DepEd Exec Urges Parents To Teach Right Values At Home

MANILA — An official of the Department of Education (DepEd) has urged parents to help schools in instilling good and positive values in their children.

“The Department of Education wants to maintain a happy and healthy learning environment at iyan po ay hindi magiging magik o instant, kelangan po ng tulong ng mga magulang (and that won’t be magic or instant, it requires the help of parents),” DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla said on Tuesday in a television interview.

Sevilla made this remark in support of DepEd Santiago City Division Superintendent Dr. Florante Vergara’s call to parents to teach their children good manners and how to show respect to others.

Vergara expressed his appeal through a letter to parents.

“Halos wala na silang paggalang sa authorities, in spite sa mga advice na binibigay sa kanila, wala pa rin kaya naisipan kong gumawa ng ganoon (They [students] almost have no respect for authorities, in spite of the advice we give them, nothing changes so I thought of it [writing the letter]),” he said.

In the letter, Vergara reminded the parents that “magic words such as hello, please, you’re welcome, I’m sorry and thank you, all begin to be learned at home”.

“It’s also at home that children learn to be honest, to be on time, diligent, show friends their sympathy, as well as show utmost respect for their elders and all teachers,” the letter read.

Vergara also stressed through the letter that schools only reinforce the education that children receive at home from their parents.

Meanwhile, Sevilla said parents should not resent the call, but instead cooperate with schools to ensure that children would not go astray.

Here are 7 Practical Ways to instill good values to our children  at home:

1. Be a good role model.

Showing your children the kind of person you wanted them to be is actually the best way to instill good values in them.

2. Practice good words.

Make it a routine to cast polite words with or without your children around. This way, it will come natural to them to say good words around people.

3. Hold your children accountable for their mistakes.

Do not take charge whenever unfortunate events happen with your children. It is bearable, let them be liable for their own actions. This will make them more responsible and careful on or before doing something.

4. Don’t let your children take the easy way out of challenges.

Supporting or helping your kids in their endeavors is ideally good. However, it will make them absolutely dependent on you. We suggest that you let them be liable for their own actions. This will make them more responsible and careful on or before doing something.

5. Control the use of gadgets.

There is really nothing debatable here since this is a common problem among parents.

6. Get involved.

Spend quality time with your family. Get involved with their personal experiences. Share laughs, sorrows, excitements, etc. to make your bond grow stronger.

7. Appreciate good behavior.

Imagine standing in a room with three children. Two of the children are playing quietly with toys. One child is running around wildly, jumping on furniture and screeching. Which child would be most likely to get your attention? If you’re like most parents, you might give the misbehaving child more attention. If, however, you praised the children who were behaving, you could change the entire situation. Saying, “Wow, I love the way you are sitting there playing quietly,” may motivate the misbehaving child to follow suit. But it’s easy to let good behaviors often go unnoticed. But when kids aren’t getting attention, they’ll often do whatever it takes to get noticed—and sometimes, that means misbehaving. When you give your child positive attention for good behavior, he’ll be less likely to act out.

 

Sources:

  • https://www.depedclick.com/2019/05/parents-should-instill-goo-values-to.html?fbclid=IwAR2U-MvB8MctMBOuGQyGxQEKzkMz2imgBV7uQBeTkiGEYFmEhI2HpNVOdiY
  • https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1060482
  • https://www.verywellfamily.com/how-to-use-praise-to-promote-good-behavior-1094892

 

MAY 13, 2019 ELECTION: Are you ready?

Today is the day we vote for our candidates. Millions of Filipinos will decide who will get to lead the country in Congress and local posts for the next three years. The votes cast today will chart the course of the Philippines long after ballots are cast and polls close.

Out of the 61.8 million registered voters for the 2019 elections, around 2.1 million are voting for the first time. The 2.1 million first-time voters can actually sway the results of the election. So our responsibility as voters is not only to vote using our conscience and best judgment but part of our responsibility is to educate others.

