Total Solar Eclipse: Thailand

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Solar Eclipse, Thailand March 9, 2016 Photo by Ryan D.

With the sky so cloudy, the spectators did not really get to see the moon move into the path and cover the entire disks of the sun revealing the corona. The sky cleared up though as the shadow of the moon was moving slowly away from the sun.

It was, nevertheless, a good experience for kids whose experiencing it for the first time. They got to use the filters issued by the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand.  They got curious about the sun and the moon; and ask many questions like. Why do we have to use this? Why is it not good to look directly at the sun? Why is the sun’s color different in this photo? Why couldn’t I see the moon?


For me though, this solar eclipse is not as thrilling as the 1995 total solar eclipse in Davao City Philippines.  It was fascinating.  It happened on a broad daylight, so there was a few minutes of total darkness, some roosters even crowed.

There are 4 kinds of solar eclipses( total, annular, partial, and hybrid ), which of these have you already observed?

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Do they look the same to you?

The one on the left is an Olingo.

The one on the right is an Olinguito (oh-lihn-gee-toe) scientific name Bassaricyon neblina.  Right, it is a new species very much different from an Olingo.  This teddy bear-house cat-look-alike is smaller, has a rounder face, tinier ears, shorter tail, and has darker bushier fur than its sister Olingo.  But despite these differences, it has been mistaken as the latter for the past 100 years.  Smithsonians  National Museum of Natural History led by Dr. Kristofer Helgen discovered the differences between these 2 species from skeletons in a museum.

Olinguitos are found in the mountainous forest of Ecuador and Columbia.  These nocturnal omnivores hop from one tree to another looking for fruits and meat.  They have one offspring at a time.

Considering that they are dependent on trees for their food and shelter, one important question sprang into mind. How long do they have before their humble habitats are urbanized?

Olinguitos have lived for 100 years before its true identity discovered. Are there still other species left unidentified? Could it be possible that new species sprang from cross-breeds that Science does not know about?

I am also wondering, could it be possible that there have been species in this lifetime which have lived, thrived, and eventually became extinct without being identified because environmental factors that led to their extinction (i.e urbanization) were greater than their discovery?

I am also wondering if urbanization could be stopped to pave way for these beautiful creatures.



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Young people nowadays are very much different from the youngsters of yesterday.  Now, they are immersed in an environment full of modern innovations.  From the moment they open their eyes to the time they hit the sack, technology is a constant company.
Before, the library,  one of the few places where we can find real facts and figures and trusted informations can only be accessed by physically going to the library. With the advent of the internet, people began surfing the net with their PC’s. Access to all these informations became convenient. Access to all these informations come in different forms. During the late 90’s PC’s and Laptops were the most common tools used. Now, with the modern technologies coming out, tools for accessing the internet has come in different forms and sizes.  It has been expanded and intensified.  It has morphed into smaller forms, but a million times more powerful and influential.  It has morphed into ipads, android phones, laptops, netbooks, and tablets. The internet is indeed powerful, inspiring, and captivating people from the young to the young-at-heart. It is no longer dependent on the number of books found in the library.  Information is limitless.  It has probably even surpassed the “sky is the limit”  demarcation.  Thanks to the internet.
Indeed, change is the only thing permanent in this world.  With change, adaptation should follow.  Otherwise, you will be left behind and eventually become extinct.
In education, change is an utmost importance. Our present learning strategies must be fitted to the needs of our students.  The conventional methods of teaching should still be taught to (TEI’s) Teacher  Education Institutions though, and should not be thrown out of the window.  They should serve as foundations from which we will anchor our innovative modifications.
We either make or break lives. Let me share with you a video about how important our role is as a teacher (   The change is easy said than done, but we have no choice but to go for it if we want to make sure that our students will learn from us.  Oftentimes when faced with classroom management issues, teachers would resort to comparing today with what was before. Teachers get frustrated because “they (students) just don’t listen at all”, “they are so noisy”, “they don’t know how to memorise” they……… Yes, all of these are happening in our classroom.  This is reality.  It’s time to cut the crap and stop wasting our time and straining our emotions with all of these “they are these and that..”, “we weren’t like this…” attitude.  
The internet has numerous informations with just about anything.  Here are list of websites that we can use to better understand our students, and ways we can use to cater for their needs.

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