There would be times when parents and I discuss at length what needs to be done, only to repeat the same conversation after a day or two. Being a teacher does not entail just working with a child but working cooperatively with his/her parents and family. In doing so, working together with the parents and the other auxiliary service providers gives the child the best advantage in tapping and developing his/her full potential. The journey won’t be easy nor short, but it is a start.

Posted by julie @ 7:35 pm

One of the latest fads to hit the country ispurchasing and coloring Adult Coloring Books. I love this idea except that I have discovered that I do not have the patience nor the talent to do pages and pages of these beautiful hand-drawn art works. I even wrote an article about it here : Art Attack

I have a few guilty pleasures and these include watching my favorite tv series and reading ebooks. One other thing is that when I discovered that I had no patience nor talent to color, I had a little of both when it comes to making Adult Coloring Pages.

By watching video tutorials and painstakingly doing trial and error drawings, I now have a wee bit of expertise in making a page or two.

Here are a few samples of my hand-drawn Coloring Pages:

Vines

Flower Frenzy

 

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The colored page was one of my earlier drawings. This was initially colored by my Bunso but I finished the piece. I was so impatient to finish coloring and it felt like a tedious task for me. I enjoyed drawing more than coloring.

I hope to be able to make these pages available online for those who want to have free coloring pages drawn by a Filipina.

51 Talk : Teach. Learn. Earn.

51 Talk is one of the fastest growing online English Language Teaching or ELT platforms in the Philippines. Established in China in 2011, 51 Talk began its Philippine operations in 2012. There are now more than 4,000 home-based teachers all over the country and 51 Talk continues to provide career opportunities to Filipinos who have a good command of the English language.

Click here 51Talk.com/ph to know more about becoming a home-based e-Educator.

51 Talk Teacher Story Contest

51 Talk recently held “51 Talk Teacher Story” Contest, aimed to encourage their e-Educators to share their experience as online teachers. Three winners were chosen out of 250 entries based on uniqueness, inspirational appeal and over-all impact.

The winners were the following:

1st place : Teacher Moyee, who helped her student overcome his nervousness. They talked about topics he is interested in and comfortable with to make conversing in English easier. The student moved to Australia to pursue postgrad studies after a month of online lessons.

2nd place : Teacher Lilydale, a single mom who works from home. She gets to work from home and at the same time be able to take care of her son too.

3rd place : Teacher Amorlove from Cebu who manages her time to be a 51Talk teacher and an Architecture student. She understands the passion her students have for learning, being a student herself.

Michele Gumabao as 51Talk Ambassador

Michele Gumabao is an athlete, health and wellness advocate, entrepreneur and inspirational speaker who motivates young people to do more at their age. When she joined 51Talk, Michele conducted an online class to different learners. She has then spent time interacting with the students, teaching them the language and learning more about their culture.

Michele said that “From my experience, I’ve learned that patience and understanding are very important so that each session will be fulfilling and successful. Students have different learning curves, so I have to adjust and adapt to them so I can teach effectively.”

Visit 51Talk.com/ph for more info.

Being the world’s largest publisher and distributor of more than 600 original titles annually, Scholastic continues to pursue different initiatives because it is committed in helping build a nation of readers. In its effort to create a new generation of successful readers, Scholastic, with its two latest projects will harness the power of the Internet.

Scholastic Literary Pro

Scholastic Asia President Frank Wong says, “Scholastic Asia knows the importance of reading in nation-building. Much has been said about how technology has become a challenge for raising a new generation of readers. At Scholastic, we view challenges as opportunities, and have developed two key literacy programs which utilize the benefits of internet technology. These are Literacy Pro and Literacy Pro Library.”

Scholastic Literacy Pro is an online monitoring program which provides teachers the following features: accurate and timely reports on their students’ progress and performance. These information give the teachers research-based insights for them to make informed teaching and learning decisions. It promotes the student’s growth in reading by developing an individualized reading plan, with corresponding teacher reports.

Literacy Pro has a three-pronged plan to creat successful readers involves the following action points:

• ASSESS : a student’s reading progress is measured on a regular basis through a LitPro Test. The results give the teacher a fast and accurate assessment tool for evaluating his performance.

