30 October 2009
I was reading some of my old entries as I was looking for a particular entry I needed and I realized how much I miss blogging on a regular basis. Back in the day, I used to blog every week (even twice a week sometimes). Those were the days when many people were so into blogging. I found many blogs of interest that I religiously followed. I made many friends through blogging. At first, we were basically just online buddies, but later on some became my "real" friends. Those were good times, really.
Nowadays, fewer and fewer people are into blogging. Because of all these network sites and busy schedules probably, people have become too lazy to blog or just simply don't have time to blog. And, I also noticed that because of all the status updates and tweeting, readers have also become too lazy to read long entries. I don't know, but I, for one, like reading blog entries more than the short updates that are very much in fashion these days. I enjoy reading the thoughts, opinions, stories, and experiences that people share. I believe people have so much to share and I have so much to learn.
Don't get me wrong, I like tweeting, as well as reading tweets and all these status updates. It's just that I miss "real" blog entries. I miss all the story-telling. I miss all the interaction in comment pages. Most of all, I miss all those brilliant bloggers who used to be so active and whom I used to read regularly. You see, most of them have now stopped blogging and have resorted to just tweeting and updating their statuses. It seems to me that a lot of bloggers have "outgrown" their blogs. At times, when I try to check blogs for new entries, finding that the bloggers haven't updated in months or have shut down their blogs really saddens me. It feels like saying goodbye to an old friend.
That being said, I'd like to say I want to go back to regular blogging. There is so much to write about and share. Blogging does me a lot of good, too. I hope this time I can stick and live up to this, especially with my internet connection at home now fixed. And, I hope to write better entries. :)
20 October 2009
Weeee! The semester's officially over! I've submitted my grades yesterday. And, finally, I get to rest and relax! I get two days of rest and Admissions for the next semester starts! Even if I feel so tired, I can't wait for the new semester to start. I don't know. That, I guess, is the irony of my life. I complain I don't get enough rest, but give me more than two days of rest and I can't wait to start working again. Hehe:)
As with every semester that passes, I'll miss all my classes and my students. At the same time, I can't wait to meet the new sets of students in my classes next semester. I can't wait to have interesting class discussions and learn newer and fresher ideas. Those are two of the reasons why teaching is such an enjoyable job. I think I've mentioned in this blog before how people may think or perceive teaching to be a boring job that has you, the teacher, doing exactly the same thing every single day, every single week, every single year. In fact, someone I know once said that if she ever became a teacher, she'd probably die of boredom and the never-changing routine. I could only smile to myself.
Yes, teaching can be routinary in the sense that you go to class everyday to the same classroom at the same scheduled time and face the same set of faces for at least five months. Most of the time, you teach the same topic to different classes. I would admit, that sounds pretty boring. But, once you get past these ideas, I tell you that teaching is, in fact, is so much fun and very interesting! Boring and routinary would be the last adjectives you'd want to use in describing teaching.
As with individuals, no two classes are the same. You don't use the same approach to two different classes even if you teach the same subject. What may work in one class may not work in another. That's one challenge that we, teachers, always have to deal with. Everyday. Each class has a variety of personalities that you have to cater to. Each class has different sensibilities, likes and dislikes. I'd say each class has a culture of its own.
Teaching is so much more than meets the eye. Every single day is a unique day, different from all the rest. Heck, every class session is different from all the rest! People may think teaching is just like reading one and the same book every single day and going back to its pages over and over again all throughout your career as a teacher. It's not like that at all. Teaching is like reading a different book every single day. You meet different kinds of characters and you find yourself caught in different kinds of adventure, no, not everyday, but every class session! Now, isn't that fun?
Another thing is being a teacher makes you a mother/father, sister/brother, friend, actor, writer, critique, police officer, lawyer/judge, engineer, psychiatrist, manager and a lot more all at the same time. But, the best thing about teaching is when you see your students smile and nod in unison as they understand the discussion, when you see that "light bulb" moment in your students telling you that they comprehend the lesson, when you see that smile of thankfulness. No, words aren't needed. You see that "moment," no matter how fleeting, you hold on to that and smile to yourself: "I've done my job today."
08 October 2009
How time flies! The semester is about to end and it feels like it was only a week ago that we started. It's true what they say: the older you get, the faster time flies for you. It's because you have so much to do in so little time so you barely notice how time flies. This has been true to me ever since I graduated from college. And, back then, I used to think I'd have all the time for myself and to do so many things I never got to do when I graduate. Now, I realize that it's the opposite. I had so much more time to spare as a student. After all, I only had my readings, my requirements, my classes and some extra curricular activities here and there to think about.
It's weird how, during this busiest of times for me, I get to blog. I've always been like that, you see. The more things I need to do, the better I function. And, right now, I have so much to do (and that's aside from all the things I usually have to do) I don't know where to start! So, expect that by the end of next week, I'll have been shouting, "I need R-E-S-T right now or else I'll go nuts!"
Meanwhile, I'll try to start now and finish what I can the soonest possible time! This entry is my "green light!" Let's roll, babeh!!! :)