Talofa (Hello) and Afio Mai (Welcome)! Got Blog?

This blog was designed to show off my newly gained skills in technology. I realize that it needs fine-tuning as far as layout and setup, but that's the beauty of it, it's like the learning process, on-going and never-ending!

Location: Pago Pago, Pacific Region, American Samoa

My name is To'aiva Tago (Iva for short, pronounced Eva). I live on the beautiful and remote island of Tutuila, Pago Pago, American Samoa. FYI, the "American" in American Samoa means that we are a territory of the United States, and have been since April 17, 1900. I am a teacher by profession, and teaching and motherhood are my passions. I have six beautiful children, and I have been married for 17 years. I am the youngest of 15 children (10 girls & 5 boys). I love my family (which include my beautiful 82 year old mother, my siblings, and a host of nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins); teaching; and God, who has been my rock and my strength all my life. I hold a Bachelors in Elementary Education, and I am currently working on getting my Master's Degree from Kaplan University.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Hey Everyone

Talofa! If you wandered in here by accident, please rest assured that you are most surely welcome. Please take time to check out my blog, and while you're here, feel free to leave me a comment.

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How has technology helped to enhance your student's learning?

Honestly, I must admit that I haven't used technology much in my content area(s) as prior to this course, I didn't have much experience with it. Knowing what I do now, I'm so excited and can't wait for the school year to begin so that I may apply what I've learned in integrating technology with the content areas that I teach.

Sharing Experiences Online

I've been able to share and gain so much knowledge from friends and colleagues that has helped to enrich my teaching repertoire in all content areas, and life in general. Although my colleagues here at home also have much to share from their experiences as teachers, it was also great to learn about teaching experiences from those outside of my own culture, which has given me a new perspective on teaching.

What's The Big Deal About Online/Distance Learning?

I used to ask myself the same question. What is the big deal? Prior to enrolling in KU's Online Master's Program, I never would have thought it was for me. Online learning offers flexibility, and allows you to work at your own pace, which are two factors that have greatly influenced my decision to become an online, distant learner. It allows me to spend time with my family, and the ability to work in the comfort of my own home.

One thing that I've learned about online education is that you get quality help from your instructors, and you gain a wealth of knowledge from people of different cultural backgrounds. Of course it's not for everyone, but if you like the freedom of working at your own pace, and want to share in a learning experience that involves people from all walks of life, you'll totally enjoy online education. It made a believer out of me!

What's In A Name? (by To'aiva Tago)

My whole name is To'aivateine,
But no one calls me To'a or Teine.
Its always been just Eve or Iva,
Yeah, you know, the Queen, the Diva!

As a young girl, I totally despised my name,
And there was no one but my parents to blame.
Why couldn't I have been a Lisa or a Janet?
To my ears, mine sounded like it was from another planet.

My sisters and brothers have names like Rebecca, Sam & Larry,
Compared to theirs, mine seemed plain & ordinary.
So, I shortened it to Iva, like the famous Eva G.,
Because the pronounciation was so hard, even for me.

It's quite a mouthful, a real tongue twister,
Translated into English, it means I have '9 sisters.'
A rose is a rose by any other name,
And in my culture, it's your fortune and fame.

Many years later I have learned to appreciate,
My beautiful name, my identity, my fate.
Today I wear it like a beautiful flower,
With comfort, ease, dignity, and power.