𝙱𝚢 𝙹𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝙳. 𝙵𝚛𝚊𝚐𝚊
𝙼𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚃𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝙸
𝙳𝚞𝚐𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚘𝚗 𝙴𝚕𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝚂𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚘𝚕
𝚂𝚞𝚛𝚒𝚐𝚊𝚘 𝚍𝚎𝚕 𝚂𝚞𝚛 𝙳𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗
[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 someone’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 ‘selfishness’ while others consider it ‘self-love’ but after a year and eight months of becoming a master teacher, my perspective changed. I began to wear other people’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 – caring for other people and helping them improve.
𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒑𝒂𝒈𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒗𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒏𝒐𝒏-𝒕𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒍, 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒔, 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒔, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒌𝒆𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔, 𝒏𝒆𝒘𝒔, 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒔, 𝒐𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔, 𝒑𝒐𝒆𝒎𝒔, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌𝒔 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒑𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒏 𝑫𝒆𝒑𝑬𝒅 𝑪𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒈𝒂’𝒔 𝒐𝒇𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝒘𝒆𝒃𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒔. 𝑨𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒍𝒆𝒔 𝒎𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒃𝒆 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝒊𝒏 𝒂𝒏 𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒕 (𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒑𝒊𝒄𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒔) 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒗𝒊𝒂 𝒑𝒓𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒎𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒂𝒈𝒆 (𝑷𝑴) 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒓 𝒆𝒎𝒂𝒊𝒍 𝒂𝒕 𝗽𝗮𝘂_𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗮@𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗱.𝗴𝗼𝘃.𝗽𝗵