THE BEST GIFT

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

Some peo­ple want to gain for­tune. They wish to own ma­te­rial things es­pe­cially if they can af­ford to ac­quire them. These lux­u­ries give them hap­pi­ness. They con­sider them as their sta­tus sym­bols. For some, wealth may be a mea­sure of suc­cess. How­ever, for me as a teacher, beyond es­sen­tials may give tem­po­rary plea­sure but will never be a ful­fill­ment that last for­ever.

When­ever I go to school and at­tend my classes, the smile on the faces of my stu­dents as they greet me make me feel so beau­ti­ful in­side and out. When I start dis­cussing the con­cepts and the prac­ti­cal­i­ties con­tained in the sub­ject I am teach­ing, I be­gin to feel happy for I know that the learn­ing my stu­dents will have for a short pe­riod of time may change them for a life­time. When I talk to my stu­dents in pri­vate be­cause they have done some­thing wrong, I feel ful­filled for I have played my role as their sec­ond mother. When I talk to their par­ents dur­ing par­ent-teacher con­fer­ences, I feel en­thu­si­as­tic to tell them the progress of their chil­dren. When I pre­pare my DLLs and in­struc­tional ma­te­ri­als, I feel joy­ful for I know that the plan­ning of my ac­tiv­i­ties will help my stu­dents gain un­der­stand­ing of the lessons which later on lead them to re­al­iz­ing good val­ues that can be uti­lized by them in real-life sit­u­a­tions. When I am about to leave the class­room and see once more the smile on the faces of my stu­dents, I feel very glad for I am cer­tain that they have en­joyed my pres­ence and the many things I have taught them. These are the class­room episodes that I am so grate­ful for and which I con­sider a heav­enly gift. These are the great­est gifts I re­ceive as I ful­fill my du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as a class­room teacher.

When my stu­dents have touched down the re­al­ity of be­ing an adult as they be­gin bat­tling with what life of­fers, the best gift of teach­ing to me does not end. This is be­cause most of my stu­dents who have grad­u­ated and have started work­ing, still re­mem­ber me. As they rem­i­nisce each chap­ter of their books as a stu­dent, my heart is al­ways filled with so much hap­pi­ness be­cause they have ap­pre­ci­ated my ef­forts as their sec­ond mother. I al­most cry in glad­ness for I have re­al­ized how im­por­tant I have been in their lives. In the end, I have seen my worth as a won­der­ful cre­ation of God who have be­come an in­stru­ment in the for­ma­tion and trans­for­ma­tion of the young. Do you see teach­ing as the best gift just like how I per­ceive it?

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The au­thor is Teacher III at Pam­panga High School

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