๐™ฑ๐šข ๐™น๐šŠ๐š”๐šŽ ๐™ณ. ๐™ต๐š›๐šŠ๐š๐šŠ
๐™ผ๐šŠ๐šœ๐š๐šŽ๐š› ๐šƒ๐šŽ๐šŠ๐šŒ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š› ๐™ธ
๐™ณ๐šž๐š๐š–๐šŠ๐š—๐š˜๐š— ๐™ด๐š•๐šŽ๐š–๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐šŠ๐š›๐šข ๐š‚๐šŒ๐š‘๐š˜๐š˜๐š•
๐š‚๐šž๐š›๐š’๐š๐šŠ๐š˜ ๐š๐šŽ๐š• ๐š‚๐šž๐š› ๐™ณ๐š’๐šŸ๐š’๐šœ๐š’๐š˜๐š—

[Reprinted from An Madayaw, the official publication of Surigao del Sur Division, Issue 50, August 23, 2022]

Struggling to pass the two firm aglets through a series of narrow eyelets, I began to realize how hard it is to wear someoneโ€™s shoes. As I set my right foot inside a shoe, I could not help but wonder how the insole, midsole, and outer sole managed to carry the heaviest weight. With the tongue and the toe cap enduring the hottest and coldest of the world, who am I to complain about the journey I am heading on?

As a public elementary school teacher for nine years and seven months, I always care about how I could improve myself without paying attention to the people around me. Some call it โ€˜selfishnessโ€™ while others consider it โ€˜self-loveโ€™ but after a year and eight months of becoming a master teacher, my perspective changed. I began to wear other peopleโ€™s shoes and tried to understand their needs and views. Through their lens, I could vividly see what they need to improve and how I could better guide them toward progress.

Mentoring, on a positive note, becomes the most powerful tool a master teacher can use to sharpen the skills of their colleagues. This strategy fosters unity and productivity between and among teachers, thus creating a positive learning environment. With this mentor-mentee relationship, opportunities for growth and development will become possible. The master teachers, as the mentors, have been empowered to assist their school heads in the development of professional practice and teaching quality.

Moreover, in the context of Philippine Professional Standards for Teaching (PPST), master teachers are expected to be at the Highly Proficient career stage. They model effective teaching strategies, work collaboratively with colleagues in bridging the teaching-learning gaps, and lead the implementation of learning programs for learner enhancement. All these and more have shaped their functions as a whole.

With the parts of a shoe remaining intact, the shoe itself seems to have conquered the journey of life. In my case, however, it is yet a long way to go in doing the duties laid upon my shoulders. I wish I could have the firmness of the aglets, the strength of the insole, midsole, and outer sole, or the patience of the tongue and the toe cap. Wearing someone’s shoes, indeed, is not as hard as developing empathy โ€“ caring for other people and helping them improve.

๐Ÿ…ด๐Ÿ…ฝ๐Ÿ…ณ

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’•๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ, ๐’๐’๐’-๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’๐’๐’๐’†๐’, ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’†๐’“๐’”, ๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’๐’†๐’“๐’”, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†๐’‰๐’๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’”, ๐’๐’†๐’˜๐’”, ๐’‡๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’†๐’”, ๐’๐’‘๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’๐’๐’”, ๐’‘๐’๐’†๐’Ž๐’”, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’“๐’†๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’Œ๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‘๐’–๐’ƒ๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’ ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’‘๐‘ฌ๐’… ๐‘ช๐’‚๐’“๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’‚โ€™๐’” ๐’๐’‡๐’‡๐’Š๐’„๐’Š๐’‚๐’ ๐’˜๐’†๐’ƒ๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’†๐’”. ๐‘จ๐’“๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’Ž๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐˜„๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚๐’ ๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’Ž๐’‚๐’• (๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‘๐’Š๐’„๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’†๐’”) ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’—๐’Š๐’‚ ๐’‘๐’“๐’Š๐’—๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’Ž๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† (๐‘ท๐‘ด) ๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’๐’“ ๐’†๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚๐’• ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜‚_๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฎ@๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ.๐—ด๐—ผ๐˜ƒ.๐—ฝ๐—ต