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Complex Thinking Processes


Reflect on your learning habits and strategies. In what ways might have you been either nurturing or neglecting your own complex thinking processes?

There were times that I neglected nurturing my own thinking processes. I usually accept ideas passively. Our online study helped me nurture and develop my own thinking processes. As I read the study modules (learning theories from different theorists), answer discussion questions, read discussion post from my classmates, I have learned how to research and think on my own to process the things that I have read. I have also learned to compare and contrast different learning theories. Reading learning theories of different theorists made me also see that even  theorists have different ideas and that they either support or contrast other theorists too.  From our study materials, it was mentioned that we must not passively accept ideas and we should consider the following recurrent themes (Dewey) in critical thinking:

  1. Avoid jumping to conclusions – keeping an open mind until you have adequate evidence
  2. Examine assumptions – defining the problem
  3. Generate new ideas – brainstorming, writing down every idea that comes up without criticism
  4. Evaluate evidence – asking how an idea can be tested.

From our online activities, I have learned how to examine assumptions and evaluate evidence by reading my classmates discussions posts and by searching the internet for answers. I also nurture my complex thinking processes by sharing what I know to my co-teachers and by asking their ideas about it too.  I also ask answers from them if there are questions that I encounter from my readings.

What strategies are you currently using to promote critical thinking among students (peers/ siblings, if not yet a teacher)? Are your current teaching methods effectively meeting / approaching critical thinking goals? How do you know that your students are utilizing critical thinking strategies?

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With regards to using strategies to my kindergarten students  to promote critical thinking, I use simple activities.  I know that they are utilizing critical thinking strategies by observing them on how they respond to the activities. Examples are listed below:

  1. Asking them which object that represent the shape that we are studying. (I was smiling when a student gave me an example of a triangular shaped object. His answer was angry bird. I pause for a moment and then he said “the yellow one”. Indeed, the yellow angry bird has a triangle shape. Smart thinking).
  2. Using action songs where they show how an animal move. The song says “move like a monkey” and the children moves like a monkey.
  3. Playtime with clay and building blocks – creating something out of a clay/ building blocks
  4. Drawing activities – drawing the things that they have seen/ that they went to during holidays and presenting their drawing to the class.

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Ryan Michael Educado’s final e-journal entry is about lessons that he learned in the class. I find it helpful as an outline of the things that we have learned. Below is the link of his e-journal

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A Fruitful Semester



The Theories about Learning that we studied helped me understand myself better as a learner. Reading about metacognition has helped me understand why I failed exams before even if I studied and read the study modules that we were required. I used shallow processing while reading those.

Being an auditory learner, I was having a difficult time reading the study module. I am an auditory learner and I learn best by listening. Reading suggestions from the discussion post on how to improve reading helped me how to improve my reading. I even enjoyed reading because our study materials are rich in information about learning. Reading will be one of the things that I will miss when this semester is over.

As a Kindergarten teacher, I was using behavioral theories in my teaching. I wasn’t aware though that it was called classical and operant conditioning. I wasn’t aware that there had been studies about it. Our further studies about operant conditioning suggest that punishments are discouraged to modify students’ behavior because it affects students negatively. This made me reflect on the things that I used before to discipline students. I do regret using those forms of punishments before because it affected my students negatively. Through observing other teacher on how they discipline and through the behavioral theories, I know that I would learn how to discipline students without using punishments.

Aside from the above, as a teacher, I’ve learned also that:

  1. I can teach kindergarten students how to self-regulate (which at first I thought that I cannot apply to kindergarten). We were actually doing some activities that teaches self-regulation to student. Again, i wasn’t aware that it is about self-regulation.
  2. There are 9 intelligences and we can develop this in the students by integrating different activities that involves 9 intelligences.
  3. I will always be aware of what I do because students learn from their teacher (social learning theory).- A reminder
  4. I can also use constructivist approach in kindergarten.

Time really flies so fast. Aside from reading, I will also be missing writing blogs. I have been reading blogs on the internet and it has always been my dream to write blogs. When the semester is over, one of my goals is to continue writing blogs. I am glad that I learned how to create folders in the blog site. Another folder will be added to my folder which is “Friendship” – the topic that I wanted to write about. Another goal is to learn more about how to design my blog page.

This semester is indeed a fruitful one.

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One of our group discussion was to discuss and elaborate through anecdotes the section “Factors affecting obsedrvational learning and performance.” I like reading the anecdotes because it’s a fun way to understand more about our topic so here are our answers:

 Model Prestige and competence: by Carolyn de Guzman

Actors are really good in portraying their roles. Versatile actors can portray different characters and they perform it pretty well. An actor has great mentors who trains him and he has different models (depending on what role he’ll play) whom he should observe and learn to imitate so once he internalizes his role, he can perform his character well.

