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By: LAWRICE ANN G. PANGANIBAN
The success of teaching-learning scenarios depends to a great extent on the repertoire of teachers’ instructional approaches, pedagogical proficiency, innovativeness, and psychological dispositions. Teaching is obviously not an effortless or straightforward mission. Teaching is a complex process requiring skills and strategies such as: preparing lessons and unit plans, motivating learners to learn, creating a conducive learning environment for teaching, using textbooks and curriculum guides and other instructional materials effectively, using a variety of teaching skills, using media and technology, maintaining a classroom discipline, and diagnosing and assessing learners’ difficulties and adapting instructions to meet individual needs.
Teachers are expected to be equipped with positive traits and work traits. Teachers’ pedagogical propensity must involve varied and appropriate approaches to enhance and intensify learners’ interest, enthusiasm, and learning. Teachers should be aware and knowledgeable, too, of what activities to introduce to the learners to intensify their interests and values in the different subject areas. Teachers’ efforts to develop among learners to appreciate and value people who have made contributions to education and events or milestones associated with learners’ growth and development can, likewise, create eagerness and enthusiasm among the learners. However, the development of confidence among the teachers to carry out these pedagogical proficiencies is required.
Excellent teachers have certain desirable personal qualities: professionally interested and competent, have scholarly outlook and cultured, respect children, establish wholesome student-teacher relationship. Society cannot achieve greatness unless individuals at many levels of ability accept the need for high standards of performance and strive to achieve those standards within the limits possible for them. In the hands of the teacher lies the gigantic task of helping and assisting the learners in their adjustments and the development of healthy and well-rounded personality. The teacher is the main person in the classroom. The teacher plays a very significant role in the success in school work of learners. The success or failure of instruction rests primarily on the activities undertaken by teachers in the classroom. If the classroom teacher fails to motivate learners, it impedes the teaching-learning situation’s success. The classroom teacher inevitably influences learners’ attitudes, values, and interests and has a strong and varied influence on learners’ behavior and character.
Teachers are regarded as architects of our young generations’ destiny. If this is so, the nation could never afford to settle for anyone lesser than the best and the most competent members of our society to qualify for this noblest profession. Unfortunately, a large number of teachers are exhausted, frustrated, discouraged and dissatisfied due to varied reasons such as enormous workload with poor salary, lack of respect in their workplace and society, regarded as lower status than that of other professions, and many more. Consequently, teachers resign, take early retirement or shift career leaving the possibilities of molding the learners to become better individuals. Teachers, just like any other workers, vary in their tendency to be satisfied with their jobs and work environments. The number of educational institutions in the country is increasing rapidly and retaining teachers has become a challenge. ##