Who or What Broke My Kids?

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Originally posted on powersfulmath:

I am Desperate

I am on a desperate search to find out who or what broke my students.  In fact I am so desperate that I stopped class today to ask them who broke them.  Was it their parents, a former teacher, society, our education system or me that took away their inquisitive nature and made math only about getting a right answer?  I have known this was a problem for a while but today was the last straw.  

A Probability Lesson Gone Wrong

It started out innocently enough working on the seventh grade Common Core standard 7.SP.C.5 about understanding that all probabilities occur between zero and one and differentiating between likely and unlikely events which I thought would be simple enough. After the introduction and class discussion we began partner work on this activity from the Georgia Common Core Resource Document (see page 9).  The basic premise of…

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UN DAY 2012: In Celebration Of The Brotherhood Of Man

October 27, 2012 — TCAPS schoolchildren celebrated another United Nations Day with full flair by dressing up in the traditional costumes and colors of different cultures and nationalities. Every year the Children’s Ark Preparatory School commemorates United Nation’s Day as one of the school’s extra-curricular activities to acquaint the children with global issues and to amplify the children’s mindsets on multiculturalism.

A peachy event and a great opportunity for the children to learn about and explore all the cultures that make up the brotherhood of Man.

































When Cold Isn’t Cool

According to a recent Gallup survey, Filipinos are the most emotional people in the world. It says we — Pinoys — experience a number of feelings on a daily basis. No doubt. On the opposite end however, are the Singaporeans who, as per the poll result, are the least emotional. Stony?

If  I — for example — am ordinarily subjected to a little dose of laughter and trouble and drama etc. day in and day out, I am curious how the Singaporeans roll with the punches in their daily routines. But of course, there is a big difference between an emotive society and a more “reserved” one. In the case of the Philippines and Singapore, it’s called ‘progress.’

But then again, I wonder,  if they still enjoy staring at the sunset.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.  ~Lao Tzu

Outbound Tour 2012: Nayong Pilipino

From the Paradise Ranch and Zoocobia Fun Zoo, next on our itinerary was the more evocative Nayong Pilipino complex. Here we took a quick look at the “Philippines” laid out in one vast recreational area. Nayong Pilipino is a 45-acre amusement/theme park made up of replicas of landmarks and structures that depict Philippine culture and history. At the very least, TCAPS students get to have a more candid experience of all things Filipino outside the classroom walls. Some of the park’s notable features include National Hero Jose Rizal’s House, Emilio Aguinaldo’s Residence, the Apolinario Mabini House, Ifugao Village, the Barasoain Church, Lapu-Lapu Monument, a Historic Train,  Spanish Colonial Plaza and some novelty shops.

Nayong Pilipino-Filipino Historic Cultural Amusement Park

A visit to Nayong Pilipino is like a trip into a warp zone wherein one can have a tour into the annals of Philippine history.

"Barasoain Church"

“Barasoain Church”  – The seat of the First Philippine Republic

Typical Igorot hut

The incomplex, one-room designed Ifugao hut.

Posers at the Ifugao Hut

At the facade of an Ifugao hut.

Nayong Pilipino Rondalla Group

Nayong Pilipino Rondalla Group. Another special treat to visitors is a presentation of Filipino’s time-worn music and dances.

Sombrero Dance by the Nayong Pilipino Dance Troupe

“Sayaw sa Sombrero”

Sambi sa Malong by the Nayong Pilipino Dance Troupe

“Sambi sa Malong” — a Maranao dance that exhibits the “malong”,  a simple tubular yet highly functional piece of cloth.

Tinikling by the Nayong Pilipino Dance Troupe

“Tinikling” –  One of the most popular and well-known of the traditional Philippine dances.

Kadang-Kadang by the Nayong Pilipino Dance Troupe

“Kadang-kadang” —  a peculiar dance using bamboo stilts with stepladder. Actually a traditional Filipino game played outdoor converted into a dance.

Cariñosa by the Nayong Pilipino Dance Troupe

“Cariñosa” — a Philippine dance of Hispanic origin from the Maria Clara suite of Philippine folk dance.


Oh Creamline… enjoying some scoops! What better way to replenish after a day of explorations.


The Children’s Ark Preparatory School believes that taking students into a new environment not only gives them a learning experience but also provides the experience of traveling in a group and teaches them to be mindful of the more significant places and the stories behind them.