DepEd vision in the hands of the educators

Adulfo Amit - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Teachers know best what the curriculum should look like. As they work directly with students who are meant to benefit from their teaching, they play an integral role in every step of the learning process.

In exercising such a tremendous role, they derive much gratification from being able to impart knowledge to young minds and to mold their attitudes, which in turn will guide them to become the best version of themselves that teachers and parents aspire they would become well into their adulthood.

Teachers indeed play an important role in society and academe. They serve as role models of people from all walks of life. In school, they are the curriculum developers, the instructional and resource managers and facilitators of learning since they know the needs of students better than any other involved in the curriculum process.

In everyday situations, teachers implement the curriculum in their own classrooms, sticking to the plan that has taken so much time, careful planning and effort to create. They keep adjusting, too, in order to find ways and means to make their teaching interesting, effective and suited to the learners’ needs.

Teachers come from various  orientations. They have different interests, hobbies and religious beliefs, but they share one ultimate goal, which is to make each learner achieve the most desired level of personal development.

Teachers are versatile. They play the role of the untiring guidance counselor to both parents and students; the caring hands of a nurse and physician; surrogate parents to the less fortunate students; motivator of students who lack interest in coming to school; provider of wisdom, strength and hope for all students as their second parent in school; and lastly the creator of all other professions in the world. They must remember always that they teach not only by word but mostly by example.

They may possess beauty, grace or skill, but most importantly they possess love – an unconditional love that comes from within. With it, they gain the respect of children. Their love nurtures every student and eventually becomes an agent of change in the lives of students whose lives are touched. Teachers must be emphatic, enthusiastic and supportive of others.

Certainly, teachers are the key players in achieving the vision set by the Department of Education. They are able to transform the dream of every parent of bringing out the best in their children, nurturing them with a sense of righteousness and all other virtues that would enable them to meet the end goal of education, which is for each of them to become a worthy member of society, productive to sustain his needs and globally competitive as they continue living in a changing world.

Adulfo Amit is a Senior Education Program Specialist-Human Resource Development under the School Governance and Operations Division, Schools Division Office – Manila.

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