/ By: Geraldine T. Pulgo /
Dealing with children has come to be the most challenging task a teacher can ever experience. Maybe for some people, they would think it is easy because children are young and would easily follow instructions since teachers are more aged than them. But, it is entirely different. Given that children are juveniles, teachers have to adjust their teaching strategies as flexible as it can be, bearing in mind that children’s attention span is limited. Unexpected circumstances may also hinder the lesson proper since mood swings are normal to them. These surprisingly challenging occurrences are what make teaching hard to let go.
Personally, I have had a roller coaster ride working with young learners because they come from different cultures and ethnicities. Besides they were raised in accordance to an array of parenthood. These experiences made teaching for me extraordinary. Yet, it gives a sense of fulfillment as a teacher when they learned something in my class. No amount of worldly desire can ever replace the laughter that my students and I share together. The moments that they participate and interact in the class are those that are worthy.
I am utmost glad to be given an opportunity to be part of the Junior ESL program of Philinter. This has made me develop what I must improve in my teaching styles. Also, I have learned so many things beyond what I had studied and experienced in the past years. Though dealing with children is still a challenge, as a teacher it is essential to expect this and be ready to more complex responsibilities coming. As Confucius imparted “Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.”