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EDS 103:Reflection on Assignment 2 e-Journal

Collaborative learning is not for everyone. You get different personality types from the group members that you’ll never know if you’re going to jive or not.

For Assignment 2, most of our group mates does not belong to just 1 barangay thus I would say there was a bit of a struggle to start our creative process. There was a lot of establishing connections and clarifications but once we have cleared those out we were ready to set out on our respective tasks.

Once we have a platform to which we can start working on our output, all the members quietly participated in their own way. Sometimes we ourselves become teachers of our other members. We respect each and every opinion and ideas raised. We also valued the contributions as no experience or observation is small.

For our observations, each of us has established contacts based on our assigned topics and has shared the same through the group output.

What I liked most about the group is that we are of the same mind in working quietly together. We know what should be done and we did it without much ado.

How could we have done better? Probably with a more intensified communication. We would’ve made a more streamlined or a paper that resonates better with the reader if most of us had have the time to discuss our feedback further.

We could’ve also established new connection and ties that can, who knows, develop into friendship as we take on the PTC journey.

Overall, I believe we did great considering everyone’s hectic schedule.

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EDS 103: Module 3B e-Journal

Distance learning is a very challenging learning environment where one has a constant battle with intrinsic and extrinsic learning styles. Prior to UPOU, I have dabbled with Coursera where I took short courses for at least a month at a time. Coursera was more of sit and receive a lecture type of distance learning whilst UPOU is an adventure in itself.

With UPOU, a student has to have TIME MANAGEMENT and DILIGENCE as a primary behavioral characteristics. Doing your due diligence by practicing proper time management is the key to survival and success in distance learning especially with UPOU.

In distance learning, you learn alone thus you have to find or discover your individual learning style and self-efficacy during the duration of the course. When you find those two characteristics, you’ll be less anxious, comfortable and you’ll find yourself more engaged and active in discussions.

My Models and Mentors

Role Models and Mentors Their Contributions
1.      My Mother  My mother has nurtured me since birth and until now. They say a mother’s love encompasses all even if she’s not your ordinary mother like mine.

My mom is ambitious and tenacious. She has her own mind and she goes after it. First, she wanted to pursue her career to help our family financial situation. She put up businesses and eventually became an OFW. She single handedly became the bread winner of the family and was able to give us everything we need, not only monetary, but guidance and discipline even miles apart.

To date, my mother is teaching me resiliency, forgiveness and patience.

2.      My Father  My father was a good man. He has his flaws but when it comes to his children, he was the greatest.

He took on the role of “”houseband” when my mother became an OFW.

He taught me to overcome gender roles and that anyone can be whoever they want to be.

He taught me that love does not end when relationship does. He developed the sense of family in us.

3.      My Tita’s (mother side)  My mother’s sisters (tita’s) embodies the rags to riches story. Just like my mother, they grew up with nothing thus has decided to take control in improving their lives.

At a young age of 16, they left and worked in the Middle East as housemaids. They took massage therapist whenever they can and eventually became Spa Therapists at 5 stars hotels.

At present, they own businesses in the Philippines. One of which is a recruitment Agency that deploys housemaid to the Middle East. Talk about coming full circle.

They are great example of what a strong Filipina is.

I can only aim to be half as ambitious, as tenacious and as street smart as them. Their upbringing gave them that tough chick personality whilst mine was more into academe discourse.

4.      Doctor Gail Ilagan Doctor Gail Ilagan is the epitome of cool and is the person who I want to be when I grow up professionally.

She is the head of the Psychology Department in Ateneo de Davao University and she is the director of COPERS (Center of Psychological Extension and Research Services) that offers psychological assistance and outreach program to the marginalized and providers of Psychological First Aid in times of disasters.

She was my Introduction to Psychology teacher during Freshman year in college. When she enters a classroom, she has no teaching materials but she keeps the discussion going and students were able to internalize the lesson more. At least that’s in my case. When I went back to finish my studies years later, she remembered me and helped me get my feet back into education up until I graduated and I know for a fact that I was not the only one whom she helped in her perennially busy schedule.

She has written, co-written and implemented programs that affects or helps the psychological mental state of those who badly needs it Mindanao-wide.

She flies all over the world to present her own papers or just to support other COPERs affiliate.

She is a force to reckon with in the Psychology realm of the Philippines. I want to be like her. A person who finds her passion and purpose in life.

