I consider teaching a noble profession and teachers as unsung heroes. Like doctors and pilots, these people are entrusted with a very sensitive responsibility. Although not in matters of saving or keeping people safe from harm but their job is as vital for human survival. The job of keeping students away from ignorance, preparing them to become the person they’re supposed to be, molding them to become independent persons who can fend for themselves, able to make rational decisions based on knowledge and critical thinking abilities, who can pursue careers and become a functioning member of the society, command a higher regard for the teaching profession. However, as important as it is, the teaching job takes less regard compared to other professions. If I hadn’t taken this subject I wouldn’t understand why it is so. Having been taught the traditional way, I used to think of teaching as simply imparting knowledge to students, marking quizzes and exams, and giving grades. I realized it takes more than content-pedagogical knowledge to be a teacher—an effective one to be exact.
Teachers in my place are respected career people, they are considered professionals. They enjoy being addressed as “ma’am or sir” even outside of school, which according to my foreigner friend, sounds heavy and too formal. Although they’re placed with a relatively high level of respect, they still lack the same regard as that for doctors and lawyers in our place. Little did I know that calling the teaching job a profession has been a subject of debate. And for sure despite the changes in educational practices in the 21st century, there are still who would argue about the nuances of teaching as a profession especially those who hold the traditional perspectives of what characterize professional jobs are. I used to take the idea for granted on whether it’s a profession or not because I haven’t heard someone questioned such, not until I studied the course; but in case this argument is brought on my table I can give them a valid argument. That’s one of what I learned from this course. Regarding the teaching job with high respect can challenge teachers and teacher trainees to perform their best. To me it is important. This is why I appreciate the inclusion of teacher professionalism as a topic of discussion in this course. It’s an eye opener for everybody who wishes to become a teacher, including myself and including those who are already in the service. Through this we cannot take the teaching job for granted.
My perceptions about what teaching had been reshaped from merely providing the information to facilitating learning. Although everything that’s been discussed is equally important, I would say that this is the major idea that I’ve gained from this course. I came to make sense why it’s important to allow students to engage in their learning than making the classroom one dimensional where the teacher is the sole provider and the most active person in the classroom. Through engaging with the lessons students can process the information better than when it’s merely fed on them. Apparently this is what i’ve experienced upon taking distance education. At first I find the process inconvenient and kind of frustrating because I expect less material reading and more explanation from my professors about what i’m learning like how i’m used to, but distance education is impossible if I am just a passive learner. And came with the inconvenience that I experienced are learnings that will surely stick with me for a long time. It’s the beauty of non-spoonfed learning. I’ve also realized that this is what the students of the 21st century need—a more dynamic classroom practices where they can contribute to their own learning, which can keep them interested.. Another concept that I find noteworthy is the practice of reflection on teaching experiences. The famous line that says experience is the best teacher is only true of its reflected upon; otherwise experience alone cannot change future actions. I think that come with reflective practice is the ability of teachers to develop the sense of responsibility and will to make a difference in student’s life because without it, the practice of teaching becomes an obligatory task done automatonlike which will result in a stagnant teaching practices where innovation to improve, enhance, upgrade teaching and learning experiences becomes viewed as laborious and impossible.
Moreover, having learned the importance of knowledge bases can guide me through my teaching practices. My old notion that teaching is just about knowledge in content and how to deliver it has become funny at this point. The more I have learned what teaching really means and what it takes to become a effective one makes teaching more complex of a job. This course truly help me create a different concept about teaching which I’m sure will affect and reflect on my teaching practices in the future.
I can say that effective teaching practices is very essential to truly elevate the quality of education in the country and only reflective teachers who are not content with mediocre knowledge and skills can practice effective teaching. I myself must always strive to become one, therefore my desire to learn should never cease after this course. As i’ve said before, the ultimate goal of education is for students to have meaningfully learned and that is what I should always strive to achieve.