Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Classroom Anecdotes by Cherry D

 by: Cherry Moriones Doromal

Mahatma Gandhi International School (MGIS) -- Since we started this School Year 2013-2014, I've been posting up photos with status updates on my personal Facebook account almost everyday.  I just thought of documenting these posts here on a single blog, as a public journal.

Just like any other profession, teaching has its own ups and downs. And I solidly refuse  to be a contributor to the downside of it. These anecdotes are mostly testimonials about my personal classroom experience and encounters, intended to edify and inspire my fellow international educators.

15 Aug 2013 
Friend: Isn't teaching stressful?
Me: YES! There are stresses which make you thin and stresses which make you fat; but, there are stresses which make you even more beautiful. As to the latter...in my case, one of them is teaching!

MGIS Manila Grade 7 Class SY 2013-14

13 Aug 2013- 1st day SY 2013-2014 -I got into the Grade 7 classroom for my Philippine History, Culture & Language or PHCL class in MGIS. Everybody seemed excited (perhaps, because I' m a familiar face) and my intro was: "Congratulations, everyone! Why? Because you're my very first class in Mgis Manila." And there was a big round of applause. Everyone's energy level was high;we never realized the bell ending our period had rung. I had every student stand up, speak up his mind and exhibit his legible handwriting on the board! Aside from writing and conmunication skills, CONFIDENCE, that's one of the things we'll develop together. I love this big class of 16 students (3 new comers)-- an active community of French, Pakistani, British, Israeli,Indian, Filipino,Vietnamese, Japanese and Iraqui nationals. Intercultural appreciation and unity in diversity are very much alive!







Mgis Manila, 14 Aug 2013 Philippine History Culture and Language (PHCL)- I only have 5 students in Grade 6. Some of them are still out of the country or on vacation and will be back by next month.

ME: Class, let me ask you this One Million Dollar question :"Is PHCL a boring subject?"

STUDENTS: No?!

ME:Don't worry, your answer will not in any way affect your grades.
Then I asked them the same question for the second time.

ME: Is PHCL a boring subject?

STUDENTS: Ahmm... Sometimes.

Then, we proceeded with the lesson.

Before we wrapped up, I asked the class,again: Is PHCL a boring subject?

STUDENTS (loudly in unison): No!

ME: That's right! There's no boring subject to an animated teacher! There's no boring subject to students who are ready to learn.

Finally, I asked, "What is a good title for today's session?" Of several choices given by each of them, this title stood out:" Ms. Cherry and her Fantastic 5" . . . And yes, I agree! You, guys, were really fantastic this morning!




 


 
15 Aug 2013, MGIS Manila Philippine History, Culture and Language (PHCL)-- This photo is a spillover from yesterday. Glad to have met this very active Grade 5 class- inquirers, communicators,and very helpful,too! (especially when the Smartboard icons were missing, hahah!) For me, teaching is like running my own tv show. I prepare my program log, divided into timed segments: OBB,1st segment ,1st Gap, 2nd Segment (with audience participation), 2nd Gap,Final Segment and CBB... Yes,the classroom is a big stage...teachers are edu-tainers!- Dr. Cherry D. 

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Cheers to the MGIS 2013 Graduates

By Cherry Moriones Doromal


International School, Manila Philippines-- The recently concluded Mahatma Gandhi International School Graduation Ceremony and Dinner 2013 emerged as a spectacular cavalcade of glamour, stature, beauty, brains and smiles. 
Held at the prestigious Manila Polo Club on June 6th, this event had officially launched the year-long grand celebration of MGIS’ 10th Year Anniversary known as “A Decade of Excellence”. 
MGIS Graduation  and Dinner 2013 Venue: Manila Polo Club, Forbes Makati
Among the special guests were representatives from the international community such as Mr. Hans Woldring of the Asian Development Bank,Consul General Joe Assad of Lebanon, Consul General Sam Eldebs of Syria, head of Saudi Air Mr. Abdullah Alazhari and other foreign ambassadors who, later on, signified their intent to enroll their kids in MGIS and be officially part of the MGIS family very soon.
 
 Guests were warmly welcomed by gorgeous Kinder Teachers Ms. Sunshine Perez (L) and Ms. Lani Da Silva (R)

Some of the highlights of this event were a video presentation showing Mgis Manila's achievements for the past 10 years and how it metamorphosed into a dynamic and reputable international educational institution as recognized by and affiliated with the International Baccalaureate (IB), International Primary Curriculum (IPC), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Cambridge and Department of Education Philippines (DepEd) and the recognition of MGIS students who excelled in the field of academics, higher education, theater arts and sports. Simply said, the celebration was impeccable!
 
MGIS Headmaster Lawrence M. Buck receives a Gandhi Award for 40 years of Excellence in International Education

To the working team who made this event a success led by our very own Headmaster Lawrence Buck with wife Viola, MGIS Creative Team (who sleeplessly and unstintingly performed and finished every task seen and unseen by our bare eyes), PYP Coordinator Mr. Roger Calimag, MYP/DP Coordinator Ms. Joan Malabuyoc, Ms. Rodita L. Salonga who was the Master of Ceremony, and the dynamic Admin team, thank you very much... Graduates of 2013 and MGIS Family, thanks and more power to all!


