Posted in Distance Learning

On Teacher Professionalism

Module 2 eJournal

Teacher professionalism as I understand it is when teachers possess the necessary competence, skills and know how that is aligned with the set standard, rules and qualification by a regulatory board. In the Philippine setting, teachers should have completed the education and training requirement, pass the board examination and hold a license given by the Philippine Regulation Commission.

My definition of teacher professionalism is somewhat similiar with (Millerson 1964) feature list of how occupation can be termed a profession namely:

  • the use of skills based on theoretical knowledge
  • education and training in those skills certified by examination
  • a code of professional conduct oriented towards the ‘public good’
  • a powerful professional organisation.

After reading the resource materials, I am surprised to know that during the early times, teaching have not been regarded as a profession but as a craft or semi-profession. “One of the main reasons for its semi-professional positioning was that school teaching was and remains a strongly feminized occupation” Beck (2008: 122). Lack of individual autonomy is another reason. Leiter (1978) states that “occupations such as teaching and nursing claim professional status but are not completely accorded this status because their individual autonomy is often under organizational control”. In contrast, in China during 1929, professors were among the officially identified as elite professionals. Crook (2008: 15). This only shows that teacher professionalism depends on the state’s or society’s perception and also changes with time.

I also learned about the different types of professionalism which are Traditional Professionalism where teachers have the absolute autonomy, Managerial Professionalism where teachers were managed by state at national level, Collaborative Professionalism where the community were part of the decision making and Democratic Professionalism were all stakeholders were taken into consideration.

I am grateful to my teachers which I also regard as my mentors. While they might have the professional status and respectability, monetarily they are not compensated well. This is the main reason why our best teachers are going abroad to earn multiple times of what they are earning at home. Some even get domestic helper jobs even they have the teacher qualifications just to meet their families needs. The brain drain continues…

I hope with our new president, things will get better for our teachers and the Philippine education in general.

References:

Teacher Professionalism: A Literature Riview by Jeanne Gamble

‘Collaborative’ and ‘Democratic’ Professionalisms: Alternatives to ‘Traditional’ and ‘Managerialist’ Approaches to Teacher Autonomy? By WHITTY, Geoff* and WISBY, Emma**

Defining “Teacher Professionalism” from different perspectives by Nihan DemirkasÕmo

Understanding Teachers’ Perspectives on Professionalism by Mercedes S. Tichenor John M. Tichenor Stetson University Stetson University

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Posted in Travel

I Love Biking!

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I started biking when I was still in grade school and the last time I ever used a bike was up to my high school years in Philippines. Living in Hangzhou, biking is a very relaxing way of enjoying the city. You can enjoy the picturesque view of lined trees and greens. There is a separate pedestrian and bike lane which makes it stress-free. The cool breeze on your face is refreshing and the added bonus is it is good for your body. It is a must-do for every tourist who wants to explore the city in a healthy fun way. Enjoy!

Posted in Distance Learning, Education

Learning Thru Reflection

Learning thru Reflection

Knowledge overload! As I started reading the resources, nothing seems to sink in and so I used the text to speech feature where the narrator reads it while I also go over the material.  Of all the theories, I can recall the one used by Reynolds (1965) which is the model of developing competence and was likened to driving a car which I can very much relate to.

I also recall other models with catchy phrase like Donald Schon (1983) about theory-in-action and theory-on-action which is “reflecting while you are doing it” and “reflecting after you’ve done it” and Gibbs model “learning by doing”.

Learning reflection is just in time for my career changing move. I have only one month left to stay in my current job as a Costing and Industrial Engineer which involves careful and detailed analysis of data using predetermined time and motion systems.  I am a licensed practitioner of one of these systems for more than 10 years now and I would say I already have the unconscious competence in its use and application. I was given the opportunity to share this knowledge as a Training and Productivity Consultant. Although I have the competency as a user, I think I am still in the conscious incompetence stage as far as training is concerned. Training a group of fellow engineers is not new to me in an informal setting but doing corporate training is somewhat intimidating. I believe being reflective will help me get the skills as read in the supplementary resource, “Reflective practice, over time, allows you to become skillful in making informed judgements and professional decisions, and is empowering” (Robins et al., 2003)

Even in our everyday lives, reflection will help us check the what, know the why’s and hopefully get us to the how’s, how to do better next time, how to avoid the same mistakes and how to develop ourselves to be the best person that we can become.

References: The Reflective Teacher pp. 9, 11

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Trusting God

It is only a month’s away and my family will be moving back to Philippines for good.  I gave up a good paying job in China to get back to a normal life. We don’t know what lies ahead but I find comfort in this verse that no matter where we are, we know that God is in control and has a plan for our life.

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Newbie eJournal

Hi Everyone! Thank you for visiting my site. I am Noemi Echague, an Industrial Engineer by profession and currently working here in Hangzhou City, China. My husband together with my 6-year old son lives with me. We started homeschooling my son 2years ago using the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) Curriculum. Working by day, teaching at night and last 3months studying after my son slept until dawn. The high cost of education led us to reconsider going back home. We will stay here in China until mid June this year. I started working in China since 2005 so I am really looking forward to staying in Philippines for good. #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines.

As a requirement of our EDS111 Principles of Teaching subject, I am writing this journal primarily to pass ^-^ but I also welcome the learning that comes with it. This is my first attempt at blogging and I hope I can learn the ins and outs and hopefully share my ideas and experiences as we begin our journey together.

The first challenge that I encountered was when I tried to post in the introduction forum. My family was in Philippines for 2 weeks to participate in the historical Presidential Election. Since it was election week, the internet connection speed has been at its slowest. I tried posting together with the photo attachment but this is the time when you just clicked the post button without the attachment. So I tried to edit and post again because we have 30minutes to edit it but the time is just not on my side. Due to low connection speed, it took me 2 hours to post the photo separately.

During my first term, I was in Hangzhou China the whole time. China is known for blocking everything including but not limited  to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. I asked our MIS support because while I can access the UPOU student portal, I cannot access the MyPortal page. I can access it in my mobile using Psiphon App but I need to access it on my laptop as well. I was advised to drop my subjects. I tried to buy VPN to access the blocked sites and it worked! Unfortunately it costed me $15/3months. After I finished my 2 subjects, only then that I discovered that I can also access the blocked sites for FREE using Freegate. Can you say that again? Well, lesson learned.

How about you? Which one will you prefer?

Philippines: Slow internet speed with unlimited access to websites

or

China: Fast internet speed with blocked websites

Can’t we have BOTH? 🙂