Monday, March 28, 2011

SPED (Special Education) Jobs & Events in the Philippines March to April 2011


1. Smartskills Therapy Center is in need of a SPED teacher. Please call 399 4223 for details. Interested parties should send their resume at

2. Manila Reading Clinic in Masinag, Antipolo needs a SPED teacher. Please call 2267737


3. Sandari Forest Trekking Adventure

An educational family fun-trek at the Sandari Forest Reserve

Slots still available for April 9, May 7, May 14 and May 21

Sandari Batulao Km77, Batulao Nasugbu, Batangas

Explore the rich biodiversity of the Sandari Forest Reserve in an approximately two-hour trek open to all outdoor enthusiasts aged 12 years old and above. See gigantic century-old trees. Learn about the diverse flora & fauna endemic to Batulao. Capture nature’s captivating sceneries on your camera.

HOW TO JOIN: To be part of this fun and meaningful family activity, kindly leave a reply at their facebook invitation page with the following details:
Contact number:
Email address:
Preferred Date:

You may also call 817-5876 or 894-3019 or visit for more details.

• Bawai’s at Sandari – A Vietnamese kusina inside Sandari Batulao for a taste of authentic Asian flavors
• Sandari View Deck – Bring your own hearty lunch and spread a blanket under the tents overlooking Mt. Batulao for a cozy family picnic
• Roadside Eateries near Evercrest Golf Club
– For the adventurous ones wishing to sample affordable home-cooked Batangas fare

HOW TO GET THERE: Located at Km77, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas and 10 minutes away from Metro Tagaytay, along the Nasugbu-Tagaytay Tourism National Highway, Sandari Batulao is just an hour and a half drive from Makati via the South Luzon Expressway, through Sta. Rosa Exit.

HOW TO COMMUTE THERE: From Beundia corner Taft Ave (near the LRT Gil Puyat station), there are buses going to Nasugbu, passing through Tagaytay, which passes right in front of Sandari :)

This event is for FREE. There is NO REGISTRATION FEE for joining.

Reminders: 1. Assembly will be at Nalé, Sandari Batulao, at 9:00 a.m.
2. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver before they will be allowed to join the trek.
3. Pregnant women, people with heart ailments and those with health conditions that forbid strenuous activities will not be permitted to join the trek.
4. Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes. Slippers and high heels are not advisable. Long sleeved shirts and long pants are recommended to protect trekkers from protruding tree branches along the trail.
5. Participants are advised to wear insect repellent lotion.
6. Participants are advised to bring drinking water.
7. Smoking and littering are strictly forbidden inside the Sandari forest. Likewise, participants are not allowed to pick and take home flowers, leaves and other such items from the forest.

4. Expo Kid 3

Are you looking for fun, age-appropriate summer activities for your child?

Mommy Mundo invites you to a virtual summer camp for kids of all ages: EXPO KID 3 is on Saturday, April 2 at the Rockwell Tent:)

Expo Kid 3 features interactive stations featuring some of the best summer activity providers in Manila. This year it features, Aqualogic Swim Co., Camp Explore, Swordplay Fencing, My Masterpiece Movement and many more!

Expo Kid 3 also features onstage talks and activities for moms and kids. Below is the programme of activities that will surely be all FUN FUN FUN!

Heres's the line up:
10am- Formal Opening
10:30-11am- Kindermusik Philippines (tentative)
11:15-11:45- GSK sponsors portion
12:45-1:15- Cooking with Chef Golda Laurel-Liamzon
1:30-2:00- Fashion Show feat. Elle Apparel
2:15-2:45- Gymboree's Parachute Time
3:00-3:30- Camp Explore
3:45-4:15- Talk for moms: The Stork Studio: "How to take better photos of your kids" 4:30-5:15-Musik Garten
6:15-6:45-My Masterpiece Movement

There is also a mom and kids bazaar at Expo Kid 3 featuring the latest products and services for moms, kids and families! Visit Expo Kid 3 this Saturday 10am to 8pm.

Entrance is P25 for adults and kids above 12 years of age. All proceeds from registration go to our MomShare! Outreach arm.

