For your final entry in your eJournal, reflect deeply on how this course has:
a. changed/enhanced/influenced the way you think about the teaching process and the profession of teaching in general; and
b. impacted you as a teacher/pre-service teacher/education professional.
Furthermore, ponder on:
- why you needed to study or why you studied the concepts/principles discussed the course,
- why you have to consider to apply (or not apply) these concepts and principles in your practice,
- the importance of what you have learned from the course,
- what you will do next after learning the various concepts and principles from the course,
- what your professional goals are now,
- how you will achieve your goals and objectives in your career and practice, and
- what changes you will make as an education professional.
This is my final entry for EDS 111, because I am finally done! I waited to finish everything before writing this blog post.
This course has definitely changed my idea of the teaching profession in general. I did not realize how much work went into teaching, and how frustrating the education system can be. I also feel that Philippine society does not give the teaching profession the respect it deserves.
As a teacher, this course has impacted me greatly. I taught at the University of the Philippines for seven years, and only realized later that I did not know how to teach. I was teaching the way I was taught, and science professors are not exactly known for best teaching practices. The first step to my awakening was a required Teaching Effectiveness Course. It ran for one week, and I learned how to make a proper syllabus, the importance of knowing my learners, and the use of active learning strategies. I enjoyed it so much that I enrolled in the Professional Teaching Certification program of the University of the Philippines Open University. Every class was useful and an eye-opener. This class, EDS 111, is the most practical and the most holistic for teaching. The modules integrate well together, and the basics for being an effective teacher are tackled. Anyone who applies the principles of this course will be successful both as a teacher and in life. If I had learned about deep reflection, the knowledge base, professional learning communities, contemporary teaching perspectives, creativity in teaching, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and diverse learners before I became a teacher, it would have helped me to become a much more effective teacher. But all is not lost as I still have future teaching experiences and future students. I have also used the principles in this module to help the teachers in our school where I am currently the curriculum development head.
I studied the concepts/principles discussed in the course because I believe they would help me become a better teacher. I want to become a better teacher not only professionally for my future students, but also for my son. I am contemplating homeschooling my child. Also, knowing the principles of teaching will help me support the teachers in the school where I work.
I need to think about applying the concepts and principles, however. I cannot just apply them haphazardly. I need to consider the context in which the the concepts and principles will be used. Applying them as a university teacher would be different from applying them as a preschool teacher, and also different from applying them as I homeschool my child. Each context brings with it its own specific needs and nuances. I need to consider these and reflect upon them to be able to apply the concepts and principles successfully.
What I have learned from the course is important to my teaching, career, and life. My next steps are to apply what I have learned. My professional goals are to continue being the curriculum development head of a progressive preschool, following it as it grows. The preschool now offers kinder, grade 1 and grade 2. I am happy to also teach in the school once I obtain my professional teaching license. I may pause my professional goals, however, if I do decide to homeschool my son.
As an education professional, I have many changes to make. I would like to continue developing the professional learning community at my workplace. I also plan to reflect more deeply upon my learnings and experiences in order to move forward in a positive direction in a more deliberate manner. Reflection will also allow me to discover more goals and how I can achieve them. I will continue to share my learnings with my colleagues, and learn from them as well.
After answering the questions for this final entry, I feel empowered and inspired to move on in my professional life. I am currently on leave to take care of my son, but I keep in touch with my workplace and am still able to make suggestions. I can also still prepare materials for the school directress to discuss with the teachers.
I am elated to finally finish this course. It feels surreal to type in my last entry and see all the other entries before it. I was able to finish all the requirements, and I’m very proud of myself! It took me one year to finish this course. I completed the assignment and finals through a difficult pregnancy, and I am very grateful for my groupmates for helping me stay on track. I was also able to complete the rest of the requirements despite taking care of my newborn son by myself while my husband goes to work. It has been a difficult journey, but it is over, and and it is very much worth it.
Thank you very much, Teacher Roja! I truly appreciate the amount of work you put in the course, and I admire the way you practice what you preach. Rest assured that I have learned from the modules, and will be applying the principles and concepts not just in my career but also in my life. 🙂