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Teenage Pregnancy

Apr 8, 2019 Author: Aileen Villanueva, RN | Filed under: Beyond the Classroom

Gone were the days when teenagers were still playing street games like patintero and luksong-tinik and when they were running after one another playing hide and seek.

Teenagers seem to be more engrossed with a lot of other things – technology and internet, malling and night-outs, shopping and make-up and love and romance.

These days, teenagers look very open and proud holding hands in public places and publicly displaying affection anywhere. They seem to have lost the sense of discretion and modesty that at a very young age they are not afraid at all to do PDA’s even if old folks are around.

Go to the town plazas and parks and you will see at lot them who are still wearing school uniforms late at night roaming around with a boyfriend or a girlfriend. Some are even hiding in the bushes doing more than what we could imagine.

As a result, teenage pregnancy seems to be a common thing. We can hear of a 7th grader or 10th grader who would eventually stop school to give birth to a baby out of marriage – and the father is also a teenager like the mother.

Teenage pregnancy is soaring to 9% of women aged 15-19 already becoming mothers as of 2018. Statistics would show that at this rate, this early pregnancy is one of the teenage problems that should be given top priority solutions.

There are many factors that can contribute to early pregnancies as such, family support, financial status, values system, home and community environment, social media and personal preferences.

It is very important that educational institutions do their part religiously in order to educate these young people with proper manners and attitude and help in strengthening family values.

The family and the school are the prime social institutions to educate these young people about the pros and cons of early pregnancies and how they can divert their attention to other more important priorities in life.

Depression Among Teenagers

Mar 15, 2019 Author: Aileen Villanueva, RN | Filed under: Beyond the Classroom

Depression is among the topmost emotional and mental struggles most young people go through nowadays.

Depression has been very rampant. As a result, these young people resort to many activities to like drug addiction, suicides, vandalism and many other juvenile acts.

Police reports usually have a share of a few teenage suicide attempts and those which have succeeded, many cases on drug addiction and alcoholism which are all results of depression.

It is very saddening that these things are happening at the time when there are so many platforms which can be used for diversion and enjoyment. The digital and technological environment that surround our young people seem to be affecting their emotional and mental more negatively than positively.

As we try to scan our Facebook walls, and if we have many young people “friends”, we will notice that many of them post “hugots” which are usually silent screams of their loads of depression.

Teenagers seem to have very low tolerance of pain – whether physical or emotional. And when they cannot take the pain anymore, it leads them to depression and eventually to some other serious and worse acts.

Depression is a very dangerous mental state because it can strongly dictate on people to do things which they wouldn’t do under normal state of mind. Depression triggers low self-esteem self-pity, anger and so many more negative emotions. And as depression builds up, it will eventually destroy the right track of mind of a person and who knows what happens next.

It is high time that the society pays attention to this problem. Depression is not only the problem of the teenagers. This is a problem of the whole society because when these young people are disturbed by their depression, the things they do out of depression can affect the whole community where the young person lives in starting with his/her family and circle of friends.

Depression has to be remedied if we want to save our young people – the future of our nation.

Childhood Immunization

Feb 2, 2019 Author: Aileen Villanueva, RN | Filed under: Beyond the Classroom

The country is facing now with the controversial issues about commonly used vaccine among children and it has a big impact on health workers on how to gain back the trust of the community when it comes to childhood immunization. Immunization is a lifesaving intervention used to control and potentially eliminate vaccine preventable diseases. Immunization has important health benefits and can lead to eradication of diseases. The health allies shall work hard again to emphasize the importance of immunization programs. Some of the things to consider are the parents views about immunization, other parents may have limited information or incorrect information that can be corrected by the health workers, proper communication and counseling can fill the gaps in parent’s knowledge about potential benefits and harms associated with both immunization and choosing not to immunize. Parents have a duty to make decisions in the best interests of their children.

Health care practitioners play an important part with this issue, public educational campaigns and information dissemination should be the main priority. Parents consider health care professionals one of the most trusted sources for answering questions and addressing concerns about their child’s health. A health care practitioner must be equipped with knowledge, expertise and advice vital in creating a safe and trusted environment for discussing childhood immunizations. Reinforcing that vaccines are safe and effective can go a long way towards assuring parents that they are doing the best thing for their children. Establishing trust with parents is by asking open ended questions to identify and address concerns they may have about vaccines, restate their questions and acknowledge concerns with empathy. A strong recommendation from health workers can also make parents feel comfortable with their decision to vaccinate. Always emphasize that prevention is better than cure.