Janice Crisostomo-Villanueva Founder,
Mommy Mundo Email
Mobile 0918.9300313
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Frontera Verde, Ortigas Ave,, Pasig city, Philippines

5. Good Housekeeping Family Fun Run 2011

Where: Manila Ocean Park
When: April 3, 2011
Call time: 5:00 am

*All registrants get 20% off on entrance fees to Manila Ocean Park
CATEGORIES 100 meter dash - for kids 6 and below
- 1st, 2nd, and prizes for boys c/o Playhouse Disney Magazine
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes for girls c/o Disney's Princess Magazine
- Special prizes from Sangobion Kids

1K run with obstacles - dog and human pairs
obstacles are simple mini-hurdles and weavers for the dogs
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes for fastest dog and human
- Special prizes from Bow Wow by Handyman

3K Family - open to parent and child pairs
inflatable obstacle along the 3K route for the child to complete
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes for boys c/o KZONE Magazine
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes for girls c/o Total Girl Magazine
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes for fastest pairs from sponsors

5K Run - Open Category
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes from Sangobion, Robinsons Department Store, Sarrangani Bay Bangus, Bow Wow by Handyman

6:00 am - 5K
6:15 am - 3K
6:45 am - 1K
7:00 am - 100m dash

* Food Booths
* Mascots
* Balloon twisters
* Giant inflatables
* Art Salon - face painting, glitter tattoo, glimmer sticker, washable hair colour, and washable henna tattoo (water-based and hypoallergenic products)
* Dog feeding station c/o BowWow by Handyman
* Dog Grooming station
* Vet Consultation

REGISTRATION FEES Registration is per head and is non-refundable
* Php200 per head for all categories
* Children below 3 years old are free
* Pet registration is at Php50 per dog.
* Dog must have vaccination record upon registration

R.O.X. Weekdays and weekends Bonifacio High Street B1 ROX Building Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

MANILA OCEAN PARK March 18 to April 3, 2011 Behind the Quirino Grandstand Luneta, Manila

SUMMIT MEDIA OFFICE Weekdays only 7th floor, Robinsons Cybergate Tower 3 Pioneer St. Mandaluyong City Trunkline: (02) 451-8888 local 1070/1071


Friday, March 25, 2011

Things to Consider in Developing Questions for Focused Group Discussions

I have been a participant in FGD’s or Focus Group Discussions before and what I liked about this research tool is that the moderator asks questions that required the participants to explain; enumerate and describe their personal experiences.

On the other hand, when it was my turn to become an FGD moderator, the first thing that entered my mind was “How do I start making the questions for my research?” “What questions should I ask?” and “How will I know if the questions I am asking will be relevant to my research?”

These questions stumped me and for some time I don’t know where to start and so after I got hold of Richard Krueger’s Focus Group Kit, I somehow started having an idea how to conduct an FGD.

Before we start in developing questions, Krueger said that there are certain principles that the soon-to-be moderators have to keep in mind in developing Focus Group (FG) questions:

1. Questions have to be asked in a conversational manner.

As I’ve mentioned in my experience participating in FGD’s before, all questions were delivered in a conversational manner allowing the participants to feel more relaxed instead of being in a hot seat. In my observation, it also helped if the moderator will say some assurance at the beginning of the session that there is no “right or wrong answer” and that all answers are accepted and that the participant should not worry of impressing or disappointing the moderator or his or her fellow participants.

2. Questions have to be clear, concise and reasonable.

I guess any question whether or not its an FGD question should be clear and concise so that the participant can understand how to answer the question fully. How to ask questions properly can even be offered as a seminar to develop what others call the “Art of Questioning”. Using this art, the researcher will be able to draw out the answers from his respondents smoothly and properly.
However, what does it mean by reasonable questions? Krueger mentioned three aspects of a clear question:

a. Questions have to short so that the respondent can get to the intent of the question right away.
b. Questions should be unidimensional meaning avoid combining words in a question that may have more than one meaning or interpretation. For example, the words “useful” and “practical” may mean the same to you but it can be two different concepts to the respondent. To explain further “an educational program maybe useful but not practical because of money or time constraints. That’s why a question stated as “Is this educational program useful and practical to you” can actually be split into two questions “Is this educational program useful to you?” and Is this educational program practical for you?”

c. Wordings should be understandable by avoiding acronyms, jargons and technical language.

