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Miss Ria, from the flip side.

In the past few weeks, I have been struggling with this intense feeling of incompetence as a teacher, not because I can’t do my job well but for the mere fact that I do not have those elusive letters behind my name. The fact that I am an excellent teacher (wala nang kunya-kunyari pa…yes, I KNOW I am an excellent teacher) is always and forever will be overshadowed by the fact that research is really not something I want to do. Note that I say WANT and not CAN’T do. What makes having to struggle with this feeling of intellectual incompetence is when people tell me “madali lang yan” or “sayang ka naman if you don’t do it“.

Given what I know in psychology, intelligence and learning theories, isn’t it that we all have our own unique learning styles? As such, does this not translate to the fact that while others relish in discovering new things through research, I would rather live in an alternate learning field? One that is more practical, hands-on and meaningful to my learning style? I’d like to believe my non-traditional style has been highly effective and meaningful to the kids I teach, so why shouldn’t this be enough?

Please try to see it from this vantage point:

Miss Ria from the Flip Side….

  • Good Teachers don’t all have to fit the same mold. Much like how Elle Woods proved that not all blonds are dumb and ditzy in the movie Legally Blond, I know there is more to becoming a good teacher than having a strong research orientation backing me.
  • Creativity is just as important as “intelligence”. I put intelligence in quotations because I know intelligence comes in different forms, and each of them are equally important.
  • Artistic expression and exploration is as important as scientific inquiry, albeit in a different way. Maybe others may not realize it, but I ask questions too and find the answers to these problems, but definitely in a very, very different way that is recognized by the world I live in. I may appear shallow and superficial at times, but trust me, there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Maybe one day, who knows, I may just manage to squeeze out some empirical ideas out of my intellectually incompetent brain. But in the meantime, I would very much let my heart soar as I continue to teach kids of all ages to love learning, and not just to learn for the sake of learning.

I too am competent in this world of teaching. Just in a different way.

  • #1
    Posted by julie on August 24th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    A lot of people put more emphasis in the academics which is just a part of the the things we encounter in our learning process, ewan ko ba.

    So yeah, hurray to the school of my kids because it doesn’t espouse that way of thinking.

  • #2
    Posted by yapatoots on August 24th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    🙂 i know right? *sigh*

    i know these intellectual exercises have important value and it is essential in the field of education, but i wish there was a venue for different learners also in this whole thing.

  • #3
    Posted by earthlingorgeous on August 24th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    somebody just called me a 12 year old because my opinion was different from them…
    I would rather be shallow than be full of angst like them…
    somebody just told me to stay away from writing about something that requires critical writing and stay with writing on how to be gorgeous because thats where I am good at.
    well I’ll take that as a compliment

  • #4
    Posted by yapatoots on August 24th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    may ganun? hehe. diba, kaniya kaniyang strengths naman. walang basagan ng trip 🙂

  • #5
    Posted by Mee-i on August 24th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    uhm… di ko alam kung may point at connect ang comment ko titser, ganun pa man aminado akong di ganun kaganda ang grades ko nung nag-aaral pa ako, pero ang sa pagkakatanda ko, di lahat ng tinuro sa akin ng libro ay nai-apply ko sa mga ginagawa at gagawin ko pa kundi sa mga taong nag-puno ng aking karunungan, yes, that’s someone like you. (.^^,)

  • #6
    Posted by yapatoots on August 24th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    thanks mee-i 🙂 oo, yun ang gusto ko, na mahalin mo ang natutunan mo at wag lang memoryahin, diba? 🙂

  • #7
    Posted by Paul "The Pageman" Pajo on August 24th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Let’s write a paper together – action research – I’ll help crunch the numbers! 🙂

  • #8
    Posted by yapatoots on August 24th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    haha…tapos topic about blogging….or social media 🙂 pwede rin hehehe.

    honestly, doing the research in a team is doable for me, kasi i just need someone to do the linear thinking while i think out of the box.

  • #9
    Posted by Fristine on August 24th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Letters may account for in the book of credibility but the real measure is how much students take from their teachers. I agree with you that this does not mean graduate & doctorate schools are not important but it’s not for everyone.

  • #10
    Posted by yapatoots on August 24th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    thanks fristine. my point exactly! i don’t discount it’s value and see it’s contribution not just to the academe but to society as well. it’s just not for everyone. me in particular 🙂

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