EDS 111 has afforded me with deeper understanding and respect for teachers and the teaching profession. I have always regarded teachers as noble and considered teaching as very challenging, yet highly rewarding. This has been validated if not enhanced after doing the course. Teaching demands a lot of hard work, patience, perseverance, compassion and a whole lot of gusto from the teachers to ensure that their students are getting the most out of their time at school and are ensured a brighter future. As teachers, we are expected to help our students not just with their academic life, but also in their overall wellbeing. We have to make sure that our students are happy and healthy, that they feel safe, valued and supported. We also have to make sure that they are well prepared for the challenges that they may face in real life outside the classroom. As discussed in the modules, teaching entails many roles for teachers. We are also our students’ mentors, counselors, trainers. We are also co-parenting our students and ensuring that we are not only meeting their school needs, but also their needs as a whole child. With other professions, responsibilities do not necessarily extend to people’s personal lives outside their office or workplace. But for teachers, especially those who are committed to their students and their profession, we are more than willing to reach out to our students outside school. For teachers, we never stop learning with and for our students. In order to prepare them for the future, we have to know or get an idea of what the future entails and what is needed to thrive and be successful.
As I went through the modules of the course, I could not help but take the things I read personally. I constantly refer back to the way I dealt with my students in the past and the way I viewed teaching and learning. Did I really help my students reach their potential? Did I, or, do I know my students well enough to teach them the way they needed to be taught? It may sound like I am focusing more on myself but by questioning my own understanding, my own abilities to teach, it may provide me with significant information or revelations that will benefit my students.
What I learned from the course is that in order to improve or cause more positive impact on my students’ learning, I have to know what I don’t know about my students, about the subject I am teaching, about my school, about myself and my profession. In order to provide for my students’ learning needs, I need to identify those needs and establish a strong foundation of knowledge and awareness of what I can do to address those needs and who or what can help me and the resources available to me as well as my students. The principles I learned from the course are founded by research and practice. If I learn to fit these principles within my own classroom and with respect to my students, I may be well on my way to facilitating my students’ learning progress and success. The key is being creative and carefully selecting suitable teaching strategies and principles befitting my students’ needs. My own commitment and initiative to learn more about how I can teach effectively and creatively also plays a significant part in my role as a teacher.
After learning all the effective principles of teaching from the modules and learning from the experiences and ideas of my classmates, I now hope to become the teacher that values my students’ dreams and ambitions and their own unique talents and skills. I hope I am able to help my students fulfill their learning needs. With the principles that I have learned, I really hope to motivate my students to love learning, to love school, and build great relationships with their teachers and their classmates, develop confidence in their own abilities and creativity, and to be self-efficacious. I am well aware that in order to do this, I will have to actively practice what I have learned from the course as well as develop my own creative ways of teaching that will suit and cater to the needs of my students. I aspire to give enough appropriate opportunities for my students to showcase their knowledge and understanding and challenge them enough to keep them invigorated and engaged in their learning. I definitely abide to the realization that I do not impart knowledge to my students but rather facilitate and guide them in constructing their own meanings and understanding of concepts and knowledge. I will encourage them to ask questions, to think out of the box, and to actively challenge and test their own understanding. I am also personally motivated to utilize what I have learned from the course especially the integration of the knowledge basis, to keep up with the demands of teaching and learning in our present generation, to continue learning and growing professionally through CPDs and PLC, and to uphold teacher professionalism.