Developmental Status: Maria Aster Joy Garcia

I am currently working in a BPO company. Everyday, we have individual metrics such as After Call work, Quality audits, Actual handling time, schedule adherence and others. We also have team leaders and support staff  who check our performance at work.  They usually provide Skills and knowledge  enhancement program to be able to know the individual performance, strengths, and areas of opportunities.  We usually let the newbies at work to observe the tenured agents to be able to know how they handle their calls, provide power phrases and explanation skills. In this way, the new agents will gain more confidence in doing the tasks at work, gain knowledge and understanding about the product in which they will support and be able to imitate how the tenured agent performs. Thus, they can apply the best practices which they have observed to be able to attain customer’s satisfaction, get high quality scores and get high incentives.

By Robenille Malit

Outcome expectations – Employee A was new to the company. He made fast progress to learn a lot about the company, made good impression on his peers, and completed all his required tasks on time. Even though he was a newbie, within a few months, he was promoted. Employees now try to model what he did to get thatpromotion (rewarding outcome).

Values – Mr. D loves dogs. He takes his dog on a walk in the park where he meets Mr. J, another dog owner. They become buddies and now take their dog walks together. Mr. D observed that Mr. J’s dog are very well groomed, disciplined yet so full of life. He notes how Mr. J takes care, treats and trains his dog. He asks Mr. J further tips on taking care of dogs so he can do as well with his. He feels that he would find fulfillment if he would be able to take care of his dog as much as Mr. J does his.

Vicarious Consequences: (by Ahzil Gabion)

I remember the famous saying “kung ano ang ginagawa ng matanda ay nagiging tama sa mata ng bata”.  We usually encounter a child saying that she wants to be a doctor like her mother, because she grew up seeing her mother’s profession or some came from a family of doctor that the child thinks that this is a good profession. Another example is when the child always sees their parents fighting and shouting with each other because children are very observant and sensitive especially when you do not explain the whole scenario the child can mimic the situation to their friend and also find shouting and fighting to his/her friends as a normal practice.

On self-efficacy (by me)

Peter, a discouraged athlete, watches a game show on television. He saw that that the player has one leg only. Before the game started, a short story about the life of the player was shown. The player lost his leg in an accident. A swim coach encouraged him to join his team. He joined and was trained by the coach. Now, he is with the national team and won gold medals in the Olympics. Two of the gold medals that he won were record breakers. Peter was touched with the story of the player. If the player was able to win gold medals despite of his disability, he too can do it. Peter was inspired and decided to go back to his team with the determination to do his best in their trainings and be a good and successful athlete.

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No More Teachers


As a response of Robenille Malit to Ryan Educado’s discussion post entitled No More Teachers, he posted the link of his e-journal.

He mentioned in his journal about a school called Subdury Valley School where there is no curriculum, no grades, no teachers (just adult supervisors) and they just leave the students be and learning would come naturally.

I was surprised to read that there’s a school with those kind of program. I don’t agree with their program. I still believe that students need teachers to guide them in their learning.


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Discipline vs Punishment

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I used to think that punishments are part of discipline. The discussion post of Ruby Salvosa entitled Discipline and Punishment helped me distinguish punishment from discipline. The following are the helpful links that she posted:

I’ve also done my research and found this video that is helpful on how to properly discipline students without using punishments.

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Mnemonics on MI



It was fun answering and reading the Mnemonics on Multiple Intelligence initiated  were by Eric Fernandez. Here are are some of the answers that were given:

By Eric Rernandez

Because  – Bodily-kinesthetic Intelligence

I  – Interpersonal Intelligence

Intentionally  – Intrapersonal Intelligence

Learn  – Linguistic  Intelligence

Learning  – Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

More  –  Musical Intelligence

Now  –  Naturalistic Intelligence

Sustains  – Spatial Intelligence


By me:

I                             – Interpersonal

Love that                – Linguistic

My                         – Musical

Little                      – Logical-Mathematical

Sister and              – Spatial

are                      – Intrapersonal

Buying                  – Bodily-kinesthetic

New                      – Naturalistic

Earrings                – Existential

by Maria Aster Joy Garcia:

I Live Because I Love Money Network Services.

-New Learning Made Sam Impressed. Live By it!

-I Bought My New Shoes In Lucky Landmark.

By Beng Umali:

My Very Very Beautiful Mother Lives in Northern England

VIM-VIM-BEN, we all have that. (singing to the tune of Boom Boom Pow from Black Eyed Peas)

The V’s are for Verbal-Linguistic and Visual-Spatial





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