What are scores for?

Based on my personal experience, scores are effective in informing both teachers and students about the learning progress in class. Firstly, having the scores presented to learners motivates them to study hard or maintain their good performance. When students see that they have good or low grades they tend to participate more in class or put more effort in their studies. In this way, it helps them progress their learning. Also, it helps the teachers modify their teaching strategies. If they see that some learners are having difficulty in comprehending the lesson as per the results of score then it would give an impression that something has to be modified in the way they teach. So it is also an avenue for teachers to improve their techniques in helping the students learn.

I don’t think that scores are just mere number in report cards. Of course, they are just digits but they mean more than just number. Scores won’t be a score if not for what the students gave in their classroom discussion. Such grades are computed from specific criteria that was based from the learning outcomes. Therefore, the scores stated in the report card are legitimate evidences of the learner’s performance in class.

Misalignment counts.

The word ‘misalignment’ really remained in my memory from this lesson. This course made me realize that there are some misalignment techniques at our work. It was through this lesson that I began to realize the importance of making sure that assessment , activities and evaluation should all be coherent. Misalignment of these would affect learning or would affect the efficacy of attaining the learning objectives.

The principles of assessment influenced the way I view things at work. It has been our routine in our center to conduct mock exams for students every two weeks. Our goal is to improve their skills in taking the TOEFL exam. One of our learning objectives is to strengthen their weak points as evidenced by their performance in the mock exams and help them achieve their target score for reading 21, listening 18, writing 24 and speaking 26. After studying the modules in assessment, I realized that ‘misalignment’ is present in our field. For instance, we conducted the mock exam last week then the student got the following scores: 22 for reading, 23 for listening, 24 for writing and 22 for speaking. Basically, if I will follow the principle of assessment I need to focus more in enhancing the student’s speaking skills since it’s the section wherein he needed more reinforcement. But in reality what happen is that other instructors just give reading activities to the students. So it is obviously an example of misalignment.

All in all, it came to my senses that assessment is not just an initial step or process but it should be continuously done throughout all the learning activities in order to meet the learning objectives or goals that were mentioned.

Appreciating Assessment

Personally, I appreciate it much when others assess me. In relation to this, I believe that there are some things that I can learn from people when they assess me. Since there are some things that I can’t see but others can. For instance, when I was in college, I was not aware that I was having low scores in my previous quizzes. My professor and I had an individual conference. He called my attention to remind me that I need to perform well and make up for our exam. I felt so thankful for my professor because of his assessment I was able to make up for my class performance.

I believe that there is no misalignment with my needs and wants when it comes about being assessed. I see it as a constructive criticism. I really like it when people evaluates me because it serves to be as of one of my guides in not just improving my capacity or strengths but also doing better to overcome my weaknesses.

Assessment is something Essential.

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When I was in grade school I was a typical laidback student. Most of the time, I didn’t take my lessons seriously. For the first two quarters of the school year, I got low grades in quizzes and periodical exams and I remember I felt bad about it. So I spent much effort in making up my grades in the last two periods of the term.

I find the assessments really helpful for me. First, it served as my personal warning alarm. Secondly, it taught me my strengths and weaknesses. Thirdly, it helped me become a responsible person.

When I was a student, I loved spending a lot of time with friends playing all sorts of games and chatting around with them. I didn’t care if I have a quiz the next day. But when I receive the results of my tests, I really felt awful about it. So when I saw my grades chopping it alarms my nerves and motivates to improve my study habits, lessen my time with my friends and prioritize my studies more.

Furthermore, it made me realize where I am good at. Back then I knew that I am not a technical person. I am not really good at numbers and arithmetic things. So every time I have Math exercises I know that I need to put extra effort on it since it is one of my waterloos. In addition, when I had my group activities in English or Social studies I felt more confident because that’s where I excel better. So through the help of different forms of assessment like quizzes and group interaction, I was able to keep my strengths and improve my weaknesses.

Lastly, I liked the way assessments give pressure on us (students). In connection with this, there are learning outcomes and objectives and most of us worked hard to achieve these. In the process of achieving these we are able to develop the value of being responsible. For instance, when I was in fourth year high school, one of the learning objectives was to maintain a general average of 85 to be able to join the graduation ceremony. Of course, there was no room for a lazy kind of attitude. I was determined to achieve and meet the specific goal. So I really did my best to gain it. Therefore, I consider it one of the greatest factors that molded me to become a responsible person.

From the above information, I can personally confirm that the educator’s understanding of the principles of assessment is essential in the total whole being of a leaner. It nurtures them: mentally, physically and emotionally.