Voting for a senator or any candidate is like selecting from among many job applicants the most competent in terms of work knowledge, skills, attitude, and positive habits. Voters should be aware of the works in the Senate and compare the competence of the candidates vis-a-vis the skills needed of a true legislator.  In HR, the management must have a clear job description, with qualification standards. Unfortunately, while janitors, security guards, and utility personnel are asked for NBI and Police clearance upon their job application, political candidates can run for a position despite having charges of graft and plunder. Many of the candidates are not fit even for a barangay kagawad, yet they crowd the people’s attention during media ads and promos with their ability to sing, dance, and entertain during circus-like campaign sorties. Or worse, the voters are inveigled by guns, goons and gold, or by relationship, kinship and friendship, or by profligate vote-buying. If the voters only realize what senators are tasked by the Constitution to do, they will stop electing  socialites and celebrities who have not even read the preamble of the Philippine Constitution. They should scout the best and the brightest who have the integrity not to compromise national interest and the pure heart for public service, and to put the common good above personal and partisan interests and ambitions.

More importantly, to choose political candidates wisely, voters should also consider not only the capability of the candidate but also the character of the candidate because character is the foundation upon which other qualities are built.  To guide us, here are the top characteristics of some of the world’s most successful political leaders:

HONESTY AND INTEGRITY

Honesty and integrity are two important ingredients which make a good leader. Honesty develops character and builds credibility and trust, which are the foundation to evoke confidence and respect from those around you, and in the case of political leaders, teammates and constituents. Political leaders who possess integrity can be trusted because he or she never veers from inner values, even when it might benefit them to do so. A leader must have the trust of followers. This requires the highest standard of honesty and integrity.

COMPASSION AND EMPATHY

Compassion is the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something to alleviate that suffering. While some may see compassion as a weakness, true compassion is a characteristic that converts knowledge to wisdom.  Good political leaders use compassion to see the needs of those he or she leads and to determine the course of action that would be of greatest benefit to all those involved.

CONFIDENCE

Having confidence in a political leader is about having faith or belief that he or she will act in a right, proper, or effective way.  A good political leader needs to be both confident in himself or herself as well in their ability to lead.  Leaders who possess this quality inspire others, drawing on a level of trust which sparks the motivation to get others on board and get the job done.

FLEXIBILITY

Flexibility for a political leader is about understanding the give-and-take aspects of politics, and the ability to find the common ground.  Good politicians listen carefully to all sides, to not only hear their arguments but to especially learn what it will take on behalf of all parties involved to reach a consensus. This characteristic allows political leaders to recognize setbacks and criticism, to learn from them and move forward.

Great political leaders have all of these qualities.  Each aspires to respect different views, analyze problems, and identify the best solutions – not based on loyalty to political party, but rather based on what is good and right and in the best interest of the nation as a whole.

Finally, we as voters should not only elect for leaders who have these set of characters, but voters themselves should also embody good set of characters. The point is that, the good character truly required by government offices does not reside in the leaders alone but also in the people themselves. In other words, our leaders are simply reflections of the people who chose them. Here then lies the significance of character education in our community if we are to change our country for the best.

To read more about character education and the importance of being a school of character, please click the link of the article written by a Linker, Andrea Rentuza, Grade 8:

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A SCHOOL OF CHARACTER

Sources:

  • https://opinion.inquirer.net/120468/choosing-senatorial-candidates#ixzz5nIbZw2jM 
  • https://www.philstar.com/the-freeman/opinion/2019/01/23/1887440/how-choose-good-senatorial-candidates#SxekH6WBUqUIULx3.99
  • http://verafiles.org/articles/how-make-your-vote-matter-may-2019-elections
  • https://www.rappler.com/move-ph/27927-10-things-reminders-election-day
  • https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/galleries/top-5-qualities-of-good-political-leaders.aspx?
  • https://blog.taskque.com/characteristics-good-leaders/
  • https://americanconsequences.com/does-character-matter-in-politics/

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A SCHOOL OF CHARACTER

By: Andrea Rentuza, Grade 8

PRESIDENT Abraham Lincoln once said, “Reputation is the shadow. Character is the tree.” To many, this quote means that character is like a tree which bears the shadow of their reputation whether it be good or bad.

