Friday, May 17, 2013

Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing 

For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.      
Ingrid Bengis

Listening, speaking, reading and writing are important package of language skills.  Without any part of the package, language will be non-existent. A speaker and a listener are essential for communication.  Reading and writing preserves language and offers another way to communicate and to for others to understand.   

In any subject or content area we teach, the four language skills are vital to any instruction.  It is necessary that the language skills are practiced and assessed appropriately according to the needs of the students. 


As I close this semester, I reflect on the new ideas that I learned from the course itself, from my peers and most of all from Dr. Rivera.  Through the course, I gained the knowledge of the fundamental practices for evaluating and designing assessment procedures for the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. 

From my peers, I learned new strategies in teaching and assessing through the collaboration of ideas and teamwork.  Through Dr. Rivera’s example, my knowledge grew in the field of second language learners.   

It has been a great and learning semester for me- thank you!

Friday, May 10, 2013

"When you know better you do better.”
Maya Angelou
Culturally responsive classroom and academically effective teachers have the responsibility to ensure that students are prepared to meet today's challenging world of economics, technology and cultural diversity.  As teachers, we need to be aware of the students' cultural heritage and experiences and to be able to integrate these aspects into instruction. 
Likewise with teachers and students, when both know better and more, they do better and more.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Teacher through Generations

Illustration from :

"When you teach your son, you teach your son's son"
The Talmud‎

Teachers treat their students as if they are our own. When a teacher teaches, kids learn from each examples written on the board, whatever he/she hears or even sees. That's why we teachers should always serve as a role model to our students for what we teach to our students, may also be what they will teach to the next generation whether may it be their own children or their students should they choose the profession of teaching.

Classroom as our stage.

Illustration from:

"Good teaching is 1/4 preparation and 3/4's theater"
Gail Godwin‎

Teaching a specific or particular thought of learning to students requires mastery of the subject. Preparation is just a minimal part of our teaching cause that is where we ready ourselves to like reading our script or planning how to teach the lesson. Our stage is our classroom and our spectators are our students.The classroom is where we teachers show our talents and our mastery of the subject. Just like a character in a stage play who prepared well and delivered a good show in front of his spectators.

Light of Knowledge.

illustration from:

"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it"
Margaret Fuller.‎

Teachers, Instructors, Professors, whatever we may call ourselves holds knowledge that can light up our students mind from the shadows of ignorance. Imparting thought, teaching disciplines, and sharing experiences to our students is like passing them our light from our torches, enabling them to be better individuals and contributors to our society in the future.

Dare to Teach.

Illustration from :

"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn"
John Cotton Dana

As have said, learning is a continuous process. Everyday we tend to learn new things.
 Teaching also is dynamic and it is evolving day by day, from prehistoric home based 
mother to child teaching down to distance learning today. Teachers should not be 
resistant to changes, instead we should adapt to it and share best practices to achieve a 
common goal which is to learn and never be ignorant.