10 Art activities to color your summer!

By: BTC Admin

With the heat slowly simmering as the last day of school draws near, be ready with summer projects to keep your little ones from saying, “I’m bored!” Here’s ten to get you started. (Links can be found at the bottom of the photos, which are also credited to their respective sites.)

1.Shibori tie-dying

The age-old technique of tie-dying is a must-try for kids of any age and is a perfect way of wearing coordinates with the family without looking too bland. Graphic designer, art teacher, and mom-of-three Bar Rucci of the Art Bar Blog shows us (through quite a number of photos, no less) that no matter how you tie the shirts, beautiful patterns will appear!

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2.Water Wall

Looking to introduce an engineering project for the kiddos while keeping cool in the summer? Zoe Toft of playingbythebook.net/ reviews children’s book by trade and passion and this project is just one example. “Water Wall” was inspired by “Rain Rain Rivers by Uri Shulevitz,” which ostensibly echoes Toft’s favorite line in the book: “…jumping over pieces of sky in the gutter.” Now that’s enough reason to get your power tools ready and prep a wall for the kids and together, you can attach used water bottles, cans, and pails to pour H2O in. You can even add dye to the water to add vibrancy to your already cool project.

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3.Squishy water bombs

This one is a starter project to do for toddlers and can be used in that inflatable pool at the backyard. You can teach color-names as you let your kids choose which sponges they like most! A guest post in Positively Splendid, this project is by Allison from House of Hepworths at Blissdom and worth the time than buying plastic toys for the tots.

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4.Ice cream is just another canvas

The craving for ice cream can’t be passed out as just another treat, especially in the summer. Buy vanilla ice cream…then some (or more) food coloring, sprinkles, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and nuts and start painting on that cold treat. Yes, paint on it.

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5.Melt-in-the-heat crayons

As another school year ends, your pile of broken-up, left-over crayons can add up yet again. As you collect (yet again) innumerable shells from your many beach adventures this summer, bring on the heat, this time from the oven. This tutorial will have you toasting up those shells and letting those seemingly useless crayons melt on them. This will definitely turn any kid into a Picasso!

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6.Flower necklace

Emily of livingwellmom.com knows that women always love creating pretty stuff and this playful craft shows it. A little project for daughter-and-mom bonding, this craft is sure to color your days and give you the perfect accessory to wear to the beach or to any fairy-princess party.

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7.Spin Art Project

Take ordinary rocks and turn them into art with this tutorial! Meri Cherry (yes, that’s her real name) puts to good use her old salad spinners and created this tongue-in-cheek art pieces. With paint and several spins, you can churn amazing creations. You can even give these out to relatives on their next visit!

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8.Weave in the Rainbow

This one can be made by older kids as it requires a rather complex weaving technique but the result is nothing short of childhood magic. This project is called the Punch Art Rainbow where kids ‘punch’ yarns in with a skewer on a Styrofoam board. This creates a pop-out pattern that’s almost 3D!

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9.Frog baseball hat

Made not just to protect your child’s head and face but to also put smiles on the faces of everyone who sees it. But don’t let the refreshing green color & silly frog smiles limit you and your child to just that! Owls, cats, and dogs can be made by tweaking this project a bit. Amanda Formaro, the author of “The Mania Series,” five craft books made for kids, says she has one for herself, donning it as a ladybug hat.

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10.Newspaper Kites

Then, when all the glue, glitter, and fuzzy wires are used up, you can always go back to good, ol’ newspaper kites. Have the kids gather branches and twigs from your neighborhood so use can put to fun use the stacks of newspaper inside your home. Don’t worry about perfecting the stick-frame and the edges of your newspaper kite. After all, summer only lasts for a while…now take that kite and fly it with them.

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‘Glitter jars’, breathing spaces, and what grade schoolers have to say about anger

By: BTC Admin

In the Citizens of the World Charter School in Mars Vista, California, children are being taught about anger-management–that is, the physiological reason why we get angry and the psychological and sociological effects of this emotion.

