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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

Ma­bal­a­cat City

I Di­vi­sion of

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