Throughout history, character education has been the shared responsibility of parents, teachers and members of the community, who come together to support positive character development. Students spend such a great majority of their young lives at school, which is an opportunity to reinforce the core values upon which character is formed.

People should give more attention to character because it is the foundation upon which other qualities are built. In real life, success is measured not by how many definitions students memorize in their textbooks, but by the values upon which they follow. It is the character of a person which allows them to be able to change the world.

Childlink is a School of Character because it gives priority to developing and enhancing the values which may be inherent to every student. Childlink understands that each student has the great potential in becoming a better individual if steered with the proper guidance.

In fact, numerous international delegates and a number of schools, such as St. Paul College in Pasig, who came to visit and ask about the different initiatives and practices that Childlink does as a School of Character. In a way, Childlink was able to help our community by spreading ideas and sharing insights to these schools, and somehow contribute to the improvement of other students.

Here in school, I have learned that character is what makes people who they are. It is the distinctive mark of an individual. However, it isn’t something that one is necessarily born with. It depends partly upon nature, but largely on environment and training. Here in Childlink, the Linkers’ values are prioritized and applied to daily activities to remind each student of its essence. As the saying by Albert Einstein goes, “Try not to be a man of success, but a man of value who will give more than he receives.”

IMPORTANCE OF CREATIVE WRITING

In CHILDLINK, elementary students are encouraged to write.

Statistics show that while reading helps develop your writing skills, writing helps develop your cognitive growth, organizational abilities, and the power to influence others through persuasion. In short, writing powers the brain.

Studies also show that children who practice creative writing more often are generally better in other subjects too like Math, Science, and Languages. Through writing, they will also be able to come up with creative ideas like composing their own poems, stories, songs and music videos. Challenging themselves to come up with creative thoughts builds the confidence and discipline students need to succeed in all areas of life.

Here's a re-upload of our music video! Everyone suggested we re-upload this without the watermark so here it is. I hope everyone likes it! Title: Happiness in a BoxBy: Team BearP. S. We won 'Best Music Video' (yay!) P. P. S. Thank you Andrea for helping out (she has no fb)

Posted by Rehsia-Theryz Barte Gadrinab on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

THERE ARE MANY BENEFITS TO CREATIVE WRITING THAT WILL HELP YOUR CHILDREN:

Imagination and Creativity

Creative writing encourages kids to exercise their creative minds and practice using their imaginations. It improves their ability to come up with alternatives. This broadens their thought processes, which can lead to success in many areas, including problem solving and analysis.

Self-Expression 

Children often have difficulty understanding and expressing how they feel. Through writing, children have a safe place to explore, and this can be a highly beneficial tool for expressing their feelings.

Self-Confidence 

Writing gives children more opportunity to assert themselves and their opinions and develop their “voice.”  These developments can really strengthen their self-confidence.

Communication And Persuasion Skills

A well-written piece involves a lot of thought, planning, organization, and use of language to get a point across. What great practice for kids at laying out their thoughts and trying to clearly convince someone of their point of view.

Creativity seems to diminish as we get older. Those crazy stories of fairy tale princesses battling ferocious dragons to save the town later turns into business prose.  So, encourage your children to write, to be creative, to use their imagination, and then praise them when they do.  Build their confidence to clearly communicate their point of view, their thoughts, and their feelings.  Then think about publishing those precious stories to read over and over again at a kid-friendly site and hold onto childhood just a little longer.

Source: https://www.scribblitt.com/pressroom/article/2017/feb/23/4-benefits-creative-writing-help-your-children/

A Comparative Study on the Solid Waste Management System of Cebu City and Taiwan

By: Jademarie Lloyd F. Tio, Grade 12

The increasing economic development of the Philippines has given birth to a large scale waste problem. In developing countries across the world, solid waste management has proved to be a struggle due to the cost of operations, large scale waste dumping, and poor cooperation between the city and the citizens. The Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) explains the relationshipbetween economic development and levels of environmental degradation. The EKC suggests that economic development initially leads to deterioration in the environment but after a certain level of economic growth, the rate of environmental degradation will be reduced. This, however, may not be applicable to all communities or countries because the improvement of the waste management system is highly dependent on the governing body, concerned organizations, and the general public. Cooperation and proper implementation is needed to reap the full benefit.

