Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I had thought of starting with fiction and even focusing exclusively there, but per student consensus, we began with poetry instead. The plan is to move on to one-act plays, then short fiction, and if time permits, comics.
I felt apprehensive about teaching poetry. I'm not a poet, and poetry was never my strong suit. Can poetry even be taught? At best, I though all I could do was point out what looks to be bad poetry.
But hey, you never really know what you can do until you try. Taking a cue from Cesar Aquino--one time several years ago I sat in on his summer poetry workshop for kids--I had my students start off with haiku. Instead of constraining them to the usual 5-7-5
syllabication I told them to focus instead on strong imagery. There were a few false starts here and there, but we did manage to turn up a few good ones:
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
The Philippine Daily Inquirer must have run out of bad news to break that they have to scour the bottom dregs to come up with this headline. Of course, while congress is in recess, I think they don't see the point in flogging their main social advocacy, the Reproductive Health Bill. And so...back to good ol' scare-mongering.
Of course, I've always known Manila wasn't safe. That's why I live in Mindanao.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Emily's cousin from Canada sent an invitation by mail. Our househelp L. picked up the letter from the mailbox.
L.'s first reaction was: "Oh my, I don't think this letter is from here. The envelope is so shiny. I wonder where it's from?"
Then L. glimpsed the picture at the top right of the envelope. "That couple there looks familiar.... Do I know them from somewhere?"
Finally: "Oh my God! We just received an invitation from Prince William and Princess Kate!"
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The mindscape has changed somewhat since I first started teaching this subject. With the rise of Apple and Google and the decline of Microsoft, students are more aware of other operating systems. And with our own local activities on open source, they already know about Linux. It's a challenge for me as I have to revise my material, but one I welcome as it keeps away the boredom. Up on the menu: Android and iOS.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Nothing more to say except: "Batm-aaaaaaaan! Batm-aaaaaaan! Batm-aaaaaaaaan!"
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 03, 2011
How he got from here to there remains a mystery. What we do know from newspaper reports and recollections: