How to Renew Your PRC ID If You’re Based Abroad

How to Renew Your PRC ID If You’re Based Abroad

How-To
This year, I was able to renew my PRC license even though I'm still based abroad. I really like PRC's move to make their services accessible online. You can set appointments and make payments online, hassle free through their online platform LERIS. Our teaching license is only valid for 3 years, so you'll need to renew to get your new Professional Identification Card as well. It's pretty straight-forward if you're based in the Philippines, but if you're based abroad, you'll need to secure other documents such as a Special Power of Attorney. Don't worry, it's not as complicated as it sounds. I linked an editable copy of the SPA and Authorization Letter to help you get started, just click on the links below.  Documents You'll Need: Special Power of Attorney…
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Additio App: Gradebook Made Easy

Additio App: Gradebook Made Easy

EdTech
When I look for Teaching Apps, I have a few requirements: Cross Platform Syncing Offline Mode Easy User Interface Multi-functional Affordable I have to say that Additio App fits the bill and has become one of my favorite apps. Additio is basically an electronic grade book. Like most teaching apps, you'll need to set it up for your class but once it's ready the interface is so easy to use. Plus, it's reliable. In the two years that I've been using it, it has never crashed or failed to sync. Syncing is a snap and takes less than a minute. https://youtu.be/e1TFATPsXCo Additio offers a lot of features like attendance, seat planning, calendar integration, anecdotal notes, random student selection, excel exports, formula generation, archiving, rubrics evaluation, and subgroups creation, among others.…
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The Call of the Teaching Profession

The Call of the Teaching Profession

Pedagogy
During the hullabaloo of the first quarter, while I was busy running after students for their late projects and whatnot, someone asked me why I chose to be a teacher. I chuckle because I often ask myself that same question. Not to question my sanity, but to remind myself of the bigger picture. I remember distinctly when I realized I wanted to be one. It was during one of Ma'am Margele Andres' communication class at NEU.  I remember looking at her and really listening to her. I could feel the wealth of information just flowing out, just waiting for us to digest. Do you know that feeling you get when you read a good book, and you feel like you're just watching a movie and not really reading? That's what…
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Adding Ed Tech into Your Practice

Adding Ed Tech into Your Practice

EdTech
Part of a teacher's job is making sure that you provide updated content and deliver them in an interesting manner. To be interesting, you need to know what sparks your student's interest and what keeps them motivated. One of way is to use technology in the classroom. While you no longer have to be the sole expert inside the classroom, knowing how tech works and making it work for you is essential to teaching in the 21st century. Students relate more and dare I say, take you seriously when they know that you are knowledgeable. This includes your online presence and use of social media, gadgets and whatnot.  So what should a teacher do to keep up? Here are a few baby steps I learned along the way. Back Up…
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How to Take the LET in Saudi Arabia

How to Take the LET in Saudi Arabia

Pedagogy
After I finished my Professional Teaching Certificate at UPOU, I knew that sooner or later I was going to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). After a few online searches I found out that there was a Special Professional Licensure Board Examination (SPLBE) here in the Middle East. And so I began preparing for my LET journey. After I finished my Professional Teaching Certificate at UPOU, I knew that sooner or later I was going to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). After a few online searches I found out that there was a Special Professional Licensure Board Examination (SPLBE) here in the Middle East. And so I began preparing for my LET journey. <h2>Reviewing for the LET</h2> When I first saw the<a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/250159657/LET-Program-March-2015"> Table of Specifications</a> for the LET exam, I was blown…
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ZipGrade App Review

ZipGrade App Review

EdTech
We just finished our first quarterly exams. It's the weekend and I'm sitting in front of my computer desk, sipping tea and NOT CHECKING.  I am actually spending the "weekend after" not checking or grading exams. Of course, I still have to grade essays and projects, but I don't bring those home. I like to spend a productive weekend cleaning my house, doing other chores, planning lessons... but no checking!  I was able to do just that all thanks to this nifty little app called ZipGrade. First off, I love tech in the classroom and I hate paper clutter. Sure... I love cutting and writing on them but I don't want them lying around, piling up. It can be a very stressful and constant reminder of unfinished business. So when I started teaching I did…
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How to Present in Class

How to Present in Class

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So a week ago, I assigned my Social Studies class a topic to present  present in class. I realized then that I need to go over my expectations of how they should actually present their topics. They already knew that they had to present using a slideshow but I think their presentation skills could still use some polishing.  This is what I expect my students to do when it's their turn to present: Dress appropriately. Wear smart casual attire: long sleeved polo shirts, slacks and leather shoes for men. Necktie is optional, but if worn the tip should only graze the top of the belt buckle. Ladies can wear a discreet blouse, skirt or slacks and heels. If the school does not permit civilian clothes, then wearing the complete school…
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The Art of Student Planning

The Art of Student Planning

Pedagogy
Kids today are busier than ever. They have eight subjects each day, assignments, projects, student council meetings, varsity or band practice, youth org meetings. Let's not forget that they  also need to carve out time for spiritual activities, family and friends. With so many activities lined up, it's so easy to feel overwhelmed, fatigued and stretched out. Most kids will just shut down and do nothing - a sort of escapism from all the responsibilities that they don't know how to juggle. The problem lies with time management. Often, young adults are overwhelmed by the responsibilities expected from them because they never learned to manage their time. They say yes to everything, forget about prior commitments and then end up with too much on their plate. In line with our …
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The Good Box: Positive Reinforcement in the Classroom

Pedagogy
 I wanted to reward my students for good behavior. In the past, I gave small gifts to students who got the highest score in my exams. I even had a star chart placed next to my board, so that they can see their class achievements outside the classroom. This year, I've decided to implement "The Good Box". When my students do a good deed in class, a teacher can add her name to the box. At the end of the month, we will draw one winner from the Good Box. We also have a reward for Cleanest Student of the Month. <h2>Mechanics</h2> <ol><li>To qualify for the Good Box program, a subject teacher must nominate a student using the Good Box.</li><li>To qualify for the Good Box program, the student must not…
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The How and Why of Interactive Notebooks

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The Interactive Notebook System (INS) is designed to teach students to better note-taking skills and allow them to synthesize what they've learned in their own creative way. Students may use any type of notebook as long as they meet the following criteria: Size - it should be at least A5 or regular sized notebook. Students may choose  to use an A5 binder provided that students will always have notepaper at hand. The notebook should not be attached to other subject's notebook, (i.e. Cattleya binders, 3-in-1 notebooks, etc.). Durability - the binding should be sturdy because we will be pasting a lot of materials to the page Thickness - at least 100 pages. The "INPUT" page is where all the teacher-driven  information, handouts, lectures and testable information are written or pasted.…
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