Let’s Celebrate #ISWPH2020!

Let’s Celebrate #ISWPH2020!

Inclusion is an advocacy that is truly growing in today’s Philippine society, supported by the goal of quality education to be made accessible to all. This has opened our doors to diversity within the space where education thrives, pushing progress forward for students hindered by disability, gender, socioeconomic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. 

To commend and celebrate these efforts, The Teacher’s Gallery would like to spearhead the 3rd Inclusive Schools Week Celebration here in the Philippines on December 7 – 11, 2020 with the theme: “The Time for Inclusion is Now.”  

Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event in the USA sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) and Stetson & Associates, Inc. This time, the annual event will be spearheaded by The Teacher’s Gallery in the Philippine setting. This is a celebration of fostering inclusion for all students who come from all kinds of backgrounds. 

Principals, administrators, teachers, leaders, students, parents – everyone who plays a role in inclusive education is invited to join the celebration and encouraged to conduct simple activities at any time and day during the Inclusive Schools Week showing how they value and practice inclusion. You can organize your very own ISW with your school! It doesn’t have to be grand – it can be as simple as holding a sign language workshop, to holding a week-long forum series about Inclusive Education.

Through this, we hope to spark a meaningful discussion with educators, students, and parents on what inclusion means in education spaces. These may be a virtual classroom, school, and community-wide initiatives – all contributed by everyone who will participate. By joining together in this celebration, we hope that we would be able to unite as one in creating more inclusive environments within schools and the communities to which they belong, contributing to creating a more inclusive society.

If you’re interested in celebrating Inclusive Schools Week PH with us this December 7-11, 2020, click the button below for the application form.  You can download our celebration guide, publicity materials, and a flexible program template that you can use to help you get you started.

Let’s Learn Together!

Take part in a conversation, ask for help, and give help to others. You can also share ideas and resources to other community members.

Maximize Your Scope of Impact in this New Normal

Maximize Your Scope of Impact in this New Normal

Tune in to the last session of “The Power of the Teacher’s Heart: Living and Thriving Amidst Crisis” – A FREE Zoomference Series on Educator’s Guide to Holistic Wellbeing.

In this wellness webinar session, featuring Dr. Adam Saenz – a licensed psychologist, emotional expert, and author of the best-selling book “The Power of a Teacher”, we will talk about maximizing your scope of impact as an educator in the new normal.

NOTE: Our Zoom Account can only accommodate a limited number of participants, so we will follow a first come, first serve basis. Please know that this session is also available LIVE in our facebook page: www.facebook.com/ttgphil

Get a chance to win the best-selling book “The Power of a Teacher” and other giveaways!

But wait, there’s more!

Catch this great offer – exclusive to The Teacher’s Gallery Wellness Webinar Attendees. Get access to Dr. Adam Saenz’s Online Course “Strength Through Crisis: How to Identify and Nurture Wellness in Five Core Areas of Life” with a huge discounted price.

Originally priced at $99, TTG Wellness Webinar attendees can now get it for only $5!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now to this wellness webinar session. Use this link to reserve your free slot.

See you virtually teacher friends!

Let’s Learn Together!

Take part in a conversation, ask for help, and give help to others. You can also share ideas and resources to other community members.

This time, it’s about YOU, teacher friends!

This time, it’s about YOU, teacher friends!

Let’s take a break from webinars about how and what to teach in this new normal. 
This time it is about YOU.

In celebration of National Teachers Month and World Teacher’s Day, The Teacher’s Gallery brings you, The Power of a Teacher’s Heart: Leading and Thriving Amidst Crisis – A Zoomference Series on Educator’s Guide to Holistic Wellbeing in the New Normal.  

Our Wellness Zoomference Series will start on September 30, 2020 at 10:00 am. 
It’s FREE  for all educators! Share this too to all your teacher friends.
 
