All posts by Carl John Carolino

Public school teacher. Blogger. Bibliophile. Millennial.

Statement on prevention of bullying in public and private schools

PASIG CITY, December 21, 2018 – The Department of Education (DepEd) reminds all public and private Kindergarten, elementary, and secondary schools of the necessity and importance of adopting and enforcing anti-bullying policies in their respective institutions.

DepEd Order No. 40, series 2012, or the “DepEd Child Protection Policy,” institutionalized zero tolerance against any form of violence against the child and provided for the establishment of a Child Protection Committee (CPC) in all public and private schools.

DepEd Order No. 55, series 2013 (DO 55 s. 2013), or the “Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10627 (R.A. 10627) Otherwise Known as the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013,” on the other hand requires all public and private schools to submit a copy of their child protection or anti-bullying policy to the Division Office. The same shall be submitted to the Regional Director in addition to the requirements for an application for permit to operate and/or recognition as prescribed by the existing rules of the Department.

Rule IV of DO 55 s. 2013 underscores that the bullying prevention program in schools shall be comprehensive and multifaceted, and shall involve all education stakeholders and personnel. Schools shall develop intervention strategies like counseling, life skills training, education and other activities that will enhance the psychological, emotional and psychosocial well-being of victims, bullies, and other parties who may be affected by the bullying incident.

Private schools that fail to comply with the requirements of R.A. 10627 or of the IRR may face penalties under the law.

The Department also encourages learners who experience or witness bullying, abuse, or retaliation to speak up and report verified incidents to their peers, parents, teachers, and the appropriate authorities for proper intervention. Any information relating to the identity and personal circumstances of the bully/ies, the victim/s, or the witness/es shall be treated with utmost confidentiality by the CPC and the school personnel.



Your Friend, Maestro 2.0 Turns 1

It’s been a year since I decided to resurrect my blog, Your Friend, Maestro. To be honest, I was thinking many times about the idea of putting it back on the blogosphere as I experienced troubles in maintaining a blog as a beginner. I was frustrated on blogging. I thought that I was a failure as my former site did not attain good traffic. I felt that I was alone in an island and no one hears my shouting.  Then, I realized that quitters never win. I studied the process of blogging from choosing the design of the site up to capturing readers. I wanted to make sure that my comeback will be significant. My eagerness to join the community of bloggers ignited.


I remember the time when I need to save a portion of my Christmas bonus for my web domain. Before, I used my name as my web address. For my second try, I adapted the name of my previous blog in naming my place online. I went back to Philwebhosting.Net. I really love their services. They are responsive to my queries. Most of all, they have affordable pricing of website services. I bought cloud-unli-basic which is 100 pesos per month. On the other hand, I paid 650 pesos for my .com purchase.


I was agog in installing WordPress as the platform of site. My love for blogging doubled up as I am equipped with the knowledge in creating content. My mistakes are my stepping stones to improve my craft and to solidify my dream to become a writer.


Why Your Friend, Maestro?

I became a blogger by telling things relevant to my personality. I blog about trending news that affect me so much. I also write about my thoughts on the things I love. In short, I blog about my personal life. My journey was not smooth. I met turbulent waves that really made me upset and to stop pursuing my dream.


Well, to become a personal blogger, you should be famous. However, my name does not ring a bell (up to this time). I need to have a huge following especially on social media to attract readers. And, my readers will just yawn as I relay my dull life. It is not interesting. Maybe, they will just stay for few seconds and close the tab.


Because of this, I reviewed myself. What thing I can offer to my readers that is relevant in their lives? What is the stuff I can show to the netizens that is my expertise? I am a teacher and I can help my fellows in their profession. I am just a beginning teacher, but I can guarantee I can give information about education.


