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

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