True to its mission in bringing visual content that impacts society, Wavecrest Films gathered elementary school kids who are enrolled in social-emotional learning and coaching in mindfulness classes to speak not just about anger but how to handle it and how emotions are neither bad nor good. (Link to the video is at the bottom of the article.)

Your brain on anger and what to do with it

A little girl from the video says our brains are like a jar of glitter that when we’re angry, it’s like shaking up that jar. “If you shook up the jar, and the glitter went everywhere, that would be how your mind looks. And it’s spinning around, and then you don’t have any time to think,” she observes wisely.

In this stem, we could all benefit from the tongue-in-cheek metaphor: our brain (i. e. our emotions, logic, bodily sensations) gets mixed up that we do not think straight and we may say and do things we normally won’t do if we’re not angry. But we need to remind ourselves that it is still our brain; we own it and we also own our words, actions, feelings, and thoughts. We can still take agency over ourselves and up to a certain point, what happens after we’re angry.

What’s your brain on anger? A jar of glitter, according to a 6-year-old, apparently.

Now when your ‘jar’ gets shaken up, these kids have a few reminders to help us calm down and think straight again:

  1. Take the time out. “First, you find a place where you can be alone, then you find some way to relax and calm down.” It is the best option to take a step back and physically (if you can) take yourself away from the situation that caused you anger. It is better to delay making any decision than making one while your whole body is hyped up and your brain’s hay-wired.
  1. Breathe. “When I need to calm down, I take deep breaths.” When we get angry, we take in shallow breaths, limiting the oxygen we take in, thus making it harder to think straight. Buddhist monks, psychologists, ER nurses and even Jedi master Yoda subscribe to it: Just breathe.
  1. Stop and think before you act. “My brain slows down, and then I feel calmer, and then I’m ready to speak to that person.” Only when we have come to the space where we have brought under our control our bodies and minds can we speak and act. This rule must not only apply in the playground but in all areas of our lives, in all ages. So many misunderstandings and heartbreaks can be mitigated if only we paused when we are angry.

Long-term actions and routines are essential to put a grasp on our emotional state but at the height of our humanity, simple steps are heroic enough. If we stop and allow our bodies to vent the anger through breathing first, we can make the world of difference than charging on with the reins out of our hands. And it helps that these kids aren’t taught that to for one to keep emotions in check, a person must never feel angry. We are permitted (in fact, expected) to feel angry and to experience a host of other emotions, but that there are productive ways to deal with how we are feeling.

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So, next time you’re angry, try to remember these wide-eyed kids: find your space and allow yourself to breathe.

Resources:

http://www.upworthy.com/what-we-can-learn-from-6-kids-who-are-masters-of-their-anger

http://wavecrestfilms.com/

http://engagedmindfulness.org/just-breathe/

The essential lesson on why grit and passion haul kids for long-term success

By: BTC Admin
“Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” -Angela Lee Duckworth

In a world where instant is always demanded, an old ideology is being overlooked nowadays: Character. Which points to what is presently being developed under the current of education called grit. Added to grit is resilience, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control. These personal qualities, often referred to as noncognitive skills or character strengths, have taken the right turn at the corner; researchers in education and learning have begun to study this set of personal qualities.

Now, passion have been in the vocabulary of anyone, whether in education or otherwise, when talking about a desire that envelopes the whole persona of the speaker. Passion and the character strengths mentioned above, in particular, grit, are pairing up to turn children and adolescents to success stories through defying obstacles in their way.

But the problem is that grit and passion are immeasurable and intangible, thus capturing these into translatable data is the main challenge faced by proponents of the studies correlating to these ideals. Quite because of this reason also, teaching grit and passion is not like teaching Math or Speech or History. These academic subjects have standard and set rules whereas becoming gritty and passionate do not present itself like a syllabus. But these seem to make a big difference in the academic success of children, especially low-income children.

Scholars have yet to find a reliable way to teach kids to be grittier or more resilient. Quite the irony, educators who are the best teachers to give out lessons about grit and passion to their students often “teach” these capacities without even knowing it—indeed, they often do so without ever saying a word about them in the classroom.

