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A different examination

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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?

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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

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PRESENT generation of Swingle Singers PHOTO FROM WWW.SWINGLESINGERS.COM

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

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