Coalition for Better Education to Release PBL Energy Flash Cards!

     I used to think negatively about the educational system of our country. Understandingly, there are so many reasons why. I'm a certified public school kid, that means, I grew up studying in public schools since I was in kindergarten until I reached college. A number of frustrations grew along with me as I step from one grade level to another. Boy, a blog post wouldn't be enough if I have to elaborate them.

     Fast forward, I am now a licensed English teacher currently working for a private institution. This is my first year of teaching and I would be crazy if I'd say that teaching is an easy task. It is both rewarding and noble, but I cannot shun the fact that stress comes along with it. (Not that I am complaining :D ) I bet my co-educators will agree with me. As it is a very challenging profession, teachers like me would be very glad to receive any kind of assistance.

    I was very glad and happy to find out that an organization like CBE exists from a forum I attended last June. CBE by the way stands for Coalition for Better Education,  which is an organization that looks into the various issues in education. It seeks to help develop the educational system in the Philippines by proving different kinds of assistance from action research to curriculum development services. It was founded by Mr.Bobby Aboitiz, who is considered as the father of the organization. The coalition has several partners that also shares the same goals and principle with it.

     From the things that I learned during the forum, I was a surprised why I never heard about CBE before considering the fact that I am an educator. lol As what Mr. Tarayao said, CBE is one of Cebu's little best kept secret. Why make it a secret though? lelz. 

     After the brief discussion about the background and advocacies of CBE, we were introduced to the coalition's previous projects and their latest one which is the releasing of the Energy Flash Cards. The flash cards contains a number of project based learning activities that can be utilize by teachers.

      Project Based Learning, according to BIE.org, is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge.
    We were so lucky to have Mr. Jeffrey Tarayao in the forum. Mr. Tarayao is the president of CBE (Coalition for Better Education) and One Meralco Foundation. He talked about how CBE began and how it helped the public schools in our country.

      I felt so honored to be able to witnessed Mr. Tarayao talk because he shared a lot of things for us to ponder on. Not only about the current status of the educational system in our country, but also his personal experiences as a Filipino serving his beloved country. He also shared to us his personal philosophy in life and some historical facts that I never knew. I even felt like I am in a Philippine history class wherein he is the teacher and I'm one of his students because I couldn't help taking down notes while he is talking. I must say that being in the forum made me miss my life as a student lelz.

     Mr. Tarayao's messages to us were actually all very informative and inspiring. The things he said inspired me to strive harder to become a better teacher and a better blogger. He posed this question, "Who are those innovative teachers? They are those who are willing to be pushed and go to the edge. How can you fly when you are afraid to fall?". I was dumbfounded by his question because I believe it doesn't only apply to teachers but to all kinds of people. Sometimes we fail to live the most of our life because of one thing which is fear. I'd like to think about what he said when I am feeling under the weather. I'd like to think that I can further challenge myself into overcoming my fears in reaching my goals.

    You see, I am easily inspired and touched by words. Our country needs more Filipinos with visions and actions like Mr. Tarayao and the rest of the CBE people. I'd like to be one of them too so I'll start by being a good teacher and a good blogger who can blog for better education.
       A teacher from Science High School showed us a sample of the E-cards which are currently being developed by Filipino educators.
    Transformers 2. Just one of the PBL Energy flash cards being developed. I was both amazed and excited looking at the samples because I know they are going to be very helpful not only for the teachers, but also to the students. It actually looked a lot like a  lesson plan to me than a card. I'm not sure if I'm making any sense now. lol

    I would love to have my  own copy at that time, but they said they are not ready yet, so I'll just have to wait until the cards will be released. And when will that be? the long wait will be over soon because CBE's energy flash cards will be available for downloads next month. It will be available for free so no need to pay any amount to use the cards. Educators just have to visit CBE's official website. If you want to be a member of CBE like me, let's go visit the website also.

   I hope CBE will release more flash cards and continue providing assistance to educators. Knowing CBE's existence made me more hopeful about the future of our country.

