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My Quintessence: A teacher's Reflection

Updated on November 28, 2011
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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.

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    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      thank you Ed for visiting...my apologies for not responding so soon...bless you always...

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      ahorseback 

      5 years ago

      I cant believe its been so long since I read this first ! Racci - you are an angel here in the real world , There are two jobs that angels do HERE on earth , one is to heal and the other is to gently form the minds of the young ! And i believe that you probably do both !.....I'm so proud of you !Ed

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      raciniwa 

      5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      warm wishes receive...it's always a welcoming sight for me to read such lofty words and thoughts from you friend...sending you warm hugs from the Philippines...have a blissful morning...

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      You are a woman - a human being to be admired for your dedication to your craft and your profession as a world class teacher - it is because of people like you which allows us to have hope for the promise of our future generations ...... and here I sit , home after work, and always so happy to see you dear friend, and sending you warm sincre wishes for your health, happiness and prosperity in 2013.

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      raciniwa 

      5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      a message from my very dear friend is always a welcoming sight...i am so glad that you take the time to visit my hub and leave a heartwarming comment...

      though it's cold there...it is so warm in the Philippines...i am tied to my job nowadays but still i always think of my friends around the globe...have a great winter my friend...

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

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      I so do admire you for succeeding in your chosen profession and your true heart and soul and passion and intelligence comes out in every word that you write - and to receive such support and encouragement from someone special like you really means a lot to me and it inspires me to keep writing. I sincerely hope you are well these days and I am sending you my warmest wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 12:54pm

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      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      oh, i'm glad that your teachers taught you well...if not for my Grade One teacher who developed my fascination in reading, my Grade 6 teacher who stood by me, and all my teachers who have taught me about life, maybe i would not be this sensitive about the needs of my students...

      thank you also for the uplifting words...it inspires me to better each day for them...

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      DREAM ON 

      6 years ago

      Many teachers have taught me over the years and with their inspiration I hold onto knowledge as if was gold.I admire and respect the way you do your job and have gone beyond any measure to help people.I open my arms and jump for joy for a teacher with your love and enthusiasm.I am always a student and it would be a pleasure to have you as my teacher.I am sure your pupils are thankful now and the ones that don't see it some day they will also realize and appreciate all that you do.It is too bad school politics, business and red tape get in the way.If they would only remember when they were young.

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      oh, thank you cloud explorer for the awesome comment...and commending me...it's an honor for me...and yes, i always believe in the passion of teaching...all through these years, i have my ups and downs but i never gave up on my students...and my reward is their love for me as well, and taking heed of what is expected of them...there is only one wish i ask of them, never to give up on their dreams...their achievements are mine too...i take pride if they'll gain something from life for i believe that not all learnings can be taken from the book...

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      I finally got around to finding your comment Raciniwa and to reading your hubs again, this is a beautiful illustration of your feelings & passion for teaching, even though it was very honest, and at times appeared to be a struggle for you.

      I myself been a teacher for many years in the hiding & very so secretively. I always felt that teaching from the heart need not require a school or label as such, unlike teaching from the mind.

      I think many so-called teachers who've been given the title of such, never truly learn to grasp the essence of being a teacher from the soul. What I mean is, I feel a teacher who truly cares will possess inner qualities that can only derive from love of self as well as love of the children or their students/pupils.

      You obviously got this down pact & I commend you on your undertaking of the very difficult teachers role that many people only have learned to play instead of truly become & own.

      Thanks for all your kind comments on my hubs as well, & this one is definitely voted up on every area accept funny. Oh & those are some pretty awesome images of you.

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      oh, your comment has brought me to tears...thank you for appreciating the work the teachers are doing for the students moreover thank you for visiting my hub...have a great day!!!

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      ahorseback 

      6 years ago

      The best hearts and minds in the world are those that question themselves! Just think of those little minds that one day will look back and remember how neither of you knew it at the time but ,YOU saved them from failure , from isolation, from low self esteem.....and they will think of you fondly!....:-} I have a couple of teachers like that . That teacher is you!

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      yes, caroline but it takes a little nudging...thank you for the wonderful comment...

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      Caroline Marie 

      6 years ago

      This is a wonderful hub. I am glad you rediscovered your passion. :)

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      thank you Ron for the support...

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      ronjersan 

      6 years ago

      Auntie your a great Teacher, really i appreciate you all the way in writing.

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      oh, thank you Sunshine for the warm thoughts...yes teaching is sometimes tedious and tiresome, yet rewarding...especially if they won in competitions...it's a bonus for me...and thank you for the suggestion...i'll do just that...

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      oh, thank you...that flatters me more and adds more to my confidence to strive for more...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a lovely story. We need more teachers like you. Thank you..

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You are a wonderful, caring person...it's obvious. Your students are blessed to have you as their teacher. Both of my daughters are teachers and their students have made them laugh, cry...they haven't taught as long as you but I understand how you feel. Do something fun for you Raci!:)

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      yes, those who are seated are like deaf and mute...they always look for scapegoats on their inefficiencies...thank you for sharing my sentiments Eddy...i'm always wondering what if nobody cares...now i'm glad that i'm not alone...for i know if nobody will do something then nothing will really happens...

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      I know where you are coming from; I worked with our Youth Offending Team for 6 years ,and even though I cared I could not change a system that at times makes no sense at all.

      Eddy.

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR

      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      yes, i do care Eddy, and that's the sad part of it...it seems only few cares...thank you for uplifting me my friend and for inspiring me...have a great day too, take care as well!!!

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      Hi raciniwa,

      You are a teacher and a great one,so obviously because you did ask yourself these questions.

      The ones who are in the wrong profession don't question themselves.

      This hub tells me so much about you and that you are indeed a great teacher,and why is that? Well because you care .

      Take care my friend, I vote this one up and I wish you a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      yes, Lord...but at times I falter...maybe because i'm dismayed by the educational system...yet, I am always reminded by their needs as i face them everyday...thank you for taking the time to read and for the support...

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      They are humans! These kids under you, are future persons that might chang e the world. We all had influential teachers and it shows in here. Glad you did think about your role and your commitment set to go in 1997. Thanks Raciniwa for your reflexions in here!

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