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Letter to all Teachers and Principals

 
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kanoel



Joined: 07 Jul 2005
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Location: Mayor Emmanuel Cadayona

PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 1:10 am    Post subject: Letter to all Teachers and Principals Reply with quote

December 8, 2005,

Para kina:
Dr. Nancy Arevalo District Supervisor
Dr. Gloria Martinez Principal PES
Mrs. Warlita Valdellon Principal QES
Mrs. Dalisay Madrinan OIC Principal IES
Mrs. Estela Salandanan - Principal PEQMHS
All elementary and high school teachers

Mahal kong mga Principal at mga Guro:

Magalang ko pong inililiwat sa inyo ang artikulong isinulat ni Prof. Angel de Dios na may sariling kapaliwanagan. Umaasa po ako na itoy inyong paglilimiin at bibigyang pagpapahalaga.
Ako poy naniniwala na sa inyong pagmamalasakit ay matutugunan natin ang mga pangunahing pangangailangan ng ating mga mag-aaral tungo sa ikatataas ng antas ng edukasyon sa ating bansa.

Lubos na sumasainyo,

Emmanuel B. Cadayona
Punong Bayan

Cc: Kgg. Sangguniang Bayan ng Paete


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Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2005 18:49:30 -0000
Subject: [PL] Important message regarding my vision on PAETEch
75% of elementary school graduates cannot read. It is a number that
we cannot ignore....

The summer visit I made was really focused on meeting with the
teachers of the schools. The introduction of computer classrooms
into the schools can have both positive and negative effects
depending on how we use them. The article that I wrote in Star
describes the ways through which Paete may benefit from technology.

The primary objective I had last summer was to bring the technology
to the teachers. We cannot afford to bring a computer to each
student and I personally do not believe that having one computer per
student is a good thing. I also do not subscribe too much on
students spending too much time on the computer. For the people who
have shared the time I spent in Paete, you would perhaps notice that
during the day, I spent most of it with the teachers and parents.
There is a reason behind this focus. The computers, in my opinion,
could be of greater and better use, if they are tapped to enrich and
help instruction. For this reason, I decided during my visit to
provide multimedia capability to all the schools. In all of my
lectures, what I was trying to do is to illustrate that we,
teachers, can utilize technology to help ourselves in teaching
inside the classrooms.

The computers do provide educational games and some virtual
adventures for the kids. In a way, this is technology trying to
respond to the shortage of textbook and other learning materials.
However, as I mentioned in my lectures, computers are no subsititute
for the games and social experiences that Paetenian kids need to
experience. Kids should remain in touch with the real world. They
should still play in the streets and the playgrounds of Paete.

The Science Lessons postings in the forum are really addressed to
the teachers. The materials in Batang Paete are really designed for
the teachers. Teachers are needed to navigate through these
websites - kids will not learn by going through them by themselves.
The computer classrooms are not meant for independent study - that
style will likely to fail in elementary education. The children
need supervision and guidance as they walk through these websites.
That is why I thought the multimedia projector was a must. It is
the piece of equipment required so that the kids learn from the web
through the mouse controlled by the teacher not by the student. It
was the piece of equipment that allowed me to communicate my ideas
to the teachers and parents who attended my lectures.

These do require additional effort from the teacher. However, the
technology should make it easier to prepare and retrieve the
materials. The additional effort lies in the time and energy that
need to be devoted in getting acquainted and reading these
materials. But true teaching requires that - a daily training.
First, we cannot stand still if we are teachers. Secondly, we
cannot teach if we ourselves are not willing to learn new things.
How can we convince a child who does not know how to read that
learning to read is good?

We may take reading for granted but for any child who does not know
how to read - it is a new thing. And if we cannot push our own
selves to learn something new - how could we serve as good role
models for our students. In our classrooms, we need to keep in mind
that we are forcing our students to learn something new. And they
need to see that we are doing the same - eager and willing to expand
our own knowledge.

75% not being able to read is a significant number. In my class, if
three out of every four students fail, that will force me to pause.
I would have no one to blame, no other circumstances to blame, but
myself. I failed. Lack of classrooms, lack of textbook - these can
all contribute. But there is only one factor that can guarantee
such a dismal failure - a poor teacher.

The computer classrooms can hurt Paete if we do not use them in a
right way. Those in the Philippines may think that education in the
US does not have problems. The schools in the US have serious
problems as well and if we are not careful - we will have the same
problems US schools have, on top of what we have already. For the
possible bad effects of computer classrooms, here is a good article
to read;

http://www.oriononline.org/pag.....ke_FT.html
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 4:19 am    Post subject: Printer or Projector Reply with quote

Hi Ka Noel,

I am interested in making a gift of cash equivalent to a Dell 1600 MFP printer or a Projector for Paetech for our elementary schools.
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Joined: 07 Jul 2005
Posts: 401
Location: Mayor Emmanuel Cadayona

PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Noli,
It's nice to hear from you again. If you can give me your email add, I'll communicate with you as to the details of your very noble intentions. You can email me at ecadayona@yahoo.com. Thanks, regards and Merry Christmas!
Ka Noel
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vermad



Joined: 07 Jul 2005
Posts: 1181
Location: Jersey City, NJ, USA

PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 11:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Printer or Projector Reply with quote

noli cagayat valdellon wrote:
I am interested in making a gift of cash equivalent to a Dell 1600 MFP printer or a Projector for Paetech for our elementary schools.


Noli: I just wish to commend you for your plan to donate something for the school technology. Did you pledge something for the Essay Contest? Only four entries have been received so far and deadline is this Saturday. Just a reminder if you did. I have collected already $360 of prize money.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 12:10 am    Post subject: Essay Contest Reply with quote

I did Ver. If you can tell me your address, I will send it to you. Thanks for reminding me.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 4:07 am    Post subject: Gift Reply with quote

Hi Ka Noel,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you. I hope and I am sure year 2006 is another year of good challenge for you and your administration. As you mentioned in your previous posting, I emailed to you my response last December 16 to your email address. As of today, I still haven't receive any feedback. I am not sure whether you received it or it's just Christmas season. Anyway this is just a follow-up to my intention. If we could not communicate with your email address then you can send it through my email address: nolivaldellon@yahoo.com.


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Joined: 07 Jul 2005
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Location: Jersey City, NJ, USA

PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 4:12 am    Post subject: Re: Essay Contest Reply with quote

noli cagayat valdellon wrote:
I did Ver. If you can tell me your address, I will send it to you. Thanks for reminding me.


Sorry, Noli, I just caught sight of this email now.

Virgil G. Madrinan
83 Grieco Drive
Jersey City, NJ 07305
E-mail: virgilm@paete.org

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