The government and policy makers should consider reforming compensation systems if a child suffer from a vaccine related injury so that the community feel safe and secure when it comes to health issues and benefits.

The Annual schedule immunization is developed by the Philippine Pediatric Society and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines, together with the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination is as follows:

What a Man’s Body Needs

Mar 7, 2017 Author: Teacher Jay Mark D. Sinag | Filed under: Beyond the Classroom

Why should we teach Physical Education in schools?

A lot of people are finally acknowledging the need to be physically fit, as it undeniably adds to their aesthetic qualities as a man or a woman. Indeed, gym rats have finally taken over Instagram and some of Facebook, flooding their friends’ timelines with buff biceps and swollen abs.

But is there more to being fit than the good looks and the admiration from people from various parts of the globe?

There is.

People are made aware of the importance of getting fit at an early age, and there are a lot of benefits in this activity that we should never look the other way when discussing about it. The importance of exercise, for instance, is that it can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease, according to It is also enumerated in the website the benefits of regular physical activities, such as; reduction of the risk of heart attack, better weight management, lower blood cholesterol level, and lower risk of diabetes and cancer. (more…)

Five Points Never Say To Your Boss

Aug 20, 2016 Author: Teacher Laila M. Carlos | Filed under: Beyond the Classroom

Everybody has a boss. Even if we “work for yourself,” we’re still an employee to our client.

A big part of maintaining the boss-employee relationship is to never allow a boss to think you dislike your work, are incapable of doing it, or worse consider it beneath you.

These sound like no-brainers, but many statements heard commonly around the workplace violate these basic rules. Looking for an example? Here are five heard in workplaces all the time. They may seem ordinary, even harmless. But try reading these from your boss’s point of view. You’ll see right away why it’s smart to never allow these five sentences to pass your lips: (more…)


Bringing Back the Values of the Good Old Days

Aug 30, 2012 Author: Teacher Jane L. Ringor | Filed under: Beyond the Classroom, Essay on Education

We are experiencing today a state of moral corruption. This is evident in the kind of governance our state leadership is tucked in – a leadership that has caused and continues to cause a rift among the members of the populace. If we are to make an assessment, each person goes his own way, being torn apart by personal ideologies and personal advancement, empty of common interest. Gone are the days, when the flow of life was unbridled by confusion, by turmoil and economic dislocation. Where have all the values gone?

Sizing up the state of the nation’s values today, the trend has been going negative. Today we are rocked in the fabric of illicit acts ranging from hypocrisy, dishonesty, greed, and all other things vicious, bringing the country’s setup into a state of degradation, veering away from the positive values that were once the glories of the good old days. But how should these values return? (more…)

Modern-Day Educators Should Teach by Example

Aug 27, 2012 Author: Teacher Erlinda P. Labog | Filed under: Beyond the Classroom, Teachers for Teachers

Thousands of behavioral psychologists all over the world confirmed that children who were born in this modern era were mold differently and are greatly influence by modern gadgets and equipments. Most parents and even teachers were unaware of the good and bad influence of these new technologies and how it affects our values, beliefs and attitudes. Thus, the example of adult leadership shown before our youth today must be carefully planned because it will be the deterrent in molding the kind of people we want our children to become. (more…)

Toys as an Effective Tool in Teaching

Aug 12, 2012 Author: Teacher Cherry Collera | Filed under: Beyond the Classroom

Children love to play a lot. By means of playing, they learn and develop bodily, intellectually and socially. When they play, they work. Those little angels make use of their toys to perform their work well. When they look and talk to their toys, they widen their imagination and explore with more games. Simple toys demand them to visualize more. The battery-operated cars or talking dolls only limit their tasks, they were not able to investigate and explore more. They became uninterested with those toys. (more…)

You’ll be amazed at the difference you can make

Aug 2, 2012 Author: Teachers' Pet | Filed under: Beyond the Classroom

Based on a true story and released by the Ministry of Education, Singapore.