- Henry Adams
Teaching is not a childhood dream. When my mother told me about one instance back when I was still growing up, she said, "I mentioned her that I want to be a nurse". In the back of my mind, I smiled over the idea because I grew up so afraid of doctors' needles, of hospitals and more medical stuff. And so I started to wonder how did I ever come up with the idea of being a nurse as a child. Well, so much for that. I finished my college degree still not knowing where I would be heading. I took English as my preparatory to law school. But when i started with my first job as a tutor to rich kids and handled a 14-year old special child as a full time teacher to him, I realized that there is more to this calling. I forgot about the high dreams that would add me prestige (somehow) and be labeled(atty. or dr.) before my first name.
My first classroom experience taught me what it's like to deal with teens who are still groping for what luck awaits for them in their chosen course. And since I was assigned then in a far flung area some miles away from the city where I am used to, I had to adapt myself with the inconvenience that entails patience and perseverance. I managed my class in ways that I never wanted to see a single student just sitting in one corner out of shyness (when I used to be as a student) or of being uninterested. We used to have lively discussions that at every end of the day, I couldn't stop from thanking God for leading me to this kind of profession.
But I still have a very long way to go, I know. And that teaching doesn't end in the four walls of the classroom but it has to help learners get there exactly to where they want to be. Life is not about who we are as professionals but it's how we are to those we dealt with everyday: our values, concerns, motives and our ends in everything we do. It's more than the income that goes to our wallet or bank account. It's about touching people..it's affecting their lives and inspiring them to be better individuals if not best. It's letting them dream to their potentials as gifted and highest living creations.
I haven't been there. I haven't proven much to my learners to be too proud of it..but at least I aspire to get there. I remain hopeful.