5.      My Partner My partner’s tenacity and focus to achieving a particular goal is admirable.


I am a multi-tasker thus my brain is scattered and haywired. I have the tendency to spread myself thin because I am hard on myself and I want to accomplish a lot.


My partner on the other hand is focused and very logical. It enables our activities to less in wastage of time, money and effort.

The Type of Role Model I Want to Be for My Students.

  1. I can only aim to be an inspiration and a gateway to a comprehensive platform of discourse for mental health. If I’m a teacher, I would focus on being a positive role mother through my words and my actions.
    When I become a teacher, I’d hope to already be a well-rounded person. That way I can focus and be a great source of many materials to whom children can learn a lot with and will be a positive example in the great challenge of getting out of our comfort zone.
  2. I would like to be a teacher who follows through. I want my students to know that I am committed to each and every one and that no matter how busy I will be, I am available for them at any time that they need me and that I keep my word. I hope to teach my students tenacity and that everything is possible even when things are tough for as long as we work hard and we keep on going.
  3. I would like to be a mentor that can guide and inspire others through demonstrating strength in character. I’d like to be that person who’s proud of who I became but at the same time able to apologize for my shortcomings and wrongdoings. Through these characteristics I may be able to support a child’s development in a positive and well-rounded way that they can emulate and take with them as they grow.

How I Will Incorporate Models and Mentors in My Classroom?

My classroom will be teaching CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS therefore it will contain a lot of modelling and values.

My instructional plan will probably have a lot of short stories, music, and play strategies or techniques that will guide them step by step and make them feel comfortable with me and the learning environment. Acceptance will be emphasized and positive reinforcements and dialogues will be stated every day.

Who Will Be My Education Mentor? What Would My Ideal Education Mentor Be Like?

I entered the realm of Psychology with an initial aim of being a Psychiatrist and helping individuals with mental issues but as I progress along I have come to develop a love for children with special needs. I wanted to bring awareness and eradicate stigma with mental health especially with Filipino children. Our country is not yet well versed with the difference and the struggles of the special needs community.

Therefore, my ideal mentor are 2 experts in the field of Psychology that deals directly with children.

First, Doctor Gail Ilagan who exposed me to Psychological First Aid and fired the need in me to become a helping professional that deals with children. She took me to my outreach programs during the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda and was tasked to conduct Psychological First Aid to the children who survived. I want to be able to touch lives that way.

Second, I came across a social media page of a non-profit organization called “Special Books by Special Kids”. This particular program aims to normalize the diversity of human condition by having their co-founder Teacher Chris travel all over the United States to interview and give positive reinforcement to children and parents with diagnosis.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to do the same in the Philippines? To have that platform in raising awareness in my own country would be the ultimate dream. Next to putting up Centers for Children with Special Needs that helps both parents and children with diagnosis in coping with their daily lives beyond education.

What would your ideal education mentor be like?

I found this in the internet and by far this is the best breakdown of what an ideal educational mentor I’d like to be someday.

M – Motivated to do the “extra mile” in teaching

E – Enthusiastic in bringing up positive behavioral change among learners

N – Noble in uplifting the values of the profession

T– Theoretically adept with the subject matter being handled

O– Open to new ideas and optimistic about changes

R – Responsible in ensuring quality learning experiences

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EDS 103: Module 3D e-Journal


I hear and I forget. I read and I remember. I do and I understand. 

Chinese Proverb

The brain is a very curious thing. Until now, despite the vast improvement of science, we still don’t know the maximum capacity of the human brain.

Memory retention has various meaning and strategies as we go through our daily lives. Information are broken down into facts, ideas and experience that our ever selective brains either retain or discards.

Our brain only tend to remember what it perceived to be with purpose and has a memorable learning pattern. Our brains are programmed to pass data’s first to the short term memory. Those information to be retained requires brain strategies enabling us to retain more meaningful and important information.

Each person has a unique way of processing and remembering and there is no one correct way, there can only be strategies that can best help such as association and visualization.

In the classroom, it is the teacher’s responsibility to present strategic information retention for the students to develop their own learning style.

Memory loss are hard enough as it is but what about those whose brains are already insufficient in the first place due to different diagnosis?

People and children with special needs requires extra help in developing and retaining their memory. During my On the Job Training (OJT) for my Psychology degree, I was assigned to a Center of Child’s Advancement in Davao. They provide occupational therapy as well as special needs education.

