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Neophytes shine in 2014 Metrobank Math Challenge

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National winners of the 2014 Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge are shown with (fourth-eighth from left, standing) First Metro Investment Corp.  senior vice president and group head of investment banking Justino Juan Ocampo, Metrobank Foundation executive vice president Elvira Ong-Chan, Science Undersecretary for Scientific and Technological Services Fortunato de la Peña, who  awarded the prizes, Metrobank Foundation president Aniceto Sobrepeña  and MTAP vice president Dr. Joel Torrecampo.

“This, therefore, is mathematics: She reminds you of the invisible forms of the soul; she gives life to her own discoveries; she awakens the mind and purifies the intellect; she brings to light our intrinsic ideas; she abolishes oblivion and ignorance, which are ours by birth.”

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Beware of digital addiction among kids

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Students should learn to use digital technology wisely. They should be the master of technology and not let it control them.

Posted: January 27th, 2014 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Lessons from the Christchurch quake

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A PHOTO of the cathedral’s interior taken by a drone to determine damage.

“Looks as if it had been hit by an atom bomb!” said our taxi driver as my family and I wound our way in December through the cratered former business district of Christchurch.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Quick questions, uneasy answers

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In “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” Harry stumbles upon the Mirror of Erised (“desire” spelled backwards). Looking at the mirror, he sees his greatest desire: to be reunited with his dead parents.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

The easiest quiz in the world

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How long did the Hundred Years’ War last?

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Safeguarding young people’s dreams

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Mendiola at work in Kuwait.

Gelyn Mendiola finished high school with honors in 1999 but she couldn’t afford college. Then Lyceum of the Philippines-Batangas told her about the scholarship program of Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines’ Safeguard and the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET).

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

Accompany survivors; do not intrude

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“Several ‘Yolanda’ survivors were given food, which is good,” says my psychologist friend. “But while they were eating, social workers peppered them with questions from a list. Can’t they at least wait for the survivors to finish their meal? Many of the survivors didn’t even want to talk, but they (social workers) insisted [on getting] answers.”

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Unplugged

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Queena N. Lee-Chua

The boys’ jaws dropped. They gazed at the lake, the grass, the trees—
everything—in awe.

Posted: November 18th, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Teachers impact students’ future earnings

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Good teachers motivate students. Great teachers inspire. But do good teachers also help their students in a practical way?

Posted: November 18th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Teachers should help the weakest

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Last week, I reminisced about one of the best teachers I knew: the late Doreen Fernandez, Ateneo de Manila University English and communication arts professor, Inquirer food reviewer and columnist, and Metrobank Outstanding Teacher.

Posted: November 11th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

The challenges of teaching

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Right out of university, the first classes I taught were pre-calculus and intermediate calculus for science freshmen and sophomores, respectively.

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Dealing with grief

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“Nothing is worse,” a friend sobbed, “than people telling me that my child’s death was God’s will.”

Posted: October 28th, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Tips for faster, more precise Google search

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In the past, research was laborious, involving several trips to the library to haul out encyclopedias. Now research can be done in seconds, thanks to search engines like Google.

Posted: October 21st, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

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