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Kolb's Learning Styles

Kolb’s learning styles are defined by an individual’s relative preference for the four modes of the learning cycle described in experiential learning theory: Concrete Experience, Reflective Observation, Abstract Conceptualization, and Active Experimentation. These learning styles can be assessed by the Kolb Learning Style Inventory (2005). Nine distinct learning style patterns have been observed: experiencing, diverging, reflecting, assimilating, thinking, converging, acting, accommodating, and balancing. Every student learns differently.

Learning style definition - the preferential way in which the student absorbs, processes, comprehends and retains information

Individual learning styles depend on cognitive, emotional and environmental factors, as well as one’s prior experience.


Have you ever wondered why you do better in some classes than others? It may depend on your individual learning style. Your learning style influences the way you understand information and solve problems.

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Positive discipline in everyday teaching: Primer for Filipino Teachers

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I was fortunate enough to have attended a seminar conducted by PETA's ArtZone Center which talks about positive discipline. It was the first time I have known about the concept. Simply, it teachers adults to veer away from the traditional spanking and verbal abuse to discipline children. Instead, it encourages the adults to treat these kids as capable individuals able to understand concepts, consequences of wrong decisions and correct themselves with the adults' guidance.

This year, with the help of Save the Children, DepEd has introduced an e-book that teachers may refer to in implementing positive discipline in their classroom. This supports DepEd's Department Order 40, s.2012 which prevents the use of corporal punishment in classrooms. Corporal punishment under this guideline covers:

  • any punishment in which physical force is used and intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort
  • Examples include: hitting - smacking, slapping, spanking with the hand or an instrument (whip, stick, belt, shoe, wooden spoon, etc).
  • It also involves kicking, shaking or throwing children, scratching, pinching, biting, pulling hair or boxing ears, forcing children to stay in uncomfortable positions, burning, scolding or forced ingestion (for example, washing children’s mouths out with soap or forcing them to swallow hot spices.
  • Non-physical punishments  that belittles, humiliates, denigrates, scapegoats, threatens, scares or ridicules the child are considered corporal punishments too
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Great job, DepEd! Cheers to all our teachers who will practice positive discipline in their classrooms!

To download the ebook, click here.

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