The lesson was on Homonyms...
Pupils: They went to the prison (sell, cell).
Teacher: Okay. What is the answer?
Pupils: (majority, shouting) S-E-L-L!
Teacher: Okay. Correct.
(pupils revel for their correct [incorrect] answer)
Teacher: Okay class, read the following words.
Pupils: TEXTURE, BENEFIT...
Teacher: Is that the spelling of BENEFIT class?
Pupils: (silencio dede...)
Teacher: (stared at the board, got a chalk, erased the letter E after letter N and replaced it with letter I) Now read.
These are two of the many situations that made me twitch my face during my observation in one of the public schools here in our province. I did not write this to degrade the credibility of teachers for I will become one soon. I did not write this to make the world know that teachers could also be subject to errors.
I admit I wanted to voice out my know-how regarding the errors of these teachers because I was concerned with the learning of the pupils. But I was reminded of what our teacher in Field Study said in our class. "Do not correct them in front of their class. It would be a reason for them to lose their credibility as teachers and their egos will be majorly hurt." I understand that perfectly. "Do not worry. They will realize their mistakes soon. Just let them correct their own mistakes. I believe those are unintentionally done," she continued. I nodded. Yes indeed. I have to respect the teacher I am observing.
This inspired me to read more, read as often as I want to, and read everyday. In this way, I will be able to be a good teacher someday, and as much as possible, a teacher who will not commit these mistakes. I know I still have to eat a lot of rice before I become a professional teacher. But it will come. With fervent prayers and hard work, I shall be a TEACHER. *insert big smiley here*