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Do You Know How to Take a Video?

A slice of video for the Slice of Life Story Challenge for Day 14.


8 February 2013: I still have the VVS here.

Taking photos and recording videos are just a click away now using one gadget: smartphone. My video camera with the hard disk that I bought years ago sits in the armoire now. During our vacation in Portugal back in January, I brought it. Did I ever use the camcorder? No. Did I record some videos? Yes. How? Using my phone.

A few days ago, as I was scrolling down my Twitter feed, I came across the tweet below.

After watching the video, I couldn’t help it but jumped into the conversation.

Because of this takeaway, I am not going to let this challenge be over without passing on the learning that took place in a matter of minutes with these wonderful #PLN, Alice Keeler, Phillip Cowell, and Josh Shepard connecting globally, sharing and laughing!



The Last Slice Of March

A big slice for the final day of Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 31.

My writing corner collected dust for five months until I came across this challenge and decided to join to push myself in order to get out of that rabbit hole.

Hooray to all of us who made it through this month sharing a slice of their thinking to the #SOL16 community and to the world. Once again, thank you very much for all the connection, inspiration, and collaboration!

For the third week and last day, here’s the compilation of what my slices were.

Day 21: The Next 10-Day Reflection

Day 22: 1, 2, 3, Blow!

Day 23: What’s in Your Lunch Bag?¬†

Day 24: #icestorm16

Day 25: Not a Fruit Eater

Day 26: Building Relationships

Day 27: Easter Celebration

Day 28: A Game of Pick-up Sticks

Day 29: DPA: Daily Physical Activity

Day 30: Twitter

Tomorrow is April 1st. I don’t think I will be writing anything down tomorrow. We shall see. Unless, I will say April Fools!



A slice of Twitter for the Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 30.

I didn’t make it back on my desk last night to finish this. My head was spinning and just couldn’t get up from bed. Below is how I started it.

We are a day away from finishing this blogging challenge. What I have been thinking about is losing the connection that we have made here for a month. I learned¬†so much from reading everyone’s blog that I was able to get into, time permitting.

Before I got myself into blogging, I have been learning and growing personally and professionally by being connected through Twitter. My #PLN has inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, be more open to learning and mistakes, and challenge my thinking.

In random order, here is my Top 10 people that I follow that you may want to consider following.

  1. Jonathan So
  2. Aviva Dunsiger
  3. Jason Wigmore
  4. Tina Zita
  5. George Couros
  6. Phillip Cowell
  7. Doug Peterson
  8. Craig Kemp
  9. Brian Aspinall
  10. Andrew Campbell

One way or the other, you’ll pickup something from them. Better yet, you’ll share a laugh together.

Feel free to leave your Twitter account in the comment section. I am also just a tweet away: Vilma Manahan. This challenge is about to end but let’s continue the connectedness we have built around in a month’s time.


A Game of Pick-up Sticks

A slice of pick-up sticks for the Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 28.

One of the kids prizes that were given yesterday during our Easter celebration was a set of “old school games” in one box: pick-up sticks, dominoes and jacks.

The one that these three boys chose to play was Pick-up Sticks. These boys are 18, 15 and 11 years of age. They had no clue how to play the game and didn’t even know what it’s called until they looked into that small piece of paper called instruction.

At an early age, they’re very much exposed to playing games online. They can figure out the mechanics of these games easily. Their interaction to players is not limited to physical presence but rather open to a global community.

But I would like to strike a balance. Touching what you’re actually playing with, winning the battle face-to-face, and an actual human interaction in this digitally connected world are also essential and one of the basic needs of people.

I wonder how many households have these games still. Or how many families spend time together playing them.

When students ask me if they can play a board game whenever there’s time, my answer is always yes. I will not stop them from learning something new but will also give them a taste of both worlds: appreciation of the old.


Easter Celebration

A slice of Easter for the Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 27.

This is one of the many celebrations that we look forward to every year, both kids and adults.  There are three families that take turn each year hosting it since they do have children.

Aside from the Easter egg hunt and other egg-related games, the highlight of today was the eggceptionally decorated egg. One entry per family. It’s a first for this kind of challenge this year.

Rules of the contest:

Five families, five entries. Three winners: first, second, third.

Second Place


Third Place (This one moves around.)




First Place

My entry, Niagara EGGSplosion, won the first place. Winning was a bonus. But more of what we are capable of doing when we push ourselves to meet the criteria. Not all entries can be in first place but we were impressed with what all of us came up with.

It just made me think. The same is in the classroom. Our students are in different levels of their learning. We don’t lower the bar.

Instead, we meet them from where they are and provide the support they need in order to help them meet the goals.


The Next 10-Day Reflection

A slice of the next 10-day for the Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 21.

Last week was tough. If you have read my posts, you’d know it by now. Some of my posts needed more editing and details but time really made it impossible for me to do that and I felt that it may not really made sense. Still, I published them.

Here’s a compilation of my posts for the last 10 days. If you happen to get a chance to read one of them, please let me know how I can improve my work.

Day 11: A 10-Day Reflection

Day 12: A 7-Year Old MacBook, Vintage?

Day 13: Springing Forward

Day 14: Do You Know How to Take a Video?

Day 15: Great Friends

Day 16: A Salute to the Parents and Grandparents

Day 17: Making New Friends Through Play

Day 18: Family Bowling

Day 19: A Night of Laughter with Friends

Day 20: March Break Memories

I keep telling myself, “Keep pushing.”



A Salute to the Parents and Grandparents

A slice of love from the grandparents for the Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 16.

There’s one thing that I noticed, as we were going around town today visiting different stores with friends who are here during this March Break.¬†The little ones on vacation were with their grandparents looking around for some treats in the store.

I can see the joy in the eyes of the grandparents as they try to find what their grandson or granddaughter was looking for. It’s such a sweet moment for me to see. It brings back the happy memories of my childhood with my own grandmom and granddad.

They were probably exhausted at the end of the day trying to keep up with these energetic individuals but treasured every moment together.

To the parents of these children, the time you allow your child to know their grandparents more opens the opportunity to know a great part of the family, a part of who they are.