Words to describe it:
Yet I always look forward for the next day that I'll see them again.
We had been assigned in a public elementary school in Quezon City. It will be a 12-day Summer Class for all incoming grade three kids.
Looking back when I was in grade three I was already turning 9 years old. However, these incoming kids are more or less 7 years old. With the K-12 new curriculum a lot of changes are happening. I haven’t really had the time to go through the new curriculum. I promised myself that I will do that. Soon is soon. Going back to my kids, yes, they are my kids now. First day was merely an introduction of three of us. We are working as a triad- one teacher for each subject- English, Math and Science.
Asked what they want to be when they grow up, they have ready answers-- teacher, doctor, seaman, police, and soldier. Makes me want to think what did I say when I was their age.
We had 12 kids on our class on our first day.
We were expecting 60, coz the real deal is with 60 kids!
Come second day-our very first academic teaching day.
Words to describe it: A milestone.
Best words for the day: Ang sarap mag-aral!
That was uttered by one of my kids as my Science class had ended.
I never had any experience with teaching elementary kids. My educational background was that for Secondary Education major in Physics. My work experience was with Finance for a US company that had an offshore office here in the Philippines. Deciding to take this career path was done overnight for me. I just knew that I was making the right decision and there is no turning back. So, please remind me again if I am doing the right thing for all I know is that I love to be with kids. As for them, learning from me, is another thing I am working on.
I guess, I had made a good start. I want to pat myself on the back. Good job, Kat. One thing I brought with me from my customer service experience--Acknowledge them right away.
Hearing one of my kids, say "Ang sarap mag-aral" was something I would always look back especially when I am at my down moments. Keeping them motivated is something I have to work on. They have very short span of time.
It was 7:30AM.
My kids were already lined up outside the classroom. Almost all of them. They were all eager to see us three and they were all smiling. With kids, it's all about classroom management. Almost half of the class hour is consumed sa "pagsasaway" with SUPER-kulit kids. Im still learning to develop my "teacher look" just so that I wont tire myself shouting and screaming to the kids.. hahaha.. I dont scream and shout, oh well, not yet and I hope, I wont have the opportunity to do it.
We talked about the Scientific Investigation Method. It was a bit hard to let them speak their minds, the art of questioning is yet to be mastered to be leveled to their thinking-- they are a bit shy, and we noticed that they are struggling with reading and even writing. What I like about them is that their eagerness to learn. They love to sing, listen to stories and tell share what they did the other day. At 7 years old, they are behind, in terms of literacy-- reading and writing-- I was a bit disappointed at first, and then I remember the reason I was there. This had been the disease we ambitiously wanted to cure.
I just keep reminding myself-- Dream big, start small.
One of my kids lost her money. Six pesos to be exact. For a few seconds, I got lost and dont know what to do. My class starts after their recess, five minutes before the start, I had reminded them to keep their things and just leave their pencils on top of their desks. Asking who took the money will never work, searching their bags will take so much effort and time. I just reiterated on the value of following instructions and keeping their belongings at their own risk.
The kid who lost her money didn’t come to school today. I honestly feel bad about it. I felt that I haven’t been a good teacher. I lost her trust. She thought that my class was not a secured place anymore. If only I didt something more than reminding them to keep their personal things, maybe she would have come back. If only I did little more search, probably she would know that I care. But I do care, I just dont know how would I do and show it.
The day went pretty well. I have a hoarse voice, feverish feeling. I just dont wanna get up from bed. But then I have to. It is a Saturday and my kids will be at school. Though I had anticipated a small number of them coming, I know they will still be there. Our class had a big turn out again, 11 of them. And since I am "malat" I decided to just gathered them around for a storytelling activity. I got a big book from the library- A Thirsty Sparrow and Nang Magkakulay Ang Nayon. The best line for the day-- "Teacher, para kang yung nagkukwento sa TV!" These kids really know how to make "bola" to the teacher. Lol. That compliment really made my day. All the body pains I am experiencing that day totally went away. And makes me want to tell them another story!
The dilemma comes on how I can do this thing with a group of 60 kids! Anyway, let me handle that when that day comes, for now, heck, it's Saturday! Kuya will arrive from UAE tomorrow and I also need rest and obviously, I miss my family!
It had been a hectic week, yet, I wanna come back. The next week, will be another great challenge. Another week of collecting stories from the little kiddoes.