“Good morning Teacher Kate!”
As a future teacher, that simple greeting always makes my day. Yes, I am a teacher-in-training as I am actually a 20-year-old University of the Philippines student majoring in Math Education, who wishes to be a philanthropist in the future.
I start my day with my father waking me up after having 5 hours of sleep. I then take a bath with boiling hot water while my mother prepares my breakfast. We are not actually a rich family so my parents try to make the most out of our resources and since my father is a tricycle driver, he drives me to the nearest public transport terminal and then I go on my own to my university, UP Diliman.
It takes me an hour or two to reach UP Diliman. I always alight in UP’s gymnasium as I really love walking in this footbridge. It’s probably the cleanest footbridge in Quezon City. There’s also a guard to watch over and keep us safe from harm.
From here, it is only a jeepney ride
away to the UP Integrated School, the laboratory school of the UP College of Education (my home college). As a Math Education student, I teach Grade 1 students in the morning that is why this is my first location of the day. I usually teach here at 7am to 10am.
This is me during my first teaching demonstration ever! After this, I had a lot of realizations. Although it looked like everything’s prepared, I still could not sleep the night before because I was busy practicing my script in my mind. I actually think that’s how I fell asleep that night. On the day itself, I think I had a hard time sustaining my energy because my Grade 1 students were so hyper. I also tried to be creative with my materials that I think it kind of failed because I had to use many tapes which is a no-no because it eats the time. The visual aids also kept on falling even though I used the best brand of masking tape that I know of. “You look like Elsa!”
one of the students said when I braided my hair on one side so that it won’t bother me later on. And I am glad I did because I think I looked presentable.
This is my second time of teaching and I still have my hair braided on one side.
My students are so energetic that I was surprised to see them actually ganging up on me. But I actually like it because it means they’re participative and they’re enjoying their time with me.
Every time I teach them, the thing that makes my heart beat so fast is the storytelling because I admit that my use of English language was not that good.
After teaching for 3 hours, I go to my scheduled college classes and go back to my student-self. This actually makes me somehow judge
the way my professors teach. But there are also times I want to incorporate the things they do inside the classroom.
During my free time, I also do some organizational works as a member of UP Special Education Council. It is a university-wide organization based at the College of Education, University of the Philippines-Diliman, aimed to spearhead the advocacy of uplifting learners with special needs.
Once I get home from UP Diliman, I update the fanpages that I manage namely Vanessa Hudgens Philippines
and Selena Gomez Philippines
And finally before I go to bed, I upload the videos of me teaching my students. I do this so that I can watch myself and review my words and my actions towards my students. The videos actually bring a smile to my face and I am really grateful of the videos because every now and then, I can check if I improve at a certain point and it will be of great use in the near future.