Issue of September 10, 2017
     
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New breed vs high breed

 
Magbigay-pugay sa matatandang guro, tandaan, may matatandang guro na iyong natatapakan.” Although some say this in a joking manner, they mean it. I would rather describe the “older” teacher as “experienced” or “high breed” teacher. Let us always remember that with the crown of snow comes wisdom.

Through experience and training, teachers understand their subject matter and how to teach effectively. Some experienced teachers become excellent or expert in their field of specialization. They become more knowledgeable about the curriculum, the pedagogy, practice, and methodology of education. Not all experienced teachers are willing to move to educational administration. Some prefer to remain within the classroom and work at that level. Highly effective teachers can have an enriching effect on the lives of children and their lifelong educational and career aspirations. These experienced and effective teachers also have a direct influence in enhancing student learning. They do not only make students feel good about school and learning, but also that their work actually results in increased student achievement and successes in life. These are the teachers’ return of investment.

The experienced teachers make it a priority to update knowledge and refine classroom skills through ongoing professional development. They infuse their instruction with authority and discipline and use cultural experiences to link new concepts and make them live for students. Experienced teachers do not just build connections with students they currently teach, but with students they had or may have in the future. We observe great teachers who connect not only to students but also to the new breed of teachers. These new breed of teachers you claim to be respectful, proactive, and who continuously work for progress may also have inner motives. That is why they stay humble, obedient, and always do their best in the tasks given to them. It is true and unfortunate that these experienced teachers or high breed teachers are left behind by the more enthusiastic, vibrant, and “document-oriented” teachers. This illness in the system is thrown back to the head teachers who have forgotten that the failure of the experienced teacher is also their failure. Their expertise is not worn out or obsolete; they were taken for granted. What I am saying is, there is a need to revisit several guidelines in the educational system particularly in ranking and promotion. It is sad for a teacher to retire with 35 years in service as teacher II or III. I cannot help but be envious of a very young master teacher with 10 or less years in service. I raise eye brows to an outstanding teacher whom I know does not deserve the rating. I salute a teacher who is given a satisfactory rating but is considered by the students as a hero. I mock a very young head teacher who cannot deliver goods well and is in hot waters. There are a lot more to mention yet we are deaf, mute, and blind about this scenario. We don’t talk here about the heads and tails, we talk about the domino effect of the system. Don’t you think so?
 

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