What is emerging is a new idea: that qualities like grit and resilience are not formed through the traditional mechanics of “teaching”; instead, a growing number of researchers now believe, they are shaped by several specific environmental forces, both in the classroom and in the home, sometimes in subtle and intricate ways.

The grime of grit and passion for the long haul

In contrast to the behaviorist theory that was prevalent in the 70’s to the 80’s, which is essentially the linear punishment and reward system, a body of thought emerged called self-determination theory by Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan, two professors at the University of Rochester. This is to be the root of what we know today as character strengths.

Deci and Ryan argued that we are mostly motivated not by the material consequences of our actions but by the inherent enjoyment and meaning that those actions bring us, a phenomenon called intrinsic motivation. They identified three key human needs—our need for competence, our need for autonomy, and our need for relatedness, meaning personal connection—and they posited that intrinsic motivation can be sustained only when we feel that those needs are being satisfied.

These three human needs, if fulfilled, provide a healthy arena where grit can be taught, which students will need if they are to be in the long-haul of where their passion will take them. When teachers are able to create an environment that fosters competence, autonomy, and relatedness, Deci and Ryan say, students are much more likely to feel motivated to do that hard work.

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There is no clear-cut way to teach grit and passion but incremental lessons on resiliency count as an effective method to integrate the lessons of character strengths into the everyday academic work. According to studies at Northwestern University by economist C. Kirabo Jackson, who has begun investigating how to measure educators’ effectiveness, creating an environment that motivates students to start making better decisions—to show up to class, to persevere longer at difficult tasks, and to deal more resiliently with the countless small-scale setbacks and frustrations that make up the typical student’s school day—proved that although grit can’t be taught like arithmetic or reading, it does not mean it can’t be learned. Such students’ decisions improved their lives in meaningful ways. Did the students learn new skills that enabled them to behave differently? Maybe. Or maybe what we are choosing to call “skills” in this case are really just new ways of thinking about the world or about themselves—a new set of attitudes or beliefs that somehow unleash a new way of behaving.

In the end, grit and passion must stem from within. Camille A. Farrington, a former inner-city high-school teacher who now works at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, published a report titled “Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners.” The report was in many ways a reaction to the recent push among educators to identify, assess, and teach noncognitive skills. While Farrington agreed with the growing consensus that a student’s ability to persevere in school was important, she was skeptical of the idea that perseverance could be taught in the same way that we teach math, reading, or history. “There is little evidence that working directly on changing students’ grit or perseverance would be an effective lever for improving their academic performance,” Farrington and her colleagues wrote. “While some students are more likely to persist in tasks or exhibit self-discipline than others, all students are more likely to demonstrate perseverance if the school or classroom context helps them develop positive mindsets and effective learning strategies.”

They went on to identify a phenomenon they called academic perseverance—the tendency to maintain positive academic behaviors despite setbacks. What distinguishes students with academic perseverance, they wrote, is their resilient attitude toward failure. These students continue to work hard in a class even after failing a few tests; when they are stumped or confused by complex material, they look for new ways to master it rather than simply giving up. Academic perseverance, in Farrington’s formulation, shares certain qualities with noncognitive capacities such as grit and self-control and delay of gratification.

In essence, what Farrington found was this: If you are a teacher, you may never be able to get your students to be gritty, in the sense of developing some essential character trait called grit. But you can probably make them act gritty—to behave in gritty ways in your classroom. And those behaviors will help produce the academic outcomes that you (and your students and society at large) are hoping for.

