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Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by problems that I tend to view my glass as half-empty.  It’s so easy to complain and take note of the negatives instead of the positives.  To be honest, my life right now isn’t going the way I want it to go.  The trials never seem to stop and I sometimes just want to lash out at anyone because I’m angry and hurt.  But I know that I can’t be this way.  I have to believe that there is hope, that things will get better, and that these, too, shall pass. 

I actually just wrote a rant and rave post but for some reason, when I clicked on “publish” and went to view my site, the entire post wasn’t there.  Maybe Someone wants me to stop complaining and to count my blessings, instead. 

So, before I turn in and call it a day, let me tell you why my glass is half-full.

  1. I have a good husband who loves me and understands me.
  2. I have two wonderful and smart kids who inspire me to be a better person.
  3. I have loving and supportive parents.
  4. I have the love and support of my siblings as well.
  5. I have a good job that I love and enjoy.
  6. I have good friends who pray for me.
  7. I get to eat a good meal three times a day.
  8. I just had a 3-day weekend which I spent with my husband and kids.
  9. I have talents and abilities.
  10. God still loves me inspite of me.

From now on, I promise to complain less and to give thanks more often.

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My sister tagged me to do this meme. 

  • Grab the nearest book.
  • Turn to page 123.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the text of the next three sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
  • Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or intellectual book in your closet!  Just pick up whatever is closest!
  • Tag three people.

Okay, so here goes.  The book closest to me is Business Statistics by Ken Black.  I am in our spare room (which we use for a study room) and I’m preparing my lessons (while blogging at the same time… multi-tasking!).

Three methods of assigning probabilities are 1) the classical method, 2) the relative frequency of ccurrence method, and 3) subjective probabilities.  The classical method can assign probabilities a priori, or before the experiment takes place.  It relies on the laws and rules of probability. 

I haven’t had time to read any novels lately.  The last book I read was Memoirs of a Geisha (which I thoroughly enjoyed) and that was about a month ago. 

Anyway, I’m tagging Toni, Bugsy, and Bridget

What have you been reading lately? 🙂

I’m sure everyone has a story to tell about dealing with people from government offices.  I just came from SSS to process my mom’s disability benefits.  What I hate about doing business with these people is that they can’t seem to make up their minds about what they really want from us.  This is actually the fourth time I’ve been to SSS to process Nay’s disability benefits.  The first time I was only given forms to fill up.  When I had submitted those forms, they told me I needed to secure a medical certificate from Nanay’s doctor.  Upon submitting those forms, they asked me again to get a neurologic evaluation – from my mom’s neuro, which I did.  And now that I submitted the evaluation, they tell me I need to submit a letter, requesting for a home visit by the SSS doctor to check-up my mom.  The alternative to this would be to bring my mom to SSS, which we don’t want to do because it would be too much of a hassle for her and us.

They could have told me at the very beginning what they really needed from us, instead of giving me their requirements one at a time.  But, I don’t want to rant and rave about this because I know I can’t get around their system.  Eventually, I still have to follow how things are being done – or else we won’t get any benefits.  I just hope it (the benefits, I mean) will all be worth the hassle I’m going through right now. 

Since I changed jobs (from full-time research work to full-time teaching), I’ve hardly had time to breathe! I know that’s an exaggeration, but the pace of a teacher’s life is so busy that I couldn’t find time to relax and blog. I told my sister the other day that I’m no longer Ms. Lazy when it comes to work and I’ve gone back to being a workaholic like her (and my mom).

We just submitted prelim grades last Friday and the past few days before that I’ve had an average of 4 or 5 hours of sleep only. I was overwhelmed with paperwork (checking papers, actually), and I pressured myself to pass on the deadline. Being on my first year of probationary (full-time teachers are on probationary status for three years, btw), I have to meet all deadlines and do my best in everything. Not that I wouldn’t do my best when I’m already permanent, but I know I just have to meet the expectations of the administrators and especially the students because they give 30% weight to the TBI (evaluation of the students) the first three years – and then I relax a little.

Pressure! I guess I just have to get used to this again. I can no longer take 2-hour coffee breaks (hehe!) or go home for lunch and a siesta (and get back to work at 3pm). But despite my hectic schedule, I am thoroughly enjoying myself and loving what I do – and that’s what’s more important, right? 🙂

A colleague was telling me about how different students of today are from students of the past, oh maybe, 10 or 15 years ago.  She has been in teaching for 20 or so years and she can’t help but compare the students she had before with the students she has now. 

For one thing, very few students today practice basic courtesy.  They can hardly say good morning when they meet their teachers in the corridors or say goodbye after a class.  I even had a student who borrowed my pen during a quiz but didn’t even bother to say thank you upon returning it.

This colleague of mine also mentioned that students now are becoming so self-absorbed that they don’t know how to be helpful.  She remembers her former students helping her carry her things to the faculty room and volunteering to erase the board after a class.  Today, her students do not even bother to give her a hand even when they see her lugging several books to and from the classroom.  It’s such a pity that our youth today do not seem to know the most basic of good manners and right conduct.

Today I also experienced something which also made me feel bad about our students.  A Korean student of mine approached me after my class and told me that his classmates are copying his answers during a test.  I told him to cover his paper always during a test and he said (in halting English) that even if he covers his paper, his classmates literally remove his hand to take a peek – he demonstrated this to me.  I told him then that I have to transfer him to another seat so that his classmates wouldn’t copy from him.  He said it’s okay with him that his classmates copy from him but he feels that it wouldn’t be good for them because they won’t improve.  He then told me about how in Korea they put so much importance in Math that they spend 3 hours per day for the subject.  He also said that the lessons we had were taught in elementary (he is taking Math Special) and yet some of his classmates had difficulty with the lessons.

I just felt so bad that a Korean student witnessed first hand how Pinoy students cheat.  I don’t know if cheating is rampant in Korea, but I know that in our schools, it has become a way of life for most students.  I feel even more the responsibility to shape not just the minds of my students, but also their values.