Summer vacation is almost over and the preparation for the incoming school year is just around the corner. I haven’t really taken time to introspect on what had happened to me and how I had evolved after my first year of teaching.
Deciding to be a teacher was not a difficult task. I graduated with such degree, got a professional license for it too. All I lack back then was the courage to take on the challenges of teaching. More than the financial necessity which I had found to be a very good excuse until today, it was really the courage to that I had lacked that’s why it took me a little while to start living one of my dreams- to be a teacher.
This organization had been a very wonderful avenue to start with my journey. I would like to express my warmest gratitude for the opportunity to be part of the pioneer batch for this amazing movement for education for all here in the country.
How shall I describe my first year of teaching? Harry Wong said that teaching has four stages…
Fantasy, Survival, Mastery and Impact.
I was at this stage when I was convincing myself to join.
The joy of being with kids.
The feeling of success when you see them learn.
Later on, the better Philippines.
Come first few months of my teaching, this is how I had been feeling, every single day.
There were even days I question my own decisions of moving into this field. This has also been the time that those teachers who came before gained my utmost respect. Staying in this profession and keeping the jest and love for kids and the striving to make the not-so-conducive-for-learning environment be child-friendly is such a tiresome effort. As I push myself every day with constant reminder that “this too shall pass” I had found the answer. The innocence in their bright eyes, the crisp laughter from their mouths, and the amazement every time they learn something new—that’s what make those teachers stay I suppose because those are one of the many priceless reasons why I am thankful I am at this job. So, I got the hang of everything. I am past survival stage I guess until a new challenge arises.
The “teacher look”. Master the “teacher look” and you are in control. Classroom management is very essential for a cumulative learning to occur. Apart from that, lesson plan is a must. Without it, it’s like going to war without any weapons. Truth be told, I think, in my daily lesson plan, I can only execute around 30 percent of it or up to the Intro to the Lesson Proper. The proceeding approaches will depend on how they will respond to the questions, demonstrations and other preliminaries.
It doesn't take a while for me to realize the impact these kids had made into my life. Every day they come to school, every time they smile at me, say hello and participate in class, I know I had made an impact in them.
Little steps, I always tell myself. Little steps. Aim for the gold yet make sure not to step on potholes, and if you do, stand up, dust off and start walking again, little by little, towards the pot of betterment.
It’s a cycle. As the school year ends, I am back fantasizing on how my next school year will become. I am eager to do changes, upgrades and new tricks I will apply in class. Get to know new set of kids. Get to gain new stories to share and post. But what will not change is that look in every child’s bright eyes and see their excitement to learn.
A 1-page year-end requirement: Summary of my First Year of teaching.