The environment stated above is the most conducive atmosphere in developing academic perseverance, alongside character strengths, but it isn’t fool-proof in teaching grit and passion. A student’s attitude, self-perception, and mental representations, produced by countless environmental forces, are strong elements if a student can learn the traits for a successful life. Teachers and administrators talk about character—their term for noncognitive skills. The central premise is that character is built not through lectures or direct instruction from teachers but through the experience of persevering as students confront challenging academic work.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/06/how-kids-really-succeed/480744/

“Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology: Collection: Volumes 1 & 2” edited by Paul A M Van Lange, Arie W Kruglanski, E Tory Higgins

“Teaching Adolescents To Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance” by Camille Farrington, The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research

The Summer Lists of stuff to do & how to avoid the boo-boo

By: BTC Admin

 

Like any household with school age children in them, the count down to the big event, AKA summer, has begun. It is the “Are we there yet?” as these kiddos stretch on the final lap of school days. And as much as enthusiasm is concerned, they do not lack any, but we’ve all been there: boredom soon strikes and the same hyped-up mini-versions of you are trudging on with the sweltering heat. So, before the first day of summer even nears, here are two lists that can be more than useful than putting up your fridge door.

 

Stuff to do this summer:

  1. Plant a tree/plant/fruit/veggie – Start a mini-garden, it does not have to be a whole backyard. Nothing is more fulfilling than watching plants spring to life and planting, caring, and watching them grow teach lessons no other methods can.
  1. Hit the beach (to clean up!) – So you swam, surfed, and patted down sand castles; what else can you do? Why not start a clean-up drive at your nearest beach? It is a fun form of paying it forward and gathering families and friends because it is always–ALWAYS–the beach we go to for picnics or walks, summer time or not and it wouldn’t hurt to do our bit in taking care of it, right? And the best time to do it is at dawn; your kids might even meet the local fishermen and learn the trade of fishing.child-538029_960_720
  1. Learn to play an instrument – Whether they have never even touched a piano key or is the next Mozart, children are bound to reap heaps of benefit in learning an instrument. Need proof? Check out this video from TED-Ed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0JKCYZ8hng
  1. Learn to dance something local – To bring up culturally-adept kids, you must engage them. And most kids enjoy moving, so why not try learning a local dance from where you’re from or even from a region near you? Aside from learning history, fitness is included in the curriculum. “Sayaw ed Tapew na Bangko” from the the Pangasinan region, are you up for it?
  1. Learn a new language/dialect – A hyperpolyglot is just a fancy name for  a person who speaks many languages, but then, that same person who speaks multiple languages has the edge according to studies:  http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-17101370. So ditch the common words this summer and let your kids explore a new one (or two); their brains will thank them for it.
  1. Venture out in pursuit of one of the four elements: wind, fire, water, earth (modify activities according to children’s age). This could also be the perfect time to trade in the pavement to the dirt road and meet friends and relatives in the province.
FIRE: Volcano, pandayan/balisong making; bakery or any traditional cooking method
WIND: zip-lining, paragliding, kite flying
WATER: beach, falls,a new pool, or even the rain
EARTH: climb a mountian, go nature-tripping, cave exploring, camp out
  1. Learn to juggle for brain power –  Juggling can actually benefit your brain, according to studies. And learning something unusual always excites the neurons in your brains making new connections: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/learn-how-to-juggle-and-improve-your-brains-power.html. The clown make-up is optional.
  1. Play their fave video game with them – Word of warning: Do not try to be cool especailly in this area where you come in speaking in modern (or worse, your time’s) gaming terms. Summer activities are about doing it with them.
  1. Accomplish a reading/movie list – Ask what your child wants then insert in a few books or films you think they’d benefit from.
  1. Do a DIY together – Again, the aim is spending time with them, so whether you crochet a hat, paint a shirt, or make another pencil holder with that empty snack can, you do it for love; they will only be school kids for so long.

 

Things to watch out for and tips on a safer summer:

  1. Sunburn – With the coming heat, you can never put on too much sunscreen
  1. Insect bites – Why not plant (see #1 on first list) citronella to ward off those pesky mosquitoes?
  1. The not-so unlikely cough, cold, & flu – Not because the cold weather is over means you can escape these bumming illnesses. Up your kids immunity all the time by keeping a routine of taking supplements, eating healthy, and drinking enough water.
  1. Accidents – It is beyond useful to know first-aid. You can go to your local medical service provider and ask for the schedule of seminars from the Philippine Red Cross on how to execute proper first aid to children and adults, too.
  1. Accomplish the numbers of pertinent services and aides (police, fire department, hospitals) – Having fun does not mean negligence. You can use this time to teach children the importance of alertness towards unlikely events and who to call for help when trouble comes.

