Monday, October 17, 2011

Its Christmas Time In The City

Last Saturday, we went to buy some Christmas decors for the new home. We bought something for the door plus a 4-feet Christmas tree. It was also fun choosing which decors to buy for the tree.

Too early, you say? Well, we can't help it. We're excited for our first Christmas as a marriedcouple :)
Here are some pictures:

This is the door decor.
Its job is to welcome the visitors.
Greetings, earthlings! Heheh..

This is our first Christmas tree.
I've always wanted a white tree since I was a kid. I finally got my wish.
We bought this for only 75 pesos heheh..

More pictures:

Looks like it will be a White Christmas for the both of us :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I wrote this speech for her. She has to memorize and deliver it for her Speech Improvement class. I'm sure she'll do a great job :)

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“Listening is the beginning of understanding.” So goes the saying on a radio advertisement that I heard during my younger years.

“People won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” This is a quotation I’ve often heard as a member of our church.

Truly, listening is an important skill not only in life but also in teaching. Effective communication always plays a vital role in our chosen profession. Contrary to popular belief, a good teacher is not always someone who can deliver long lectures during the class. Most often than not, a good teacher is someone who takes the time to pause and listen to the students, frequently assessing their feelings and reactions to the lesson, and then makes the necessary adjustments for the future classes to achieve the desired results and help students improve.
Just think about it.

In one way or another, all of us have received both formal and informal training in other methods of communication. Since our elementary days and onwards, we have been taught to read and speak and write. However, how many of us can make the claim that we have been properly trained when it comes to listening?

I suppose not that many.

This is the main reason why it is important to learn the principles of emphatic listening. In his bestselling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey stressed the significance of seeking first “to understand, then to be understood.” He writes, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. They’re either speaking or preparing to speak.”

As future Special Education teachers, it is very necessary – even crucial – for us to reach the hearts of our future students. This cannot be done by lecture alone. This can only happen if we listen with love.

Jeffrey R. Holland, a prominent educator and leader in our Church believes the same thing. He once said “More important than speaking is listening. (Our students) are not lifeless objects… they are children of God.”

When we listen carefully, we understand people better. We will be more effective and we will be able to adapt our teaching to the needs and interest of our students.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

PULP Magazine Cover

Photo taken and edited by Vanilla Media.

I'm thinking of printing this as a poster.
Or maybe even a bookmark.

Thanks, Wendel!