Cebu City, Philippines, is a fast-growing and highly urbanized area in Central Visayas. It is considered one of the most progressive cities outside of Metro Manila. As of 2001, the waste discharge amount of the city is 511 tons per day, 57% of which is residential and the rest, non-residential wastes. The waste collection rate is 80%.The waste discharge amount is estimated at 0.7 kg/person/day, according to the Kitakyushu Initiative (2002). As of early 2016, Cebu City faced major garbage problems which were brought about by the closing of the lnayawan Landfill, which was almost nine years overdue.

Like every other growing urban city, Cebu City, also faces problems with the management of wastes. The biggest problems the city face are the inefficiency of garbage collection due to the lack of garbage vehicles, as well as little to no segregation and recycling. Cebu also has insufficient sanitary landfills to place the garbage. The incinerators which are located at the existing landfills cannot be used due to conflict between environmental groups and due to the fact that the use of incinerators is prohibited by the Clean Air Act of the Philippines. Ordinances related to garbage collection, reduction, and segregation already exist, but lack the implementation needed for the laws to become fully effective.

The chosen country of comparison is Taiwan. The country has a dynamic capitalist economy that is driven largely by industrial manufacturing, and especially exports of electronics, machinery, and petrochemicals. Taiwan has limited space to bury its garbage, so recycling is critical. The island recycled about 58 percent of its household waste in 2016, up from 55 percent the year before, according to the Cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration (EPA). The researcher chose Taiwan to be the country of comparison because Taiwan was once a country dominated by waste. In 1993, Taiwan had a collection rate for trash of just 70 percent. That meant 30 percent of Taiwan’s waste entered the environment either through littering or burning. People were fed up and demanded change. In just 20 years, Taiwan transitioned from an island on the brink of a waste apocalypse to a global leader in recycling.

The researcher is a firsthand observer of the growth of the trash problem in Cebu City. She observed that on the sidewalks along the road, and in small alleyways there are large amounts of uncollected garbage. The uncollected garbage, which is usually swarmed with foragers, could pose a threat to the health of the foragers and to the households near the trash mounds. Uncollected and mismanaged waste can also lead to flooding caused by the clogging of drainage systems. With this in mind, the researcher decided to pursue this research in order to give the citizens of Cebu City a better and cleaner lifestyle that is beneficial to all.

By identifying Taiwan’s best practices and comparing it with Cebu’s own waste management practices, Cebu will be able to adopt a better system of solid waste management. The researcher would like to look into Taiwan’s practices and find the best and most applicable one for Cebu. Upon finding the best practices, the researcher will determine the best way to implement the solid waste management strategies in the local level. This research aims to improve and give suggestions to the waste management systems in Cebu.

The researcher believes that a sustainable, efficient and effective solid waste management system is essential in the development of the country in terms of economy and lifestyle. A cleaner and better looking environment could lead to an increase in productivity among citizens. The residents of Cebu will feel as though there is real development in the society and will thus work harder in order to catch up with this development. The development and enactment of this solid waste management system relies heavily on the cooperation of the citizens and the local government. In order to have a better understanding towards solid waste management systems and its benefits, the researcher would like to look into more strategies and studies based in neighboring Southeast Asian countries like Taiwan, in order to benchmark some strategies to come up with a better, localized and more realistic study personalized for the Philippines.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Based on the summary of findings, the most practical and sustainable practices of Taiwan that Cebu can implement are the restrictions on the use of plastic shopping bags and disposable tableware, the “Per-Bag Trash Collection Fee”, the “Three-in-One Resource Recovery Scheme”, and the “Keep Trash Off the Ground” policy. The province of Cebu will benefit highly in the construction of a compost plant that will convert kitchen waste and fecal sludge into fertilizer or compost. The researcher believes that Cebu will also benefit from building incinerators and recycling plants. The construction of a waste-to-energy plant in Cebu is largely seen as a beneficial project especially since the closure of the lnayawan landfill. An additional landfill should also be opened in a government-owned lot that is a reasonable distance away from residential and business areas in the city. For the treatment and rehabilitation of the closed lnayawan landfill, bioremediation could be a possible method for removing pollutants in the soil through the use of microorganisms. The local government should look into a restriction on packaging and products, only recognizing and allowing a majority of products on the market to be made with low-impact materials. To promote recycling, a market which is centered on the procurement of recycled goods and materials should be introduced to the community. If these policies and schemes are to be implemented in Cebu, the government should hold informative seminars and sessions with barangay heads, business officials, companies, and other organizations.