Here’s why Trello, Asana, and TeamWork should migrate from board rooms to classrooms

By: BTC Admin

Being a team player has been an essential trait for any industry to grow and it is in the education field where this attribute is first developed through projects that require collaboration as members of a group and the responsibility of performing individual tasks within that group. As students would eventually move to the workplace, it is apparent that the simulation of this environment be done while they are in the academe.

The concept of project management, which is also defined as the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria, have been vital in achieving goals for any industry. Now, with the advent of technology, these various industries have access to sophisticated and up-to-date tools to get the work done, which goes beyond your average post-it notes.

These tools are called project management software, programs that have the capacity to help plan, organize, and manage resource tools and develop resource estimates. Depending on the sophistication of the software, it can manage estimation and planning, scheduling, cost control and budget management, resource allocation, collaboration software, communication, decision-making, quality management, and documentation or administration systems. Trello, Asana, and TeamWork are just three of the numerous software available today. Numerous PC & browser-based project management software and contract management software solutions exist and are finding applications in almost every type of business.

These program software, like the concept of project management, were made with the corporate industry in mind, but as educators and students begin to take further control in how they accomplish academic tasks, we find Trello, Asana, and TeamWork in their hands.

Needless to say, with so many project management software available, the task of choosing which one you need is daunting. But amidst the glitz and sophistication, it simply gets the job done in the education field. Trello, Asana, and TeamWork provide educators and students a free hand in identifying tasks that are ‘first things first’ and assigning key people to these tasks. You can also track accomplishments by establishing a time frame for the project to be done.

In choosing which software you need, these two essential disciplines in the academe can help:

  1. Scheduling

Because school projects are time-constrained, one of the most common project management software feature is a scheduling tool. Scheduling tools are used to sequence project activities and assign dates and resources to them. The detail and sophistication of a schedule produced by a scheduling tool can vary considerably with the project management methodology used, the features provided and the scheduling methods supported. Scheduling tools may include support for:

  • Multiple dependency relationship types between activities
  • Resource assignment and leveling
  • Critical path
  • Activity duration estimation and probability-based simulation
  • Activity cost accounting

 

  1. Providing information

Project planning software can be expected to provide information to various people or stakeholders and can be used to measure and justify the level of effort required to complete the project(s). Typical requirements might include:

  • Overview information on how long tasks will take to complete
  • Evidence
  • Historical information on how projects have progressed, and in particular, how actual and planned performance are related
  • Optimum utilization of available resource
  • Cost maintenance (if needed)
  • Collaboration with teammates and teachers

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Students learn to get things done together under the constraints of scope, time, quality and even budget. Project management software can even be viewed like a vision board that can communicate with the students and his/her teachers that, “This is what we’ve done.” More than anything, the student’s self-esteem is boosted and camaraderie and concern are cultivated within the group, easing information sharing to help students share information and documents with convenience. Most kinds of software also utilize email addresses (some even your Google Drive) for updates so you can always stay on top of what is going on.

In addition to these, software like Teamwork, have a central file management system where students and their teachers can upload and store documents within the account

In these simple, time-framed goals, the reward is in the achieving than the results themselves. Students can celebrate small accomplishments even just by ‘ticking off’ what they have done. The key is achieving in bite-sized, attainable tasks and being part of a collaboration to have accomplished a project with others. Through these project management software, students can find a niche where they see a much bigger picture than themselves but also to be a part of getting that big picture realized.

Ultimately, the goal is to show students how invaluable organizing and collaboration is in the academe and beyond. Through these kinds of software, goal-setting is learned and by being responsible for achieving whatever task a student is assigned to, a sense of community and belonging begins to develop. The reward in & of itself is achieving your goal, no matter how small.

AIs and Robots in School are the Next Big Stuff because, Why Not?