From there I learned that children with special needs requires a full attention of learning from their auditory, sensory and visual unlike the highly functioning children. For these CWSN, we have to use the following as much as possible;

  • Establish a safe environment in such a way that every day, despite their struggle to recall information, they at least know that their school and their teachers are a safe place. We do it by establishing “habit” programs. When the student arrives, the teacher immediately take them to their respective corners and starts with their daily dialogue. For those with speech impairment, the teacher continues on their own. Then the teachers put attention to their skin or sensory memory by massaging from face until the legs whenever permitted. This action enables their brain to remember touch and to evoke the muscles.
  • Procedural memory is more reliable than short term memory thus we break down their task or lesson for the day. If they don’t get to finish it today, we start again from scratch the next day until they get to remember and finish that task in one day before we move on.
  • Much like habit, the teachers have a schedule for these students so they know what to expect as their activities for that day. The parents as well are aware thus they can best prepare their children prior to coming to school.
  • We incorporate creative output through the arts as well such as photography, painting and clay making in creating episodic memory. This allows the students to know or remember their past and have a sense of history. This also reduces stress and increases memory retrieval.
  • Repetition of simple yet informative videos and reading also helps these children retain information and recall albeit in pieces. Story telling enables the learner to process events on their own pace.
  • Play also has an important role in their daily activities. A simple game that is fun and interactive can help a lot in the development of memory retention.

Understanding how an individual learn is one of the best way to help teachers, as curriculum planner, incorporate different programs and activities to reinforce memory recall for their students.

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EDS 103: Module 3C e-Journal

Pedagogy must be oriented not to the yesterday, but to the tomorrow of the child’s development. Only then can it call to life in the process of education those processes of development which now lie in the zone of proximal development

Lev S. Vygotsky

ZPD or Zone of Proximal Development basically spells out Vygotsky’s belief that teachers should be a facilitator to a child’s learning and not a content provider. Teachers or MKO’s are there readily available to give assistance and guidance for a student to further develop and in a task that they already have prior knowledge. With a little more prodding and uplifting, the student becomes successful in that particular task.

How to prod? Herein comes scaffolding. In scaffolding, learning is broken down into chunks that forms structure as a tool for a student to fully comprehend an otherwise confusing task. To do this, the MKO’s has to identify and know the learners and their Zone of Proximal Development or ZPD for MKO’s to differentiate what the student already knows and where they are struggling.

MKO’s are those who have a better understanding or has a higher level from the learner in respect to a particular area. Through collaboration and guidance, the development of the learner through social process is determined.

In my department, we use mentoring a lot which is a form of MKO and ZPD in practice. The manager or MKO provides guidance and knowledge to its subordinates or the learners. Sometimes augmented by the departmental process or ISO approach thus giving the learner learning tools and thereby enabling transfer of knowledge. Colleagues shares skills and ideas to the improvement of their job and the company as a whole.

In my future classroom setting, I’d set out to be a teacher who gives a simplified version of the lesson through modelling and then developing it further and higher as we go along.
The students will be informed of the objectives in my classroom and the purpose of our lessons outside the school. I will illustrate concepts and problems in such a way that they will understand and able to complete, may it be verbal or non-verbal. They will know the expected goals and as a teacher I will ensure that there will be retention through recall.

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EDS 103: Module 3A e-Journal

Purple Organizers

Growing up, I have been raised to believe that everything can be resolved through discussion. Our parents treated us as their friends but there were times, when we have really tested their patience, they have to stand their ground and show us their “parents” face. Although it’s rare and in between I can remember those events like it was yesterday.

Both my parents are voracious readers and they encourage us at a very young age to read as well. When my father noticed my interest with Greek Mythologies, he bought a set of books all about Greece & their Gods. When my mother saw how involved I was with inter-school competitions, she gifted me with an electronic typewriter and set of encyclopedias. Those are one of the many POSITIVE REINFORCEMENTS that my parents has done and they are most willing when education is involved. Their technique was very positive on my part as it encouraged me to believe in education, to develop a lifelong commitment to reading and has made me competitive.

Another POSITIVE REINFORCER in my life is my grandfather. He would always inform all of his grandchildren that whoever gets a 100 in a test paper will be rewarded with 10 pesos. Although he never followed through with the money, I have given him numerous papers with scores of 100, up to this date we still tease him about the money he owes us for those grades. What a fun and pleasant memory with our grandfather.

