ON BE­ING A PROAC­TIVE TEACHER

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

DIANE ARVI W. PUNO

What does it take to be­come a proac­tive teacher?

Ac­cord­ing to the Mer­riam-Web­ster dic­tio­nary be­ing proac­tive means con­trol­ling a sit­u­a­tion by caus­ing some­thing to hap­pen rather than re­spond­ing to it af­ter it has hap­pened. Ev­ery teacher has the abil­ity to do ev­ery­thing but it takes a lot of courage and guts to re­spond in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions. A proac­tive teacher plans ahead, acts ahead and gets ahead. If you want to be­come proac­tive in the work­place here are some tips on how to be­come a proac­tive teacher:

Re­spond to memos and phone calls promptly and quickly

To have a good start in your teach­ing ca­reer, you need to have a face­book ac­count to be in­formed about the memos be­ing re­leased by the di­vi­sion of­fice. Join groups that will be ben­e­fi­cial for you. Al­ways open the line of your phone and make it sure that you have a con­tact num­ber of your prin­ci­pal and co-teach­ers. You need to re­spond as soon as pos­si­ble or else you will re­gret it.

Have a to-do list and man­age your cal­en­dar

Buy a cal­en­dar note­book so you will be able to take note of all the im­por­tant dates and events. You must al­ways carry this note­book in your bag so that you will be re­minded of the things you need to do. Pri­or­i­tize tasks, man­age time and meet dead­lines

There will come a time that you will be bom­barded with a lot of work that’s why pri­or­i­tiz­ing tasks is a must. Sub­mit im­por­tant doc­u­ments first then do the next job. Man­age your time wisely. Can­cel unim­por­tant meet­ings to meet your dead­lines.

Plan ahead, an­tic­i­pate prob­lems and learn from mis­takes Satur­days and Sun­days are the only days in a week you can re­lax in your work. But you must keep in mind that to be able to start your Mon­day right, you need to plan ahead. So if you have spare time, try to have a glance on your next topic. You can also use your va­cant hours for plan­ning and an­tic­i­pat­ing prob­lems. No mat­ter how much you plan, a prob­lem al­ways arises and with that, you need to learn from those mis­takes.

Work well with oth­ers

No man is an is­land. This prin­ci­ple is also ap­pli­ca­ble to teach­ers. You need to work well and col­lab­o­rate with them be­cause you can­not do a task alone if it re­quires a group ef­fort.

Lastly, take ini­tia­tive. Your boss and co-teach­ers will be grate­ful on ef­forts you’ve done without be­ing told to do so. Be proac­tive to­day and be a bless­ing to oth­ers.

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The au­thor is Teacher I at Calu­lut In­te­grated School

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