ON BEING A PROACTIVE TEACHER
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.
The author is Teacher I at Calulut Integrated School