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A different examination

HEALTHY lifestyle starts here

There was an air of excitement in my class as the semester was coming to an end. On the last session before the examination, my students busied themselves with their preparations.

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Why do people procrastinate?


A semester’s end is crunch time for students and teachers alike, as well as revelation time—of personality, character, discipline, work ethics and self- and time management skills.

Posted: December 9th, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

In full swing


Good classical music groups rarely come to town even though our neighbors Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore get a fair share of visits from the most famous orchestras, opera singers and choirs.

Posted: September 23rd, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

7 reminders for the new school year


As a professor and educational psychologist, I am asked the same questions every year. I have also observed patterns in behavior. Here are a few reminders to parents, teachers and students. (See also “Eureka!”)

Posted: June 10th, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Christmas is the season of joy and incarnation


Christmas is a joyous time when we can enter different worlds.

Posted: December 17th, 2012 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Why students need to learn about the arts


Watching and listening to Cecile Licad, Lisa Macuja and Lea Salonga in one concert was a treat that was not to be missed, even if the tickets were steep at P5,000 each, and I was perched high up in the balcony!
It was a lovely evening of classical music, elegance, and the three graces that I had anticipated weeks before. And now, still filled with delight, I reflect again on what the arts can offer to us in the classroom, in our brains and in our life as I contribute to ongoing discussions on restructuring basic education.

Posted: June 3rd, 2012 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Boys, too, can excel in school


It would probably come not as a surprise for many professors that, in this country, affirmative action in freshman admission has been practiced at quite a number of prominent universities. Mind you, this is done not only for the benefit of minority or disadvantaged groups but for male student applicants as well.

Posted: December 4th, 2011 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

You can’t IMPROVE what you can’t MEASURE


Dr. Andreas Schleicher is a man with a mission. He holds thousands of pieces of data on learning outcomes from 74 countries.

Posted: November 20th, 2011 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Creativity is a decision


Creativity is not a sudden inspiration, a fleeting “aha” moment reserved for a lucky few born with the creative gene.

Posted: November 6th, 2011 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Bullying can ruin children’s lives


Sensational stories of students being bullied, causing physical and mental illness or even death, by their own hands or others’, have sadly become too common. Television viewers are becoming desensitized to dangers lurking around school yards or computer desks. It is heartbreaking to see children’s lives ruined by the behavior of other kids, whose parents [...]

Posted: August 21st, 2011 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Targeting boredom in school, in life


If you ask students what they think of school, I bet “BORE-R-RING” is one of the top answers. Bertrand Russell observed that “half of the sins of mankind are caused by a fear of boredom.” Students make mischief in class because of boredom, so do teachers in faculty rooms. Boredom seems to have made some [...]

Posted: July 4th, 2011 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

  1. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Sandigan junks Marcos family claim to Paoay property
  5. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  6. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  7. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  8. Maid confesses in killing of 2 and stabbing of employer in Laguna
  9. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  10. Vitangcol to sue Czech envoy
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima


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  • Luisita farmers storm DAR compound
  • Trillanes, Ejercito confident they are not in Napoles’ list
  • Easterlies to prevail in Luzon, Visayas
  • Lacson eyes P106-B ‘Yolanda’ rehab masterplan
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  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
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  • 12th Philippine Food Expo set at the World Trade Center
  • No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
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  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
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  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • This time, BIR goes after florists
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  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
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  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
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  • Global Nation

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  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
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