By: BTC Admin

Keeping students engaged have always been a struggle for educators in any classroom set-up, but 2017 is seeing a consistent shift in the path of education. The focus of learning today is not inasmuch as what we learn but HOW we learn. This, in turn, calls for more hands-on, pragmatic methods of teaching.

The tools today that are available in educating students of virtually any age have better interaction with the learners, allowing space for individuality and, of course, creativity. Where the past focused on memorizing theories and formulas, as important as that act is, now that we live in an information age where data is at your fingertips, educators now capitalize on this through application to realistic problems that occur in our world today. The approach is much more pragmatic, thus giving students the chance to see the bigger picture of why they are learning.

For instance, technology is in no way slowing down. Virtual Reality technology is becoming mainstream and transcending the world of gaming and making its way to education. VR hardware sales will cross $5 billion and VR software market will grow to $24.5 billion by 2020, according to Statista. And due to advances in the technology, a large share of that could go to various sectors. 2017 itself could see the expansion of VR use to many other industries and education is but one of them. Diversification in teaching approaches has been known to help, and the use of VR to create an immersive classroom experience is one way to do it.

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Schools in the United Kingdom have started using VR to create an experience where students are allowed to explore subject-related matter in a virtual environment, aimed at providing them with a better understanding and an engaging experience.

Another trend taking on the global stage of education is Personalization. This could mean differentiated learning activities, customized course offerings, or goal-setting. Invariably, students are given agency over their learning, customizing it according to their interests and how they get the most of the education experience. This has begun through online courses, especially through MOOC or the Massive Open Online Course where courses and specializations are offered by prestigious universities and colleges, some for minimal fee and others even free of charge.

What has began because of distant learning, educators have seen the results in this approach that it has been adopted for students that do not quite fit in with what their current system has to offer. Plus, the communities built within this type of learning is immensely culture-diversified, making the students more aware and agile in the differences and sameness of humans the world over. The curriculum and the whole learning experience is defined by real-life skill sets that students deem as essential.

Although not everybody is ready for this open-ended approach, the scales are weighing in to the benefit of all the participating stakeholders like the students themselves, their teachers, and their parents. A deeper sense of relationship among these stakeholders have developed, creating better harmony and not stiff hierarchism.

Finally, all eyes are on the complex Artificial Intelligence education that is set to redefine methods of teaching. In Asia, successful education solutions are increasingly including AI-led personalization technologies that prepare future-ready, digital learners and schools with the right tools and skills. The adoption of sophisticated AI has further been accelerated by the increased investment and M&A trends seen across the EdTech industry in Asia, predominantly in China.

Co-Founder of EdTechXGlobal, Charles McIntyre explains, “Conversations about AI should not be singularly defined by the prediction that it is taking over the world. The global education industry should instead be debating and discussing ways of how best to integrate AI with humans to create blended solutions within education and training.”

As AI-integrated technologies continue to emerge, researchers and developers need to harness the unique strengths associated with humans and technology. Humans have the creativity, empathy and ‘grit’ that form the basis of a necessary emotional intelligence. Conversely, machines possess efficiency, vast access to knowledge, personalization capabilities and rapid data analysis. As a result of this technological proficiency, what humans accomplish in 50 years, machines can complete in a matter of seconds.

“A key trend in 2017 will be the exploration of ‘cyborg learning’ – how to couple emotional intelligence with the vast computational abilities of AI. In order to better prepare a ‘future-ready’ generation, we need to leverage the full potential of AI to focus on how we learn, opposed to what we learn,” McIntyre elaborated.

10 years from now, an exponential growth in education and learning is inevitable, with both industry leaders and fast-growing education companies investing and are in it for the long-haul. Learners and their parents and educators will have a smorgasbord of tools and methods to suit their preferences. Stakeholders are increasingly becoming more aware that students must be treated as people who, inherently, have to be trained to think for themselves.

In the near and distant future, solutions to the educational woes of today will be answered by open-mindedness and the correlative depth of continually changing our minds on how to be better. It will be a whole experience and not fragmented or too focused on selected areas, allowing growth in every aspect of being a human, on being a learner.

