Module 4: Social Theories of Learning

First of all, I really, REALLY like this Module. Society plays a big role for everyone when it comes to learning. This lesson had me thinking, as a parent, I really need to be careful with my actions, how I talk, and to whom I should be with.

As my children grow, their knowledge also broaden, and me and my husband play a BIG role on their growth. Whatever they see in us, they imitate; whatever the kind of circle we are in, they are also greatly affected.

This also made me think to step back a little on social media. As I have observed (even before), social media such as Facebook and Instagram is a big influence to any of us. from getting in touch with our friends and family, to getting the latest, juciest news happening in the country. Social media has its pros and cons. But as they say “lahat ng sobra ay masama. And nothing can be more plain true than that to describe this.

Modeling or Observational Learning doesn’t end when we reach our teenage years or even if we got married and have kids. Learning is an endless process and if we let ourselves be drawn to something that is not worth our time and energy; our mind, behavior and obligations may suffer. One may give up one of these factors if he or she will let negativity come in. As an adult we should first think what would help us do better for us to learn more and achieve what we are eyeing for.

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Module 3: Knowledge Base of Teaching

This module has made me realize that teaching is not as simple as anyone have thought. There are various types of knowledge that play their roles to execute an effective learning and to be an effective teacher.

TPACK or Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge is an essential tool or let me say, a checklist for every teacher in class. Learning what to teach, how to teach it and the technology to use must be well-thought before engaging to class teaching. In this way, quality education is not far behind from reality.

Module 3: Behavioral Theories of Learning

As a parent, this module has really helped me a lot to hone my knowledge when it comes to parenting. My pre-schooler is quite a handful and disciplining is a must in our home. We’ve set rules and regulations he must follow diligently; or else there are certain consequences or punishments that needs to be applied. Example would be doing his homework. For me to allow him to play his gadget or watch his favorite cartoon, he should answer his homeworks first (negative reinforcer).

Growing up with my strict aunt, I have to say, I have a whole lot of dosage when it comes to disciplining us. Obliging us to do our parts on house chores has helped me to be independent in real life. They were also strict when it comes to studying that became my solid foundation on how I give importance to education. When I reached high school, I am literally on my own since my parents decided to work abroad and my sister staying in her dorm. This made me realized that learning on my own, without someone to guide and “punish” me, was a tough one to comprehend.

Given that experience, I conclude that certain (not) behaviorist approaches should be practiced both at home and school. Yes, not everyone may benefit from this but anyone can learn, one way or another, if not all.

Module 2: Teaching Professionalism

My own definition of teacher professionalism is the attitude towards its learners, seperating personal matter with the teaching profession. It is how you handle, as a teacher, your students. As discussed on (Whitty & Wisby, 2006) paper, collaborative works with other professional teachers and other school workforce such as assistant teachers. While on democratic professionalism, it is being sensitive to a wide range of stakeholders, especially those who keep on being silent and/or neglected in education decision making. These definitions of the two professionalisms is not the same as what I have provided, at least not upfront. These definition may connect on my answer, social-wise since both professionalism require to “collaborate” with other people such as co-teachers, learners and parents as well.

My definition of teacher professionalism now is a character which is composed of attitude of being a professional while providing high quality strategy in teaching. This definition is more elaborated than my previous answer, which can be supported by the resources provided in the Module. I hope and pray that when I become a teacher, I want to be as professional as I can be. I want to be able to control my emotion towards every situation. I would want to practice an array of teaching skills that provides the best teaching strategy so that I may be an effective educator to my students, which in return, can contribute for the betterment of our country’s education.

Module 2: Theories of Intelligence

Hi Classmates!

This week’s Module have been very interesting for me. I never knew intelligence may be broken down to a lot of theories and definitions just so we can find the most correct or the best the describes intelligence as a whole. Though I feel slightly confused because a lot of theorists have contributed their knowledge on this. I actually doesn’t have a concrete choice that can make me say that it may be the best theory for intelligence.

What do you think guys? please share your thoughts to enlighten me as well.

-Gabby 🙂

Module 1 Reflective Teaching Practice

Hi everyone! I’ve made a lot of realization on this Module. Wow! I didn’t expect that there is this other side of my previous teachers way back in high school (and elementary). I’ve never thought that teaching would be complicated as this. Once I have mastered on how to be critically reflective teacher, I can then be an effective teacher to my future students.

I enjoyed reading our topic on assumptions with the situational examples provided. I was nostalgic for a moment back there. I remembered how our terror teachers be like, falling under the Illumination of Power. I also remember those who cried over class because our teacher failed on her assessment (from us) — having The “Perfect Ten” Syndrome.

My definition of reflection may have slightly changed compared to my answer on Task 1, clarifying that reflection in not simple as it may look. My opinion on reflective teaching practice have changed as well, taking into consideration the Four Critically Reflective Lenses:

  1. Our Autobiography as Learners and Teachers – As a learner, I can assume what would be the best teacher for me, or what should I be expecting from a teacher. We tend to make assumptions to our teachers and box them from the given assumptions. If we were able to know each autobigoraphies, it’ll be easier for us to identify and critically reflect to be more specified on our learning preferences.
  2. Our Students’ Eyes – Besides learning our autobiography as learners, we also should see through our students’ eyes that serves as a test for us to know what it’s like to be on their situation and how to handle it. We may also be surprised that they can also contribute something we didn’t know yet.
  3. Our Colleagues’ Experiences – Brainstorming may play a big part on our learning experiences. Sharing each others’ experiences may help us pass through crises we may encounter. We may face same challenges but we may also differ on how we handle them.
  4. Theoretical Literature – As I have mentioned on the Discussion Forum 2, not all learning may be experienced via textbook. But, we also need to consider that having a foundation built by theories may also help us set standards or introduction to teaching, and everything else will follow.

As a whole, this module convinced me that this saying is true and correct:

“Experience is the Best Teacher”. 

Module 1: Meaningless Assessments

I’ve read Ms. Aiza’s post on our discussion forum regarding Failed Assessment. On her experience, it is true that there are assessments done in the company / or office for a newly hired employee to be a regular employee. For us Filipinos, it is hard not to help those who are in need. 😉 This is a clear example of a failed assessment because the employee was not aware to some of the questions, the one who gave assessment did not pay attention to the employees while giving assessment and the goal for the right assessment were not met. If such assessment will continue to be given or practiced, the quality of the company will be compromised to it’s clients. As a former BPO company employee, high quality performance is a must for each employees so that more clients, especially from the US will continue to trust us and the company for the growth of their account. I also happened to know how strict they are in assessing their employees to know their capabilities and room for improvements. In that way, they can easily sort out those who will fit for the job and worthy of their salary.
Post from:
Acoba, Ma. Aiza Patricia (2017, January 13). Unmonitored Assessment. Retrieved from: https://myportal.upou.edu.ph/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=215677

Module 1 – Assessment Basics

For our Module 1 in EDS 113, we have discussed Assessment Basics. As I go through our module, we have discussed the definition, importance and some basic principles of assessment. This has enlighten me from all those difficult exams that gave me eye bags due to sleepless nights, tons and tons of coffee and chips to keep me awake from reviewing! This is also a good time to look back to those days where we sometimes cuss our terror teacher because they give us “constructive criticism” but we sometimes think that they just want us to be humiliated in front of others. Now I know its importance and how this has helped me through the years as a student and as an employee.