The Good and the Bad Times
Why teachers deserve a vacation?
Maricris B. Acido, Ph.D., Vanessa L. Oyzon, M.A.
& Michael Arthus G. Muega, Ph.D.
This project is a radical shift from the usual practice of systematic research in education. We will publish stories that happened in the classroom, faculty office, hallways, canteen, and other places that are frequented by schoolteachers. No abstruse philosophical language will be encountered in the final output of this work. We expect that in the course of writing a book for this topic, our schoolteacher respondents’ contributions will turn out to be a wide variety of report of significant events involving themselves, school administrative personnel, parents, students, and other unavoidable forces or entities inside or outside the school situation. To achieve our goals within a short period of time, we are doing away with the traditional research as it will necessitate the breaking down of this work into sub-research studies that will require, based on our estimate, more than half of our remaining time before we retire from the teaching profession.
The title of this book, “The Good and the Bad Times: Why teachers need a vacation?”, is intentionally so because it is flexible enough to suggest that excellent schoolteachers who find themselves in desirable or unpleasant situations deserve or need a vacation. The lucky schoolteacher may deserve a break for a reward, whereas the other one might need it for contemplation.
For the purposes of this work, we ask the contributors to give an account of their happy or unhappy moments, of their best and worst experiences or practices in relation to their work as schoolteachers. The contributors are advised to give an equally detailed narration of the way they handled a certain problematic situation. Our purpose here is to present some possible remedies to the inescapable everyday problems that weigh down on many schoolteachers. These problems may involve hard-to-please or annoying students, unreasonably demanding administrators or parents, love letters from a student or married colleague, feeling of inadequacy, and many other difficulties. Despite the broad scope of this work, we see no reason why we should hesitate to proceed as there is a great deal of reason to believe that our final output could spawn ideas that might enable more schoolteachers to diagnose their own situation independently, find viable solutions to their everyday difficulties, and increase their chances of finding more satisfaction and happiness in their profession or vocation.
Invitation to schoolteachers
If you wish to contribute to our planned book tentatively titled The Good and The Bad Times: Why teachers deserve a vacation? please give a detailed account of your most memorable experience as a schoolteacher. If it is a report of a problem that has to do with your being a schoolteacher, kindly include an equally detailed account of the way you addressed the issue or difficult situation. Include your age, experience in teaching, level of students you’re handling, and other information vital to understanding your context. Your identity, contact information, and the names of your colleagues, friends, students, workplace and other entities involved in your story will be held with strict confidentiality. Email your contribution to email@example.com or send it to Dr. Maricris B. Acido or Dr. Michael Arthus Muega, Educational Foundations Area, Division of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101.
TO VIEW SOME CONTRIBUTIONS AND AN EXAMPLE OF CONTRIBUTOR'S STATEMENT ALLOWING HIS/HER STORY TO BE PUBLISHED, CLICK SAMPLE SUBMISSIONS AND PERMISSION TO PUBLISH.
TO CONTRIBUTE, CLICK I'LL SUBMIT A STORY.
The Best and the Worst: Encounters with Mentors and Classmates
We are also inviting students and former students to contribute to our planned book tentatively titled The Best and the Worst: Encounters with mentors and classmates. Contributors are likewise advised to give a detailed account of their most memorable experience involving their home teacher/s (parent/s), classmates, or schoolteachers. If the contribution is a report of a problem that has to do with your being a student, it must include an equally detailed account of the way you addressed the situation. Kindly state your age, grade level, and other information vital to understanding your context. Contributor's identity, contact information, and the names of his/her school, friends, classmates, mentors and other entities involved in the story will be held with strict confidentiality. For more information, go to http://bestworststudents.googlepages.com/home.
CALL FOR CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
First Annual Seminar
in Values and Moral Education
MORAL REASONING AS A TOOL FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS
Benitez Theater, College of Education
University of the Philippines, Diliman
November 17, 2007
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
For inquiries, kindly send a text message to mobile phone number 09274187819. You may also call Karen Bautista on telefax number (632) 929-9322