As for modifying behavior, being a child of an OFW and a broken family at that, taking away my allowance always works as a punishment to keep me in tow. Our parents have never laid hands on us but it’s not to say they haven’t threatened to do so (Punishment – Oriented Techniques). The threat and verbal reprimands has always been enough to make my siblings and I stop fighting.

The only occasion where my behavior became undesirable rather than improved as during college where I was given total freedom by moving into another city for school all by myself. For my parents, it was a show of trust and hope that I will be dynamic in such an established and amazing school but for me it was a case of too much too soon. I didn’t know what to do with my freedom that I was susceptible to vices that hindered to my fullest potential.

Individuals have different personality thus there is no straightforward approach to regulating behavior might it be at home or in school. It will always depend on the situation and the context. I prefer to know the case framework before I can decide which approach is best in regulating behavior.

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I Train For ME!

All week I have been trying to get into a “work-study-life balance”. With two company training’s, running HR & Admin, being a life partner & the UP professional teaching course, oh boy it ain’t a walk in the park.

Sometimes panic gurgles on my chest & its a constant battle of squashing it in, one check list at a time.

There were times that I have over exceeded my capacity or at the very least my 24 hours in a day because it simply is not possible but then, I thought I’m single career woman who’s trying to keep a healthy self journey with my self together with trying to balance a relationship, career and my health.

All these went into crash in collision on week 3 of UPOU. Our company had to go through electrical overhaul which as head of HR & Admin takes a lot of coordination. I also had to facilitate 2 different trainings (ISO & HSE) for our employees and on top of that, I am literally with my GP and my OB-GYNE for health issues which had me signing up for a gym.

I have long understood and accepted that I am not a regular person. My ambition kept me from settling and has made yearn for more. I have realized that a 9 to 5 in the Middle East will never give me what I need thus at 32 I am willing to go through all these (conscious incompetence) so that by the time I’m 42, i’ll be where I am supposed to be (unconscious competence) with less effort and more rewards.

Despite feeling like a headless chicken, I am committed to taking care of myself more thus ‪#‎itrainforme‬.

This is not a problem post. This is a i’m extremely grateful these are my only worry post.Fitness First

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EDS 103:Module 2 e-Journal

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There have been numerous attempt to define the concept of intelligence by theorists but up until now the universal answer is it’s still a multi-faceted and contextual phenomena.

As a child grow, there are many factors that can affect the development such as the environment which can lead to a different understanding of one child to another.

When I was in school studying Psychology, we interned to different schools mostly public schools who were in a dire need for teaching / guidance counseling assistance but we were also given a chance to facilitate in private school classes. Our major observation was that the private schooled children were more adept in technology and has stronger grip on the English language compare to the public school students. This is not to say that the latter has inferior capabilities because they were very skilled with other non-tech situations too. What our group reflection on this is that the environment does play a huge factor in a child’s development.

Which brings me to IQ versus EQ conversation. The street smart versus book smart argument. Binet and his testing was able to differentiate the special to those who needs help that developed into various psychometric approach which is great in predicting success in academics and other environments that calls for accomplishment.

Many have argued that success is a personal definition and destination. There are several correlational factors that affect one’s ability to succeed such as the EQ. One may be successful in the academe but has no personal relationship to show off may not be seen as successful by those who does not have a PHD but have a happy healthy family. The aim, I guess as it is for me, is the ability to achieve a well-rounded success in my career as with my personal journey with our family.

As a HR & Admin Manager, I have had numerous meeting establishing standardized appraisal for our employees basing on their capabilities, background and their end results but it can never quantify or explain why they do what they do. One of my colleague is my best friend since high school. We went to the same school, lived in the same city but have totally different interests. She’s an engineer and I’m into human sciences. She struggles with communicating in English whereas I am comfortable with it as I am a voracious reader.  She can haggle her way out of a Marakkech market whereas I’d much rather not buy anything than ask someone to lower their price. This is a perfect example of organism with almost the same biological make up but grew up in a different environment thus learning and developed into different beings due to numerous environmental and cognitive factors.

The framework has been established but intelligence still has a long way to go. Humans are continuously developing being and as time progresses so does our learning and humanities benchmarks of intellect.