Resources:

http://www.ibtimes.com/vr-trends-2017-education-fitness-entertainment-healthcare-food-beverage-other-2482647

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/what-is-personalization-really-mike-martin-adam-bunting

http://www.networksasia.net/article/3-trends-will-redefine-education-2017.1487293500

BTC proud with its roll of Second Quarter Achievers

By: BTC Admin

Accolades are nearly not enough to equate what teachers and students feel at the second quarter of this academic year as BTC students once again brazenly make their marks as achievers in their respective schools.

Brimming with BTC pride, the list is out for the second quarter achievers:

Ardy De Leon, Colegio San Jose de Alaminos – Grade 1

Winbelle Rapatalo, Colegio San Jose de Alaminos – Grade 1

Jan Michael Nieto, Colegio San Jose de Alaminos – Grade 2

Lyca Mae Castillo, Great Plebeian College – Grade 5

Mary Joyce Manzano, Great Plebeian College – Grade 5

Denisse Maeve Ramos, Shekinah Grace School – Nursery

Jirald Lance Pobletin, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 1

Kenna Pardillo, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 4

Karl Angelo Sison, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 4

Louise Santos, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 7

Kyla Sison, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 7

Manuel Ong, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 7

Theabelle Cabading, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 7

John Matthew Briones, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 9

Nicole Ong, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 9

Red Aquino, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 11

Charlene Ong, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 11

Congratulations from your Bethlehem Tutorial Center family! 

How to Keep the Game Going

By: BTC Admin

Playing has always been paralleled to learning. Games, fun, & the intentionality of playing are valuable tools in engaging students to participate and ease the tension of academics. In the advent of this information age where we are in a deluge of data and anything we want to know is up for grabs, we need to extend the vision of why we have to study.

A book by religious scholar James P. Carse called “Finite and Infinite Games” underlines the essence of playing what he calls the ‘infinite games’. He explains that “A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.” He states that the concept is best applied on the broader view of life, but this can be zoned in to the context of learning.

Consequently, learning at this present age is transcendent, expansive, and transformative. It is about breaking barriers & sharing differences that used to polarize us. Learning now goes beyond classroom walls & hours spent in school, beyond pen and paper; it has taken a level that it is infinitely possible. Which goes to show how much more timely and vital this principle of continuity is.

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Students can be taught not just to study with merely the report card in sight but to actually fall in-love with gaining knowledge. This is not to say that grades and academic awards are not without bearing, these have value in shaping the future of the student; but when we (not just them) learn to extend our line of sight, the significance takes on a universal, and inevitably, an infinite quantity.

“Only that which can change can continue.”
― James P. Carse, Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility

And not only do we learn to keep learning, by means of continuing the ‘play’, we discover expansion & inclusivity. To keep a game going, we bend boundaries to welcome more people, widening our circle, keeping a longer rally. And, we are more than fortunate to be able to choose to keep on learning.

Teaching Good Study Habits

By: BTC Admin

Here are some good study habits that we can use to improve our kids’ performance in school. This article was taken from Heather Lambert’s article in Edutopia. Link can be found at the bottom.

Getting Started

Determine when tests will happen.

Use school websites, email, planners, etc. to help you and your adolescent pinpoint an effective way to get tests on the calendar.

Set a goal.

Work with your student to determine how many days of studying he needs, and make a session-minute goal (one minute per grade level) and a target for him to study twice daily. An eighth-grade student will set the timer for eight minutes each session, a tenth-grade student for ten minutes, and so on.

Determine the study material.

Notes, study guides, worksheets, or quizzes from the chapter or unit are all good choices. Textbooks are easily accessible, but study material from them may be difficult to identify.

Ask and answer.

Have your adolescent ask and answer her own questions, or for those of you with social students, you can join in and ask the questions. If she gets through the material before the time is up, start over!

Do it again.

Set aside the same time increment before bed, and repeat the entire exercise.

If you do the math, a sixth-grade student will study twelve minutes every day for five days, and will have put 60 minutes of no-tears studying into his pocket!

