Mentoring the Mentors

There is hope. We just have to uplift teaching as a profession and inspire others that though it isn’t a lucrative job (there are more than enough people who have lucrative jobs anyway) this country desperately needs teachers and quality ones at that, not just teachers who teach to get by.

This year, I have been blessed with a lot of opportunities to have given talks and lectures on pedagogical storytelling and have presented  literature-based teaching demonstrations in different schools and institutions, and last Sunday, I have been blessed yet again to fly to Iloilo with a team of professionals and experts under the Mentoring the Mentors Program (MMP) to give a three-day seminar workshop to preschool and daycare workers.

As the country shifts to its K+12 educational system, the conference talked about mentoring, rekindling the love for teaching and different teaching strategies that these early grades teachers might need as they hold vital roles in every child’s crucial age as it is during this time that the child is prepared for things he will be needing to face life.

The speakers also reminded everyone of the concept of akin VS atin (mine vs ours) encouraging teachers to think about others rather than just thinking about one’s self.

It was a very humbling experience; for though I have barely finished my second year of teaching, participants of the conference and even my co-mentors listened (intently, I believe) to what I have to say, and what limited knowledge I have to share that in the end, I learned from them as much as they learned from me.

Madamong nga salamat sa tanan!

As I left the conference and bid goodbye to Iloilo and its wonderful culture of language, people, and history, I fervently prayed and hoped that I have inspired at least one teacher in this Visayan island and proudly say that I have made a difference as a Filipino and as a teacher.

There is hope because I have seen it–at least glimpses of it.

Pilandokan: Isang pakitang-turo

October 15, 2011. With my Grade 2 Lansones, I presented a teaching demonstration at the 3rd National Conference for Children’s Literature. Held at the Claro M. Recto Hall of the College of Arts and Letters, I had fun telling the kids a story and talking about it through engagement activities as participants of the conference observed how literature is used in pedagogy.

Turn-off-the-lights-surprise-teacher Scheme

A cake given by one of the parents for the K-2 Faculty 😀

My second year of teaching. My second celebration of World Teacher’s Day. My students surprised me (again). They turned off the lights and assigned a lookout–whose head and eyes peeked by the corner wall as he waited for me to come. I pretended I didn’t know, entered the rooom and then “HAPPY TEACHERS’ DAY!”

Sweets: a slice of cake and candies

I don’t think this turn-off-the-lights-surprise-teacher scheme will ever grow old.

Our librarian and administrative secretary prepared this for us. Happiness 😀

Teaching is happiness. Happy World Teachers’ Day!

3rd National Conference on Children’s Literature

Four years ago, I was this lost kid who wanted to teach but didn’t have the guts to admit it; I was this kid who was overly inhibited to tell stories to children; I was this kid who enrolled in EDR 121 (Philippine Children’s Literature) under one of the best teachers I have met, Prof. Portia Padilla who introduced me to the magical world of children’s lit.

Fast forward to 2011, I am now going to be one of the demo-teachers at the 3rd National Conference on Children’s Literature on October 14-16, 2011 at the Claro M. Recto Hall, College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman.

Excited and scared! I wonder how I’ll fair? I just wish I could bring my students with me and teach them in front of the conference participants. Hmmm…