Models and Mentors in My Life

Role Models and Mentors

Their Contributions

My Parents

They taught me to be humble and respect others at all times. I never heard of any single instance that they intentionally announced whatever achievements they had in life.

They  are open to change and respect others opinion although this is in contrast with their own  ideas.

My college friends

They have been a great influence to me because I was able to adapt their enthusiasm and positivity.

My husband

I became more patient and God fearing. He thought me how to deal with different situations.

Jesus Christ

He is my ultimate inspiration.



The Type of Role Model I Want to Be for My Students.    
1. I want to be a person who inspires and encourages my students to strive for greatness, live to the fullest potential and see the best in themselves.
2. I want to be a role model of commitment to excellence.
3. I want to set good examples by the words I speak and by the actions I take.
4. I want to encourage an open and trusting learning environment.
5. I want to foster critical thinking and emphasize teamwork in the class.



I am a self-regulated learner!

1. I am motivated to study and determined to finished all tasks ( I must have a higher degree of self-motivation)
As a distance student, I’ll need to be a self-regulated learner. I have a clear goal in mind for what I want to achieve.

2. I mastered the time management skill
I believe that time-management skills are essential in distance learning. I create a schedule for me to follow.

3. I set goals
I make sure that I accomplish the goals I set for myself by the end of each week.


Predominant practices in our home

When I was a child, I still remember those old days that I was able to feel so much happiness because of rewards I received from doing an outstanding performance in school or at home. I will enumerate good acts/deeds that I used to do with corresponding rewards as this were the ways of my parents to reinforce positive behavior to us. I have 3 siblings and we happen to compete just to who will the first one to receive such wonderful reward. Those who can do a good act will be rewarded and if not, of course there’s a corresponding punishment to it.

Good acts

1. Waking up in the morning on or before 6 o’clock (an early riser).

Purpose: To practice punctuality in going to school and patriotism for the flag ceremony every morning before the classroom discussion starts

Can’t:  a. Wash the dishes in the afternoon lunch b. Clean the yard in the afternoon after class.

Can do: a. Additional allowance of P1.00 will be given b. Can watch a 30 minute cartoon TV series on that certain day  c. Perfect early rising for a week is equivalent to 1 pack of chocolate (I forgot the brands)

2. Having good test/exam results in each subject

Purpose: To practice academic excellence at school

Can do: a. Can watch 2 movies during the weekend b. Can eat my favorite meal like adobo and higado thrice a week

Can’t: a. Wash my socks and underwear, 2 pair of uniform 

Wrongful acts

1. Not eating vegetable meal

Purpose: To have a balanced diet

Can do: a. Adobo recipe will be provided after eating vegetable in a certain meal. No veggie, no adobo. This dish is partners at all times.

2. Did not share my food to others like biscuits, chocolate

Purpose: To practice sharing what I have

Can do: a. More biscuits to be given (like double the number so that I can share more to others)

Can’t: a. No biscuit nor chocolates at all.

Discipline Without the Punishment

According to the International Child and Youth Care Network, punishment doesn’t work as a response to negative behavior that there are certainly ways to moderate our child’s behaviors without using techniques that are equally as negative as her actions. So I want to do this as well. Instead of reacting in a punishing way by yelling at or grounding my child, I’ll try talking to her. I will calmly discuss her behavior and tell/explain the good and bad consequences of her behavior. In that way, I believe she’ll realize what she has done wrong and will think of those consequences if she happen to do the same behavior or a wrongful act again.

I believe that punishments tend to lead to more negative consequences. A swat on the bottom is a mild physical punishment. As Valya Telep says in her research, a former Extension Specialist, Child Development at Virginia State University, “While it may do no permanent physical harm, it does not help the child develop a conscience. Instead, it teaches him that physical violence is an acceptable way of dealing with problems.”

Praise Vs. Rewards

I believe in providing praise to a child in an effort to reinforce positive behaviors and dissuade negative ones isn’t exactly the same as giving out rewards. So I will praise her simply  and let my child know that she is on the right track. I believe that praise can also help to offset frustration and promote development. 




Metacognition is important for effective learning. Effective learning involves planning and goal-setting, monitoring one’s progress, and adapting as needed. I believe these activities are metacognitive in nature. There are three critical steps to teaching metacognition: Teaching students that their ability to learn is mutable, Teaching planning and goal-setting, Giving students ample opportunities to practice monitoring their learning and adapting as necessary. Explicitly teaching students how to become overtly and consciously familiar with the methods they use to learn why they use them, how they work, why they work, when to apply them and how to apply them can help them think more like experts.

Am I a self-regulated learner?
When you plan your learning, monitor your progress while implementing the plan, evaluate and reflect from it, then you are a self regulated learner.
When I was in my elementary days, I think I was not a self regulated learner. I just waited for my teacher to discuss/explain the lesson. I only became a self-regulated learner when I was in college.
I read and analyze my daily assignments, then set my goals and I make sure that these goals are clear.I plan learning strategies and I consider a variety of ways to approach the learning task which is most effective. The methods used are outlining, summarizing, highlighting. When implementing my plan, I monitor and make sure that I have a progress towards my learning goal. I do note-taking and write a list of errors made. In the end, I will evaluate if my chosen strategy to implement my learning has worked. Lastly, I reflect all my works that has been accomplished successfully.

