PM has been away for the whole week. I appreciate all the love you had sent this way even when I was not able to visit you like always. I am perfectly fine now. I just fell unbelievably busy when this week began… because last Monday night the university told me that I was supposed to conduct my demonstration teaching on Friday, so I had exactly three days to prepare for it.
Today is demo day and I just finished having it, with I believe one of the largest panel ever. And boy did I bring it. Yey me!
I appreciated the generous comments the panel gave me. They praised my personality, my teaching, even praised my looks. They said I was ready and will make an “effective and efficient clinical instructor”. They were very generous. I thank them very much – especially my Critique and Cooperating Teacher for all of the guidance, help, and effort he exerted, not just on demonstration day but everyday.
All of the praises they gave me I enjoyed a lot but honestly, it compared nothing to the joy each time I feel my students learning from me. It was nothing compared to the way my heart fills with so much gratitude each time I know I am able to touch the lives of my students. It was no way near the elation I feel each time I see my students smile or laugh at my jokes. Unbelievably nothing compared to those times I strongly felt each time I would hear them say the word “thank you” or “nag-enjoy po kami [we enjoyed learning]”.
My demo teaching went great but more than the methods, approaches, and strategies I used, it was a success because I do love my students beyond compare. My week was characterized by so much work and a lot of insanity but the wonderful people around me who loved me, supported me, and helped me all the way made it a lot easier. THANK YOU SO MUCH to my family who went out of their way to feed a hungry crowd, to my friends from the student paper and to my Babe who worked long hours with me in trying to finish my teaching materials, and thank you so much to the Absolute for giving me this wonderful gift and opportunity.
The demo was so successful and there was no secret really, because all that we did we were doing everyday. I guess the best thing to do is to teach at the best level possible everyday so that when people come to grade and observe, it is just like any other normal day… just with visitors.