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PERSONAL

Do I miss working onsite?

Do I miss working onsite? Yes, and no.

After IATF declared NCR to be under Alert 1, our school administration has reminded us that we are going back to report onsite anytime soon. I’ve read the memorandum thrice, and yes, it’s really happening.

We’re going back to school.

Looking back, working from home is never easy. We have to learn new apps, websites, and technologies. I’ve learned the different connections I needed to make my online classes work. I’ve familiarized myself with techy stuff like LAN, HDMI, and some websites. I’ve come up with strategies to make learning fun and exciting at the same time.

In two years, we got used to converting the traditional class set-up to a modern one.

I must say, it’s challenging. All of the adjustments really made me who I am today. (Wow ha).

Now, we are about to return onsite, I can feel all of the new transitions that we need to face. I could feel that I need to adjust my online class lesson plan to a hybrid one.

Basically, it’s like this: Traditional setup to online class to hybrid learning. I am not sure what’s gonna happen next.

Now, do I miss working onsite? YES.

I miss seeing the kids. I miss hearing their laughters. I miss singing and dancing with them. I miss interacting with them! Now, they are not just inside the square screen on MS Teams, inside the screen of my laptop. I am teaching kids face-to-face. I miss them.

Again, do I miss working onsite? PARTLY NO.

I don’t miss waking up at 4:00AM, leaving home at 5:00AM, traveling for an hour, and waiting in the faculty room for another hour. I do not miss the rainy days, and not having a choice of how do I get home comfortably without spending lots of bucks in Grab or Angkas. I do not miss the transportation system in the Philippines. I do not miss lining up and waiting for a tricycle for an hour just to get home after another hour. I just don’t miss it. I now value my hours of sleep at home, lunch with family, time with my pet, Tyni.

What have I learned after all these transitions?

After two years of working online, I think I have to practice the practicality of lesson preparation rather than a lengthy plan. I will stick with the essential, fun, and necessary. I will still continue to engage my students. I will seek more activities that will make them enjoy learning.

And that ends my Tedtalk for today, friends.

How are you? Are you working from home, onsite, or both? Let me know in the comment section! 🙂

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TEACH

Pros and Cons of Online Seminar for Teachers

It’s the 43rd Day of Enhanced Community Quarantine in the Philippines. Since everybody is mostly at home, some private companies are taking this opportunity to reach out to their possible clients.

In the field of education, there are several publishers who gave free online classes and seminars. These are offered to the teachers who are working from home. For teachers with reliable internet connection, this free online course and seminar is a great opportunity for them to work on their professional development. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, some teachers still exert effort on this. 

However, as I scroll my newsfeed on Facebook, I realise that there are pros and cons of online seminar given to teachers. Everything is in local context and is based from what I have witnessed for the past weeks.

Pros of Online Seminar

  • It is convenient. One can attend a seminar at the comforts of his home. Also, the attendee does not have to travel.
  • It is free. That’s it. Everything is accessible online. Materials are given online, too.
  • There is immediate feedback from the speaker. They also answer questions during their live discussions.

Cons of Online Seminar

  • Learning is not guaranteed because the attendee may be distracted while attending the online seminar. It is not assured whether he is really listening or not. Unless, he is very dedicated even no one is supervising him. (Who knows?)
  • Is there really free online seminar? Some facilitators of online seminar do not give the digital certificate to their attendees. Since it is free, some courses online (in the PH context), take time to provide feedback to their learners.
  • Lastly, it is easy to procrastinate especially nobody will supervise your progress. Only deadlines are given. Hence, it is quite challenging for procrastinators.

In my opinion, I still prefer the traditional seminars for teachers. I can be more attentive while I listen. I feel the sense of responsibility since I exerted time and money to attend that seminar. Still, since there is a COVID 19 crisis, this is not applicable to all. Maybe, I will try to look for more courses that will suit my learning style.

Share your thoughts, friends. What do you think? :>

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PERSONAL

A Month with First Graders

Imagine yourself teaching 32 five-year old students. Sounds fun, right?

Two years ago, I resigned in my first school simply because I was asked to teach sixth graders. I got hired to my second school to teach the same grade level. After a year, I got transferred to fourth grade. This year, I was asked to teach in grade one.  I got no ideas what else lies ahead. I couldn’t absorb the reason why I was asked to teach first graders. I even asked God several times, “Lord, why me?” I struggled to accept this fact.

Now, one month has passed. I am still teaching the same faces which I reluctantly accepted. Good thing, as time passes by, my soul starts to adjust to this new environment, faces, and struggles.

My first week was really tiring. I almost cried after our third day in school. Teaching primary grade was no joke. It took all my energy and being (and self-awareness, btw). I got no time to rest. We had to set the routine, show examples, and discuss every single thing every day. We had to open their lunch boxes, water bottles, and some food wrappers.

It’s our job, anyways, but compared to my previous classes, this is more challenging.

After one month, I have these realizations that no other experiences could give.

I love how innocent kids are. We had this class activity before wherein kids need to draw their family. As I observe them, I noticed that one of my students drew her family, their house, clouds, and a face between two clouds. I asked her, “Who is that?” (I was referring to the face on the sky.) She answered, “That’s Jesus.” I replied, “Why did you draw him?” She said, “Because He’s always watching us.”

First graders are simply cute. In our first week, I received a letter from my student. On its envelope, it was written “Teacher Darna.” It should be Teacher Derla or Miss Derla. But, I didn’t find this offensive, though. It laughed after reading it because my last name sounds like Darna. Maybe, in my past life, I was somehow a superhero.

Kids will always say you are cool, beautiful, or sometimes, ugly–and they mean it! This just showed their honesty. If they do not like something, they say it. But, if they find something or someone attractive or cute, they will never hesitate to tell it. They are fond of giving complements, letters, and cute reminders of their  love for you.

I can say that I am adjusting, but sometimes, incidents happen. These events could be a turning point for me whether continue performing well or simply look for something that will work better. Which is which? I dunno yet. I am still in the process of learning and adjusting. Pray for me, folks.

How’s your life, so far?

 

Sending you good vibes,

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