Please refer to the links below to register:
Financial Wellness – September 30,  2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Topic: Building a ‘Crisis Proof’ Financial Legacy
Resource Speaker: International Marketing Group
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctf-6qqDIqGNJupf_JikV2q_Nf2Oo5XfQ3 
Emotional and Spiritual Wellness – October 1, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Topic: Strengthening Emotional Resilience and Spiritual Connection During
Uncertain Time

Occupational Wellness – October 2, 2020, 9:00am – 10:00 am
Topic: Maximizing Your Scope of Impact in the New Normal
Resource Speaker: Dr. Adam Saenz 

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ofuygrDwvHNQnbmoiY1RRTHktRJY-9-Nr  

Exciting giveaways await our lucky teachers during each webinar! Stay safe and see you virtually, Teacher Friends!

Let’s Learn Together!

Take part in a conversation, ask for help, and give help to others. You can also share ideas and resources to other community members.

Wellness Webinar Series for Educators

Wellness Webinar Series for Educators

In celebration of National Teachers Month and World Teacher’s Day, The Teacher’s Gallery brings you, The Power of a Teacher’s Heart: Leading and Thriving Amidst Crisis – A Zoomference Series on Educator’s Guide to Holistic Wellbeing in the New Normal.

As we navigate this unprecedented time, we are sure that you have been working round the clock to provide a good learning experience to our dear students. As teachers ensure students’ learning, who’s taking care of our teachers’ wellbeing?

“No one really learns well when teachers are stressed and burned out, which is why I say a stressed and burned out teaching force is an equity issue. If we believe in equity and if we want our students to do well, we have to ensure our educators are doing well, too.” – Dena Simmons, Educator and Researcher  

Teacher friends, this time, it is about YOU.

Our Wellness Zoomference Series will start on September 30, 2020 at 10:00 am. 
It’s FREE  for all educators! Share this too to all your teacher friends.
 
Please refer to the links below to register:
Financial Wellness – September 30,  2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Topic: Building a ‘Crisis Proof’ Financial Legacy
Resource Speaker: International Marketing Group
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctf-6qqDIqGNJupf_JikV2q_Nf2Oo5XfQ3 
Emotional and Spiritual Wellness – October 1, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Topic: Strengthening Emotional Resilience and Spiritual Connection During
Uncertain Time

Occupational Wellness – October 2, 2020, 9:00am – 10:00 am
Topic: Maximizing Your Scope of Impact in the New Normal
Resource Speaker: Dr. Adam Saenz 

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ofuygrDwvHNQnbmoiY1RRTHktRJY-9-Nr  

Exciting giveaways await our lucky teachers during each webinar! Stay safe and see you virtually, Teacher Friends!

Let’s Learn Together!

Take part in a conversation, ask for help, and give help to others. You can also share ideas and resources to other community members.

Learning in the Time of Corona

Learning in the Time of Corona

TTG KNOWLEDGE PORTAL

Learning in the time of COVID-19

Introducing the TTG Knowledge Portal, where you can find curated resources from top universities and institutions, local and abroad.

It truly is a struggle to connect nowadays with the very necessary need for social distancing.  However, this should not mean that we must also distance ourselves from making the world a better place through education – and fostering our personal growth as educators at the same time!

 

Available online courses:

Inclusive Education

Teaching online classes

Professional Development

Holistic Wellness

And many more to come!

See this week’s featured courses from:

Queensland University of Technology

University of Bath

University of Glasgow

St. George’s University of London

University of Birmingham

 

TTG believes in #LearningUninterrupted.

While we are indoors, educators can still do their part in ensuring the future of the world through its future leaders: today’s learners, through brand new education systems and strategies that are emerging in the time of what most are calling “e-learning”.

TTG believes in #LearningUninterrupted while we maintaining social distancing to protect everyone around us. This is true not only for our learners, but for our educators as well who are interested in learning and growing during this time.

We introduce the TTG Knowledge Portal as a much-needed collection of online resources by top universities for everyone! To foster “e-learning”, we believe that educators must also be able to e-learn to effectively harness the power of technology for education.