Random thoughts.

Chatting with you was unexpected. I don’t have enough time to talk with other people other than my students, workmates and family. But I gave myself a break and took the chance to yeah get to know you. It was a plain and normal conversation. Sometimes, you would message and other days you won’t. So I got this impression that it’s nothing real nor serious.

I never entertained the thought that you’ll be interested to me. It was hard to realize. One day, you said that you miss me and I was like what??? Are you kidding me? Then you further expressed yourself by saying that you are serious and you want me to be your girl. I didn’t know how to react because you were quite really fast. And it can’t be that easy because we live in two different worlds. You have your own opinion and I have my own. I respect your perception about everything that we talk about. I was hoping that you would also take some of my points and I would appreciate you for that.

Furthermore, you mentioned that you wanted to know more about how I feel. You said that you wanted to see who I’m really am. So the next day, I messaged and said ” I miss you. ” I was glad that it made you happy. Little by little I am showing off my ‘me’ side. Constantly communicating with you inspite of our busy schedules. But there were moments when I felt that I was alone because I keep on messaging you and question myself IF this thing or person is really up for something genuine. Regardless of those humble self doubts that I have, I still continue to finish this blog because through these RANDOM THOUGHTS I’m able to express the real me and you are a part of these random thoughts that I have tonight.

#faithinrealthing

a blog.a diary.a journal and just so a reflection. Maybe?

A blog is another form of diary or journal, but it is one that is digital and on the Internet. These are often referred to as online diaries/journals or personal blogs. They may document your day-to-day experiences or even social commentary. Many people use personal blogs as a way to keep in touch with friends and family, as well as to share with them their thoughts and feelings on certain subjects. You may choose to keep your blog personal or to share it with the world. By sharing it with the public, you can open the blog up to personal comments from those who view and read the blog. This is unique to the blog and many personal opinions are common throughout the world of blogging, some are kind and others may be quite blunt. 

A journal is a diary in a sense. It can be used to document life events like a diary, but it is not necessarily a daily activity. There are also several different types of journals that a person may keep. There are travel journals to document your various travels across your state, country or the world. There are workout journals that help to keep track of the type of workout you do and make comments on it.  Journals have also become popular in schools. In UPOU, we are asked to write a journal. Sometimes our professors ask us to write a journal for every module or chapter that we finish in class. I think it is a great opportunity for us to evaluate ourselves on how much we have learned the lesson.

 A diary is often the most personal of the three. They are often arranged by date and have space for you to write what has happened over the course of the day. Many diarists often think of their diaries as a special friend that they can confide to. The naming of a diary has a unique psychological effect as it gives the writer a feeling of someone listening to his or her inner secrets and feelings. A diary tends to be more focused on daily thoughts and events, while a journal can be written sporadically.

I created my blog as part of my academic requirements in my Theories of Learning subject. I decided to continue blogging because it is one of the ways where I can freely express my thoughts and opinions. Also, I realized that I can use my blog site to touch and inspire people. I never thought that I can make a sensible blog. A month ago, I wrote a blog about punishment and reinforcement. I used one of my colleagues as an example in my blog. Also, I dedicated my blog to her. I said to her that she was one of my inspirations when I wrote my blog. So after I after I finished my blog I sent her the link and I asked her to proofread my blog because I know that I was not that good in grammar. She majors in English so I know that she knows better than I do. You can check it out here https://daddysonlydi.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/why-punish-when-you-can-push/.  I was stunned when I got this reply from her, she said, “Your blog made me cry. I’m crying right now.. I can’t stop my tears from falling… Though I don’t want to cry… I can’t! My throat feels like its going to burst or I feel like a swallowed a whole piece of candy and it’s stuck. Thanks Di. Your blog is very good.” It made me realize how powerful words can be. How much emotions and feelings can be moved through sharing your thoughts and ideas. After I shared my blog on my facebook account I got some commendations from my workmates. It inspired me to write more and do more on my blog site. I only want to touch people lives, inspire and share my reflection.

Blogging is a reflective act because it provides the person a moment for self awareness and reflection. It is through the process of self awareness where a person can thoroughly think about his or her acquired learning. It definitely benefits the educator in the sense that teachers could attain a level of self knowledge through the process of self reflection. As we give ourselves enough time to think about the lessons we had, we discover our values and beliefs about learning. Understanding different dimensions of learning would improve the teacher’s professional and personal growth.

