I always look forward to this moment that I can just sit in front of my computer and begin typing away my thoughts. It had been awhile that I had reflected on my life. I had been too absorbed by many things that I had simply forgotten to ponder on all of them.
I am currently completing Summer Institute, a two-month program designed to prepare me not just an ordinary teacher, but a transformational teacher. Quite ambitious dare I say. Yes, it is. I am part of a bunch of people who dreams of building a nation of excellence, where no one is left behind. As I look back on that moment of deciding if this is a job for me, I had set aside that main point of the organization- the social change advocacy-equality in education and opportunity. Makes me think, what am I doing here? I just wanted to be a teacher. Doubts had filled me in if I really can fulfill the bestowed task of transformation. I will not be able to see it soon. As challenge by Wendy Kopp, the CEO of Teach for All, as teacher, I should ask myself:
“What do I want my students to become, 10 years from now?”
This question will always be the leverage of my actions inside the classroom, my interactions with the kids, their parents and my colleagues. Teaching subject concepts is a very easy task. Everything is just a click away, and I mean, everything about schoolwork. Looking for help on how to be a great teacher can also be found in every book about teaching. A rubric had been presented to measure how effective you are of a leader/teacher.
I am afraid, for myself and for the kids who will be under my care for the next two years. But I am not letting my fear stop me answering the question.
What do I want them to be ten years from now?
A total shift of mindset is necessary for me. I gotta fix myself soon.