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Assessing Behavior of Young Children

What is your “Missing Connection”? — Challenges in Teaching Millennials


Learning is something that we should have as wonderful teachers. We should be learning from every circumstance in our life. Without learning, life is empty!

If we are learning everyday, we can always find that MISSING CONNECTION!

Here are my notes in one of the good sessions I have attended to.  Learning from a Millennial himself, I want to pay-it-forward from Mr. Dannes Nestor Serrano of Metrobank Foundation.

How to get the best out of your learners?


“Hulihin mo yong lasa ng kung ano ang gusto mong lutuin

the herbs and spices of teaching.

Go back to the very foundation of why students listen.

REAL TALK: Why are my students not listening to me? Why do some of them don’t feel like going to school — and the worse, why do some of them drop out from school? 

It could be that “something is missing”!  There should be that FOUNDATION, but there is a MISSING CONNECTION!

Students would never listen to somebody they don’t like

So just what is it that we need to create?

CHALLENGE: Can I UNDO the usual things that I do?

“I am not paid to be loved”… is this one of those lines we’ve once said?

Now, what could be that FOUNDATION?


               “tanggap mo ba sila?” 

Nobody’s perfect and nobody will – everybody commits mistakes. what you see is what you get

                  “ganyan sila ngayon, kaya ba natin silang tanggapin?

– thing is, NASABI MO BA SA KANYA?


Sometimes we’re becoming “perfectionists”

Seek first to understand than to be understood.

It all starts with acceptance.

Look for the opportunity to tell them that you accept them whoever they are. J

Teach them how to stand up in the class.

If don’t want to be bullied, you bully yourself 😀 😀

Those who are being bullied are only those who do not accept who they are.

Everyone has a value and that value needs acceptance

                  “mag usap tayo, ano ba tinging mo sa sarili mo?”

”what do you think of yourself?’

                  Somebody has to tell them that they are understood. – take that opportunity

Their ears will not be open if they don’t feel that they are accepted.

Tell them “I love you” many times.

If we don’t accept them, somebody else would.



What do you want them to become?

What is your end-goal for your students?
we need to believe in the FAITH of what we HOPE our students to be.

It’s the faith that you believe in that you will become.

                  “pangatawanan mo na ganon ka kahit hindi pa nangyayari”

yong hindi pa nagyayari pero pinaniniwalaan mo na, nangyayari din!

DECLARE! But let it start with BELIEVING!

Why not ask your students to think of something they can become.

Give them the HOPE of what they can become.

We need to start believing in our student

Believing has a “statement” – tell them about it.

Keep on saying it until they get used to it.

Say to them those ‘POWER WORDS”!


List down lahat ng bagay na maganda sa kanila.



                 hulihin mo silang gumagawa ng tama

The nature of man is to always look for something which is not good.

We tend to forget the bigger picture.

We need to forget catching the wrong things.

Look for something good.

Nasa pananaw mo ang interpretasyon na ibibigay mo sa mga nakikita mo.

There is always something bad – but there is always something good

What are the good things that you see in your students?

Catch it, list it down and tell him about it.

Be appreciative.

Everyone have something good.

Always look for something good.



Too much familiarity should be given Direction.

You may probably hurt them but do not harm them.

When you do your discipline, masakit pero nakapagpapagaling

You can hurt their feelings a little bit but it will make them well.

A child who is accepted can effectively understand why they should receive your discipline — but Make sure you’re first done with the ABC!

Do not belittle the little things that you can say to your students.  That little thing will occupy the biggest area in your students’ life.

So, on these notes Dear Teachers, what could be that connection that we rarely dare to recognize? 

Please give your reflections a voice! We want to tame these Millenials who direly need YOU to walk through with them in their journey!

Dare now, SAY IT and MAKE YOUR MARK!

Happy Teachers’ Month everyone!

“No significant learning can occur without significant relationship.

You’ve got to build that connection with people.

Our actions are not seen in the way we do things

“All learning is understanding relationships” – Churchil




How Should we Transfer what We Should?


What’s up with us now?

Chaos here and there … there has been a lot which we need to unlearn from the archives of our past.  There should be a lot which we need to learn & re-learn from the scenarios of our present.

Adult as we are, we may not identify which is which to learn and unlearn at this point in time — How much more a child would?

Everything now is at stake! – don’t you think so?

If we ever intend to “map-out” a good journey for our children’s future, there are “Windows of opportunity” which we need to look into; yet we vaguely are able to ascertain which and what and how.


Children Learn What They Live; Children Live What They Learn

Children learn what they live

Children live what they learn

Teach them the way to love in their hearts

They will find love in the world.

If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn,

If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.

If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.

If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.

If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient,

If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence,

If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate,

If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.

If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith,

If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself,

If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,

he learns to find love in the world.

taken from Les Crane Desiderata album

How a child learns and develops is very critical!

