Teaching is a profession you just can't belittle.
I did not have a class with my Philosophy teacher today, thank heavens. I had a chat with him just moments ago, and his reason for not coming in to class was that he was tired. Wow. What a teacher! Tired?! Really? But now, I think I can relate to what he is feeling. I know now how tiring it could really be.
This morning, I was awakened by the husky voice of my father. "Jen, mata nah. Ikaw tudlo sa akong mga bata karun kay wala koy tingog." (Jen wake up. You substitute me today for I don't have a voice.) He was suffering from a throat infection for a couple of days now. He wasn't even able to preach well yesterday.
Anyway, so there I was, preparing for my half-day class with Tatay's pupils. I taught them reading today, specifically two-letter blends (sm, sl, and sc). It was fun, but tiring. I have to be honest. Not everyone is attentive, and kids have short attention span. If you are not the patient type, never ever pursue teaching. You'll be in jail in no time. haha.
Today, I have dealt with kids that seem to have no respect with their teacher. I have dealt with kids that no matter how I motivate them, they will still not heed to what I tell them. I have dealt with kids that are hyperactive. Indeed, teaching demonstrations inside the classroom are far different from the actual situation.
For half a day, I was a teacher; and it was incredibly tiring. How much more those teachers who murmur everyday, trying to drive their students into learning. I take my hat off and salute for them. I am pursuing Teaching, and hopefully soon, I will be an effective one. And more patient, too. haha.