Post date: Apr 5, 2018 5:19:23 AM
By: Aisee Paguio Cruz, MAEd, BNHS T-III
“If you want to learn something, you have to teach it.”
I heard this line from one of the seminars I attended. At first, I disagree. How can one teach something he doesn’t know? Isn’t it alarming? Does this mean we should teach something we do not know much? Are we going to experiment our classes?
Just last month, we were asked to answer a survey to indicate the most difficult competency in our subject. In other words, the topic or lesson which we usually try to avoid teaching in what we found hard to execute.
But then, cliché as they say, you cannot give what you do not have. Hence, you cannot teach something you have not learned yourself.
However, a teacher is a lifetime learner, right? Therefore, this observation only serves as an avenue for us to improve. We have to know our weaknesses and make those our strengths later on. Our goal is not only to reach our goals but to gear ourselves along the way.
Hence, in my case, aside from attending post graduate studies, I also buy relevant reading materials and references specially in teaching Creative Writing. Also, I attend seminars and trainings that could help me hone my skills not only in teaching but also in making researches.
Yes, we are not a genius to know everything. However, that does not mean we have to stop. In fact, this signals for a new beginning. It taps us to search and cultivate knowledge. Indeed, knowing our weaknesses is a good way for us to improve ourselves.
I am still young. I still have a many things to learn, discover, and enhance. Therefore, I must keep my sight straight to the vision of my path: wisdom.
From time to time, curricula and programs offered were modified and changed and we should go along with those modifications, but one thing must remain and that is our openness to change for the better.
Therefore, no matter how long we have been in the academe, there will always be something to learn. We have to update our skills and abilities. There will always be a room for improvement. Perceive those difficult and tough times as opportunities to grow. Recognize those as new doors to overcome our own challenges and struggles.