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Teach­ing is meant to be a very en­joy­able and re­ward­ing ca­reer field You should only be­come a teacher if you love chil­dren and in­tend on car­ing for them with your heart. You can­not ex­pect the stu­dents to have fun if you are not hav­ing fun with them! If you only read the in­struc­tions out of a text­book, it’s in­ef­fec­tive. In­stead, make your lessons come alive by mak­ing it as in­ter­ac­tive and en­gag­ing as pos­si­ble. Let your pas­sion for teach­ing shine through each and ev­ery­day. En­joy ev­ery teach­ing mo­ment to the fullest.

MAKE A DIF­FER­ENCE: There is a say­ing, “With great power, comes great re­spon­si­bil­ity”. As a teacher, you need to be aware and re­mem­ber the great re­spon­si­bil­ity that comes with your pro­fes­sion. One of your goals ought to be: Make a dif­fer­ence in their lives. How? Make them feel spe­cial, safe and se­cure when they are in your class­room. Be the pos­i­tive in­flu­ence in their lives. Why? You never know what your stu­dents went through be­fore en­ter­ing your class­room on a par­tic­u­lar day or what con­di­tions they are go­ing home to af­ter your class. So, just in case they are not get­ting enough sup­port from home, at least you will make a dif­fer­ence and pro­vide that to them.

SPREAD POS­I­TIV­ITY: Bring pos­i­tive en­ergy into the class­room ev­ery sin­gle day. You have a beau­ti­ful smile so don’t for­get to flash it as much as pos­si­ble through­out the day. I know that you face bat­tles of your own in your per­sonal life but once you en­ter that class­room, you should leave all of it be­hind be­fore you step foot in the door. Your stu­dents de­serve more than for you to take your frus­tra­tion out on them. No mat­ter how you are feel­ing, how much sleep you’ve got­ten or how frus­trated you are, never let that show. Even if you are hav­ing a bad day, learn to put on a mask in front of the stu­dents and let them think of you as a su­per­hero (it will make your day too)! Be some­one who is al­ways pos­i­tive, happy and smil­ing. Al­ways re­mem­ber that pos­i­tive en­ergy is con­ta­gious and it is up to you to spread it. Don’t let other peo­ple’s neg­a­tiv­ity bring you down with them. STAYS OR­GA­NIZED Never fall be­hind on the mark­ing or fil­ing of stu­dents’work. Try your best to be on top of it and not let the pile grow past your head! It will save you a lot of time in the long run. It is also im­por­tant to keep an or­ga­nized plan­ner and plan ahead! The like­li­hood of last minute les­son plans be­ing ef­fec­tive are slim. Lastly, keep a jour­nal handy and jot down your ideas as soon as .

BE OPEN-MINDED: As a teacher, there are go­ing to be times where you will be ob­served for­mally or in­for­mally (that’s also why you should give 100% at all times). You are con­stantly be­ing eval­u­ated and crit­i­cized by your boss, teach­ers, par­ents and even chil­dren. In­stead of feel­ing bit­ter when some­body has some­thing to say about your teach­ing, be open-minded when re­ceiv­ing con­struc­tive crit­i­cism and form a plan of ac­tion. Prove that you are the ef­fec­tive teacher that you want to be. No­body is per­fect and there is al­ways room for im­prove­ment. Some­times, oth­ers see what you fail to see.

HAS STAN­DARD: Cre­ate stan­dards for your stu­dents and for your­self. From the be­gin­ning, make sure that they know what is ac­cept­able ver­sus what isn’t. For ex­am­ple, re­mind the stu­dents how you would like work to be com­pleted. Are you the teacher who wants your stu­dents to try their best and hand in their best and neat­est work? Or are you the teacher who couldn’t care less? Now re­mem­ber, you can only ex­pect a lot if you give a lot. As the say­ing goes, “Prac­tice what you preach”.

