Felicia Tilborg's Practicum

The power of educating doesn't root in the overload of lessons, but in the constructive way of teaching. ~ Felicia E.L. Tilborg

A guide to succesful child growth and development in Suriname and Caribbean. The philosophical principles used to educate from a comprehensive and executive perspective. Due to an insufficient amount of statistics and standards to guide a child through it's growth and development process in Suriname, the passion to work with minors ought to be essential to perform duties with children in the preliminary stages of life. To better assist the Suriname and Caribbean community, it is therefore of the importance that tools are provided, which are easy to read, comprehend and execute. The practices in Felicia Tilborg's Practicum are therefore structured in a 1-2-3 theory to use as a lifestyle instead of a studyguide.

Entertain & Educate

The entertainment character Miss ILY, was derived by Felicia Tilborg in 2013, had it's core value to combine entertainment with education and fullfill the edutainment spectacle 1-2-3 Eyes on Miss ILY. The core value was that all teachings should be formulated in a 3 step theory. In 2016 during her study Theology at the Evangelische Broeder Gemeente Suriname (Moravian Congregation), the interest was to increase theoratical knowledge within the mission field. For mission/practical theology the principles articulated by Richard Osmer were used:

  1. What is going on? (the descriptive-empirical task)
  2. Why is this going on? (the interpretative task)
  3. What ought to be going on? (the normative task)
  4. How might we respond? (the pragmatic task)

Felicia Tilborg ought the need for re-evaluation and summarized these principles according to the 1-2-3 theory, excepted the 2nd principle and fullfilled her purpose as Urban Missionary. The following 3 challenges were observed in Suriname and surrounding (The Caribbean) according to Felicia Tilborg:

  • What I've discovered in Suriname was that within the group of drop-outs a selective group of early advanced learners weren't challenged enough, for there are no educational programs nor fundings focussed on extra ordinary ability in Suriname and several other parts within the Caribbean. 
  • A program was essential to set in place, for the advanced and underprivalleged learners to benefit from.
  • Providing extra curricular activities to enhance the ability of the advanced learners and offer supervised peer-to-peer programs for the underprivalledged individuals to be supported with in order for both to become valuable assets to our community.

Caregivers can become medicine to children. If you don't know how to dose, they'll get overdosed. ~Felicia E.L. Tilborg


1-2-3 Theory Practice

Implementation of the 1-2-3 theory is a structured practice, which acquires persistance, discipline and patience. The table below helps to comprehend and implement the theory with quality enhancement for each child's growth and development process.

 Support to self

  1. The Power of Wisdom 
  2. Appreciate your Mastermind
  3. The physical manifestation thereof 

 Support to others

  1. Love & care
  2. Believe in their potential
  3. Cherish every moment & embrace each accomplishment 

Comprehending and executing the 1-2-3 theory for child's growth and development according to Felicia Tilborg's Practicum with examples:

Support to self

1. The Power of Wisdom

  • Daily focus on 1 particular task you'd like for your child to accomplish, and seek supportive elements.

2. Appreciate your Mastermind

  • Be thankful for each step and progression that leads you towards achievement of the goal (even if you don't see instant results)

3. The physical manifestation thereof

  • Execute in small portions daily, and maintain the persistance of the task.

Support to others

1. Love & care

  • Build up a relationship in which appropriate hugging, kissing, trust and care is offered.

2. Believe in their potential

  • In addition, create an environment in which everyone happily shares same objective. 

3. Cherish every moment & embrace each accomplishment

  • Use open ending questions conversations and show mutual respect. Children are more responsive to learn any given task if you show interest in their way of thinking. Avoid questions such as: "What do you want to become when you grow up?" ask instead: "What do you want to become and why?" Find supportive tools to achieve that goal in the present moment. If the child changes it's thoughts, ask the same question and work towards that goal. 

Parenting is the meal to a child, make sure it has an adequate amount of nutrition for each child to grow and prosper. ~Felicia E.L Tilborg


Felicia Tilborg's Practicum|- 1-2-3 theory
1. Love & care
2. Believe in their potential
3. Cherish each moment & embrace each accomplishment

Felicia Tilborg's Practicum underlines that disturbance and imballancement in these 3 element, may result into interruption in the emotions of each individual. The e-motion (energy in motion) may reflect negative impulses, which eventually decrease each one's potential to achieve self-actualization as described in the Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

Abraham Harold Maslow

Abraham Harold Maslow, an American psychologist who was best known for creating a theory in which the fullfillment of the human needs are prioritized and the psychological health process to self-actualization are formulated in his theory Maslow's hierarchy of needs. The human needs as ordered in the hierarchy should be mostly satisfied before someone would give their attention to the next highest need. The hierarchy of human needs model suggests that human needs will only be fulfilled one level at a time. According to Maslow's theory, when a human being ascends the levels of the hierarchy having fulfilled the needs in the hierarchy, one may eventually achieve self-actualization.

Felicia Tilborg's experiences obtained over the years working with people of different ages and varies backgrounds, is that self-actualization can be noticed each 12 months after birth. This differs with Maslow's theory, which sets the stage of self-actualization as a long term-process. Felicia Tilborg's Practicum uses the growth and development assesments as a tool to administrate the age appropriate standards to be reached and that each extra ability is the individual's peak/self-actualization experience at that particular moment in life. It can be concluded that each personal accomplishment with satisfaction achieved can be described as self-actualization. Annual growth and development assesments, combined with proper observation if the human needs are met (Maslow Hierarchy of Needs), can detect any disabilities, disorders, but also advancencements in an early stage of life. These self-assesment and/or observations can result in a more accurate plan of action, in best interest of each human being's growth and development. Felicia Tilborg's results are compilled experiences from individuals residing in underdeveloped geographic locations, whom have shown significant results by use of Felicia Tilborg's Practicum|- 1-2-3 theory Advanced Learners

Peak and Plateau experiences

Beyond the needs of fulfillment, moments of extra ordinary experiences were envisioned by Maslow. Individuals with these qualities known as ‘Peak Experiences’, encounter wholeness, self-sufficient and yet part of the world. These experiences occur mostly by people whom reached the self-actualizing stage in life.

Later writings of Maslow’s theory have shown a more inclusive model in addition to the intense peak experiences, derived from the Indian scientist and yoga practitioner U.A. Asrani and named the Plateau Experience. The shift from Peak to Plateau experience Maslow relates to the natural aging process. This shift in life values is a personal experience, reflects what is actually important in one’s life and what is not.

Furthermore ‘The Great Didactic,’ is 'The Whole Art of Teaching all Things to all Man,' written by Czech philosopher, pedagogue and theologian John Amos Comenius. In The Great Didactic Comenius recommended learning from nature outside its school contexts. Comenius argues that learning should extend beyond the classroom, which takes place in everyday life. Contact with objects in the environment made accumulating information more accessible and relevant to children's interests and life needs.

Felicia Tilborg’s Practicum combines these theories and provides assistance in development towards self-actualization, which can be reached by implementation of the 1-2-3 theory. It builds each individual’s own characteristics, reaches self-actualization according to their age and maturity level beyond their peers. Felicia Tilborg’s Practicum is a practical life-long-learning strategy that creates environments consisting parents, family, friends, educators and (academic) life coaches. The academic life coaches makes it their duty to offer a 7days a week, year round 30-45min on call service to assist their assigned attendee to successfully grow from childhood to adulthood. The skills used are contextual and according to each time era. Although there are differs learning principles, Felicia Tilborg’s Practicum research has shown that in addition to each individuals daily environment, educators and (Academic) Life Coaches are beneficial to achieve a successful life-long learning process.

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