Mula sa panulat ng aking kaibigan, Maria Linda R. Hebres
Habang binabagtas ng sinasakyan kong jeep ang isang mababang paaralan ng elementarya sa Sto. Tomas, Batangas, nakatawag ng aking pansin ang mga batang bagong awas mula sa eskwela. Merong lumalabas ng magkakasama at meron namang lumalabas ng mag-isa, meron sa kanilang may kasamang mga ina, at meron namang pagkain ang dala, ngunit higit sa kanila ay ang napansin kong mga bata na patong-patong na libro ang dala. Sa mga librong muling iuuwi sa bahay para sa pagtupad ng mga pangarap ay maging kaagapay. Kasama sa mga libro na iyon ang kanilang mga pangarap at mga bagong matutunan na malaki ang magiging bahagi sa pagbuo ng kanilang kinabukasan.
Muli kong naalala ang aking huling tatlong taon sa eskwela. Hindi bilang isang mag-aaral kundi bilang isang guro sa kolehiyo. Isang pahina ng buhay na nagturo sa akin ng mga bagay na hindi ko naintindihan at hindi ko natutunan noong ako ay nag-aaral pa… Totoo, lahat tayo ay naging estudyante, pero hindi lahat tayo naging guro —- and it will only take an experience for you to realize the difference. If you are looking from afar, you can say a lot of things about a teacher, but those are just mere guess and product of your conclusive thoughts, because you will only realize WHAT IT IS TO BE A TEACHER, if once in your life, YOU BECOME ONE OF THEM.
“Kung hindi mo mahal ang mga bata, wag kang magturo!” It may sound like a romanticist, but I have realized that teaching is not just a profession, it is a vocation, which I believe, not everybody is called for. It requires you to give extra time, extra effort, extra love and even extra “YOU.” Being a teacher doesn’t just start when the bell rings in the morning and ends when it rings in the afternoon. A teacher is a teacher 24/7, 365 days a year. Everything that we think of, we say and we do will have an impact to the students that we have. We will never know, when and how will our influence stops. As Henry Adams said, “A teacher affects eternity; no one knows how his influence stops.”
In my short stay in the service, I have realized that teaching is not just about the teacher. Hindi ka pumapasok sa school para lang may sweldohin ka sa darating na 15 or 30 ng buwan. Hindi ka nag-aaral ng lessons gabi-gabi para lang hindi ka mapahiya sa klase kung magtatanong sila. Hindi ka nag-aayos ng sarili at inihahanda ang bawat pagtayo mo sa unahan para lang humanga sa iyo ang mga estudyante. Hindi ka naghihigpit at nagdidisiplina para lang takutin sila. Hindi ka nagpapakapuyat sa record books at lesson plans para lang may maipakita ka kung may schedule na visit si Dean o Si Ma’am Principal. In teaching, you, as a servant, is secondary. Hindi pwedeng puro ikaw. Halimbawa, aanhin mo ang method of teaching na favorite mong gamitin, kung hindi naman sa pamamaraan na iyon natututo ang mga estudyante.
I remember one time, there was this cool professor who once asked me, why am I still discussing the lessons and explaining it to the students given the fact that I was assigned in the collegiate level? That professor added, “You should ask your students one by one to have their reporting. Hayaan mo na lang sila. In that case, hindi ka pa pagod.” Upon hearing it, I don’t actually understand, ‘Is he teaching me another method or is he suggesting me to be lazy?’ I just said, “Based on what I have observed they cannot understand the lessons on their own, how come they can explain it to others?” Madami pa akong gusto sanang sabihin, pero hindi na natuloy dahil pupunta na ako sa sunod kong klase pero kapag maaalala ko yun, nalulungkot pa din ako. Ang alam ko, one of our main objectives is to share and transfer the knowledge that we have to our students, but if we apply a method which does not suit to the ability of the students at wala silang natutunan, I think that is a failure on our part. At isa pa, hindi nga tayo pagod, pero, did we serve our purpose? (but I am not telling that the reporting method is bad, it’s just that, it must be given to the students with proper disposition and proper training).