Why can’t I think like an expert?
The main reason that I cannot think like an expert is that I am not able to apply the self regulation strategy. In order for me to think like an expert, I need to be a self-regulated learner by heart. I need to practice the strategies to become a self regulated learner at all times.

According to educational researchers, a person must be sufficiently engaged in a learning experience in order to correct, modify and refine his or her existing knowledge structures to promote transfer of learning. The strategy is to provide opportunity for reflection and self-explanation. Reflection strategies encourage people to expand on what they are learning and to identify where they have deficiencies in order to correct them. Yes, my participation in forum discussions absolutely facilitate the transfer of my learning. I believe that this develops higher order thinking skills. I believe in what John Dewey has stated, “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.”


When I was still studying in college, I always took down notes important details during the class discussion. Aside from that, I will read the lesson unit and will make a summary of the lesson. I read it aloud and put it into memory. I apply this to all my subjects and it’s really effective because I was able to recall important facts/details during a class oral participation or examinations. I always got an excellent result using this strategy. I know that I have learned when I had realized the application of a certain lesson in real life situation.

Nature-nurture debate

I had known lot of people who are a product of a well-educated and brainy families so I believe that intelligence can be inherited. On the other hand, I also believe that intelligence can be developed. With all the readings that I had, I believe intelligence can be inherited or developed.

Intelligence is inherited

1. When I was in my elementary days (5th grade), I had a classmate who was really good in our class in all academic subjects. She really had the ability to understand a specific lesson in an easier or faster way. She was able to explain to us a certain mathematics formula without an explanation from a teacher. She was really a brilliant girl that she made us all amazed every time she top the class. She almost had a perfect score in every unit test that we took.During the recognition day, we were able to discover that her mother was a dentist and her father was an engineer. Her parents graduated with honors. Another thing, her grandmother was a retired teacher and the grandfather was a former columnist in a local newspaper.
2. I experienced a standing ovation crowd when I was in my freshman year in college. I was able to had an opportunity to witness an amazing class discussion between our history instructor and my classmate. Her name was called by the instructor and asked to recite about the history of the Philippines. He answered that there’s a lot about the history of the Philippines but the professor said that just tell me what he knew about our history. My classmate looked at us and smiled and seemed that he was not able answer what the instructor had asked him. He was able to advised that he’ll get 0 in his oral participation if he cannot answer. After a minute, he started to begin from the discovery of the Philippines, our ancestors, the presidents, the wars, the important dates, etc. We were able to discover that her mother was a doctor and her father was a freelance writer. His parents graduated with high grades. His siblings were all scholars in a private university that took up Engineering course.

The weaknesses of standardized tests

The Binet-Stanford test has a heavy reliance on verbal tests and the uneven distribution of test items for various intellectual abilities, therefore it is difficult to gain a firm understanding of an individual’s particular intellectual strengths and weaknesses.
Additionally, standardized exams offer few opportunities to display the attributes of higher-order thinking, such as analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and creativity. Higher order thinking is encouraged and revealed by in-depth and extended work, not by one-shot tests.

In a high quality education, students conduct science experiments, sole real-world math problems, write research papers, read novels and stories and analyze them, make oral presentations, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of fields, and apply their learning to new and ill-defined situations. Standardized tests are poor tools for evaluating these important kinds of learning. If instruction focuses on the test, students will not learn these skills, which are needed for success in college and often in life.

Intelligence is the way you do/solve/act things creatively and wisely in real world situations that proves how good you are.


When I was in my elementary and high school days, I was very much alive and enthusiastic in almost all the things that I did. I was able to enjoy the simple things that I encounter especially during class hours on recitations and exams. I ws able to comprehend the topic easily from reading the textbook or by listening to my teacher’s explanation. I was indeed very motivated to be at my best at that time to the fact that I was very satisfied with all the results of my quizzes, unit tests, periodical exams. I absolutely valued the results of these evaluations and I believe that these were the things that motivated me that time. I really appreciated these accomplishments and felt so happy! I consider myself as an intrinsically motivated person that time because I had the desire to study because it was enjoyable. I enjoyed learning because I know it’s the right thing to do as a student, as a daughter and as a responsible citizen to my country and I know what it takes to be a learned individual. Challenging works for me were the things that completely made my school days meaningful.

After reading the module, I was able to come up some strategies that I think I can contribute in helping my students to become motivated:
1. I’ll promote self-motivation to my students by keeping them to have a positive attitude. I believe that there’s is nothing more powerful for self-motivation than the right attitude.
2. I’ll have realistic, positive expectations to my students.
3. I’ll focus to their academic success, rather than on their failures to boost their confidence.
4. I’ll set clear goals for them.