A Call for Courage — A Topnotcher’s Speech

At the PRC Oath-taking Ceremony

The following write-up is September 2013 Top 2 Jade’s just-in-case speech for the September 2013 Licensure Examination for Teachers PRC oath-taking ceremony:

Licensure Examination for Teachers - September 2013 LET Topnotcher Jade Leonor

A few days after I saw my name in the list of passers, someone called and asked me to write a book report for her grandson, because he was failing his English class. Without thinking, I said ‘yes’ just to avoid conflict.

Noong gabing ‘yon, hindi po ako makatulog. I just received the news of passing the licensure exam for teachers, and then there I was, about to help a student cheat his way through English class. I felt so ashamed, like I was some kind of a fraud.

So I gathered up the courage to tell her I couldn’t do it, and offered a different kind of help instead – one that would genuinely support the student’s learning; one that wouldn’t ruin my integrity as a teacher before I even take my oath.

Teaching definitely isn’t an easy profession to have. But it is no doubt one of the noblest and most fulfilling professions one can choose. For choosing well, I commend you!

To my fellow teachers taking oath today, congratulations! Nagbunga na po ang mga pagpupuyat natin, ang pagkukulong sa bahay para mag-aral, ang hindi pakikipag-date o panonood ng sine ng ilang buwan..

Reminiscing the LET review days

Reminiscing the LET review days

We have successfully taken a step towards being professional teachers. But we all know that the real challenge lies beyond passing the LET.

For most of us, this success signals a new chapter in our career. We are about to enter the academe, this time, as educators.

Pero ‘wag po sana nating kalimutan ang lahat ng pinagdaanan natin at mga natutunan. I hope all of us here, both novice and experienced teachers, found the LET experience to be a meaningful one.

Don’t let it be one of those exams, na kapag naipasa na, kakalimutan na. Let’s find a deeper meaning behind this success – beyond having a card that labels us as ‘professionals’, more than being able to say, tweet, or post a Facebook status that says, “Yes! Professional na ‘ko!

It’s not just a stepping stone either, definitely not our claim to fame; it is an instrument. Let us equip ourselves with all the knowledge we’ve gained, and have the courage to utilize them in order to promote learning and progress.

Being a teacher requires not only knowledge and skill; kailangan po meron din tayong lakas ng loob. It’s easy to say what the right thing is; the difficult part is in doing it, in taking action. It’s easy to choose the ideal answer in the situational items we encountered in our exam; the difficult part is when we come face to face with them.

A teacher’s courage is necessary not only in abiding by our principles and code of ethics. Bringing our theoretical knowledge of education to life also calls for courage.

Let us not be afraid to stir away from the traditional ways of teaching and learning. We’ve all spent numerous nights studying and analyzing the different isms in educational psychology.

Nakilala po natin si Bandura, Thorndike, Lao Tsu, at marami pang iba. ‘Wag po natin silang kalimutan. Let us consider how we can use their theories in our classrooms effectively to improve our teaching practices.

Yes, we may be limited by some system, or rules, or by some social and economic factors. But we are teachers, and we are still in charge.

Let us find ways and have courage to allow creativity and uniqueness in our classrooms. Let’s make our students play games, interact, or dance the chicken dance. Let them make mistakes; let them learn from their failures. Let us make every learning experience truly count.

Teachers, our students won’t stay inside our classrooms forever. Hindi po tayo palaging nandyan para ituro sa kanila ang dapat gawin.

Let us make sure that by the time they leave, we have taught them well – not what to learn, but how to learn.

We all know the phrases – from being ‘sage on the stage’ to ‘guide on the side’. Let’s have the courage to step back, and let our students have some control so they may experience meaningful learning.

Ang sabi nga po ni Einstein,

“Imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” Let us allow our students’ ideas and imagination flow, and give way to progress.

My fellow teachers, as we take our oath today and celebrate this moment, let’s not forget to express our gratitude to the people behind our success. Please allow me to express mine:

To my family, especially to my parents, na mas excited pa po sa ‘kin mula sa paghihintay ng results hanggang ngayong oath taking; to my very supportive boyfriend and his family, for being here today; to the caring coaches of MindGym Philippines, for believing that I can; and to Jesus, for giving me strength – this is for you.

Once again, congratulations to us, professional teachers! And for taking up the real challenge, I salute you!

About Jade Leonor

Jade, a UP Diliman graduate, is September 2013′s nationwide top 2 LET examinee.

One Response to A Call for Courage — A Topnotcher’s Speech

  1. iredell 2014/01/10 at 4:51 am #

    Bilib ako sa mga sinabi ni Mam Jade, a good advice for future teacher and a good reflection to old teachers.Totoong maraming dapat matutuhan ang bata,Una na ang mabuting pakiktungo sa Kapwa.Now after magaral marami sa atin hindi lang sa Pinas makikisalumuha kundi sa ibat ibang uri ng Kultura ng ibang Bansa.Ung lang to be a good driver isa ng mahalagang bagay.Minsan madalas alam natin ang tama pero ung gusto natin ang nasusunod.Dito raw nasusukat ang ating totoong pagkatao.Marami bagay ang masarap ituro sa bata,Ang masasabi ko isa sa pinakamahalaga ay DISIPLINA.

    Salamat Mam Jade sa iyong mga binigkas , nagbigay sa akin ng Inspirasyon para malaman ko pa ang dapat kung malaman sa mabuting pagtuturo sa Bata.Dumating nawa ang panahon na magawa ko ito.Congrats Po.. Congrats Mindgym