Monday, March 28, 2016

FIS Ipoh Student Council Meeting with IB consultant, Mr Christopher Frost

On March 17-18, 2016, IB consultant, Mr. Christopher Frost, had visited Fairview International School Ipoh campus to look at the progress that the school is making toward the requirements IB has for the school’s PYP authorization. As part of his IB consultation itinerary, Mr. Frost met the Student Council whom he described as “brilliant” because of their endeavors to embody the IB learner profile and because they strive to find ways on how to improve the student life in the school via meaningful activities such as Recycling, Student Monitoring and Proper Conduct.
Mr. Frost asked the students about their experience in FIS and to explain to him what they learned in school. The students replied with enthusiasm and conviction that the school has given them the right tools and avenues to expand their horizons in order to become active learners, have the inquiring minds and to take more responsibility for their own learning which would lead them to becoming lifelong learners.
Much to his delight about the responses given, Mr. Frost further asked the students as to how do they exemplify the IB learner profile in different situations. The students confidently answered by giving school-related situations like recycling (Caring), respecting the thoughts/ideas of other students although they may not be the same as theirs (Open-Minded), asking questions to expand knowledge (Inquirers), etc. Mr. Frost was really happy about the outcome of the meeting. He congratulated the Student Council for a job well done!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My First Month as an IB Teacher (DRAFT)
Fairview International School, Kuala Lumpur campus

Being immersed in two international schools
( Melaka International School and Westlake International School) in Malaysia which follow the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum, I can vouch that transitioning from  Cambridge IGCSE to the prestigious IB is not an easy one. I have to fully embrace the philosophy of IB education by constantly reading a lot of IB documents, attending IB training and professional development courses. Being an IB teacher means a master of your content and constantly reflecting on the best teaching practices and methodologies.

AtFairview International School, I am assigned to teach to IB MYP English Language Acquisition. This program aims to provide students with English communication skills that are necessary to enable them to use the English language effectively. Specifically, the program helps students to develop the competencies and thinking skills necessary for success in the mainstream classes where English is used as the primary medium of instruction.    

So, what exactly is an IB education? IB offers the four continuum of international education. These are the IB PYP, IB MPY , IB DP and the IBCC l

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Greek and Roman Mythology


While mythological characters haven’t been dinner-table topics for quite some time, they are undeniably playing roles in our daily lives. As such, these Greek and Roman mythological characters have enlivened English speeches for centuries. Welcome to the world of mythology!!!

goddess of love and beauty
god of music,poetry,and the sun
god of war
goddess of the moon
god of medicine
goddess of wisdom
god of the sky and agriculture
goddess of fertility and crops
god of wine,ecstacy
god of love
Mother Earth
god of the underworld
god of fire,craftsman for the god
queen of the gods;goddess of marriage
messenger of the gods,travel
queen of the underworld
god of the sea
ruler of the gods

 Zeus,the King
Zeus is acknowledged as the leader of the new generation of gods. He is consistently identified as the sky-god. Many of his attributes and titles are attributed to his functions as the god of the sky, e.g Rainer, Thunderer, Cloud Gatherer, Lightning God, Sender of Fair Winds.

Division of Authority
Zeus and his brothers determine the spheres of their authority: Zeus won the sky; Poseidon, the sea; and Hades, the underworld. The surface of the Earth and Mt. Olympus are neutral territories.

The wife of Zeus, Hera, is considered as the queen of the Olympians. Her name is originally a title which meant “Our Lady” or “Great Lady”. She became greatly associated with the Earth, chiefly with marriage and childbirth. Her Roman name is Juno. Due to her husband’s tendency to womanize, Hera is pictured as a wife who was troubled by her husband’s apparent infidelities. Since she could not directly punish the ruler of the gods, she takes vengeance on his mistresses or even on the children produced from these romances.

Poseidon is primarily the god of the sea but he is also associated with earthquakes and horses. His Roman equivalent is Neptune. Like the sea, Poseidon is unpredictable and easily aroused to anger. He is frequently pictured with a trident, a three-pronged spear which is used by fishermen.

Hestia is the goddess of the family hearth and its fire. By extension, she came to be regarded as the guardian of the home, the family, the local community and the state as the whole. Vesta is her Roman name.

The Vestal Virgins
The rites of Vesta were performed by priestesses who were called the Vestal Virgins; each of whom took a vow of virginity in honor of the goddess they served.

Demeter is the goddess of the grain and the Earth’s fertility in general. Her Roman equivalent is Ceres. Demeter’s marriage to Zeus produced a daughter names Persephone (Roman: Proserpina). Demeter and Persephone represented essentially the same thing: the fertility of the Earth. When a distinction was made, Persephone represented the seed and Demeter, the blossoming grain.

The birth of Artemis marks the second generation of the gods of Olympus. Diana is the Roman equivalent to Artemis. Artemis is the goddess of wild nature and of the animals who live there. She is often portrayed as the huntress with a bow and arrow, but she also carefully protects the animals in her domain. She could be unpredictable, like the open country. She could be benevolent and merciful but also harsh and deadly.