Lahat ng ginagawa at gagawin natin dapat ay para sa mga estudyante. We do all of those because we want them to learn. We are investing even more of ourselves because we hope for a better future for them. We as teachers are sharpeners of their minds and molders of their characters. We are there to cultivate forests and not to irrigate deserts. It takes one to have the heart for this. It is never easy, though wala naman talagang madaling trabaho. Truly, it is tiring to stand in front of different students….Sometimes, it is irritating… I don’t know if they are listening or I am just talking with deaf ears… pero kahit ganon, I still want to continue this mission. For me, there are no difficult students… They are not problems to be solved. They are people to be motivated… I have high hopes for them. They just have to focus on the things that they do and I am sure, they will soon reap their harvest at the right time…
Everybody deserves our best. It is not only limited when our dean or our school director will observe us. True love and loyalty is best tested with the actions we do when we are alone. I still want to believe that many teachers are still doing their utmost best because they are concerned for the lives of their students…for the future that awaits them…that in their hands lies a thousands of dreams which can either be broke or made. How many future doctors, engineers, architects, nurses, lawyers, teachers and other ambitions are in the danger of not be pursued because of their teachers who will not perform the responsibilities of transferring the knowledge and developing a total person?
Hindi ako naniniwala na may estudyanteng mahina, o estudyanteng problema at tamad. Sa tingin ko kulang lang sila ng mga tao na maniniwala at magmomotivate sa kanila na ipagpatuloy ang pag-aaral hanggang sa makamit na nila ang kanilang mga pangarap. Katulad ng aking paniniwala at malimit na sabihin sa kanila, never to be discouraged when people say that they are a failure. Minsan kase, other people expect them to do something which is actually not for them to do. Parang isang isda na inaasahan mong maglakad, kapag hindi sya natuto, all his life, iisipin nya na hindi sya magaling, na mahina sya, na wala syang kayang gawin. Pero actually, mali naman pala ang inaasahan at pinapagawa natin sa kanila. It will be best if we help them to know and realize what God wants them to do. Ano ba yung mga hilig nila at saan ba sila dinadala ng mga kakayanan nila? After knowing what they want to be, we must be there to help them believe and do something for them to BE the person they wanted to BE.
As Richard Leblanc said, TEACHING is about passion as it is about reason. It’s about not only motivating students to learn, but teaching them how to learn, and doing so in a manner that is relevant, meaningful, and memorable. It’s about caring for your craft, having a passion for it, and conveying that passion to everyone, most importantly to your students. It is about listening, questioning, being responsive, and remembering that each student and class is different. It’s about eliciting responses and developing the oral communication skills of the quiet students. It’s about pushing students to excel; at the same time, it’s about being human, respecting others, and being professional at all times.
AT THE END OF THE DAY, good teaching is about having fun, experiencing pleasure and intrinsic rewards…like locking eyes with a student in the back row and seeing the synapses and neurons connecting, thoughts being formed, the person becoming better, and a smile cracking across a face as learning all of a sudden happens. It’s about the former student who says your course changed her life. It’s about another telling you that your course was the best one he’s ever taken. Good teachers practice their craft not for the money or because they have to, but because they truly enjoy it and because they want to. Good teachers couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Taking a pause from the craft doesn’t mean that a person is changing his path, sometimes, we need to take a pause to gather our strength and to prepare ourselves so that when we return, we are sure that we are fully equipped and strong enough to continue the journey up to the very end…
Finally, as what Pope Benedict XVI said, “Teaching is not just communicating content but forming young people,” in addition, my motivation in this mission is, “Teaching is not just imparting knowledge but inspiring change.”
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"To give one’s will to God is to give ALL." ~St. Thomas Aquinas
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