I decided to venture for this because as a Senior High School teacher, I know the challenges one SHS teacher face in his class. I want to help other teachers’ in planning their lessons especially that we have problems on finding learning materials in teaching the content of the subjects. This is the reason why I have the tagline of my blog is “Helping the Heroes of Classrooms”. I want to ease the burden. I am still young in the service. I need to dig deeper to understand the content. I just doing my part to help. For those who trust my posts and use these in your teachings, thank you for trusting.


Moreover, I created this blog for me to write my experiences in the field of education. This will be my journal in telling my classroom discussions, programs I attended, my victories and frustrations, and the like. I pray that you will get annoyed with my drama.


Problems Encountered

Like what I wrote above, maintaining a blog is not sleeping in the bed of roses. I have my blogging schedule. My plan is to write daily. However, I cannot do this as I need to prioritize teaching and ancillary works before anything else. There are times I go home tired and all I want is to lay down in the bed. I try to use my free time, but what I want also is just to sit down and watch my favorite TV show. I do hope that I can make my blog with overflowing posts to make it active in the next days to come.


Having a blog site is testing your budget as well. I need to pay web domain services yearly. Furthermore, I need to spend one thousand pesos to connect to the Internet. What worst is the signal here in my place is poor. I need to wake up early or stay late at night to enable me to post content as these are the times Internet is stable. Blogging needs marketing. Sadly, I cannot afford email services, photo sizing images, and blog statistics measurement. I also have problem in installing Jetpack. It is free and it is a powerful tool in sharing posts and checking the blog stats. I pray that the installation of the plugin will be resolved soon.


What Keeps Me Going?

I appreciate the comments of my visitors. I love reading their messages saying that my materials are useful. I appreciate their gratitude. Sarap sa eyes. I hope I am helping them in the small ways I could.


What to Expect in my Blog?

There are many of you asking for materials that I cannot give immediately. I am busy at work and I also struggle in uploading. Sorry for failing to update my blog. I know that we are busy in our lives as educators. I hope that you will still support my site.


For 2019, I hope I can attain these targets:

  • Complete upload of materials
  • Timely posting of announcements (e.g. memorandum)
  • English lessons
  • Plethora of activities in Senior High School subjects
  • Showcase the outputs of my students


I just pray to God to give me good health, sound mind, strong personality, and patience in doing these. I want to write more to help others.


Thank you for celebrating with me. God bless us all.

DepEd Memorandum No. 193, s. 2018 Suspension of Work and Classes in the Department of Education on January 2, 2019

Republic of the Philippines

Department of Education


19 Dec 2018



No. 193, s. 2018




To:          Undersecretaries

Assistant Secretaries

Regional Secretary, ARMM

Bureau and Service Directors

Regional Directors

Schools Division Superintendents

Public and Private Elementary and School Heads

All Others Concerned


  1. The Office of the President, through Memorandum Circular No. 54 dated December 17, 2018 (copy enclosed) issued by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea by authority of the President, suspended work in all government offices on January 2, 2019. As such, work in all offices and units of the Department of Education (DepEd) throughout the country is suspended on the said date.
  2. Similarly, all classes nationwide from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in public schools are suspended on the said date, while suspension of classes in private schools is left to the discretion of their respective school administrations.
  3. Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.





My Impression on Classroom Observation Tool

I underwent classroom observation using the newest classroom observation tool (COT) last November 12, 2018. This assessment tool for teachers is one of the ways teachers’ performance can be assessed under the PPST- RPMS program of the Department of Education. I wrote this post to share my experience and impression on this breakthrough.

The teachers of Anda, Pangasinan attended an orientation about the PPST- RPMS implementation last October 25 and 26. I joined the event and I was enlightened what the implementation is for. The speakers discussed deeply the usage of COT. It is the tool that the observers can use to assess the teaching task of a teacher in a particular topic. Comparing this to the previous tool we used, it has only few indicators to meet against the former tool having more than 30 indicators. I was anxious after the training as I am afraid that the tool might drag me down.

The moment of truth happened and our new school head is very zealous to utilize it. During the first week of November, he asked the faculty to get ready. He also expressed that we need to be scheduled for smooth flow of the process. Without nervousness and second thought, I boldly raised my hand and said “I go first.”

