To our beloved Schools Division Superintend, Sir Jessie D. Ferrer, CESO V, to the esteemed guests in our midst, to my fellow Poblanistas and to my dearly beloved fellow teachers, a pleasant afternoon to all of you.

When Dr. Roberto Pantig, one of my best professors in PEC told me that I will deliver to you my impression about our training, I am quite hesitant because I feel that I am not worthy to do so because there are teachers who are more qualified than yours truly. But, as we all know, teachers must be ready for everything, and here I am now.

Let me start with an adage:“A Good Teacher is like a candle—it consumes itself to light the way of others.”

            When the Government, through the Department of Education finally put into realization the full implementation of the K-12 Curriculum, it opened a lot of doors to the academic world. It paved away for the advent of a total reform in the Philippine Education System. Such reform, although painful and difficult, is inevitable, in such a way that we have to admit the fact that we are being left behind not only of our neighbor countries, but the world, in particular.Right now, the question is, are we capable of embracing such reformation? I believe that the answer is yes. Is it easy to implement? No, but it is doable.

            I belong to the TVL Track, under the Industrial Arts. When the Division Office hired us, we haven’t yet undergone any training. That’s why, when I heard that there will be a Mass Training for the newly-hired teachers, I have to admit that I’m quite excited. Tiring as it seem, but optimism helped me to look at the brighter and bigger side of this seminar.

            On the first day of the training, the opening messages of our superiors boosted our morale as teachers in the Senior High. It made us feel that we are loved, precious and modern heroes because we have to light the beacon of knowledge and wisdom for the sake of next generation. After the edifying messages of our bosses, we have been taught of the K-12 updates. Some of them were not new to me, but there were still new updates that I still don’t know yet.

Cardinal Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, DD once said that: “An institution without a vision commits treason.” I would say that he is right when he said that. Because the Mission and Vision statements of any institution would serve as a guiding star to fulfill its dreams and aspirations. Having known the vision and mission statements of the Department of Education, it made me realize how complex it is to implement and realize its goals. That’s why I said to myself, as part of the Department, I have to really work hard, not to please my superiors, but because I know that by doing such, I can somehow, help to rebuild this nation once again. The last part on that day’s seminar is about understanding the SHS Learner, and this for me is quite important since they are our clientele. Many things has been discussed. But one thing caught my attention, it is the fact that the learners of today are definitely and totally different from the students in the past. A lot of new approaches, methods and techniques must be done to secure their future.

On the second day of our training, exciting and challenging topics were discussed to us by our facilitators. Such includes: K-12 Pedagogies. Contextualization, 21st Century Education and the Walkthrough of the SHS Curriculum Guide. Such topics blew away the clouds that covers the minds of most teachers in the SHS. By the facilitation of the said topics, many questions were answered finally. Such will definitely help and guide us to become better, if not best teachers to our dearly beloved students. Such will also enforce and equip us upon dealing and facing the many challenges and obstacles along the way. The experiences that has been shared not only by the facilitators, but my fellow teachers in our class, somehow opened and awakened my mind. One thing is for sure: the new curriculum is promising but it also entails a lot of hardships and sacrifices,

On the third day, the facilitators shared about how to prepare the Instructional materials, lesson plans and the different ways to assess each and every learner that we journey with. Such topics are somehow, can be, considered as the backbone and foundation of teaching. Without such, the teaching-learning process will be impossible and tremendously difficult. That’s why, as teachers, we have to bear painstakingly all the necessary and inevitable effects of such in our own personal lives. The said topics somehow made me think and decide that teaching is no joke and looking back is not even an option. Realizing the consequences of my own philosophy about teaching made my decision to be firm on dealing with the challenges that such entails.

On the fourth day, the culmination of our seminar came to a close—the demonstration teaching. It is every teacher’s most scary yet exciting that he or she will experience. By doing such exercise, we would hear from our fellow teachers about their views and comments about what and how are we going to do in case we are in the classroom, teaching our students. I believe that the praises and commendations given tous will serve as the fruits for the toils and hardships that we teachers faced during the preparation and execution of our plans with regard to teaching. Criticisms must not be taken personally, and destructively. Rather, it must be understood in such a way that there is always a room for improvement. As Mr. Perez said to us teachers, we must have the GHI—GENEROSITY, HUMILITY and INTEGRITY. Such words are strong and concrete, but helpful and meaningful.

As teachers, we have the mandate to teach, form and make new leaders and members of our society. Whether we like it or not, we will always leave a mark to our students. Ergo, we should be careful on doing so because we can make or break the future our students and our society as well. Until now, I always share to my students my Philosophy in life and education: “We go to school not to simply learn and have a good life, rather, we go to school for us to become better persons.” As educators, we must always grab every opportunity along the way. Carpe Diem!—Seize the day! This seminar made me realized that I have to be optimistic rather than pessimistic. True, there are still lots of problems, and lots of things to do, but what are we to do? As educators, we are expected to become not only as teachers but trouble shooters, inventors, innovators and creators on our own special way.

Before I end my insights, I would like us teachers to recognize all the Facilitators who shared their thoughts to us, Mrs. Candelario, Mr. Punla, Mrs. Dominguez and Mrs. Renosa and all the men and women of the Schools Division Office of Bataan as well as the staff of the refectory and the drivers of the buses who made this seminar possible and fruitful, please let us give them a warm round of applause.

After this program, we will leave this place, But I do hope that all our learnings and experiences will not be left in this beautiful place, rather, I have a firm and high spirits that what we acquired from this training will be shared to our fellow teachers who are not here with us, but most importantly to our students, who are the primordial and vital reason why we became teachers. Please let us try to remember, always… that “A Good Teacher is like a candle—it consumes itself to light the way of others.”Thank you very much and God bless us all!

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