11 Things every Kagayanon should know about their past

I may not be born in this quaint city called the “City of Golden Friendship”, and although my family is related to one of its heroes, I’m proud to be raised as a Kagay-anon. Mabuhay ang Cagayan de Oro! Advance Happy Fiesta to all!

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While waiting for class, I managed to get a hold of an old book in the Library. It was fascinating experience, a time machine of sorts. It was about the history of our city and here are some highlights:

  1. We are “Neolithic-old”

huluga_stone_tools_300Scientists from the National Museum uncovered remnants of an ancient settlement 8 kilometers upstream (near Huluga) during an excavation in 1970. A dating process revealed that those artifacts came from the late Neolithic period. This is 1,600 years old.

  1. Cagayan de Oro is a second settlement

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Himologan was the pre-colonial settlement located 8 km from our present city center headed then by a chief named Salangsang.

During the Christianization of Northern Mindanao, Recollect missionaries were able to influence the original inhabitants to convert with the help of Salangsang’s newly converted grandmother named Dona Magdalena Bacuya. They were then slowly transferred to the lower lands, which is now the present Gaston…

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The month that was March

It started put as busy as any month could be. There were tons of things to do like preparing for the graduation rites and a school evaluation. There was also that follow up for my appointment for a permanent position in the public school system.

You could say that I basically have several tasks a female Hercules must finish to satisfy the gods.

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I’m in a nightmare.

Heaven is so sick. I’m praying and praying.

Lord please heal my child. She is my life. You gave her to me but please don’t take her yet.

I would give up anything just to make her well.

Hear my prayer, Jesus. Mama Mary, please don’t abandon us.

Growth Mindset: It’s Not Just for Christmas

With this blog post, I realized the reason why we should always encourage students to simple try again when they fail at something. This further cements the idea of praising them for their hard work and effort will result to a better perspective on failure as a lesson to learn from and not as a crutch they should carry for the rest of their lives.

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Every Saturday, I take my three-year old son shopping. I must admit I am forever the teacher. My partner draws him a list of things to find and together we look for them. Today, we were after garlic, even if the biro sketch had more than a whiff of onion about it.

It was on our way past the Christmas tree, from the garlic to the carrots, that we saw him, dressed in the signature green and yellow of Morrisons. A stooped stockiness had replaced the gangliness of adolescence but, even so, the crooked smile, open and shy at the same time, instantly sent me back four years. Here was Tim [name changed] again. A delightful boy – who could barely write.

I tend to bump into a former student most weekends, more often than not in a retail outlet. Sometimes I find these meetings awkward. Now that…

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What would you like to learn today? Building a center for research into Self-Organized Learning

I think this would work for a small number of learners, however in a class size of 50 students, I think some students would breakaway and simply do something else altogether like play around or sleep.

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Students at a School in the Cloud lab in India investigate a big question on their own in a SOLE. At the newly-opened SOLE Center at Newcastle University, academics from many disciplines will  conduct research on this type of learning. Photo: School in the Cloud Students at a School in the Cloud lab in India investigate a big question on their own in a SOLE. At the newly-opened SOLE Central at Newcastle University, research will be conducted on this type of learning. Photo: School in the Cloud

Picture a classroom teacher without a lesson plan — a teacher who instead asks students an open-ended question to explore: Can animals think? Did dinosaurs exist? What is a soul?

With the opening of Newcastle University’s SOLE Central on Monday, this vision is coming to life, in a research center where the concept can be tweaked and improved as it rolls out to the wider world.

SOLE Central is the first global hub for research into self-organized learning environments (SOLEs) – the style of learning championed by TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra. In his 2013 prize-winning wish, Mitra offered up a vision of education that combines the resources of…

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