This is what I feel every time I finish working on my course tasks this term. Finally, just a few hours ago, I was able to submit the final requirement for the last course I need to get my Professional Teaching Certificate.
It has been a tough term, what with adjusting to a modular curriculum for the subject I teach, which meant going to and from different buildings to get to my classes. If that weren’t enough, I was diagnosed with herniated spinal discs starting from my mid-back down to my sacrum. I was in pain most of the time and had limited movement. It kept me from doing things I liked like working out so it affected my performance as well as my moods.
I was unhappy, or at least, unsatisfied with how I went about the course this term. My mantra in life was to always be passionate about everything I do, even the smallest things. The last nine months or so challenged this very philosophy as I found myself entering depression because of my health.
I had seriously considered leaving school by August because of my spine. I did not want to short-change my students so I forged on. I decided to use my health problem as a challenge so that I can inspire my students; especially those are going through difficulties in their studies.
Teachers, whether we like it or not, become instant role models to students. That is why it important to be mindful of our actions and to make every situation a learning experience for students, be it inside or outside the classroom.
Effective teaching does require a good grasp of your subject matter so that you can teach it well. But aside from the cognitive aspect, teachers must also nurture the affective aspect by using real-life examples and experiences in order to teach values to their students.
I have now reached my finish line. There will be other races to run next time. For now, my greatest take away from this course is that it reminded me on how I should always be mindful of my words and actions – to practice reflection so that I can be an effective teacher and role model to the children entrusted under my tutelage.