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
|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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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