To start “e-teaching”, we want to provide you with a few tools that can help you get started on being the best educator you can be in this time. 

Join the TTG Knowledge Portal today.

Be one of the pioneering members of #LearningUninterrupted now.

Online Teaching

These courses will help educators effectively and efficiently transition from real-life teaching to online teaching. One of its interesting courses is Virtual Scenarios for Learning, where we can learn to apply Scenario-Based Learning, storytelling, and virtual scenario-building to help learners develop their decision-making skills.

Inclusive Education

Inclusive education is a concept frequently discussed among educators. This will serve as an opportunity for everyone to learn how to ensure that inclusion and equity manifests within the education system they are a part of, be it within the classroom, or encompassing their entire school, or even education on larger scales. As a whole, these courses will foster a holistic understanding of what “inclusive education” as a concept is, and how it applies in different contexts.

Professional Development

These courses are aimed towards developing its audience towards strengthening their methods in education and research. This is for all educators to be able to learn more beyond the end of these courses.

Let’s Learn Together! 

As we continue to make social distancing a part of our lives for now to ensure the safety of all, let’s make sure that we still live in a world of #LearningUninterrupted.

Wellness Retreat Seminar-Workshop for School Heads and Principals

Wellness Retreat Seminar-Workshop for School Heads and Principals

School heads, principals, and school representatives attended the Wellness Retreat Seminar-Workshop titled “The Power of a Teacher: It can change a student’s life. It can change the world” last October 17-19, 2018 at Tagaytay Haven Hotel Ulat.

The event began with a prayer, led by Ms. Mai Roble (Executive Director of The Teacher’s Gallery), followed by the singing of the Philippine National Anthem. The first speaker, Mr. Jun Cabochan, explained “The Whys of Us.” The session was understanding educators’ individual abilities, personalities, and limits – emphasized the importance of performing self-reflection and self-awareness.

“To know what you want to do, to know what makes you up in the morning, to always keep trying, and to never get tired of doing the right thing.”

Mr. Cabochan emphasized that successful people like Kim Clark to Jose Abad Santos, from Popeye the Sailorman to Che Guevara, people motivated themselves through their personal values and belief system. To know what you want to do, to know what makes you wake up in the morning, to always keep trying and to never get tired of doing the right thing. Further, Mr. Cabochan lectured on how crucial for educators to show their students their potential until those students see it on their own – teachers, principals, and school heads should show their students that they have intrinsic worth. Mr. Cabochan ended his session by leaving the participants with a quote “He who has a ‘WHY’ to live, can live with almost any ‘HOW.'”

Dr. Adam Saenz, the Keynote Speaker, and the author of the book “The Power of a Teacher”; he is also a psychologist and theologian. Dr. Saenz shared his expertise on the matter of creating and maintaining a holistic form of wellness (physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial wellness). He began his session by discussing the “SELF” as the core of the workshop. Further, he shared his story about being a troubled child – in which he reiterated that teachers or principals’ role in their students’ lives is a very important one. Dr. Saenz told them that the turning point of his life was when one of his high-school teachers complimented him and pushed him to do something with his life. He said that that incident was the first time that anybody believed that he can do something great; Dr. Saenz’s session revolved in giving emphasis on the teacher’s belief on their students and themselves.

The morning stress busters was led by Ms. Malou Aristorenas and two other fitness instructors, they introduced the newest exercise crave in abroad called Pound Fit. Volunteers were gathered from the audience to join the instructors and lead the plenary for the exercise.

The breakout sessions were done simultaneously at different stations with the participants staying at their designated rooms, and the speakers rotating. The breakout rooms were divided into 4 categories: Emotional Wellness, Spiritual Wellness, Physical Wellness, and Financial Wellness.

