Y-Speak: What does it take to be a teacher?

TEACHING is among the oldest profession in the world.

Teaching has been beneficial to the preservation of the culture, tradition, lifestyle, and beliefs.

Nowadays, many college entrants are taking the teacher education course as their preparatory career in the future. While many take up the course, only a few are making it to the destination. Why does it happen? What does it take to be a teacher?

It takes courage, determination, and perseverance to overcome many challenges in the field. From being assigned to far-flung areas that you are not familiar of to “never-say-no” principle, acceptance to the call of duty as a teacher is your ultimate response.

It takes sufficient amount of diligence and faith to respond to the world’s demands of competent and quality education. A 21st century teacher is someone who envisions his or her students being equipped knowledge and skills they need for the future.

To be able to equip the students, a teacher needs to find ways and means in preparing for their daily lessons and crafted activities. These lessons and activities are seen to benefit the student's intellect and develop their skills.

It takes an ample bag of patience to interact towards your leaders and co-teachers. In this job you have to deal with different personalities that you may or may not like.

It takes lots of love to succeed in the teaching arena. Today, teachers are being bombarded with paper works and different activities which are not part of our job. A teacher also has to extend lots of love in disciplining the students that come to their classes.

Being a teacher means giving your all to the job. Once you have signed the appointment and taken oath, you have pledged that you are going to give your service prescribed in your functions and responsibilities “ng walang pasubali o hangaring umiwas.” It is like a marital vow between you and the Filipino people. (Mark Fil L. Tagsip)


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