Thursday, March 30, 2017

Music: Help You Study for Exam

Final Examination is just around the corner and just recently I had to help some students with their ICT practical as they had their Final Exams in IT. I can't help but at least be worried with them as they cram for their exams.

The idea is to prepare in advance with all the resources, and support groups (teachers, family or studymates). But, you can do better if you have a timetable and strictly follow it and have quality study time.

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Equally important is the fact that you can use music to help you focus and concentrate.  University research in France, published in Learning and Individual Differences,  found out that students who listened to one-hour music while listening to classical music scored better in their quiz than students who don't.

They say that music can get you to heightened emotional state that makes you more receptive to information. Furthermore,  according to a research from Duke Cancer Institute, music can help lessen the anxiety.

Music help you relax; so, while preparing for your exam, listen to classical music and with crown xls1000 can help you enjoy the music as you focus on your exam.

It is only through hard work, quality reviews, and the right resources can help you get better marks.


Studying for Finals? Let Classical Music Help You

What Travel Can Teach Teachers, Our Taman Mini Escapade

Travel can teach a lot of things to people but I wish to cite good stuffs if you are a teacher.

While on our school term break, my three (3) other teachers had decided to go to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) or simply means "Beautiful Indonesia Mininiature Park."

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is a culture - based recreational park where diverse culture of Indonesia depicted through  various sites where different houses, and other art collections are kept for tourists and locals.

at the site of Bali - inspired area of Taman Mini
At very minimal budget, we maximized the BusWay's TransJakarta big buses where only 3.50 IDR ($.26) was spent for almost 2 hours of travel from GreenBay Pluit Mall to Taman Mini.

We took the cable ride at 40 IDR where we were able to see the  various houses on panoramic scale. I had to get amazed by their beautiful lake where it resembles the different islands of Indonesia.

at Komodo Dragon Museum, Taman Mini, with fellow teachers.

Travel to different places make people, even teachers included to be more confident with their social and directional skills. Good thing though we had one teacher who had been  to Taman Mini several times.

Apart from this, you cant help but learn to adopt to the local language, appreciate their local food and their distinct culture.

So, what valued lesson can teachers acquire from travelling? I think the fact that you get to see diversity and appreciate its richness and uniqueness and how you can actually blend with this new environment can actually help teachers to be open minded especially if students come from different economic or social background.

So, next time you have the chance to travel, go out and explore. You may able to learn new things from it and only you and your students can highly benefit from the fresh experience.

Friday, March 24, 2017

How to Resolve Teacher's Health Issues

Teachers face the the downside of spending hours talking and they have to do that regularly. It is then not surprising that common illnesses are around the throat.

Apart from this, having to sit down checking piles of papers can only mean bad sitting postures or stressed arm and hands for markings.

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Like any job, stress outlets are important along with enough rest, proper hydration and staying clear from food that can trigger or aggravate any pending throat problems.

Normally, I drink lukewarm water instead of the usual cold water and  I avoid eating sweets as much as possible.

It is indeed true that only a few can stay longer in the teaching profession, but with support from family and friends including the management, teaching can be a very rewarding (usually in non - cash form, too bad). So, take care of yourself, and don't get sick because the students would want to see you around than miss you for days.

The Different Types of Students

Having been a teacher for over 15 years, I can still have some challenges with students and  while there are days that I could only scream for help or cry for helplessness, most of the time, I am happier with them.

But, for young teachers, facing various students with extreme personalities or annoying personalities can be quite a frustration. So, how do we actually face them? I am no expert in this field, but, I can only share my observations and what seems to work for me.

1. The Clown. These are students who  can either spark your class or disrupt it totally. It can be quite a relief in some days, but, if the behavior is beyond acceptable or gets your class to nowhere, then, make the clown stop.

2. The Brainy. Who doesn't love the smart kids in class? They seem to affirm that you are a good teacher knowing that they can pick up your teachings right away, but, they can be quite a challenge too especially if they are more knowledgeable than their teacher. So, be humble but be proactive too! Welcome their new insights, learning need not to come solely from teachers.

photo source: Bina Bangsa School,

 3. The Passive. These are students who come to class whether for attendance reasons only or for some unknown reasons. They fill most of the space of in your classroom. They hardly talk inside the classroom and would respond / act automatically to whatever you say (again without even any objection or affirmation).   You may reach out to them, but they seem to be in different timezone and space.

4. The Chatty. These students share your airtime with them talking non-stop to their seatmates. And,  when you call their attention, they seem to show that surprise ( or nuisance for disrupting them). Different teachers do have their ways of timeouts for these kind of kids and the techniques may vary from child to child. You can only wish that the good old days of corporal punishment can be put to good use again!

5. The Sleeper. With a very comfortable classroom and unholy hour, you can see one or more students dozing off. I guess if  the subject requires more lecturing than active learning, then, sleepers can be more than usual. So, prepare works for them to make them  up and alert.

6. The Artist. If you see students who seem to scribble in loops or otherwise at regular patterns, I have to tell you, these are the students who are just exercising their skills in creating a caricature of everything including their teacher or peers. Just watch out for alarming drawings and vandals though, cheat codes are normally placed on their arm desks or tables. Indeed, they are so creative! :)

7. The Seeker. They are labeled as teacher's pet, but these are just students who love to call their teacher's attention, oftentimes, after school, these students talk to you for about anything. I personally like it because students get to trust their teachers but sometimes the attachment can be annoying and / or alarming especially if students expect special pass for misbehaving or performing poorly.   So, consistently define the limits of attachment, it has to be clear most especially among the teachers their  duties and responsibilities.

If you are lucky, you may get a full house of these different kinds of students, but, just the same, have fun learning and teaching. Know that you are there to inspire them to be greater people than what they seem to think of themselves.