As an educator, I believe that every individual has innate skills and attributes that have to be dealt with and be given apt stance. Some of these are possibly half actualized by the moment and probably some still call for actualization for they are still unseen due to some factors that individuals scuffle within. As mentors, we ought to draw out the potentials that lie in every individual since it is our duty to make what they take to be fully brought to fulfillment. In order to realize that responsibility, I have ways to go by “introspectively”.
Primarily, I always employ creativity to promote growth, laying emphasis on the significance of education. Also, I give my students assistance to think and discover knowledge and awareness on their own means. It is clear to me that my main priority in my profession is my students, and it is my goal that at the end of every learning outcome, they will view their success as something they own. In order for me to realize that, I adhere toward creating a student-centered learning. My students are to take control of their own learning with little guidance from me. This inculcate a sense of responsibility and ownership in them in terms of achieving their learning goal. This idea is essentially supported by the principles of Lev Vygotsky’s scaffolding and John Dewey’s discovery learning, merged into one.
Secondly, I live by with my own concept of leadership. As models being imitated by learners (Bandura), we have the duty to show to the students good leadership skills. As John F. Kennedy put it, leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. While others favor strict rules and established authority in dealing with students, I attend to my personal outlook as regards to leadership. Basing from my observations during my basic education years and even in tertiary, being authoritarian (very rigid) will only create a distance between a teacher and a student. I believe that leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want to be done because he wants to do it, and not because they are duty-bound or compelled. One way to concretize this notion of leadership is to build strong rapport with students. As a result, a comfortable learning environment (based on respect instead of fear) is established. Thus, students feel not fearful whenever they have some things to say. With this, I am able to attend to their personal and academic needs whenever needed. In such way, a clear line of communication will be established, contributing to a successful teaching and learning process in the educational setting. Students must emerge as individuals who are successful in developing their intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.
Thirdly, I open myself to new ideas and suggestions through involving myself to different educational activities and participating in forums and conferences. As a 21st century teacher, I have to keep myself abreast of the new innovations and improvements in the field of education for me to have updated insights to share to my students. This is one way for me to produce learners who are technologically-efficient, geared up to meet the demands of the contemporary times. Also, this is a way for me to further expand my knowledge and skills so that I will also not look left behind. As a teacher, I believe that I must be two or three steps ahead of my students. Additionally, I believe that it is wise for me to reflect on the experiences I will have on every lesson that has to be conducted so that I can spot and continue my strengths and correct my weaknesses.
By following the three major ways that I have to go by “introspectively” as a teacher – being highly creative, showing a good leader visage, keeping abreast to new ideas – will surely make me the teacher whom I want my students to remember.