Among of the challenging mazes that we, interns, should face in the entire length of the internship program is that we should get done and pass the demonstration. This is probably the most arduous, mind-freaking maze of the whole game. Yes! The internship program is as a game because the experience is full of perplexities as that of a maze that people needed to get over, which in the same way interns have to thrive for, too. And of course, embodying the spirit of Francis and the ideals of Ignatius, we are expected to exemplify ‘magis’. Mediocrity has never been given value for it is not getting us to wherever we should be; a full, hyperbolic preparation is the key en route for excellence. For that reason, we cannot afford not to give 100 percent preparation for our demonstrations.
The points I mentioned above perfectly encapsulate my whole 5th week experience in XUHS. I had series of demonstrations in grammar in all four sections I am assigned. A true, serious preparation was really my secret. I made use of multimedia, injecting a little clean humor to it, to have a more effective transfer of learning to my students. Also, since everyone was still recovering from nostalgia brought about by the Xavier Festival Days, I made it a point that my graphics and sample sentences were related to the said recently concluded university activity so that the students can relate more. This strategy is supported by what I learned in one of my English classes in college which states: one way to instill and lock a concept in the minds of the students is to localize the experience and bring it to the context of the students. And indeed, it was really effective. Additionally, I assimilated all the comments, both weak and strong, Sir Gem gave me during my very 1st demonstration which happened on the Thursday of the third week in XUHS. Minding all those things, I was able to push through my demonstrations this week productively. As a result, so many flattering, good comments had been articulated by Sir Gem after every demonstration I had this week. I also administered a long quiz to all the sections I handled about the lessons I discussed. The experience gave me a whole picture from teaching to testing. It was fulfilling after all.
Anyone who would say that he/she has not prepared that much for a certain episode of his/her life yet has pushed it through with flying colors is deceitful. As Galatians 6:7 in the Holy Bible puts it, for anything that a man sows, he reaps. Hence, in relation to the case mentioned above, this particular verse implies that one cannot harvest a true success without planting a good preparation. I’ll leave you this thought that would synthesize my whole experience this week: “Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation, there is surely to be failure.”