IT'S the month of June. Daddies get honored and couples usually walk down the aisle to tie the knot. But then the little ones, and not so little ones, are busy as well.

The theme “Back To School” is posted on every corner of a city mall. It’s Christmas and New Year rolled into one for bookstores. Students, some together with their folks, start purchasing items required of them by their respective schools or subject teachers.

That’s talking about the material aspect. Then there’s the physical and mental aspect of preparing for school again: kids wake up and sleep early again; study tables are cleared of junk, and are replaced with notebooks and pens.

Although students make up a huge chunk of the market, teachers, professors, and college instructors have their own way dealing with going back to school. Here are four teachers sharing about how they prepare for a new school year.

“Every night back then when I started teaching, I spent it studying and preparing lectures for the next day. It’s actually no different now and even the past semesters. I still do a lot of study and research to further enhance my lectures, and improvise on some classroom activities. Weeks before the start of classes, I go to our school library, borrow books and explore on new materials to read on.

“At times, just like students, there is still that ‘thrill’ of buying new school supplies like pens and markers for checking. I feel lucky actually to be in a profession where being in the academe is at the same time the most ideal scenario to be in. Architects often say that being in the academe keeps a practicing architect ‘grounded’ and always refreshed. I am just happy to be ‘back to school’ without having to worry about taking and passing exams or work on school projects but I always strive to make students enjoy while learning.”

– Archt. Karl Aries Emerson F. Cabilao

University of San Carlos, College of Architecture & Fine Arts

“As the new school year (begins), I am nothing but excited to be with these frenzied balls of dynamos otherwise known as my pupils. Being a grade school teacher for five years now, I still get this feeling of positive anticipation every time a new school year opens. There is a different kind of joy in meeting these young, cute faces eager to learn their ABCs and 123s.

“Aside from making sure that my classroom and learning materials are ready for use, my specific concern this school year is the curriculum design of my subject especially now that the entire academic community of our country gears forward in the light of the K-12 education system—all for the betterment of the pupils’ learning process. Most specifically, I am looking into different creative ventures to ensure holistic learning and optimum development among my pupils.”

– Charlito O. Codizar

Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu

“The most practical and apparently the best preparation I have ever discovered as a teacher is prayer. Well, of course, apart from the usual printout of attendance sheets, seat plans, lesson plans, restructuring of activities and a calendar plan of everything, I find it most noteworthy to pray. To pray for wellness, to be emotionally prepared and flexible to face students with varying temperaments and mood-swings. To pray for divine patience.

“There will be times for sure that I’ll get mad this semester and that for me is all ready too dreadful because I seriously enjoy being a teacher. I’m the type who would always look forward to creating a conducive atmosphere, where learning can be fun and a challenging experience.”

– Jo Belle Maraibiles

Talenzville Learning Avenue

“Talking about literature for a living is certainly a dream come true for me. So I’m quite excited to be back in school again. I’ve been redoing my syllabi. I’m changing and adding a few things so that I can make the most of the literary works we will be discussing. There are some lessons I know that I really could have presented better.

This semester is definitely an opportunity to make up for what I lacked.

“Also, I’m trying to be a little more creative than last year, and keep away from having completely scripted examples (and jokes). And I’m resurrecting my teaching attire, of slacks and respectable blouses. I recently cleaned my office locker, arranged the chalk in their respective colors, and dug up my notes. More importantly, I’m setting my heart on being the right light on Literature—that my students may see what a true spectacle it is. I am hoping that when they finally find a story leaping out of a page, they will hope and work for a life that’s a good story to tell.”

– Therese Marie A. VillaranteCebu Normal University