A GLIMPS TO REALITY
At a very young age I was already hearing my cousins and relatives talking about teachers in random. My aunt would suggest “Enroll now to this kinder teacher she is naturally kind and sweet”. “Never go to this teacher because she is strict and always gives projects”. When I was finally in school as a kindergarten learner I thought being a teacher was really fun. There were only few hours of teaching and before you know it class is already dismissed. It was not tough there was enough time for fun not to mention that most of the lessons presented are wrapped in a form of games.
Now that I myself is a teacher, I can truly say that all the teachers who have had me as their pupil / students have somehow contributed of what I am now. My kindergarten teacher is very known of her ever ready smile and enthusiasm to meet us. I have learned to be excited to wake up each morning to meet my learners. One teacher I had in elementary never starts a lesson unless the room is clean, according to her she gets distracted when her surrounding is unclean, I myself do not start my lesson until the chairs are properly arranged and the floor is free of dust. Another teacher I had in elementary who had a big impact on me is her voice. As much as I can I do really try to communicate to my learners in a very modulated voice. She never used a loud voice whenever she faced us. Somehow I have modified what I have learned from her. This time when I try to discipline a child I try to communicate through my eyes without even saying a word.
There is little difference when I reach secondary, only added understanding on how a teacher should act and behave in certain circumstances. Like for instance students who are grade conscious, teachers would always have evidences on how they derive on such grade. I really admire how fluent and articulate they are. Indeed, mastery of your lesson is a must even when facing elementary learners.
In tertiary I learned independence and self-confidence. You have to bark to prove that you are a dog. Meaning you have to flaunt what you’ve got. That is if you are aspiring for a tittle which you could include in your resume once you apply for a teaching position.
Teachers have also flaws, I have learned to select which one I will imitate and treasure. I’d like to thank all of them for touching my life which has brought me to this profession.
The author is Teacher III at Mamatitang Elementary School, Cluster
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