Senate archives impeach complaint vs Gutierrez

The House resolution, impeaching former ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, was referred to the archives Monday morning.

At its first legislative session after the recess, the Senate voted in plenary to refer Gutierrez’s impeachment case to the archives after her resignation on April 29 made a trial unnecessary.

Gutierrez tendered her resignation to President Benigno Aquino III, 10 days before the supposed Senate trial on impeachment case filed against her.

The resignation of Gutierrez, an appointee of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, took effect last May 6.

Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said the House committee on justice had already written the Senate saying the resignation made Gutierrez’s impeachment moot.

Sotto said the Senate had to dispose of the impeachment resolution “to allow the Senate to focus on more urgent and vital legislation.”

Earlier, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile said impeachment proceedings may no longer push through following Gutierrez’s resignation. <a href=”″   target=”_blank”><b>(more)</b></a>

Where Have All The Teachers Gone?

From the UP Alumni Metropolitan DC egroup, this link from the Sun.Star Bacolod was sent: Sun.Star ARTICLE: Where have all the teachers gone?. Part of the article says:

YEARS ago the country saw the exodus of school teachers to work as domestic helpers in nearby countries. There just wasn’t enough income from teaching anymore. Although teaching can be considered a vocation and one of the great professions, teachers and their families have stomachs to feed too.

And I say:

Can anybody blame us why some of us are here abroad?

But there will always be Filipino teachers back home and our main goal in the Pinoy Teachers Network is to empower those members and the rest of the Filipino teachers through knwledge and skills impart/ professional development trainings. We are hoping to do this whenever each of us goes back home. We, the PTN organization, is still in the infancy stage and we have high hopes and ideals for the upliftment of the Philippine Educational System. Our teachers back home and the Philippine Education is what made us world class teachers. We believe it’s PAYBACK TIME!

I hope there would still be people in the government who would be willing to help us with our noble goal. KAYANG KAYA BASTA SAMA SAMA, di ba?

The good news according to the paper is:

With the release of the $200-million loan from the World Bank to improve the country’s educational system, we can only hope that the money will really uplift the educational system and does not just fall into the wrong hands again and in the pockets of a few.

And I say:

I am not going to ask anymore what the government is going to do with the $200-million loan (again????), an infant does not ask questions he has very little voice and most of the time isn’t heard/ understood, but messages sent are sometimes picked up.

My message to those in the government and the Department of Education is this: “Through the history of civilization, the concept of education has remained stable. Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but education endures. Societies that succeed respect their teachers, and the teachers respect themselves.”

***Teacher Sol who is a special education teacher in Washington DC is the Director of Pinoy Teachers Network.

Teens and Blogs

My students were hesitant writers when they started out with me during the first days of the school year. They could not even start writing a poem or a story with a given topic. It was a struggle for them to write.

I also noticed that their vocabulary is very limited to simple words. They lack imagination which could be the reason why they were having difficulty with writing.

But technology opens new opportunities for helping children to learn the rudiments of grammar and composition, while encouraging them to share their work to each other and to the whole world. It is apparent that many of today’s students raised at keyboards and eager to exchange messages with their friends, are comfortable with these new technologies and eager to use them. Then an idea integrating this into my curriculum dawned to me. The publishing of my students’ works through our class website and our school website positively motivate them to write better each time (see: ).

The readers (who are not only the teachers and students in the school but a national and international audience) give good feedbacks that make each of them smile and anticipate for more comments about their works.

The National Commission on writing asks for the time writing deserves in the curriculum. It explores how technology can be used to advance writing and examines the dimensions of a responsible and effective assessment system. I believe I have a principled idea for advancing writing in compliance with the district and state requirements.

With the advantages this blogging technology gives the students I wouldn’t be surprised with this news:

MySpace soars to nearly 50M members in two years

MySpace, a social-networking Web site, has become the hottest spot for teens to instant message current pals and forge new friendships by checking out the posted pages of others. The ad-supported site, which outstripped eBay and Google in terms of number of pages viewed in November, has been attracting 5 million new members a month. USA TODAY (1/8)


Schools warn teens about social networks

Several Washington, D.C., area high schools are warning students against posting salacious material on social networks like and Many students have been disciplined for posting sexually explicit material or including references to alcohol and drug usage. The Washington Post (free registration) (1/17)

With proper guidance from teachers and parents on using this technology, I still think that the benefits that we get from blogging outweighs the disadvantages. What do you think?

