The art of teaching

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


By Marissa R. David
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BACK in my younger days, I always had thoughts of becoming a teacher.

However things about teaching and all just stayed at the back of my mind for it will not happen just the same. I was exposed to insurmountable situations and equally mind bogging events that has a lot to do with teaching. For a while, I was taken aback, telling and eventually pampering my thoughts that teaching is not a profession suited for me.

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Years have passed and slowly indeed, the desire to teach is now a sight to behold. Adamant at first but I became engrossed with the many facets of teaching and the act of teaching. To finally engage myself in the so called noblest profession of all times, I took education as my degree, and to cut a long story short I engage myself with the endless task of being a teacher to name a few; lesson plan making, learning and adapting strategies and methods to use for my diverse learners with diverse needs and learning ability, and the most difficult part , to stand before a huge number of students consuming an hour of lecture and non-stop discussion of a particular topic hoping somehow that students are engaging in the so-called active listening, finding out that only few are listening, most are not. I am not sounding bitter or sentimental, neither complaining here, I just want to express that teaching is not just taken as a whole, in fact upon looking at the whole concept we should extract the wholeness of the picture so that one can come up with a practical definition or meaning of the word teaching.

Teaching, I must say is becoming a difficult task, gone are the days that learning for most is considered a future life blood for every Filipinos.

Learners of today wanted everything to be at fast paced, wanting everything in action with this kind of learners, sometimes I feel that having a unique pattern in teaching is not in any way helping most of my students, constantly reminded of an immutable truth, that teaching is an art then and now, this truth has found its way into many events of my long years of teaching. Teaching as an art, indeed has an infinite purpose, art is always standing on the ground of beauty, thereby making teaching beautiful thru the eyes of the beholder, the learners. I don’t desire for my students to accept my ways of teaching, in fact they have their lists of favorite teachers, to some my name appears. I must admit that it gives me this kind of nostalgic feeling, all the more getting stronger with the concept of art that says it is dependent to the person looking at the object. I don’t like to see a time, where teaching and teachers would only perform their tasks just to be able to become “beautiful” in the eyes of the learners, my hope is that no matter who you are in their eyes, you are an art in your own right, an art that leads to quality teaching and learning. My own art in teaching is duty bound to uphold whatever is expected of me, no matter how difficult the tasks in the teaching profession are, I will desire to grow in my experience and will continue to teach to maintain my own beauty and art of teaching.

At the end of the day, I am a part of the art of teaching, I became an object for my learners to judge, judgement that could make one teacher the best that she can be or the worst that she can be, I choose the later --- I will continue to perform my own “art” of teaching, an art that would engage my students to perform at their optimum best, directing them thru a scientific yet subtle way of discovery, letting them explore, experiment, and apply acquired knowledge and information from my art of teaching.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 30, 2014.

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