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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

MGIS Cambridge International Exam Wows the Inspector

By Cherry Moriones Doromal


Mahatma Gandhi International School, Manila—Ms. Eve Pennel of the Cambridge International Examinations Compliance Unit conducted an  impromptu examination center inspection at MGIS this week to assess how the latter executes the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Examinations.

It must be noted that the MGIS Grade 10 students are currently taking the IGCSE Examination for the month of May 2013.

MGIS’ IGCSE Examinations Officer Ms. Joan Malabuyoc delightfully mentioned in a casual interview, how the inspector presented an utterly satisfactory assessment and how said officer was impressed by the conscientious conduct by MGIS of  the IGCSE external examinations. Furthermore, MGIS has been recognised to be a seamless example of how a Cambridge International Examination should be organised.

“How about in the local school examinations? How are the Grade 10 students doing?”  When asked, Ms. Joan gladly affirmed that  our  MGIS Tiger scholars are doing well and have, thus far, passed the entrance examinations of top prestigious local universities like the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila, and  De La Salle University.

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Mahatma Gandhi International School, Manila, May 8, 2013—
Regional Education Officer Constance W. Buford of the U.S.  Department of State Office of Overseas Schools (Washington DC) and Ms.  Rhonda Roberts of the US Embassy in Manila surprised MGIS with an ocular inspection to assess and have the feel of the daily school operation. 


After the campus tour, presentation of curriculum and brief observation of classes led by Ms. Rose Moyano and Ms. Bee Yuquimpo, the guests left the school with a pleasing evaluation, displaying their strong interest to recommend MGIS to the U.S. Embassy Manila personnel and clienteles who are searching for an ideal Philippine school that meets the international standards.


“They are enthralled at how our students behave, and they love the family atmosphere in MGIS”, said Ms. Bee. “The exclusivity by reason of small number of students in each class in MGIS is another plus factor”, she added.






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Thursday, April 25, 2013

IPC Philippines: MGIS launches the D.E.A.R. Literacy Programme



By Cherry Moriones Doromal

 Welcome to the MGIS D.E.A.R. or "Drop Everything And Read" Zone

International School MGIS, Manila Philippines-- In its spirited effort to develop the children’s reading habit, MGIS launches the literacy programme D.E.A.R. or "Drop Everything And Read".

Being a recognized international school by the Department of Education (DEPED) offering International Primary Curriculum (IPC), International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Cambridge, MGIS students naturally come from different cultural backgrounds as they come from the different parts of the world.

Unlike other local and international schools, over the years, MGIS  tend to catch the genuine international market , such as  ambassadors’ and consuls’ kids and foreign businessmen’s kids, who are, of course, transient. As the school curricula consider that the far-fetched advantage of skilled readers will be carried through higher education, college and throughout  the students’  lifetime wherever they go, MGIS unremittingly develops a strong literacy programme.

The advantages of  MGIS'  D.E.A.R. Reading Programme:

  1. Reading helps boost intelligences.  Studies show that those who read a lot have higher GPA’s, higher aptitude, and general knowledge than those who don’t.
     2.     Reading improves analytical thinking.  Practice forms a habit, and the habit of reading serves as the gymnastics of brainpowers. The famous American computer programmer Howard G. "Ward" Cunningham who developed the first wiki had studies proving that analytical thinking is advanced by reading, allowing the readers to spot patterns faster.
Roary the Tiger excitedly gives his MGIS Tiger siblings a D.E.A.R. button pin

    3.       Reading helps develop self discipline, concentration and attention skills.  In MGIS, the moment the students hear the “DEAR Buzzer”, they will stop from whatever they are doing and will literally “Drop Everything And Read”.  The MGIS DEAR reading programme  is an excellent way to attain that discipline.

   4.       Reading increases vocabulary, enhances memory and improves spelling.  According to experts and as observed by educators worldwide, reading is more dynamic and effective in helping the child increase his vocabulary than oral communication, conversation or direct teaching.  In fact, as we may have noticed, even professionals need to read constantly to enrich his vocabulary.

"In the midst of silence or at the crest of jubilee,there's a buzz of learning that innervates us to Drop Everything And Read"

5.       Reading develops writing and communication skills.  As an effect of #4 above, the more one reads, the better writer he becomes, because reading expands ones ideas. As a professional writer, I can attest on how reading becomes an energetic  tool to improve my creativity. Reading  exposes us to new ideas and helps us understand better the diversity of life while providing us with fresh  philosophies and more information which develop the creative side of the brain.



Krrrrriing!  Oh, that's the buzzer that takes everyone to the D.E.A.R. Zone... And our MGIS Tigers know exactly what to do upon hearing the D.E.A.R. buzzer... that is to " Drop Everything And Read." Bye for now. Enjoy reading.

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