***Teacher Sol is now blogging at:

Teacher Bloggers

How many times did I learn from my blogger friends that I was the one who inspired them to be bold and brave in uncovering their real identity and/ or putting up their pics on the web? That’s a very risky thing to do, but admirable for their being personal and sincere. This tech virus that I bring is very contagious, haha.

Recently, I helped my Teacher Consultant colleagues in the DC Area Writing Project set up their own educator’s blogs. I am very happy with the outcome, both blogs are successful in what they’re supposed to be:

THE DC TEACHER blog = (by DCAWP Teacher Consultant, Elizabeth Davis) This blog is an information portal developed by a DC teacher to inform and engage DCPS Teachers in issues and policy decisions impacting their profession and public education in the district.

MRS.C-S’s CLASS WEBLOG = (by DCAWP Teacher Consultant, Trelane Clark) This is where her class will communicate, share, and discuss what they are doing in the classroom. It is for students, parents and anyone else who wants to stay informed about all the great work that they are doing.

DIGITAL WRITING, DIGITAL TEACHING blog = (by Red Cedar Writing Project Teacher Consultant, Troy Hicks) A blog about teaching English through technology.

Well, I didn’t create Troy’s blog. He’s probably more knowledgeable than I am in using this blogging technology; he’s working on integrating podcasts right now. I look up to him as one of my mentors being in the NWP Tech Liaison’s national leadership team. But I am very flattered to know that I was one of the people who really inspired him to create his own educator’s blog.

This made me reflect on how many teachers are getting into this new blogging technology. I wonder what the exact stats are of educators who start their own weblogs everyday. But “to facilitate communication with parents, some Arizona schools are asking teachers to maintain their own webpages” (via Education Wonks). My school, Jefferson Junior High School, is also encouraging teachers to create their own websites/ weblogs so we can make homeworks accessible to our students even after class hours.

When I was appointed last year as the new DC Area Writing Project’s Technology Liaison, I told my director, Judith Kelly, that I am going to advocate for the use of technology among the DC Public Schools teachers. The job granted to me wasn’t a job at all, because I am enjoying what I am doing sharing what I know about integrating writing and technology inside the classroom…blogging in short. I’ve taught teachers who are taking graduate courses create their own class websites through blogs. I’ve given seminar workshops to my fellow DCAWP Teacher Consultants on Blogging 101. I am practicing what I preach. I guess I am doing what is expected of me 😀

How many teacher bloggers do I know? Many, and the number is still growing everyday.

Below is a list of my teacher blogger friends globally. If you know someone who’s supposed to be in this list, please let us know. We would want to exchange ideas and learn from each other through blogging *wink*

Thailand: Little Miss Teacher/ UK: Primary Teacher UK / Philippines: Mga Turo ni Tito Rolly, Teacher Bugsy, School Librarian in Action , Filipino Librarian /USA: Education in Texas (Texas) Fred’s World (Florida), Digital Writing Digital Teaching (Michigan), Education Wonks (CA), Beliza’s Handiwork (CA), The DC Education Blog, The DC Teacher, Mrs C-S Fifth Grade Class, Ms. Coti’s Fourth Grade Giants , The Chutry Experiment (Washington DC) , First Year Teacher (Colorado) / Middle East: Iranian Teacher XP / Australia: The Open Classroom

Educators Community Blogs: National Writing Project, DC Area Writing Project, Pinoy Teachers Network, Jefferson Junior HS Community Website

Teacher Sol is a proactive blogger. She’s now blogging at


Subject: re: Lessons in Spanish

A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

“House,” for instance, is feminine: ”la casa.”

”Pencil,” however, is masculine: “el lapiz.”

A student asked, ”What gender is ‘computer’?”

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether ‘computer” should be a masculine or a feminine noun.

Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men’s group decided that ”computer” should definitely be of the feminine gender (”la computadora”) because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.


The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine (”el computador”) because:

1 In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
2. They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

The women won.

Teacher Sol is a proactive blogger. She’s now blogging at

Pinoys text petitions, prayers

Filipinos pray for love, money via text messages.

Salvation is now just a text message away for Filipinos.

Prayers for lotto wins, jobs in Canada and even boyfriends have been flooding a Philippine Catholic Church project allowing Filipinos to send their petitions via text messages from their cellular phones.

The petitions sent to the “Text Mary” project are forwarded for inclusion in the intention of daily Masses held in churches in Manila and in prayers of Carmelite nuns, the INQ7 reported.

