This year’s annual in-service training week was opened by School and Program Director, Beni Ancheta-Veloso, with a seminar on the concept of a Bucket (a representation of one’s mental and emotional self), Bucket Filling (being kind and thoughtful, and showing that you care about someone like saying something kind, giving a sincere smile, helping without being asked, showing respect, etc.) and Bucket Dipping (being unpleasant and mean like making fun of someone, saying cruel things, being intentionally disrespectful, bullying, etc.). In the afternoon, the teachers participated in a workshop on Kindness.
You can learn more about Bucket Filling here.
The next day focused on Mindfulness, or being fully present and aware of our surroundings and actions, and not being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. After the seminar in the morning, the teachers learned a bit of Yoga during the workshop session on mindfulness exercises that can be done with kids and in the classroom.
Day three zeroed in on First Aid Training and Disaster Preparedness. Teachers and Teacher Aides underwent a seminar and workshop in the morning by one of our dear parents, Robert Ibañez, on the first responses for basic illnesses and accidents that may arise in school. He was assisted by an alumnus of the school, Mauro, who was such a sport in re-enacting some of the emergency situations.
In the afternoon, Mr. Erwin Sañano, a member of the Mandaluyong Disaster Risk Management Team, discussed ways to prepare ourselves and handle emergencies during calamities such as earthquakes and fire.
The final day of In-Service Training week made Explorations faculty “Brain Builders.” A talk on brain development and parenting was given by Dr. Marie Arranz-Lim and Dr. Kaye Napalinga, enriching the teachers’ knowledge on a child development, and equipping them with the tools to properly educate this batch of “zentennials.”
The week came in full circle as School and Program Director, Beni Ancheta-Veloso closed the training series with a workshop on Brain Building. With the roll of a die to determine what life experiences a child will have, teachers were tasked to build a child’s brain using pipe cleaners and straws. Each wire represented the child’s experiences, and the straws represented the support that was given. Each key marked a toxic life event that weighed the child’s brain down. At the end of the activity, all groups of teachers concluded that in the face of many toxic life events a person will face in life, a good, developmentally appropriate education on all levels will make all the difference.
Cheers to another year of kindness, mindfulness, safety, and building brains. Because each child is worth it!
Welcome, SY 2017-2018!