• INFORM : LitPro enables the teacher to have access to data and reports which also includes Lexile Reading Proficiency, to better understand a student’s learning needs. This paves the way for the facilitating further reading skills development. Scholastic developed the Lexile Framework for Singapore schools which allows the teacher to determine the reading level of the students.

• DEVELOP : A student is encouraged to read more when he or she is given the right books according to his or her individualized reading plan. Depending on the student’s reading level and proficiency, the Lexile Framework if able to find the right books to read.

The Scholastic Literacy Pro Library is an ebook library which gives readers of different proficiency levels unlimited access to more than 650 fiction and nonfiction ebooks.

The benefits of the Scholastic Literacy Pro Library are as follows:

• There are 150 new titles every three months and LitPro quizzes for all titles.
• Readers will surely have a great time browsing ebooks of different genres with complementing photos and illustrations.
• A word-by-word read aloud feature help younger readers master pronunciation while promoting listening comprehension.
• A glossary feature instantly links readers to the definition of difficult words.
• Audio recorder which lets students practice fluency and a note pad which promotes writing skills. Students may also receive instant feedback from their teachers through the audio recorder.
• The Scholastic Literacy Pro Library also has a search and assign feature that helps teachers find the right books for each and every student.

This one-of-a-kind library may be accessed by students at home, in school, or anywhere with Internet access.

The following schools are among the first educational institutions that implemented this groundbreaking programs from Scholastic: MGC New Life Academy in Bonifacio Global City, De La Salle – Zobel in Alabang, Muntinlupa City and Makati Hope Christian School in Makati City.

More schools are scheduled to join their ranks as early reports have produced positive results among young readers in the aforementioned schools.

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For more info on Scholastic products and programs, email educteam@scholastic.com.ph, you may also contact (02) 944READ (7323) or visit http://scholastic.asia/en today.

The Scholastic Readers Cup is an inter-school competition recognizing different schools’ personnel in improving literacy among their school children.This advocacy is geared to help make our students globally competitive and be able to attain creative, analytical and educated minds where endless possibilities can be opened.

It was on August 12, 2015 when the different exemplary efforts of educators in improving the literacy level of their schools were recognized in the 2nd Scholastic Readers Cup. Given recognitions were participating schools and the teachers, librarians, principals, schools and their students. Winners were chosen among two literacy programs: Scholastic’s Assessment and Enrichment Program (AEP) and Independent Reading Program (IRP). Both literacy programs proved instrumental in producing significant improvements in the reading abilities of the students. The competition ran from February 2014 to April 2015.

As a tribute to teachers, librarians, principals and school administrators who ah e inspired students to become better readers and learners, The Readers Cup is a fitting tribute for their hard work, leadership and dedication to their profession.

Photos here.

The 2nd Readers Cup awards were given to the following educational institutions:
• OSJ – Sto. Rosario Academy,
• OSJ – Holy Family Academy,
• St. Thomas Academy,
• Dr. Yanga’s Colleges Inc.,
• St. Paul College, Balayan,
• Iloilo Scholastic Academy,
• OSJ – Saint Joseph Institute,
• Saint Mary’s Angels College of Valenzuela,
• OSJ – Saint James Academy,
• OSJ – Joseph Marello Institute,
• Sta. Teresa College,
• Notre Dame of Greater Manila,
• MGC New Life Academy and
• Falcon School.

“Our teachers, librarians, principals and school admistrators are doing a fine job at helping us raise a nation of readers, and we should all be grateful to them. The Scholastic Readers Cup is just one way of giving recognition to these noble educators. They are the real heroes in our quest for a more globally competitive Philippines. We hope to continue this tradition every year. By shining the spotlight on these individuals and institutions, we hope to inspire other educators to raise more and better readers and good learners too” says Fritzie Salem-Cruz, General Manager of Scholastic in the Philippines.

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Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of over 600 original titles annually. It was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Since then, Scholastic has since grown into a global organization serving tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes in 165 countries and in 45 languages through its publishing and education arms.

For more info on Scholastic products and programs, email educteam@scholastic.com.ph, you may also contact (02) 944READ (7323) or visit http://scholastic.asia/en today.

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