CONCLUSION

Modern solid waste management systems should be holistic, with all systems working together. A new, efficient, sustainable and effective solid waste management system is greatly needed in Cebu City. As population increases, so does the volume of waste. In the absence of a working landfill, the government along with the private sector should quickly think of an adequate solution to the issue. The researcher hopes that the information in this research paper will be beneficial to those decision makers in creating an ideal solid waste management system in Cebu.

A Comparative Study of the Alternative Sources of Energy of the Philippines and Cambodia

By: Andrea Eloise Rentuza, Grade 8

RATIONALE

People nowadays want to live an easy life. Fossil fuels are one of the things that contribute to making lives easier, considering that these give people the energy needed for everyday use. These make daily life easier, yet ironically, these are slowly killing the world. Directly stopping the usage of these fossil fuels cannot be tolerated, however, it is possible to lessen its use. Fossil fuels include coal, petroleum and natural gas. These are formed by dead, decayed plants and animals over millions of years ago. These impact people’s lives greatly especially in the residential, commercial, and industrial aspects of living and working. The over-extraction of fossil fuels is slowly depleting the earth of its natural resources, which brings a shift to alter­native sources of energy. Alternative energy encompasses all those things that do not consume fossil fuels. They are widely available and environment-friendly. They cause little or almost no pollution. Alternative sources of energy include: wind energy, hydroelectric energy, nuclear energy, solar energy, etc. These may aid in conserving fossil fuels and in securing the environment.

All alternative sources have impacts on the environment and its people. Alternative sources of energy bring forth more possibilities than fossil fuels, most of which could help the environment and its people. Solar power uses the sun’s energy and converts it. Geothermal energy uses the heat of the Earth, specifically underground. Hydroelectric energy uses the energy from running water, like waterfalls and rivers. These do not deplete the natural resources nor damage the environment.

By far, the largest energy source is the sun. According to Bent Sorensen (2015), solar power is one of the most important renewable energy technologies that could be of great impor­tance for planning a transition to renewable energy. There are two types of solar energy: direct and indirect. Technical systems using direct solar energy convert solar radiation into electricity or heat—energy that is used by people every day. Meanwhile, indirect forms of solar energy refer to natural factors such as wind, river water and plant growth.

Every country has the potential to generate energy from natural resources. The Philippines, in particular, is an archipela­go directly above the equator—the region where the sun’s rays are the strongest and hottest, a perfect example for solar energy. This country has been generating energy from renew­able resources for a long time. Thanks to its strategic location, there have been an increased number of consumers incorpo­rating the use of solar panels in the Philippines.

In another part of Southeast Asia, a neighboring country of the Philippines is Cambodia. Like many other countries in the world, this country has its own set of renewable energies. The Philippines and Cambodia are worth comparing, both being in Southeast Asia and have more or less the same resources and climate, etc.

According to Poch, Kongchheng (2013), the diversification of power sources is a critical issue for Cambodia for expanding the rate of electrification and increasing the electricity supply. Instability and inefficiency continue to be concerns for power distribution. These two factors create difficulties for house­holds and businesses in addition to expensive electricity bills. However, Cambodia is also blessed with an abundance of natu­ral resources, which makes renewable energy a solution to power development. One of their new projects include—ac­cording to a solar panel supplier, JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd—a solar power plant which is under construction in Kampong Speu province. It will start installing 200,000 solar modules in January 2019 and begin operating later in the year.

