I feel like it was only yesterday when I started this course. Before the class started, I already expected to be challenged. Now that I am writing my final journal entry, I feel mixed emotions. Relieved that I’m almost done with this course, worried that I haven’t done everything, disappointed that I haven’t given more effort in this class but I am happy that I learned a lot.
I chose to take up this course because I was thinking that one day I can be a teacher. Teaching may not be a facet of my career now but I want to embrace teaching as a possible career if my professional growth takes a turn.
Teaching is an awesome profession. To be able to take the the lead in molding the minds of others is something I can see myself doing. To help individuals gain knowledge and skills applicable to real life situations and in their future endeavors is what teachers do. This course has opened my eyes to what teaching is all about and what makes it effective.
One of the things that has a big impact on me is critical reflection in teaching. This is something I would definitely practice if I were to be a teacher. If a teacher does critical reflection, he will be able to make his students critically reflective as well. Teachers should continuously search for ways to improve their teaching. We live in an ever-changing world. Teachers should always be on the lookout to keep up with the demands of change.
As a pre-teacher and if I were asked to teach a particular course or subject, I will assess the situation first. Getting into a battle unprepared would definitely lead me to losing. I shall not lead myself into that. I wouldn’t want to be caught in a mismatch wherein I will be handling a subject which is not my expertise. As a professional, I should be able to uplift the image of teachers by providing quality and sound learnings all the time. Like I said, I am at this point exploring the possibilities of teaching and time-permitting, I wish I’ll have the opportunity in the coming days. And if that day comes, I hope I will deliver.
Inclusivity is another thing that teachers should incorporate in their work. I may have mentioned inclusivity several times because I deem it is of utmost importance. The world is so diverse and so are the people. Students come from different backgrounds and are varied in terms of race, religion, gender, interests and others. Effective teachers will surely appreciate those differences and accommodate everyone in class. If I were a teacher, I wouldn’t let someone feel left out. I will endeavor to reach out to make the classroom a better place for my students.
I know to become a teacher, I need to pursue additional courses that will open my minds to other facets of the teaching profession. I hope I can continue to finish the Professional Teaching Certification. I just started and despite the short time frame of each term, I wish to gain a whole lot of knowledge as much as possible.