3. Consider other researchers or participants’ help in developing quality FG (Focus Group) Questions
From what I understand here what the moderator can do is to ask fellow researchers or people similar to the participant to give their opinion about the questions. For example, “Were the questions clear for them? Did any of the questions confuse them? What was their impression when they first heard the question? Are the questions too lengthy? Too short? Or Just rght? If they think something has to be improved about how the questions are presented what will it be and why?

4. Give yourself sufficient time to develop quality FG questions

They say if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. Developing FG questions takes time to plan, revise and edit. By they time the respondents have heard the question, they might think that these questions were just natural questions to ask. On the other hand, you know that if these questions were real products then they have passed several quality checks dozens of times by revisions which took days and maybe even weeks for those quality FG questions to be produced.

After reading the four principles mentioned in this article, I still didn’t know how to make the questions I need for my research. However, now I know what they shouldn’t look like. In my next post I will talk about whether to use a topic guide or a detailed questioning route in developing quality FG questions.

Krueger, Richard, 1998. Developing Questions for Focus Groups. SAGE Publications.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Parenting Classes: Empowering Parents to Manage AD/HD at Home - Series of Seminars from ADHD Society of the Philippines

My husband and I attended a seminar on Alternative Medicine for people with ADHD and we were pleased with the seminar so we decided to get memberships to support the ADHD Society. This time the ADHD Society is raising the ante by holding a series of parenting classes on how to raise children with ADHD. There are 8 sessions tackling different areas of parenting upto becoming an advocate for your own child.

For further details about this ADHD parenting classes, please read the information released to us by the UP SPED department.

The AD/HD Society would like to invite parents of children with ADHD to a series of PARENTING CLASSES – “Empowering Parents to Manage ADHD at Home”. This will start on APRIL 2 and will end JUNE 4, 2011. Classes will be every Saturday, 8:30 – 11:00 A.M.

AD/HD Society of the Philippines
Parenting Classes:
Empowering Parents to Manage AD/HD at Home

APRIL 2-JUNE 4, 2011
Every Saturday, 8:30 – 11:00 AM
Institute of Social Order Building
Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City

•An 8-week module that includes topics such as Behavior Management, Communication Skills, Positive Parenting
•Facilitators are parents of children with AD/HD trained by Sandy Malone-Long, a US-based psychologist who helped developed a parenting program at the Center for Attentional Deficit Disorders in Redmond , Washington

Member Php3,000.00
Non-Member Php3,800.00
Couple (Member)Php4,500.00
Couple (non-member)Php5,700.00

Rm110 ISO Office Bldg., Social Development Complex,
Ateneo De Manila University, Quezon City
Tel Nos. (02) 9273463, (02) 4268568, (0918) 9079159
email address:


Intro to AD/HD and Medical Updates on Diagnosis and Medical Treatment
Communication, Understanding Behavior, and Types of Commands

Understanding Feelings, Responding at an Emphatic Level

Constructing and Re-Framing Messages, AD/HD Behavior and Behavior Treatment/Management

1,2,3 Magic Stop Behavior Strategy and Anger Management

Using Natural and Logical Consequence, Who Owns the Problem?

Using the Language of Encouragement, Creating a Learning Environment for the AD/HD Child and Continued Behavior Management Skills

Building Self-Esteem in the AD/HD Child and Friendship Building

Child Advocacy, Closing Ceremonies

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Looking for SPED (Special Education) Teachers/Jobs in the Philippines March 2011

1.Looking for a SPED teacher as a shadow teacher

  • A 5 year old child is in need of a shadow teacher
  • Schedule is Monday-Wednesday 7:15am - 11:00am
  • For more details please contact Mrs. Linda Zane at +639209171805
  • or email her at
2. Looking for English online teacher

Where: online/home-based work

Information: Looking for individuals who would like to earn money from home by teaching foreigners how to learn English. Schedule of teaching is very flexible and both graduate and university students can apply. Ideal for working students who would like to work at night after going to school and most especially for those who would want to augment their current salary.

Requirement: Kindly submit your resume via e-mail to; once accepted you will need a stable broadbrand connection, a computer and a headset so you can begin your job

Contact details:
all inquiries will be entertained via e-mail