It is not being “pabida”, but I felt that time that I need to go first for me not to overthink what happens to my colleagues after observation while I am waiting for my turn. I do not want to prolong my anxiousness. I want to try it immediately. Furthermore, I grabbed the opportunity to be the early bird to be “sentenced” because my topic during that schedule is still easy. (Hehehe).

I spent my Sunday afternoon looking for materials relevant to my topic. I chose Reading and Writing Skills as the subject to be observed. My topic was patterns of development in writing focusing on definition. Modesty aside, I tried teaching the topic last year so I can say that I have now a background. I used my lesson plan last year and I made updates to make it relevant this school year. I incorporated more videos and new activities that I thought will tickle students’ critical thinking skills and participation. Even though I know my topic, I was not totally aplomb. I read my topic the night before my judgment. It is not yet the final judgment as I need to pass through four observations. I was just starting.

Fortunately, I had two hours vacant that I used to create my visual aids. I am a Manila paper user and I love using it in teaching. I made my materials for the group activity. I also love using metacards that construction papers were not absent during my teaching.

It was 9:45 in the morning when I invited my school head in my classroom. I was not tense compared to my previous observations maybe because I am used to it as I had experienced with my cooperating teacher back in my practice teaching days, college instructors, principals, and public schools district supervisors. But, honestly, I conditioned myself not to get nervous for me to remain focus. I tried to be overpowered by nervousness in my observation that ended up into a disaster.

I started with the usual routine such as greeting my learners, checking the attendance, and review the previous lesson. Let’s get ready to rumble!!!

For my motivation, I grouped my learners by three. They did Define Me activity where each group need to match the words written in the metacards to their corresponding meanings written in the manila paper. One correct answer is one point. If they answer the bonus item, they will get additional five points. My learners were eager to accomplish the output properly and quickly. When the time was up, we checked their answers. The three groups garnered 8 points. They got the bonus item which is brain. The words used in the activity have something to do with brain. That was the turning point I mentioned definition as a pattern.

We had a good discussion about it. They easily learned the concept and its types: scientific and subjective definitions. I emphasized that definitions are seen in dictionary. For that, I showed a video about the Filipino words included now in Oxford English Dictionary. We enjoyed pronouncing the word “bongga.”

To strengthen the learning, my learners read a science article about brain aneurysm. They answered five comprehension check questions pertaining to the reading material. After the allotted time was done, we answered the questions. The learners answered correctly. I was happy about the result. I showed a video about the illness that elucidated them. I saw the reaction of my school head after watching it. My aim that day was to educate the learners about this serious brain problem.

To end my topic, I gave a graphic organizer assignment about brain aneurysm. I took a deep breath after my learners said goodbye. I was happy about my performance. I can say that it was my best observation so far. My observations before were not yet all okay.

I went to the office during my vacant time for post- evaluation. I received kind words from my school head. He appreciated my stance to speak in English in my class the whole time. Well, it is needed to motivate my learners to do so. He admitted he was confused what subject I am teaching if it is English or Science. He realized that I am an English teacher. I told him that I am usually integrating other subjects in my class for multipurpose learning such as what I did in my teaching. I love using other subjects as my springboard like social studies to be discussed in teaching literature. He congratulated me and he told me to maintain my performance. When I received my score, I was in Cloud 9. I cannot believed that I attained that score. It was higher compared to what I got before. I was happy. Hard work really reaps success.

The classroom observation tool is teacher- friendly. It makes you to achieve more compared to the previous tools we are using. The tool is clear, specific, and attainable. I am glad that it is created for us, teachers. It makes my teaching easier. This progress is all right. This is promising. I hope that the department will provide textbooks for more effective teaching sooner. I produced the reading materials that I took online. There are subjects under Senior High School still having no learners’ materials.

My journey does not stop here. There are lots of work to do. I will keep improving my craft for my learners.