I Miss Teaching

This is me giving a lecture in my Social Science class first sem 2009

I had a meeting with the group of new students last Saturday. While presiding over the session, I suddenly miss being in front of a class – sharing knowledge and hearing students’ opinions, thoughts and feelings about a certain topic. I certainly miss reading students’ term papers and watching their class reports and presentations. I hope that I’d have the chance to teach and interact with young minds again.

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Letting go…for now.

This is me giving a lecture in my Social Science class first sem 2009

One month before another school year begins, I decided not to teach this first semester of 2010. * Am I hearing shouts of hurray and high fives there?*

I love teaching. It gives me a different kind of high when I’m in the classroom and interacting with students – hearing their ideas, opinions; seeing the world through their eyes. So, it is rather sad that I’ve come to this decision. I have no choice. There are some things that I must give my full attention. I hope that this will only be for the first term but let’s just wait and see.

Are they actually listening to me? Or are they bored to death?

I will miss giving quizzes and exams and requiring students to submit papers. *snickers* It is definitely good news to those who find my subjects difficult. Heh.

Nah. I’m just joking. I will definitely miss all that intellectual stimulation.

Photos courtesy of my student, T.A.

Ramblings of an educator

April 17, 2010 was a memorable day for the batch of 2010. After several years of studying, sweating it out, sleepless nights, rushing and running to meet deadlines, they finally made it!

Twenty-seven graduates proudly marched and were conferred their respective degrees. I’m sure it was a joyous day for the graduates, their parents and their teachers. But in my heart, I was the happiest and proudest. I have seen these students mature and hurdle obstacles they encountered as they progressed through college.

As a teacher, I have taught the majority of them. I remember being disappointed and frustrated when they performed less than they should have – when they failed to submit requirements or they failed their exams. I rejoiced when they performed in class excellently and marveled when they exceeded my expectations.

Batch 2010

As a counselor, I have walked with some of them during their trials and challenges. I was only there to listen and encourage but they were still responsible in making their own decisions.

As an administrator, I became close to them when we were on the final months – pestering and reminding them to complete their requirements and to make sure that they pass their subjects. I admit it was draining, downright frustrating and oftentimes infuriating but it was all worth it. It was definitely worth it – seeing them receive their diplomas and seeing the radiant faces not only of the graduates but their parents as well.

Ah, the joys and pains of being an educator. I am once again reminded why I chose this path in the first place. Congratulations Batch 2010, wishing you all the best!

Learning through Action

Another semester has come to an end. Another academic year has come to a close. I consider myself an experiential teacher. In my classes, I make it a point for my students to experience for themselves the realities of everyday life and be able to bridge theory (what they learn in the classroom) and practice (what is exactly happening in real life). I always reiterate to them that “knowledge learned in class should be always applicable to everyday situations” and that “learning is not limited only to what is being taught in school; valuable lessons can be learned every moment, every day.”

My students had the opportunity to teach young children in a nearby community. I specifically required them to come up with different activities which will help young children learn. I gave them freedom to choose what kind of activities to implement in their respective groups. They had about four to five weeks of community exposure. Since my students are “future teachers,” I want to expose them early on how to handle and teach children so that when they have their practice teaching or practicum, they are a bit prepared.

Below are some photos :

Children were taught to prepare their own food.

Storytelling session with the children.

Children were taught to color (according to the color wheel)