UNAWARE as we possibly are, children would even learn even those that we do not teach.

This fact makes it even more DANGEROUS — for we are not so sensible of the things and actions that children may capture.

Now the thing is, WHAT is it that WE SHOULD TRANSFER to each child? and HOW should we transfer what we should? [please expound your idea through AN ARTICLE of your own, with your own title.]

In this Millennial Age, if we ever want to make REAL TRANSFORMATION, we have to see children in a new light!  They are not ours to just keep, they are our RESPONSIBILITY TO NURTURE – and most importantly, they could be THE CHANGE that we could be OPTIMISTIC ABOUT!

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What will make you Ready?

In this course, we will be Assessing the Behavior of Young Children who belong to our Early Childhood Education Program.

If you will initially be asked to do your first “Assessment Task” among these Young Children, what “emphasizing truth?” could you observe?  Do the kids really get that “meaningful experience” which should be rendered to them in terms of Assessment?

More often than not, most of us may have that natural tendency to identify factors that should give that “consequential experience” from the outside – such as lack of facilities, number of teachers, inconsistencies, and the likes – such that we may find it an excuse that our actions are limited by the outside “consequences”. But US, being part of Early Childhood Education should be the first customers of our program. Attempting to Assess the Young Children’s Behavior is just like “looking into their eyes” with an “innate skill” which “i feel” is actually not significantly accorded in any Teacher Trainings if there are any.

We can never really see what lies within each child’s eyes if we haven’t exerted effort “looking into our own” – for we can never really deliver that “meaningful experience” if we haven’t even devoted ourselves through it.

“The first years of life are important because what happens in early childhood can matter in a lifetime!” – Harvard, 2009

Assessing Behavior of Children
Kids have dreams! They hope we would care to shape their future!

Our existence as teachers would matter in each child’s lifetime – yet, we can never really give what we don’t have; and we wouldn’t know what to give if we wouldn’t identify what we have. In the same way, we wouldn’t really strive to work for something else if we are not aware of what we don’t have.

To BEST BEGIN, why not strive “to look into your own eyes” – the window of your soul!?

It’s never too late: PEEP-INto your OWN WINDOW! Grab this opportunity now … look within, query around, reflect on feedbacks, find opportunities of your better understanding your “self” so that you may also be able to understand the young children you’re catering to.

Begin filling in your window:

ECE 116. 10-1. Blog Post 1. Johari Window

Photo Credit to: content/uploads/2012/07/johari_window.png

This is a Johari Window, a Model developed by American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in 1955, an idea derived as the upshot of the group dynamics in University of California. The name ‘Johari’ came from joining their first two names: Jo-Har-I.

As a Psychological Tool, the ‘Johari’ window model is relevantly used to identify TWO TRUTHS in your life: the “known”  and the “unknown” areas which you and others “see” and “do not see” .

It could aid in improving self-awareness, ‘soft’ skills and in motivating personal development as you go through the journey of discovering “who you are” as a person. – while you enhance your perception on others through social  “trust” as you thrive to achieve the task of understanding and enhancing communication for interpersonal development when you’re already in a group.

Each person is represented by the Johari model through four quadrants or window panes which signify personal information, feelings, motivation and whether that information is known or unknown to oneself or others in four viewpoints:

  1. Open self” or Arena – the “Public” area which you and others see in you: attitudes, behavior, emotions, feelings, skills and views.  You typically do not mind discussing with others this part of you. Most of the time you agree with this view you have and others have of you upon “feedback solicitation”.
  2. Hidden Self” or Façade– the “Private” area which  you see in yourself but others don’t; known to you but is kept unknown from others which you feel reluctant to reveal: feelings, past experiences, fears, secrets, faults, weaknesses, and dysfunctions due to modesty, vulnerability & protection.
  3. Blind self” or blind spot–the area which you do not see in yourself but others see in you: those that others know in a group but you are unaware of it. Others may interpret yourselves differently than you expect; sometimes a mismatch between your talk & walk which you fail to detect.
  4. Unknown Self” area – the “Undiscovered” area of your self that you cannot see nor others around you: your feelings, capabilities, talents; even the traumatic past experiences or events which can be unknown for a lifetime and makes you unaware till you discover your hidden qualities and capabilities through observation of others. You would need to strive for Open Communication to effectively decrease the unknown area and thus to communicate effectively.

So long as you are ever willing to open up those windows, more doors of opportunities will be opened.

Now that you have accomplished such self-discovery and disclosure, how do you think would this self-assessment help you in Assessing the Behavior of Young Children?


Thanks & Credits to these links:

We Should Do Something for Them!

Assessing Behavior of Children
Kids have dreams!

From Early Childhood to Growth …

Amidst Individual Differences which are needed to be addressed and understood, someone out there should say “i care”!

Welcome to this Course: Assessing Behavior of Young Children and find out for yourself “how you can” and “how should” you “care to care”!