EM­BRACE CHANGE: In life, things don’t al­ways go ac­cord­ing to plan. This is par­tic­u­larly true when it comes to teach­ing. Be flex­i­ble and go with the flow when change oc­curs. An ef­fec­tive teacher does not com­plain about changes when a new prin­ci­pal ar­rives. They do not feel the need to men­tion how good they had it at their last school or with their last group of stu­dents com­pared to their cur­rent cir­cum­stances. In­stead of stress­ing about change, em­brace it with both hands and show that you are ca­pa­ble of hit­ting ev­ery curve ball that comes your way!

CRE­ATE RE­FLEC­TIONS: An ef­fec­tive teacher re­flects on their teach­ing to evolve as a teacher. Think about what went well and what you would do dif­fer­ently next time. You need to re­mem­ber that we all have “failed” lessons from time to time. In­stead of look­ing at it as a fail­ure, think about it as a les­son and learn from it. As teach­ers, your ed­u­ca­tion and learn­ing is on­go­ing. There is al­ways more to learn and know about in or­der to strengthen your teach­ing skills. Keep re­flect­ing on your work and ed­u­cat­ing your­self on what you find are your “weak­nesses” as we all have them! The most im­por­tant part is rec­og­niz­ing them and be­ing able to work on them to im­prove your teach­ing skills. — oOo—

The au­thor is Teacher III at Sto. Rosario Ele­men­tary School, Divi­sion of An­ge­les City


A re­cent study by the Cen­ter for Women’s Re­sources (CWR), a re­search, train­ing, and ad­vo­cacy cen­ter for women, has es­ti­mated that more than 39% of earn­ings of a low­in­come fam­ily will be con­sumed by the costs of a child en­ter­ing se­nior high school in pri­vate schools be­cause of the K to 12 pro­gram.

This will af­fect ex­penses that low in­come fam­ily will shell out even if their child will be qual­i­fied to re­ceive a voucher sub­sidy.

About 800,000 to one mil­lion stu­dents could not be ac­com­mo­dated in pub­lic se­nior high schools, based on the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion’s (DepEd) es­ti­mate. It as­sured the par­ents, how­ever, that a voucher sub­sidy would be al­loted to those who would opt to go to pri­vate se­nior high schools.

The max­i­mum amount of voucher for stu­dent com­ing from pub­lic schools is P22,500. How­ever, DepEd also clar­i­fied that if the to­tal school fees ex­ceeded the voucher amount, the par­ents would shoul­der the bal­ance. Clearly, par­ents from the low-in­come fam­i­lies could hardly pay for it.

To il­lus­trate: the min­i­mum tu­ition fee of a pri­vate high school could amount to P35,000. The P12,500-dif­fer­ence would ex­pect­edly be shoul­dered by the par­ents. So, in a fam­ily earning a daily in­come of P292, the amount es­ti­mated by Philip­pine Statis­tics Au­thor­ity (PSA) as min­i­mum in­come to stay out of poverty, a fam­ily of five should save at least P123 per day or 39% of their daily in­come for the child’s ex­penses in se­nior high school.

Filipino fam­i­lies put much cre­dence in ed­u­ca­tion as a way to im­prove their eco­nomic sta­tus. Par­ents try their best to send their chil­dren to school. How­ever, with the cost of ed­u­ca­tion, more par­ents could hardly keep up with the ex­penses and more chil­dren would be forced to stop study­ing.

This trans­lates to more young women miss­ing the chance of ed­u­ca­tion since they com­prise a big­ger chunk of en­rolees, with an av­er­age of 48% in ele­men­tary schools (2011-2016). Based on the 2013 Na­tional Demo­cratic Health Sur­vey (NDHS), more women get for­mal ed­u­ca­tion, slightly higher than men with a me­dian of eight years in school com­pared to seven years for men.

Par­ents and ed­u­ca­tors should then work to­gether to en­sure the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goal of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for all.

— oOo—

The au­thor is Teacher II at San Miguel Ele­men­tary School, Lubao North Dis­trict

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