“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.

16 thoughts on “A Day In My Life”

  1. Looks like you had fun being a teacher (in training). Originally I wanted to be a teacher when I was a kid, but then other interests got in the way. But I do have friends (classmates from middle school and high school) who didn’t like their teachers back then who eventually became teachers themselves lol. I had two cousins who graduated from UP Diliman and a few friends who are also currently attending UP Diliman also.

    Math was the least favorite subject of mine since the beginning. Maybe because my math teachers weren’t really good or that I’m just lazy. I lean more to the latter (me being lazy) LOL.

    1. Your clan must be really good in academics then! πŸ™‚ I actually want to be a teacher because I hated a lot of my teachers back then. I want to show them what a teacher should be like. lol

  2. Thank you for undertaking this profession and seeming to be a very well loved and respected teacher. We all need teachers that inspire children that can take their dreams and fulfill them to the max. I loved this post a lot.

  3. Haha. We are all lazy in some aspects. For me, I rather spend the time to apply my skincare products than to blog. πŸ˜€

    Being a teacher is challenging job and requires a lot of motivation since you need to motivate your students every now and then. All the best!

  4. Looks like a busy, yet productive day! I give you kudos for wanting to become a teacher, a maths teacher at that! Teaching was a field I’d considered when I was younger, but ultimately I didn’t go that route. I still do work with kids, but not in a teaching capacity. You look like you’re really enjoying teaching, though! When kids like and respect you, that’s a good sign. It means you’re doing your job well, and that the kids really like you! I wish you nothing but the best for your success ^^

    1. Thank you, Tara! Since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to be a teacher but it actually took time before I made the people around me accept what I want to do. And now, I have to prove myself. πŸ˜€

  5. Awww, this was such a pleasure to read and see! It looks like you really enjoy what you’re doing and the kids look thrilled to have you πŸ˜€ It’s also great that you can go back and watch what you did so that you can become better πŸ˜€ Thats such a great and positive attitude to have!

  6. ONLY 5H OF SLEEP HOW??? Also you seem to be really enjoying yourself while teaching πŸ˜€
    Recording videos in order to improve with your teaching skills is a really good idea, actually.
    Hope you have a nice day ~

    1. Recording is really a good idea but how I wish I have a better gadget to use. :'( And yes, most of the college students in my country sleep for even less than 5 hours. πŸ™

  7. Hey Kate! A new reader here.

    When I was young, I also wanted to be a teacher. It was all due to my pre-school teacher that made me want to be a teacher. But as I grew older, different interests came in.

    I love the fact how passionate and driven you are to teach these kids. My course back in college was Educational Psychology and I definitely understand the hardships you go through in order to teach properly. It’s not easy being a teacher and I salute you for giving your all for these students. May there be more teachers like you who inspires their students to be a better version of themselves πŸ™‚

  8. I really admire educators because I know it’s not easy being a teacher. It takes a lot of hard work so it’s very heartwarming to see you enjoying what you are doing. It also looks like the kids are very happy participating in your class, it means you’re doing a good job. <3

    I think it's a good idea to watch yourself on video to see how your skills progress! I'm camera shy and I feel awkward watching myself on video, but I think it's a great way to assess yourself. Keep up the good work!

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