 I hope to be able to post at least one or two blogs a week. I believe that blogging would help me unveil my daily stress. I feel lighter whenever I am able to express my thoughts on my blog site. I look forward to posting more often. I also would want to blog about relationships, religion and life itself. They say that learning takes place anytime and anywhere. So I’d be very much open and interested to write about anything that would open the hearts of persons and inspire people. I would love to continuously inspire more people and touch their lives. 

Teaching as Lifelong Learning

Teaching as Lifelong Learning

 

Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish; feed him for a lifetime.” This is one of Lao Tzu’s most famous principles. These words encompass the belief that teaching is a lifelong learning. As teachers, it is our goal to impart knowledge to the learners. But imparting knowledge is not enough. In our fast pacing world where technology grows fast and so does life turns into a whirlwind of events. So we as teachers need to teach the students how to fish, thirst and gain more information and knowledge because learning can’t be stagnant. We must be passionate enough to mold our students in becoming lifelong learners. So we, as educators become lifelong learners as well. Being lifelong learners we go through a lot of experiences in our everyday lives. It has been said that people also learn through experience. Therefore, our daily life experience is an evidence that indeed teaching is a lifelong learning.

 

Lifelong learning is an essential avenue for continuous growth. It brings about both personal and professional development. Since there is a vast growth of modern technology in our society, teaching professionals take steps to keep themselves aware of the latest trends in teaching instruction and learning. Some make a conscious effort in attending professional trainings or take continuous education like masters or doctorate degrees to equip themselves with enough knowledge that would make them more competent educators. This promotes the educator’s professional development. On the other hand, other professional teachers use the available resources to get a wider range of knowledge and information. For example, most of the teachers use the internet as one of their tools in enhancing their course content. This is very evident in our class at University of the Philippines Open University. I have observed that most of my instructors have included websites or links in their modules. Of course, I believe that they have done further readings on these links before they have sent it over to us. I found the links very useful not only as part of my readings or study lesson but I also use them as my references in answering my exams and online forums. Answering the online forums is a chance for me to reflect on the lessons that I have learned. It is the way where I have acquired the value of reflective thinking and learning. It is beneficial for a teacher like me to make a reflection of the lessons that I have learned of that module of chapter. Reflection or reflective thinking helps a person to learn and adapt to his or her learning needs and styles. As said earlier, educators need to keep pace with the fast growing environment through personal and professional development. One of the reasons why educators need continuous learning is so that they can share this knowledge and information to the learners as well. So personal development comes hand in hand with professional development because both of which are essential parts of lifelong teaching.

 

Teachers also continuously learn through the use of different learning styles. First, Collaborative Learning entails learning where students are actively demonstrating their understanding, rather than students passing written tests as the sole sign of knowing. Learning needs to be demonstrated. The teacher is able to develop the value of responsibility among students, promote student’s interests and needs and the teaching style of the educator is enhanced and improved by understanding the fact that learning is understood, applied and internalized. Also, in collaborative learning the students are actively engaged in learning in a variety of groups and contexts. In this way the teacher is able to have a higher sense of knowledge from students who come from different kinds of cultures. Students coming from a variety of groups have different kinds of ideas and experiences. This can be a great opportunity for teachers to also learn something new from the learners. Second, teaching knowledge can grow through the use of active learning. Through the use of active learning, teachers can create right activities that would suit the learning needs of students because children have different abilities so they may also have different capabilities and needs. This would improve the teacher’s knowledge on improving his or her classroom activities. Lastly, the independent learning, children discover their activities. They read books, write stories on their own and make drawings. Learners explore learning resources by themselves. Teacher’s knowledge of teaching is enhanced by this type of learning because the teacher can make observations and through observations the teacher can make recommendations for the strengths and weaknesses of each learner. The teacher can further develop the strength of the learner and can address the learner’s weak point by providing more opportunities. For instance, if the teacher observes that the learner does well in drawing he can provide more activities that would keep the learner in improving his skills.

 

Teachers as continuous learners have always been hungry for learning. They continuously find their own ways to satisfy their need for information, knowledge and learning. Nowadays, educators can work as a member of a team. Learning to work interdependently with colleagues will enable the teacher to learn new ideas of in teaching and classroom management styles from his or her colleagues. At this stage and with the emergence of modern technology, conducting classes online is a great avenue for learning. Online teaching has been a popular field for educators nowadays. A teacher may have students from different countries and cultures. Dealing with various kinds of learners would be a great opportunity for the teacher to also learn from his or her learner’s opinions and feedback. I believe these are some ways where teachers can be lifelong learners and also, making teaching a lifelong learning as well.