Thank you for reading this post. I'm sorry I haven't posted anything for a long time (the perks of being a teacher) haha.

love lots,
Tin

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24 comments:

  1. So fantastic to see you so energized! This conference did exactly what it hopes too. I had seen on another blog that you were having issues with being a teacher so I am glad they are throwing you some help you can believe in. And, yes, teacher, I ended my sentance with a preposition :)P I grew up all in public school here in the states and ran into many challenges as well. Private college provided a much better quality of educator. So happy to see you found a light in the darkness.

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  2. wow! I'm so happy for you tin :) You finally practiced your profession :) I remember during my elementary years, that becoming a teacher was my ultimate dream until I reached high school. Things did changed, but I think the urge to teach is still on my system, sometimes I was told by one of our colleagues that if I took education during college years I would have been a great teacher! Still, I know for a fact that I can still be a teacher, at least in my own little way.

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    1. Yes, Ate, you are still a teacher ui! You are one of my teachers also. Even though things changed, I'm pretty sure you've achieve your dreams na pud Ate <3

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  3. What a great conference! I attended a number of conferences for teachers and I have always learn something new there:)

    Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thank you Ivana! have a lovely day as well! I'm glad you learned a lot from a number of conference you've attended! :)

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  4. Very interesting! Will follow CBE's advocacy to learn more and maybe do a personal checklist so that I can still be much, much better in what I do. I am happy to see you excited in your first year of teaching. Hopefully, you still get to be excited even when you are teaching for a long period of time like me because I am still excited about it. Good luck!

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    1. Hopefully Sir! because to be honest, there are times when I feel so tired from all the work that needs to be done. But still, there are so many things that makes teaching a very exciting profession :)

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  5. Sounds like a great conference. So happy for you, Christine. This is a great step forward in life.
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  6. guuurrrlll where have you beeen ^^ glad to finally read a new post from you! i can relate to your passion for teaching a bit - i say a bit lang cause i kind of pushed it aside for a different profession. but i tried teaching before too! and i was very passionate about it, even thought of joining orgs and creating new ways to improve education here sa pinas but i had to change career. this world needs more noble and passionate teachers like you tin <3

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    1. hehhe so glad to be back Shaynee!! lelz! aww I'm pretty sure naman din that you are the best in your career Shayne. Doesn't matter what we are, it's what we do for others. So glad to meet a wonderful person like you Shayne! <3 thank you,thank you!

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  7. Congrats dear on your English teacher license,that is awesome

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  8. Wow, I'm spechless, it's amazing idea and I'm sure that it will improve education in your country. Moreover, I had no idea that you're a teacher, that's great and I'm sure that isn't easy proffesion, but I'm sure that you're a good teacher :) What's more, I really like (and totally agree with) the Mr. Tarayao's quote - "How can you fly when you are afraid to fall?" It's so inspiring! Have a great day, Tin :)

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    1. Yes, Mr. Tarayao and his words are very inspiring. I hope I'd get the chance to work and learn more from him. My profession isn't easy, that's true, but I'd love to think that it is an exciting one.
      Have a wonderful day my dear! :) thank you for droppin by! <3

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  9. Wow I had no clue that you were and English teacher! Such a cool fact to know about you! I bet you already were an amazing educator and after going to this forum I bet you are even more awesome! I loved the fact that you also said that you aspire to be a better blogger as well! I think that a blogger has to have a strong voice and, even though, some people might not believe in it- us bloggers can make an impact, influence and better our society!
    It was a wonderful article Tin, I truly enjoyed reading it and it definitely made me think not only about education system, but also about being a better blogger!
    Cannot wait to read more posts from you! :)

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    1. Awww haha thanks Maddie! I'm still in the process of making myself a better educator.Yes, whatever we are, we all have the power to make the world a better place :)
      thank you Maddie! I am happy that you've enjoyed my post :)

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  10. This sounds amazing, Tin! I'm glad you were able to be a part of such an important conference <3

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  11. in reference to your comment...there are also many places I would love to visit, your country included...but in the meantime, we can at least explore our own countries and share it:)

    Have a fantastic day!

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  12. nice post :)

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