JOUR­NEY TO BE­COME BET­TER

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

CLARITA L. SERRANO

To en­gage in teach­ing en­tails un­end­ing learn­ing to be­come bet­ter. Ev­ery­one has their own strengths and weak­nesses. We are trained to hone our skills and com­pe­ten­cies though the ex­pe­ri­ences we gained from the higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions be­fore we were re­leased to fully ex­pe­ri­ence the world of teach­ing. Dur­ing those days, we were like ba­bies who crawled to go to our des­ti­na­tion. We know few. We need to know much.

To im­prove our­selves is our com­mit­ment. We are ex­pected to at­tend train­ings and sem­i­nars to keep our­selves abreast with the lat­est trends and devel­op­ment in the sub­ject mat­ter we are han­dling. It is a para­mount ne­ces­sity for a teacher to be up­date be­cause even the pupils now can ver­ify if what we say are true and cor­rect for they have ac­cess to the in­ter­net.

In ad­di­tion, the wis­dom of the grad­u­ate pro­fes­sors will be of great help for teach­ers. How­ever, most of the time teach­ers spend their own fi­nan­cial re­sources to send them­selves to grad­u­ate school. For­tu­nately, it will not be in vain for this might be used for future ca­reer ad­vance­ment. In ad­di­tion, the ex­pe­ri­ences of the class­mates who are also teach­ers might also be ap­pli­ca­ble in our own set­ting.

Most im­por­tantly, the jour­ney to be­come bet­ter starts with the de­sire to be one.

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The au­thor is Teacher III at Jalung Ele­men­tary School

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