Emotional Wellness: Journey from Bitter to Better. The session was given by Ms. Kat Aristorenas, she lectured by making use of an acronym – JOURNEY. J for Just love yourself – focusing on the importance of accepting one’s imperfections; our imperfections make us human and what makes us unique. O for Own your emotions – one must be true to oneself, emotions in nature are neutral, but the way we handle our emotions decide if the outcome will be good or bad.  U for Uncover your strengths – we must identify our own strengths and weaknesses. R for Reach out to the right people. N for Nurture the relationships with those people. E for Embrace your beliefs; spirituality and meditation certainly help in handling hard situations. Y for Yes to a purpose; one must have a purpose or at least one must identify a purpose for oneself.

Spiritual Wellness: Give Me Another Chance. The session, given by Ms. Mildred Garrido-Esguerra, highlighted on forgiveness, understanding, and ultimately being at peace with all the aspects of life. Ms. Mildred broke the session down to 4 aspects: first is forgiveness, it centered around the quote “Heroic forgiveness is hard, but it’s worth it.” Second is the Power of Words, she emphasized that the mouth speaks what the heart wants. Third, it focused on Faith and Hope – it is about the importance of having a shoulder to lean on and having God or a belief system to run to in times of difficulty. Lastly, the importance of Love in general. It tackles how important it is for students to feel loved by their teachers, because not all students receive the kind of love they want from their parents or families, and friends.

Physical Wellness. The session was facilitated by Ms. Malou Airstorenas. The session was about the importance of not just being physically well, but also mentally. Ms. Malou shared personal stories about her struggles and how she managed to move on and become a better person. People think of belief as something being applied mentally, but Ms. Malou told them that belief can actually affect them physically also. She gave proof of this by leading the participants in a small activity, where the participants are asked to stretch their arms toward the back and know the limit of the stretch. Afterward, she asked them to close their eyes and asked them to repeat the stretch, but only this time, they must imagine the action, not actually perform it – she then asked them to open their eyes and perform the action again and see how they were able to stretch their arms a little bit further than the first time, and that was the power of belief.

“The Ideal way of managing your hard-earned money is by saving first and spending later, rather than the other way around.”

Financial Wellness. The Teacher’s Gallery invited Sun Life Financial Philippines to provide Financial Literacy Talks during the breakout sessions. The session consists of sharing of Philippine data setting and how the majority of Filipinos do not have long-term plans in financial stability. Sun Life Financial gave a lecture on the differences between insurances and investments; how important it is to start early, and why people should think very wisely for their expenses; the ideal way of managing your hard-earned money is by saving first and spending later, rather than the other way around. Moreover, they provided knowledge on the differences of rates between banks, bonds, and the stock market. Finishing their talk, they emphasized that participants have the power and the responsibility to manage their finances, but financial advisors like them are available if needed.

During the last day of the workshop, Dr. Saenz focused on defining stress, and how to apply the lessons that the participants learned throughout the 3-day workshop. Dr. Adam started off by defining stress, and burnout. He identified three dimensions of burnout, which are: Exhaustion/Disengaging (versus energy), Cynicism (versus involvement), and Ineffectiveness (versus efficacy). Dr. Adam explained that one of the best ways to manage your stress is to identify if you are either being “Helpful” or “Hurtful”, he explained this by using a diagram Dr. Adam Saenz concluded his lecture on stress management by emphasizing to the plenary that Stress Management is a process.

For the last session, Dr. Saenz emphasized on why it is important to sustain wellness in all the dimensions in the Wellness Wheel and gave recommendations to follow in trying to achieve personal wellbeing in each of the dimension. He concluded the sessions by thanking them for participating in the 3-day workshop, and reminding them to tell themselves the phrase “I will” and follow that “I will” with an achievable, realistic action.

As a Culminating Activity, led by Ms. Malou and Ms. Kat, a piece of paper was distributed to each participant where they were asked to write down a promise or a contribution that they aim to achieve, then write down their action plan on achieving the promise or contribution. After, participants were then asked to stick their papers inside the big heart on stage while songs from The Greatest Showman played in the background.