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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Thoughts of a Teacher

There is something that U-Week has taught me. Stand up for the students. It is not to please them or anything in particular to gratify oneself. It is to assist them in deciding and making them understand things that are not yet clear for them. I have to admit i was drained the whole time. To look for solutions for their problems. To make sure their morale is held up high. But then, when efforts are pushed to the limit, it is hard to accept that this is my limitation. This is not self pity. This is a realization that they are no better rewards than to see your students happy, contented and more mature in their way of thinking. It is nice to see when they accept responsibility not because they blame themselves but because they know it is the right thing. This is the teachers legacy.THIS IS OUR LEGACY AS CLINICAL INSTRUCTORS. That when his or her students learn not only the facts he/she teaches inside the classroom, but when they learn to deal with life the right way. 



It is not about what is easy but what is right. People tend to resort in things that make their life easier irregardless if it is correct. But hope clings stronger that we don't have to resort to such. Draining as it is, a shed of tear can be excusable. The mixed emotions - Relief, Happiness, Hope, and Love are just a few of those emotions. 

I hoped but not falsely. I hoped and faith clings. God has been the ultimate provider in our needs, financially up to emotional and spiritual needs and it is not only fitting that we give this victory back to him. I have seen the faces of my students when Nursing is not dominating the awards ceremony this morning, but God did HIS miracle on us last night and assured that we will have victory, not only with this battle but in our own individuality. He made sure that we value HUMILITY; that nothing can dampen our spirits if we call to HIS aid; that we, though weak, are strong if HE lives in our hearts with great sincerity. 

Another U-Week ends. Let us not hope that the lessons will not fade in vain. Let it burn like coal in a fireplace and live through it. Let it live.

Thank you for valuing these lessons. Thank You God for being a guide to us. Thank You for all the blessings. Thank you for all those who supported us! Thank You! Thank You!


 

18 comments:

  1. Teaching is no easy task. You got to be a good role model to students, inside out. I agree with you - There are no better rewards than to see your students happy, contented and more mature in their way of thinking because they've learned and realized something valuable from you.

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  2. Teachers play such a big role in development of students and apart from their parents, their teachers are their next guides. Understanding them and their individuals needs take time but its the right approach in guiding the students.

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  3. Great teachers are also great nurturers of the youth. They help through the development of our young peoples minds, and we also owe to them the patience, effort & determination of teaching us life's values. Kudos to you, for being an inspiration. :)

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  4. I hope our CSC101 teacher will read this article. Our CSC101 teacher was really an incompetent and he even did not help us understand things but he rather help us to fall in a pit.

    Thanks God wala na siya sa school namin at safe na ang mga susunod na students...

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  5. i agree... there should no shortcuts to learning, for someday, they will be handling real lives... and there's no room for error. keep up the good work. Yahweh bless.

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  6. I am a nurse too, though not given the chance to teach students. I hoped to become one while I was a student, but unfortunately, due to declining enrolment, I was not able to.

    I have become a teacher of English though, and teaching students like these, I noticed one thing. I became more and more a friend to them rather that being a teacher. :)

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  7. and that is what teachers and parents truly have in common, to guide and light the way for those who do not know the way yet :) good that you have realized this as so many others ought to learn from your example!

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  8. We should really respect our teachers. They sacrifice a lot for us.

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  9. I have a high respects for teachers. I am nothing without them. :)

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  10. It's an old saying but it still holds true, through time that teaching is a noble profession. Continue standing as the support pillar for the youths on the way.

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  11. There are only very few professions which are given the opportunity to influence others and one of these is teaching.

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  12. I love this: "He made sure that we value HUMILITY; that nothing can dampen our spirits if we call to HIS aid; that we, though weak, are strong if HE lives in our hearts with great sincerity. " God bless you Mavin, may there be more teachers like you!

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  13. I absolutely agree with you on this: There is no better reward (way for a teacher) than making their students happy, contented and be responsible for their way of thinking.

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  14. The greatest reward for the teacher is knowing that his/her students learned something.

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  15. indeed no shortcuts! we have to really strive for something that gonna be worth it in the future! xx

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  16. Teachers should really show concern to their students. Value them. Mold them. Being a teacher doesn't end inside the school campus. So, what teachers impart to their students shouldn't fade after class. Life's lessons ba. he he. Continue to be a good teacher, sir! :)

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  17. This week our oldest graduated to the equivalent of elementary school in the Netherlands.
    Moving words. Powerful message in this blog. I have very high respect for teachers.

    I was sheding tears in their informal graduation ceremony. In the span of three years (we originally lived in Germany), they were able to adapt to school here, new language, different culture.

    If not for the teachers (in Germany and in the Netherlands) assistance in the years we have had to make a major change in the lives of our children, I don't think we would have had a smooth transition.

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  18. Moving words. Powerful message in this blog. I have very high respect for teachers.

    This week our oldest graduated to the equivalent of elementary school in the Netherlands.

    I was sheding tears in their informal graduation ceremony. In the span of three years (we originally lived in Germany), they were able to adapt to school here, new language, different culture.

    If not for the teachers (in Germany and in the Netherlands) assistance in the years we have had to make a major change in the lives of our children, I don't think we would have had a smooth transition.

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