My Quintessence: A teacher's Reflection
My Reflection on the stage play: “Ang Guro”
“The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
(Proverbs 13:14)”. This quote reminds me of the role the teacher in the stage play “Ang Guro” portrays. Since I have started teaching in 1997, I tried my best to be a good role model and a good teacher for my students by advising them, supporting them any way I could especially by letting them join contests; moreover giving financial aid when the need arose. That has been the case for my so many years of teaching, but unresolved issues have taken its toll on me that time came I haven’t much energy for my students. I let my enthusiasm die a natural death. I hardly took time to listen to their woes anymore. Gone was the teacher who took so much passion in her teaching for the students, I became a mere cog in the wheel that later I realized I could not stand it anymore. I became a living dead, for I realized if the system wouldn’t work for the students’ welfare: why would I care? I am simply burnt out. I am feed up by the system.
But the play has touched this frozen heart, it made me realize that my work is not for the system but for the students. I cried almost half of the play for I realized how insensitive I have been, that I forgot my call, my vow and that is upholding the best interest of my students. It is a play for me that would forever be imbued in my heart. A play that mirrors what my fellow co teachers have overlooked, that our job is not for the government, it is more than that, they breathe, they have life, above all they are humans.