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5th Education Summit

posted Nov 26, 2013, 10:12 PM by Mary Grace dela Cruz   [ updated Jan 22, 2016, 8:29 PM ]

In continuous search for quality education in preparation for the University Town 2020, the 5th Education Summit was done for two days in Emiliana Hall on July 16 and 17.
On July 16, the attendees of the 5th Education Summit were the new set of Homeroom PTA, General PTA and Federated PTA Officers as well as teachers and school managers of the different schools in the City of Balanga. It was done in the afternoon. As usual, the program started with a prayer, singing of the National Anthem and Dugong Balangueño with the use of the audio visual presentation. Dr. Ronaldo A. Pozon, CESO VI, Schools Division Superintendent informed the attendees about the status of the Basic Education in the Division City of Balanga. He shared the Performance Indicators on Efficiency, the things that the Division failed to accomplish last year and the things that the division is accomplishing now. Then Dr. Pozon was followed a special number from the teachers of Cataning Elementary School.
DepEd – Balanga City is always supported by Hon. Jose Enrique S. Garcia III, City Mayor, since the core of his administration is education. The goal of his administration is for  Balanga City to be a World Class University Town in 2020.  The good city mayor reported the accomplishment and the things to be accomplished for realization of the goal or vision of his administration. Mayor Joet also present a video presentation of Bill Gates. He accentuated the importance of evaluation. After the message of Mayor Joet, oath taking ceremony followed. Since its Education Summit, talks from the experts were the highlights of the summit. The first talk was done by Dr. Levi P. Verona, Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development. He talked about Social Entrepreneurship. According to him, Social Entrepreneurship is mastering you, mastering the situation and mastering social enterprise. He emphasized one can’t cross to the next process unless he already mastered himself. Then, a video presentation of Dr. Hall Urban’s talk followed. He discussed the three keys to good parenting.
The serving of snacks marked the ending of the first day of the Education Summit.
On July 16, the prayer, singing of National Anthem and Dugong Balangueño thru an audio – visual presentation commenced second day of the Education Summit. Dr. Ronaldo A. Pozon, CESO VI, Schools Division Superintendent, greeted and inspired the educators. He encouraged the teachers to give importance to the topics that will be shared by the resource speakers. Hon. Jose Enrique S. Garcia III, City Mayor of Balanga, welcomed and showed audio – visual presentations of the possible constructions for the further development and progress of the City of Balanga.
The first resource speaker was Dr. Fred Jones. His topic was “Tools for Successful Teaching: Effective Disciplining, Instructing and Motivating”. The second resource speaker was the author of “Lessons from the Classroom”, Dr. Hall Urban. His topic was “Character Education That Works”. Since, there was a very limited time, Dr. Urban was not able to share the 20 Good Things Teachers Do which was the highlight of his book. But he managed to share eight lessons from it. These were:
*      Good teachers share one special quality. “Good teaching is as much about passion as it is about reason. It’s about caring for your craft, having a passion for it, and conveying that passion to everyone, most importantly to your students.”
*      Good teachers have two important goals. “Intelligence is not enough.  Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.
What research tells us about good schools and character education
  1. “Good schools ensure a clean and secure physical environment.”
  2. “Good schools promote and model fairness, equity, caring, and respect.”
  3. “In good schools, students contribute in meaningful ways.”
  4. “Good schools promote a caring community and positive social relationships.”
*      Good teachers form partnerships with parents. Parents are teachers too.
Four types of parents:
  1. Ghost parents – never or rarely meet or have contact with them – they don’t call.
  2. Helicopter Parents – constantly hovering over their child, the school, the administration, and especially the classrooms.  They do get involved – too involved.
  3. Nightmare parents – some are impossible to please – some blame the teachers – some love to threaten lawsuits. (small percentage of all parents)
  4. Dream parents – close to 60% of his parents were absolutely wonderful.- Always said yes to teacher requests. Powerful partnerships and some great friendships.
*      Good teachers start teaching at the door. Greeted each student individually at the door - simplest, least time-consuming, most enjoyable, and most energizing thing I ever did as a teacher.
*      Good teachers teach manners and the Golden Rule. “What you accept, you teach – What you permit, you promote”. “Be proactive, not reactive”
Three ways of communicating:
  1. Words – about 10-15% of our message
  2. Tone of voice – about 40% of our message
  3. Body language – about 45-50% of our message
The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you’d like them to treat you.
*      Good teachers create a caring community.
v  Just as children need caring attachments to adults, they also need caring attachments to each other.
v  The peer culture is a powerful moral teacher and influence on student behavior.
v  When students are part of a legitimate caring moral community in the classroom, they learn morality by living it.
*      Good teachers protect the atmosphere from toxic words. Toxic:  poisonous, contaminated, lethal vs. Nourishing: healthful, beneficial, wholesome.
v  Emphasize courtesy and a professional level of language
v  Ask your students what people who swear frequently reveal about themselves
v  Be specific
v  Eliminate other offensive words
*      Good teachers nourish the atmosphere with kind and affirming words.
ü  Give encouragement
ü  Express thanks
ü  Acknowledge others
ü  Extend greetings
ü  Give a compliment
ü  Congratulate someone
ü  Teach, give instruction
ü  Offer words of comfort
ü  Inspire others
ü  Celebrate and cheer
ü  Inquire, express interest
ü  Mend relationships
ü  Make other laugh
ü  Show faith and trust
ü  Share good news
ü  Praise, honor, build up
ü  Express caring
ü  Show understanding and empathy
ü  Give approval
ü  Extend an invitation
ü  Show courtesy and respect
ü  Give helpful advice
ü  Apologize
ü  Forgive
ü  Offer to help
ü  Tell the truth
ü  Point out the good
ü  Use terms of affection
ü  Supply needed information
ü  Communicate love
They called it a day after the open forum by the educators and the speakers.