In the Philippines, after the Renewable Energy Law was approved in 2008, a surge in renewable energy capacity addi­tion was seen in the country. The country’s latest project is a 150-megawatt solar PV project which began in Concepcion last 2017. According to Leandro Leviste, Solar Philippines president and chief executive, this will be the first solar power project in Philippines which will be built at a cost lower than that of a coal-based power plant.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The researcher recommends that the Philippines take advan­tage of its strategic position on the globe. It is an archipelago right above the equator. The equator is the region where the sun’s rays are the strongest—Filipinos can utilize this advan­tage by converting it into solar energy. As for Cambodia, the researcher recommends that the country continues its goal to achieve more electricity access for its population. Both coun­tries must ensure that they take hold of reliable and affordable electricity supply and distribution.

MUSIC IS LIFE

By: Victoria McGuinness, Grade 5

In Childlink, music is not something to be disregarded with. To us Linkers, music is a very important part of our lives. In our school, music isn’t just a subject to learn, it’s a way of life. We have learned many different instruments as we move on to higher levels. Apart from that, we have a lot of music related activities. One of which are the presentations that the Choir, Rondalla, and the Modern Band do during our Annual School Play.

We are proud to say that our Childlink Choir and Rondalla have won different awards from different events, interschool events around Cebu and are often invited to present in big events.

Winning five consecutive times in the Annual Girl Scout Handog sa Pasko Competition for our RondaIla and winning three consecutive times for the Choir in the same event is absolutely no joke. The hardwork of our music teachers as well as the students’ determination helped our school be recognized as an excellent school here in our city of Cebu. All the hard work and endless practices definitely paid off and yet students remain humble with all the awards we have achieved.

To us, music isn’t just taken for granted. Music motivates us to achieve our dreams and helps us develop the values of patience and perseverance. Music draws out our inner happiness and at the same time, lifts us from our own personal challenges. Without music, the world has no color. Music is our escape to our own world.

JOY: A Childlink Musical

by: Alcyone L. Torrecampo, Grade 8

According to Oscar Wilde,

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”

The recent musical that the Linkers had, Joy was truly an art rendered in all its forms because through this musical, we were able to share to our own community the different meaning of happiness and how happiness can be achieved in our daily dealings with others.

The weeks of practices had worked splendidly. Linkers with their teachers collaborated to form this play that we have worked hard on. Each grade that was paired had different dances and songs that each tell different lessons and stories.

The play was presented last March 16, 2019 at  the University of San Carlos Cultural Center. The songs and dances that were rendered were a flashback from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and the recent ones.  It was such a wonderful feeling getting to know the good old songs and get to dance the way they used to be danced before. The most memorable part of the play was the Rondalla’s version of the  Bohemian Rhapsody, Everybody Wants to Rule the World that was sang by Beau Cataluňa, and I Got a Feeling performed by Palm Antonette Quiban, Eugenie Villamor, Beau Cataluňa, and Daniel Fong.

Having a school play helps the Linkers in developing and improving their talent.  New talents were discovered which I believe will help each one have the confidence and the courage to take on more challenges in our future undertakings. Not to mention, the school play also brings so much fun and happiness to us and to our families too.

Joy, the Childlink Musical has allowed us to do what makes us happy and helped us be who we are and be happy for the people we love. Even if there are those students who  were not meant to dance, sing, or act, each student in Childlink are given God given gifts so that we become a blessing to others.

AMID PUSH FOR STEM EDUCATION, ARTS INSTRUCTORS STRESS VALUE OF THEATER

As schools continue to expand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math opportunities, theater programs are proving beneficial in fostering soft skills and enhancing academics.

At Bayfield High School in Colorado, the after-school theater program is a collaborative affair. Teachers get involved, parents chip in for costumes, and students commit to working, after the final bell, on its two shows a year.

