Teacher’s Quotes: Words to Live By

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I have often heard this old saying “The best way to learn is to teach.”  This adage has helped me to be creative with the learning process.  One cannot give what one does not have.  It is a harsh reality.  Indeed, each teacher is challenged to model the way in more ways than one.  A teacher is the captain of the ship who navigates first across a sea of confusion to arrive at a safe haven of understanding.

And, the learner who has the courage to seek and embark in such a journey is amply rewarded by a treasure of knowledge, skill and a higher level of awareness.  The preparation that a teacher faces in each lesson is unique.  It calls for a great deal of dedication and purpose.  It is this same passion that calls forth the learner to be learned.

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Sipag at Tiyaga

I have held on to the notion of “Sipag at Tiyaga”. Since I was a child, I was instilled with the discipline of studying my lessons and preparing sufficiently for school. Intelligence was valued at home. My grandparents were teachers. My father valued academic achievements. Early conditioning at home on learning, as well as, the rewards associated.

However, I became more familiar with my own learning style. I learn best when I see something. I am a visual person. Using Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence, I find that I lean towards Visual Spatial Intelligence. I am lucky to discover this and employ it to my advantage.

People learn better than others because of different factors. These are a few that I have discovered:

  1. Learning Environment. This is a primary factor during my growing up years. I started school when I was in nursery and never stopped since.
  2. Motivation/Need. At first, I wanted to please my parents. Later on, goal of getting a job, becoming independent and becoming financially capable became very important considerations.
  3. Attitude towards Learning. Learning has shaped who I have become. It has become a lifestyle. I desire to discover more and transform to become the best person that I can be.

I believe that I have learned effectively because it has empowered me to achieve my goals and it has transformed my life the way I want it.

Learning is developmental; it is purposeful.

Now that I have started with EDS 103, I cannot help but relate what I am learning to my current work and mission. While doing some research on Howard Gardner and MI, I stumbled on his WordPress account and his article

Tapping into Strengths Through MI

This led me to http://www.parenttoolkit.com/ that contains wonderful resources and how to track and support progress of tweens and teens.  Wonderful!

I am excited how I can work this out with the students who are under my care.