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.

Bina Bangsa School - Indonesia: New School for Me!

I recently have the chance to work in one of the international schools here in Indonesia and while I couldn't be more than grateful of the new job, it was a struggle at the beginning. Well, the usual birth pains for most people, that is.

However, after three months of   teaching among the senior secondary students and their junior college students, I begin to like the job. Thanks to the working environment - support of fellow Filipino teachers among others, the adjustment has become lighter.

Indonesia's weather, food, public works and highways including urban structures are almost similar to that of my home country, well except for the spicy food that seems to be the base for most Indonesian food and that you get to see drivers on the right seats instead of the left - side drivers that dominate the Philippine highways.

Bina Bangsa School is a Christian international school that follows the Cambridge curriculum. We have teachers of various nationalities - Americans, Singaporeans, Indians and Filipinos that  tops the numbers. It has 6 schools in different key cities of Indonesia with BBS - PIK with the most number of students.

What I basically love with this school is the fact that they are focused on academic excellence but with year - wide extra curricular activities including musical concerts for the most inclined.

You would oftentimes see students with their varying musical instruments as part of their subjects  of focus and I could only wish that I can get the great deals  for my kid and make him go back to music camp and play his violin again.

Teaching is a hard toil but when you get to teach in a good school, it makes the job less burdensome. While Bina Bangsa School has its imperfections, I could say I'm seeing more good things than its downsides.

I am pretty sure that most graduates of this school can do great things with the school's prep for their university admission. In fact, this school has been producing top achievers in the world and in Indonesia based on their IGCSE exam results. And, being one of the teachers, I can only take pride.

It may be still too early to see truly the culture of Bina Bangsa School but knowing that there are teachers who have been here for years,  something then is good from this institution. I could only hope for the best.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Income - Generating Projects for Schools

The income - generating projects can be dependent on your school's resources like empty lands, or livestock or farms that can be used for maximized profits.

The projects I mention herein are the income - generating projects I believe can be possible for STI College - General Santos.


You can adopt these ideas that may appropriate for your school.

Proposed programs / projects for Income Augmentation:

  • Further improve the linkage or off – school services of STI College – Gen Santos  to private and government agencies who need additional workforce or resources in their events.

>> Presently, only the HRM students are contracted for on – call services in a sister – company hotel of STI – Gensan. This can be further improved with similar programs encompassing other students of other programs like IT, or Business studies and further promoted to other companies as well.

Moreover, the exposure shall be beneficial to students in terms of their holistic  learning.

  • Provide  catering, managerial – training, IT services, and facilities for hire.

>> Presently, the school offers only free use of IT laboratories or computers for promotional purposes. However, this can be further complemented if the school can also offer services or trainings that can be financially remunerated.

>> Teachers who have the technical expertise can be contracted to deliver trainings to other institutions which may need technical assistance.

>> Students and teachers may produce business plans for feasibility studies among companies which need company research. IT students with their teachers may create computer programs, networking of computer systems, or troubleshooting services to sister companies and / or external companies that STI – Gensan has linkages with.

All these will further showcase the technical specialization of STI Gensan, and the school’s  workforce will have the affirmation and / or value – added enhancement of their skills from industry or field exposure.

  • Expand the Internship program across all courses.

>> The present Internship program is provided to HRM and Business Administration students. The income can be further increased if the internship is offered to all programs. Bigger  internship fees can be collected, but apart from this, the school can be further promoted locally and internationally with expanded global exposure.

  • Create a market for the student projects. Remarkable students projects can be sold to companies who can have better use of these end – results. This is taking a proactive initiative to encouraging students and teachers to innovate and to materialize their technical skills.
  •  Other Income  - generating  projects:

a.       Invite more food – providers and service contractors like photocopier / bookbinding. Rental fees from these sellers can be viable fund – generating means.
b.      Sell school supplies. Selling of supplies like paper, pen, among other basic school needs can be viable sale as well.
c.       Create training / learning modules for sale. While STI – Gensan strictly follows the policies of STI Educational Network, teachers can create independent learning modules that can be sold to students and other  institutions.