Apollo is a god said to be as complex and mysterious as Zeus. He is the god of reason and moderation, the giver of laws and thus, the rewarder of right action and the punisher of the wrong. He is, along with his sister Artemis, a god of archery and could send disease or cure to humans with his arrow. He was the god of the sun as Artemis is of the moon. He is also the god of poetry and music, and, in what perhaps his best known attribute, prophecy.

Athena is a virgin goddess of domestic arts and crafts, of wisdom and war. She is the patroness of Athens and the protector of the cities, in general. She is known to Romans as Minerva. According to stories, an early goddess of wisdom, M├ętis, became pregnant by Zeus. It is foretold that her child would produce a son who will overthrow Zeus. To keep the prophecy from being fulfilled, Zeus swallowed Metis as she was about to give birth. Athena, their child, burst forth from his head. Zeus now becomes both the mother and the father of the child and has avoided the consequences of the prophecy.

He is the son of Zeus and Hera and is considered the god of war. He represents the uncontrollable frenzy of battle and all the destruction and horrors of war.

She is the goddess of physical love and passionate desire. Her Roman equivalent is Venus. Some say that she is the daughter of Zeuz and Dione,a daughter of Oceanus. Other claims that she is born from the mating of “aphros” which means foam of the sea. She is married to Hephaestus, but largely due to her nature, she has many affairs.

He is the master craftsman and metal worker of the gods. His forge is always a place of much activity as he designs and produces ingenious and artistic creations.

While Hermes is the youngest of the gods, he had very primitive origin. He is the messenger of Zeus, the herald of the gods, the guide of travelers, the leader of spirits of the underworld, giver of fertility and the patrons of orators, writers, businessmen, thieves and athletes. His Roman name is Mercury. As a messenger and herald of the gods, he is pictured wearing a broad-rimmed hat, and with winged shoes or sandals.

Hades is the god of the underworld. His name means,the “ unseen one”. The Greeks hesitated a lot to mention his name so they often called him Pluto, which means “ rich” or “ wealthy” to refer to both the number of the spirits under his authority and to the fact that all crops grow from beneath the Earth. The Romans borrowed the name Pluto from the Greeks to refer to their god of the underworld. Although, they also call him Dis. His wife is Persephone.

He is the god of wine and by extension, everything associated with it. Dionysus was from the beginning associated with the fertility of the grape vine and gradually this function expanded to include fertility in general ( crop, animal, human).He is in this regard, the male counterpart of Demeter.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ang Katangian ng Wikang Filipino at ng iba pang mga Wika sa Mundo

Sinulat ni: Paulo C. Dorongon

Ang wika ay pantao
          Ang wika ay pantao dahil ito and makataong pamamaraan ng pagpapahayag ng ating mga kaisipan,saloobin o damdamin.Ito rin and pinakakasangkapan ng pagpapalitan ng ideya,kuro-kuro, atbp.Ang tao ay may kakayahang gumamit ng wika dahil napapaunlad niya ito.Nakabubuo siya ng mga tunog na may kahulugan at hindi gaya-gaya lamang.
Ang wika ay arbitrary
          Ang wika ay arbitraryo sa dahilan na ito ‘yong mga salitang pinagkasunduan ng mga tao para gamitin nila sa pang araw-araw na pamumuhay.Dahil sa arbitraryo, nakakabuo ang mga tao ng iba’t ibang salita na sila lamang ang nagkakaunawaan.Isang halimbawa nito ang salitang  “tsibog” na ang ibig sabihin ay kakain na.
Ang wika ay natatangi
          Ang wika ay natatangi sa dahilan na ito ang ating pinakainstrumento sa komunikasyon.Dahil ito’y natatangi ikanga,tayo’y pinagbubuklod-buklod at pinag-iisa para lalo pang paunlarin ang wikang mayroon tayo ngayon.Ito rin ang dahilan kung bakit napapanatili ng bawat isa ang magandang pag sasamahan o pagkakaibigan.Ito rin and dahilan kung bakit tayo’y nakabubuo ng mga ideyang kaakit-akit para mapakinabangan ng ibang taong lubos pang nangangailangan ng kaalaman.
Ang wika ay nagbubuklod ng bansa
          Kung walang wika,wala tayong matatag na bansa.Ang wika ay nagbubuklod ng bansa dahil ( halimbawa) alam natin na noong unang panahon ay sobra ang kalupitan ng mga dayuhan partikular na and mga Kastila.Dahil sa wikang Filipino,binuklod nito ang ating mga ninuno/bayani na isulong ang pag-aalsa sa pamamagitan ng pagsulat ng mg a kwento at iba’t ibang babasahin na parang sila-sila lang ang nagkakaunawaan.Dahil sa walang kamalay-malay ang mga Kastila kung ano ang mga ‘yon,nakamit ng ating mga kababayan ang kanilang inaasam.
Ikanga ang wika at kultura ay ‘di mapaghihiwalay
          Tama! Sa dahilan na ang bawat wika ng mga tao saan mang panig ng mundo ay nakabatay sa kung anong kultura mayroon sila.Dahil din sa kulturang angkin ng kanilang bansa,lubos nila itong napapaunlad dahil pinagbubuklod sila ng kanilang wikang ginagamit.Ano mang kultura mayroon tayo, itong wika ang syang kumukuntrol