 

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Minute-by-Minute Study Strategies

But is the question-answer strategy really the best way to study? No single way works for everybody, as each child has a different set of strengths and preferences when it comes to internalizing information. Here are some other ways to use this time (also provided as a downloadable PDF to print for your students):

1. Flashcards

Turn those questions and answers into flashcards and have your adolescent quiz herself. The simple act of flipping the cards around and putting them into piles of “mastered” and “needs practice” may be enough to keep an active kid moving. Some kids are motivated by timing themselves. Flip those flashcards around, have her read the answer, and try to reproduce the question for a bigger challenge.

2. Categorizing

Use the flashcards to organize the information by categories, put them in some kind of order, or match them up in pairs. The idea is to organize them differently each time so that your student can make more than one connection in his brain for the information.

3. Word combining

Language lovers won’t mind creating sentences with vocabulary. If the test is vocabulary-heavy, start by either writing or speaking the sentences with one word in each and then moving to two words, then three, etc.

4. Song lyrics

Ask a musical or rhythmic adolescent to take the lyrics of her favorite song and rewrite it to include as much of the required information she can. This may take multiple sessions to accomplish, but once it’s done, she can sing it over and over again.

5. Picture notes

During the study session, have a more visual adolescent draw pictures of his notes on flashcards, paper, or a whiteboard, and then describe them.

6. Talk-through

Many adolescents are highly social. If yours is, too, have her go through flashcards or a study guide and explain each aspect in as much detail as possible without reading from the printed information.

7. Picture walk

Have him use the visuals provided in the textbook, online text, worksheets, notes, etc. to explain information either out loud or in writing, depending on his preference.

8. Mnemonic devices

Have her rhyme or create sayings to help her remember information. Creating acronyms or sentences with the first letters of words can also be fun for students who like to play with language.

9. Oral visualization

Read a portion of the notes or worksheet and have your student describe what comes to mind visually.

10. Perspective talk

Talk or write about the material, pretending to be somebody or something else.

11. Superhero letter

Have a word-smart adolescent write a letter to a superhero explaining the material and why the information should be important.

Ultimately, studying comes in dozens of forms, and it’s important to help your adolescent figure out what’s going to work for him or her. Whatever her strengths, whatever his level of comfort, start there. Keep it short. Keep it simple. Keep it painless. And watch what happens when studying becomes a familiar routine — and when students see the fruits of their efforts.

 

 

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/good-study-habits-minute-by-minute-heather-lambert

What Makes Working in BTC Exceptional?

by:  Jovie Marie A. Jimenez

“A teacher is more inspired to answer a question that is hard-to-find rather than many questions that can easily be delivered.”

 

The Bethlehem Tutorial Center (BTC) is an educational institution offering top-notch tutoring services to young children and adolescents from pre-elementary to university level. BTC provides a very personal approach to tutoring, following a program especially designed from years of experience as an institution. Students are guided to think logically and mastering the material.

Teachers wanted

 

Another division of BTC offers Special Education and Occupational Therapy services to those  persons with disabilities (PWDs).

One of the aims of BTC is to produce high caliber professionals who can teach all subjects from non-readers to college using innovative methods. It also provides a rich training ground for professionals to learn the newest and most effective teaching methods and learn other skills that you can only learn in top universities of the country.

The good news is, we’re expanding! If you want to experience working in an institution above the rest, this is your chance to grow with us.

 

Bethlehem Tutorial Center is in need of the following:

  1. Teachers
  2. Special Education Teachers
  3. Occupational Therapists
  4. Physical Therapists
  5. Speech Therapist
  6. Anyone who has passion for teaching

 

If you are hardworking and enthusiastic professional with the right attitude, and you have a keen interest in encouraging or inspiring students to love learning and excel in their subjects and understand their needs,  you are welcome for an interview.

Visit us at Bethlehem Tutorial Center Main Office at Sadsaran St, Alaminos City Pangasinan with comprehensive resume and look for our career representative. You may also log on at and send your application at our careers.bethlehem@gmail.com.

 

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