Teaching is a journey.
Have you watched the movie “Are We There Yet?” I really like the scene when the two children keep on asking the driver if they have reached their destination. The children need continued assurance that the driver knows how to get to their destination and the expected time of arrival. Teaching is similar to that movie; it is a journey where the children have to be given an overview of the expected learning outcome. It is a journey where the teacher has to constantly guide the students in every new activity. It is a journey where the teacher has to keep the students secure in the knowledge that they will reach their destination safe and on time.
Teaching is a journey where you, as a teacher, have to give your students an overview of the expected learning outcome. It is like preparing them for the kind of travel each one has to conquer,be it on the rocky roads, paved roads, uphill or downhill, air, or water. The teacher must always be awarewhether his/her students are on the same track before they embark on a journey. Each child should have a clear understanding that,after a certain period of time in that learning capsule, there is an expected outcome which each student has to demonstrate. In my experience inside the classroom, observing many teachers with different teaching styles, I can always tell that when the teacher gives an overview of the expected learning outcome, it will be a safe ride even if the going gets rough.
Teaching is a journey and the teacher has to constantly usher his/her students in every new activity. In each turn, whether left or right, the teacher has to constantly communicate that to his/her students. In Kindergarten and Elementary, the key is transition signals in the form of songs, poems, body language, and facial expressions. Young students should realize that they are now moving from Science to Social Studies lessons.The teacher has to master lesson transition, as his/her students learn best when they feel that their teachers constantly communicate to them in many different forms whether they learn language, arithmetic, science, social studies, or computing.
Teaching is a journey and the teacher has to keep his/her students feelingsecure that they will finally reach the end of their journey safe and on time.The teacher has to show a caring attitude toward students. Students have to feel safe when they embark on a journey. It is nice to feel that you will reach your destination be it by the long way or short way. In our journey, we may experience trouble or problems along the way; the students have to realize that their teacher is with them and always ready to extend help in times of need.
(Imelda N. Rebancos)
Teaching is really a journey; the children have finally reached their destination and everyone echoes the words “You have arrived.”It has been very tiring, who says otherwise, but very fruitful. The students have learned so many things along the way and those nuggets of wisdom will certainly be useful in their life now and in the future. If asked, the student would definitely answer, “I’ll take another journey again with my teacher.”