Am I a PRO?

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Teacher professionalism has been subjected to discussions during the past several days in our class.  I also challenged my own idea of professionalism.  Is it based on a paper that certifies an individual’s capacity, achievement or test scores.  Or is it in the heart of a teacher who is willing to serve in order to change the world tomorrow with the children to today.

Teaching is such a risky investment.  The returns are only evident after twenty or so years.  And that is if news of a former student reaches the ears of his teacher.  As I was doing my journal, I came across the speech of Br. Armin A. Luistro, FSC in Celebration of World Teachers’ Day, October 5, 2010, Philsports Arena, Pasig City entitiled “A Tribute to Teachers”.

He opened his message with a quote by Greek poet and novelist Nikos Kazantzakis who said: “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.”

Bro. Armin explained, “the “collapsing” here is not an actual collapse, of course – although I know that because of the hard work and dedication of our teachers and the oftentimes- thankless nature of their job, some of them have actually gotten ill. The quotation simply shows how selfless teachers are and how noble the profession is.

Dr. Josette Biyo, a noteworthy teacher has garnered international acclaim and a planet named after her.  Yet, she decided to forego the limelight to continue influencing the youth in Western Visayas.  She is a PRO…a Person Responsible for Others.  Because of her example, professionalism amongst teacher has soared to greater heights.

And so, aside from the accolades, the certificates, and the credentials, when it comes to professionalism, only three words would remain.  Person. Responsible. Others.

Source:

Speech of DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro in Celebration of World Teachers’ Day 2010 | GOVPH. (n.d.). Retrieved May 27, 2016, from http://www.gov.ph/2010/…/speech-of-deped-secretary-armin-luistro-in-celebration-of-world-teachers-day

PROM image. Retrieved from https://plus.google.com/photos/116935019233602851950/albums/5869642057851759089

Reflections

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Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging (INFJ) is the rarest of all personality types making up only 1 to 3% of the population.  The INFJ is also the most reflective of the sixteen Myers-Briggs personality type.  It also happens to be my personality type.

I have entered the realm of teaching two years ago.  This is now my third year.  I was pleased to learn about reflective teaching.  My personality delights in this skill and the purpose of continuous learning.  Reflective thinking is something that I would like to sink my teeth into…not in a vampire-like style but more of frazzled-lady-to-comfort-food type.

I checked out “Becoming a Relfective Practitioner” and read:

In a professional setting, reflection is:

  • Deliberate
  • Purposeful
  • Structured
  • About linking theory and proactive
  • To do with learning
  • About change and development

This provides me a system to work out my reflection powers.  Like any super-human power, reflection has to mastered.  Otherwise it could wreck havoc into my life.  I have been doing tons of reflective thinking to the point that I have experienced analysis-paralysis. There are other pitfalls but that is how unique abilities are fashioned.  Thus, for me to be the best teacher that I can be, I have to risk the paralysis in order to be liberated from technical rationality and even from my own comfort zone.

Donald Schon (1983) pointed out the distinction between technical rationality and tacit knowledge or what can be referred to as “theory-practice” gap.  Being a relatively new teacher, I have much to learn.  How I wish I could develop tacit knowledge overnight.  But, that is not realistic.  However, reflective thinking empowers me to have a dynamic stance in my career as a teacher.  In addition, it empowers me to become a better individual.

There are two areas by which I would like to use reflective teaching: classroom management and teacher effectiveness.  I am also considering these topics for my assignment (An Analysis on the Issues in the Teaching Profession).  And I am also studying Reflective Teaching Model and its applications.

Sources:

Baltasar Gracian Quote. (n.d.). Retrieved May 25, 2016, from http://www.azquotes.com/quote/1231169

Learning to teach: Becoming a reflective practitioner. (n.d.). Retrieved May 19, 2016, from http://www.open.edu/openlearn/education/learning-teach-becoming-reflective-practitioner/content-section-0

Reflective Teaching Model: A Tool for Motivation … (n.d.). Retrieved May 25, 2016, from http://coefaculty.valdosta.edu/lschmert/gera/volume 5/Junor-Clarke07Final.pdf

A New Chapter in my eJournal

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As I geared up for another PTC class, I cannot help but wonder what is in store for me this semester.  I have finished two courses thus far.  And I am pleased with the knowledge and insights I have gained.

This semester will be different.  I am more confident in utilizing distance learning in supplementing my development as an educator.  Last year, I had an administrative role focusing on Student Services and Formation.  This coming school year, I go back to teaching.

I quickly downloaded the twelve files under Class Orientation and Preliminary activities.  While waiting for my driver’s license to be processed, I browsed over the documents.  They are all brimming with information.  I expect there will be many of these, finding time among many commitments and pressing needs to absorb, analyze and act on my own personal learning commitment.  Thus, my learning strategy has to be firm and clear.  And, it has to start right away.  It did.  And I ended sleeping right before midnight on the first day I seriously sat down in my EDUC 111 class.

I am pretty excited about learning and teaching styles.  I want to find that common spot…the zone wherein my students and I will listen, learn and live out meaningful lessons from the classroom.

This new chapter transforms my classroom into a stage, a laboratory, a playground and a second home.  I plan to apply what I learn immediately.  This I still have to consult with my Academic and Subject Area Coordinator.  I am positive that they will support me in this quest.

Let us start with a new chapter, a new page, and one blog at a time.

 

“New Chapter” image retrieved from http://blog.rsm.nl/mba/2015/09/08/onemba-about-to-start/.