As of the moment, I am in my third year in the teaching profession. To be honest, it is not a leaf in the wind experience. Being a torchbearer is a totally tough and tremendous experience. It requires your everything, it demands your whole life. Yet, despite of those, it is a very rewarding experience. As an educator, your greatest gift is to know that your students are coping with life and holding on to their dreams.
A week ago, we had had our faculty meeting. One of our coordinator shared us a video created by TED about what makes a GOOD TEACHER and a GREAT TEACHER, he also told us that after we watched the speech he has follow up questions. I am a little bit scared because one of my weakness is actually listening to English speaking videos with the a crowd of people, I have a problem following up the accent of the speaker. However, due to the my coordinator’s question, I have been able to reflect with some stuffs I am going to share below.
What is the hardest part as a Teacher?
One of my colleague picked up this inquiry. He answered by narrating an experience he just encountered with a student yet he feels uneasy to share what the student told him. His bottom line: When the students don’t learn anything from you. That caught me and bring my mind elsewhere. I couldn’t agree that a student will not learn even a single thing from his teacher come it in his subject matter or not. That is too impossible to happen, I guess. Maybe in that particular lesson, yes, and we need to look up with the other factors so we can teach it again. So, he still can learn it. (Dunno if I’m making a point here)
But my actual point here is my answer to the question: The hardest part on being a teacher is the reality that your students had already give up on themselves. That closed it all. It will be difficult for you to do your role when they have already shut down hope. When they will go to the school just because of the demand of the society. It’s a total dilemma and a total mind game. It’s a sin to give up and it’s a curse to keep going. How are you going to begin with them? How will you motivate them? What if they are 36 in your class? What are you going to do?
I had that experience on my second year in the profession, I was in a new school, they are my first advisory class. Every teacher in the faculty makes fun of me because it is one hell of a hilarious misadventure. Yet in the end they are the one who taught me how; don’t give up. They are the evidence that broken crayons still color.
Are you a Good TEACHER or A GREAT TEACHER?
This is a very cliche question and it is a total test of humility. It’s too early for me to answer that. I am an arrogant person if I claimed to be even if I am just on my third year with still a lot to learn. I remember the description of the speaker and if I am to use that maybe I am one hell of a great teacher. He says “A Great teacher eats an apple” (My breakfast), “A Great Teacher Chills” (because KDrama is lifer) or “A Great teacher thinks like a child and acts like an adult (I’m childish tho)”
One of my favorite professor’s lecture come to my mind while reflecting on the question, he says that no one in this world is born to be perfect but we should ought for perfection. It is one of my guiding principles in life that maybe can also answer the most cliche question on being a teacher. We can always be a good teacher but we can never ever be a GREAT Teacher. Great is too overrated like being perfect. If you are to be a great teacher it means you don’t need to learn a single thing anymore. You know everything. it’s too ideal and unreal.
However, Teaching is all about learning not just about imparting knowledge. The two goes hand in hand.They are partner in crime, you cannot attain one without the other. Howard Henry once said that if you stop learning today, you stop teaching tomorrow. So how can you be a great teacher if you have a lifetime to learn?How can you learn it all in your life span?
Maybe we cannot be a GREAT TEACHER but we must make it our lifetime goal.