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.

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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.”

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