Module 5 eJournal: About Learning and Reintegration
First half of EDS111, I am still in China working, and just recently started packing our things, settling bills payments, closing bank accounts and making sure a smooth transition and responsibility turnover at work. Added to the difficulty is there is no more internet connection at home so I needed to do some homework in the office or stay in a nearby coffee shop.
Second half, I am back to Philippines with my family. I thought I will have more time now to study but it has been a very busy week. The house that we will move in still do not have furniture and appliances, bathroom needs to be fixed, the house painted etc. In addition to that, my 6-year old son is also transitioning from homeschool to mainstream schooling. New country, new language and a totally different school set up for my son.
When an OFW returns home for good, they call it reintegration. I call it learning. Learning how to blend in a society that I have been absent for too long. Learning to adapt to the weather, the traffic and the Filipino way of life. Learning a new career.
This week, I learned that there are various forms of learning including formal, informal and non-formal learning. “In The Cedefop glossary (Tissot, P., 2004) defines core concepts, as follows:
- Formal learning consists of learning that occurs within an organized and structured context that may lead to formal recognition
- Non-formal learning consists of learning embedded in planned activities that are not explicitly designated as learning, but which contain an important learning element such as vocational skills acquired at workplace.
- Informal learning is defined as learning resulting from daily life activities related to family, work or leisure
I also learned 3 additional acronyms from Module 5 namely LLL (Life Long Learning), PLC (Professional Learning Community) and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) which are all geared toward student and teachers learning and development be it professionally or personally.
As stated in the Resource 2 material Teachers as Continuous Learners, “Intelligent people are in a continuous learning mode” and the first step to learning is the humility of knowing what you don’t know and not being afraid to admit it.
The quest to learning continuous…
Lifelong learning: What does it mean?
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Teachers as Continuous Learners
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What is a “Professional Learning Community”? Retrieved from
25 Practices that Forster Lifelong Learning