The Secret of My Success as a Teacher

The Secret of My Success as a Teacher

Manila : Philippines | Feb 16, 2013 at 9:59 PM PST
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The Secret of My Success as A Teacher


Liwayway Memije-Cruz

“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” Ben Sweetland

Teaching in a state university is not an easy task, especially in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. With students coming from depressed areas, broken homes and economically deprived who do not even have money to buy foods and other needs in school. Some are even nursing negative feelings and some are members of groups belonging to the left. Teaching in PUP is indeed a challenge to every one of us. PUP has small classrooms designed to accommodate more than 50 students with one or two electric fans and sometimes with none. It is a university with very few state of the arts equipment. PUP has the biggest number of students in terms of population. For teachers who have the desire to teach amidst the problems in terms of physical facilities, equipment and big number to teach, teaching is a matter of commitment, dedication, hard work, industry and patience.

Am I successful?

Yes, I think so because I could feel in my heart my strong commitment, dedication and my desire to make a change and to make a difference. The love, respect and accolades I received make me aware that I am successful.

My secret…

I have ups and downs in my personal life but I am trying not to be affected, although sometimes I am. Failures allow me to make a responsible change. With God’s help, I try to perform my roles in my own strength thus giving me peace with myself. My secret is… I try to be happy with myself to be happy with my students and enjoy teaching. Loving myself teaches me to regard my capabilities thus allowing me to respect others and love them too. Despite the adversities and problems around us, we as teachers are expected to be able to help students grow not only in terms of knowledge but also in terms of how we can help them develop basic skills, values, good work habits, desirable attitudes, good judgments and be able to adjust with changes brought about by rapid globalization and the onset of information technology. These are what I am trying hard to teach my students. I am happy some are already coming back to me and attesting that I had influenced their lives and learned a lot from me. These are my immeasurable rewards.

God is always at work in my life. He never stops using circumstances to endlessly mold and shape me and be the person He wanted me to be. God is giving me endless hope and a future where I can spend the remaining years of my life. A future where I can look back and cherish the good and happy memories I had with my students. Students I selflessly taught and love with all my heart. A future where I can smile and be with them and share the joys we have in our hearts.

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Me as one of the TEN OUTSTANDING TEACHERS in the Division of City of Manila, 1989-1990
Liwayway Memije-Cruz is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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