How do you remember them?
I recently read this letter to that young teacher down the hall, and it struck a chord, a nerve, a vein on that part of me that aims to impress or impose rather than really care. Especially this one:
For someone like me who has been teaching for almost two decades, it can be a challenge to always remain focused at the heart of teaching and not get stuck into tedious, dragging routine. Sometimes, I forget to be a good model of lifelong learning and self-reflection. Like those teachers stuck in time, I march on without improving myself.
How can there be a catalyst for change in the classroom if the one who promotes it cannot even actively reflect? That, instead of being the light in the classroom, I promote darkness?
I have made recommendations in the past on how to change DepEd, even sharing studies on teacher effectiveness. I realize that without the proper disposition to teach or the critical consciousness good teachers are known to possess, no amount of study, research, or readings will make a difference.