Filipinos have also been downloading novenas and daily prayers from the Text Mary server by simply texting a keyword.
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Chitika releases sample keywords for ads

If you display Chitika ads in your site, check this link for a catalogue on keywords you can use. The keywords will help you target the type of ads that will be displayed in your blog. If you’re still not using Chitika, apply for an account in their home page. If you still haven’t heard of Chitika, here’s a review from someone who earns more than $700 a day from the program.

Automating publication of author profiles in WordPress

In group blogs, author profiles are important so that readers can have additional information on the contributor of the article. In WordPress, the publication of the author’s profile can be automated through the <?php the_author_description(); ?> tag. Just include the tag in your post template, preferably after the body content, and the contributor’s profile will be automatically published. You can then style the text using CSS.

To Sun.Star Blog Chronicles contributors, fill up your profile information. To do so, just log into the site and click on Users, the profile table is near the bottom of the page.

Added: And I forgot to add, you can use HTML in your profiles data to link to your personal blogs.

Serving the Bisaya Community of Bloggers

Sun.Star Chronicles

OCTOBER 25, 2005 is a big day for Sun.Star Chronicles as we launch our own Sun.Star Blog at SM Cebu. Yep, I am a blogger contributor to this prestigious blogging community. I am now a writer-contributor to a major newspaper in the country (most especially to the Visayan Community).

It all started with a tagboard invitation from Marlen Limpag to join the Sun.Star family of writers. A tagboard invitation? Usually I do not take invitations there seriously until I followed her link. Alas, it wasn’t a spammer afterall who left the message!

The Sun.Star Blog Chronicles is handled by Marlen del Mar-Limpag, online editor of the Sun.Star website. The section is devoted to the Sun.Star website’s coverage of the blogging community. The Sun.Star website is managed by the Sun.Star Network Exchange, a department under Sun.Star Publishing Inc.

I already published my first article with them, “WEBLOGGING can assist students with disabilities”. Feel free to let us know your feedback regarding my entries.

I will be working with a very diverse group of writers here, including a tech priest Fr. Stephen Cuyos and a Pinoy Teachers Network Core group member J.Angelo Racoma.

Sige na nga, pangangatawanan ko na ang pagiging writer ko…

VIDEOCAST (click my photo here): Teacher Sol, blogging from Washington DC

More power to Sun.Star Blog Chronicles; CHEERS TO US!!!

Teacher Sol is a proactive blogger. Working with exceptional children made her realize that, just like the regular children, they need attention and someone to make them feel important. She’s now blogging at

High-tech Cheating Comes to High Schools


Cheating on tests has come a long way from writing notes on the back of your hand — and it’s getting harder for schools to police as technology advances.

Instead of sneaking in a scrap of paper with answers scribbled on it, some students snap a picture of the paper with their camera phones. During the test, some students are so adept at text messaging that they can keep the phone in their pocket or under their desk, secretly sending answers to a friend.

Some educators believe the problem is changing too rapidly to be quelled by conventional methods, and it’s time that teaching methods evolved with technology.

(High-tech cheating comes to high schools)

I was a prophet; I had a futuristic insight of this five years ago when I got my first camera phone. I was already a teacher then of course, and I was jokingly telling my husband how easy it would be for friends to take a picture of the exams and share them with each other.

Now I found this news…wow! I am so impressed at how the students are becoming so brilliant and more sophisticated in cheating, using technology to solve problems such as in the exams *smile*. I wish I had a phone camera when I was graduating from highschool, it would make it easier for me to overtake my academic rival.

Now what do you think, is technology a good thing or a bad thing?

Teacher Sol is a proactive blogger. Working with exceptional children made her realize that, just like the regular children, they need attention and someone to make them feel important. She’s now blogging at

My First PODCAST Is Now Up!

“Podcasting” refers to any software and hardware combination that permits automatic downloading of audio files to an MP3 player for listening at the user’s convenience. Podcasting allows education to become more portable than ever before, giving educators another way to meet today’s students where they live and learn—on the Internet and on audio players. (SOURCE: EduCause)

I couldn’t contain my happiness, so pardon me if I appear to be excited about this, haha. I experimented with podcast last night; and guess what…my first PODCASTING is now up in our Filipino Teachers’ community blog (which I started too). Maybe one of these days I should also try it in my own educator’s blog. I am also trying to experiment on how to integrate inside my classroom this new tech revolution that’s sweeping the internet at the moment.

Watch it here: .

Teacher Sol is a proactive blogger. Working with exceptional children made her realize that, just like the regular children, they need attention and someone to make them feel important. She’s now blogging at