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April 25, 2011 / educationkindling

Champion Teacher Profile: Mr. Ronald Samonte

Always chuckling and smiling, Mr. Ronald T. Samonte is truly hard to miss when you visit the island of Lubang. He is a celebrity amongst his people – shaking hands or joking with everyone he sees on the street. You can find him leading a youth church group or community events. His charm is contagious.

Inside and outside the classroom, the children love him. He teaches with warmth, positivity, and a smile. His vision for his children is clear – to transform his students into global citizens. We interviewed him to get to the nitty-gritty of what make him tick as an educator. Check it out!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Ronald Tanaliga Samonte is my complete name. I started working at the Department of Education in October 2009. I was a Catholic private high school (Stella Maris School) teacher for 8 1/2 years, where I owe a lot of my growth as an innovative and competent mentor.

I became a teacher by accident. I really dreamed to be an accountant before – being in the marginalized was the primary obstacle. So far, I am enjoying being with the kids and my colleagues. I love teaching because I want to produce students better than I am. I commit myself to selflessly impart my knowledge and skills to the kids.

So how are you using technology in the classroom?

Maximizing the use of the Internet and the laptops, I really take the time to download videos related to our topic and current events as part of our daily Science News. We discuss current events such as the recent Japanese tsunami. The kids exercise their critical thinking skills to answers questions either individually or by group. Through the help of eKindling via Mam Tessa Yuvienco, we are developing lesson plans that integrate the XO laptops into our learning.

Any other cool learning activities you are doing with the XO Laptop?

We had a lesson on soil erosion. Using the Etoys, Browse and Write activities on the XO Laptop, we explored how people and animals cause soil erosion.The focus was also to increase environmental consciousness and “green” programs.

How is our program affecting our kids learning?

The kids find it awesome. Learning is especially effective flow if activities and tools or devices are within the level of their understanding, interest, background, experiences and expectations. I am proud to say…I am a CONSTRUCTIVIST adapting Understanding by Design (UBD) as always reiterated by Mam Tessa and my former boss in the private school.

Kids actively construct their understanding of reality through interactions with objects, events and people in the environment and reflecting on these interactions. Thus, kids organize their understanding in an organized structure. In those interactive activities, kids play active rather than passive roles.

Learning is constructed knowledge.

At Education Kindling, we’re looking to lead an education movement, why should people get involved in innovating education and rethinking learning for children?

Innovative learning should be part of the curriculum to make the course of study relevant. Technology in education should be encompassing to produce learners who are global citizens and globally competitive. More people should get involved. Innovative learning leads to prosperity for all.

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