Visual aids, recorded tapes, Lesson Plans, Teachers Guide, Reference Books, Dictionaries .... all these as utilized were able to teach and produce citizens worthy of recognition and emulation. Classes inside the premises conducted their classes either with simplicity or complexity of the topic yet an understanding after each had been discussed and clarified. In case of making a research, the different books in each section in the library would suffice and provide the desired information. Booklovers Club, they belonged!
Periodic examinations, monthly tests, quizzes and the like were given to assess the acquired learning and succeeded. They communicated effectively by using the language being taught and used. Problems were present along the way but the Department were able to sustain the mission and the vision connected to each other..
Nowadays where there is advancement in technology and where almost everything could be made available because of gadgets and machines, where clicking and going to a website offers a topic or query you are into .... a question of as to how effective traditional teaching is comes to mind. The ' not so young mentors' would say yes and the present generation more or less with a no. Yet, because both aim to spark a pursuit of knowledge, because both set a mood in the classroom, both build a warm surrounding... then traditional teaching should not be taken as a big issue that might ruin the efficiency and effectivity of the 'not so young teachers' who are not very familiar and equipped using the technology.
At the end, learning is all that matters. Teachers who are sharing their knowledge, expertise towards their clients to make them a total individual is earnestly desired. Their passion and conviction to eradicate illiteracy and distorted values and be globally competitive ready to face the challenges they will meet along the way is of great importance. And these make teaching such a rewarding experience.
--oOo— The author is Master Teacher I (BEAM English) at Iba National High School, Iba Hagonoy, Bulacan