Teaching Values in School

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COMPARED TO  the gravity of discipline-related incidents in larger schools, the ones we have here in our school are minor. Although minor, we do not tolerate those misbehaviors. We make efforts to discuss with the students the consequences of their actions.

This afternoon, the senior boys were called by their adviser. Reportedly, these boys made us, teachers, objects of ridicule by following the way we walk. Yeah, I was not spared. (I wonder if they could follow my Mr. University walk. Lol.) These students were led by the same guys who tagged each teacher obscene names when they were still in their freshman year.

As a sanction, their adviser turned the driveway into a catwalk where the students strutted their stuff  in front of other students to show how they made fun of us. After which, their adviser explained why they were made to do it.

I haven’t done such kind of disciplinary action. I was a class adviser last year but I had not encountered those kinds of problems. I had some classroom management problems but they were settled at the classroom level. Whenever there are problems that my students are involved I would grab the opportunity to deliver a pep talk. Sometimes, I would give enrichment sessions as the need arises. I once explained to the class IQ and EQ. In another chance, I encouraged to dream and envision what they want to be in the future.

I delivered a short talk to my students after checking their practice test this afternoon, citing that my role is not limited to teaching them physics concepts but also to train them to become self-reliant and good problem-solvers. I hope it had left a mark in their hearts. I was so touched when they said. “Thank you, Sir,” after that speech.

Resource for Teachers: Common Classroom Misbehaviors

Ariel Lalisan

Ariel Lalisan

Ariel Lalisan is a physics teacher at Alabel National Science High School. He is an advocate of constructivism approach in education. He employs active learning and independent learning in his lessons, and, of course, a lot of technology integration. His goal is to produce students who can solve problems on their own using the concepts they learn in the classroom. Ariel Lalisan is a Google Certified Innovator (Google Teachers Academy Southeast Asia 2014) and a community leader at Google Educator Group Sarangani. He is a co-founder of SoCCSKSarGen and he won the Globe Media Excellence Blogger of the Year Award in 2015.

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2 thoughts on “Teaching Values in School

  1. sir. its very nice.. hope everyone will know their own mistakes.. sana nga ma-realize na ng mga tontong tao na mali nga sila.. and I know sir, i’m part of it.. hindi nga lang sila madala sa isang salita.. uulit-ulitin lang din nila eh.. sana nga may paraan pa para ma-resolve ang pagiging isip-bata ng mga taong iyon.. thank you sir for this wonderful message. sana po you will continue to be an inspiration to others, and I am now one of them.. A big THANK YOU Sir Ariel! 🙂

    1. Thank you for your comment, Kristian! Mabait ka naman ah. Hehe. Those misbehaviors are really part of growing up. At your age, nagbabago ang expectations ng mga tao sa paligid n’yo sa inyo. Those things that you used to do when you were younger are no longer acceptable. So, you become confused with what actions are acceptable. That is perfectly normal. That is why, the teachers — and of course, your parents — are there to guide you.

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