The program’s director, Sarah Ripley — who also teaches Special Education at Bayfield Middle School — has 41 students participating this year in the school’s production of “Matilda” — a huge leap from the original 12 signups she got previously, mostly by persuading them during lunch periods, she said.

And that increased enthusiasm is rewarded. Everyone who signs up gets a role in the school’s production — whether it’s as a chorus member or a set designer — and Ripley’s watched the transformation students have undergone over the past two years.

“They walk away with a newfound confidence, presentation skills, vocal skills, and they find relationships that last for life,” Ripley told Education Dive. “They walk with their head higher.”

Some of what students walk away with is not just academic abilities, but also a new understanding of themselves. In just two years, Ripley has seen students at Bayfield High School, who were recruited to help with the school’s first play, grow into confident, young adults. And in doing so, they’ve helped steer the program and bring younger peers into the wings — or onstage.

“The original 12 are now leaders,” Ripley told Education Dive. “It’s cool to see the evolution of a shy kid as they become a senior member leading 40 other kids. It’s an incredible experience, too, for me.”

A PATHWAY TO DEVELOPING SOFT SKILLS

Julie Cohen Theobald, executive director of the International Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) believes that, without a doubt, theater equips students with skills that are easily transferable to a future outside the classroom. She notes that theater itself — even just the construct of putting on a play and having other people depend on your participation — pushes students to handle details like deadlines that can’t be missed and hold themselves accountable.

“There is also a focus on creativity and risk-taking,” Theobald told Education Dive. “It’s such an important skill for 21st-century students to have — to be able to jump in and take risks.”

Rejection, while not enjoyable, is almost inevitable for anyone pursuing a career in theater. But as students learn to handle rejection, they also uncover a sense of resilience, determination and a desire to challenge themselves to continue to stick with it until they achieve their goals.

Theobald agreed that employers, herself included, often look for the four C’s: Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity, all of which are also needed to successfully put on a play.

“Collaboration and creativity are some of the most important things I look for when I interview people for jobs,” she said.

DESPITE STRESSING STEM EDUCATION, THEATER STILL A PRIORITY

Even in an era when Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs are being lauded and encouraged among students, theater programs are still championed by many districts and schools.

Students who participate in theater can gain a number of soft skills — communication, listening skills and self-confidence, to name just a few — which can’t be easily measured by standardized tests and yet play crucial roles in how graduates may fare when they enter the workforce. Most students who participate in are in middle and high school, as just 4% of elementary schools have theater programs, Theobald told Education Dive.

Whether it’s through a required or elective program offered during the school day, an after-school club like that at Bayfield High School, or through an English class where students act out scenes as they read a play aloud, those who have exposure to theater arts can elevate not only their academic performance, but also their social-emotional skills.

This is key for when students eventually leave school and start a future career in any field, as skills developed in the theater, such as teamwork and self-reflection, are among those employers are seeking in prospective applicants. And, according to a 2018 job outlook survey, while these skills are desirable in potential employees, only about 42% of employers rated recent college graduates as competent in work ethic and professionalism.

Source:
https://www.educationdive.com/news/amid-push-for-stem-education-arts-instructors-stress-value-of-theater/547511/

WINNERS OF THE MUSIC VIDEO CHALLENGE

(Feb 18 – March 1, 2019)

  • Most # of Wow/ Reacts: TEAM DOG
  • Most # of Shares: TEAM DOG

Team Dog's Music Video Challenge"That Feeling is Happy" by Jhirlymarie Tio and Palm Antonette QuibanPlease use the wow reaction! And share!

Posted by Jhirlymarie Tio on Friday, March 1, 2019

JHKH

  • Best Music Video: TEAM BEAR

Definitely not the best and very rushed but it was all worth it P.S. Sorry for watermark…Title: Happiness in a BoxBy: Team Bear

Posted by Rehsia-Theryz Barte Gadrinab on Friday, March 1, 2019

 

CONGRATULATIONS!