In this blog for module 7 entitled “Successful Learning” should be came first from the teacher. I mean that teachers should understand and learn successfully how to think deeply so that he/she can share that thinking to his/her class. First and foremost, before the teacher will said that he/she have the passion for teaching, he/she should have a passion for learning.
While reading the topics under this module, I tend to think that learning is not only for the students. Student learning should be the main priority of the teachers but to have an effective teaching-learning session, teachers should keep learning in a continuous cycle. That’s why after reading all the modules here and learning the theories in UPOU, I was enlightened and will never look the teaching practices the way I used before. Before, I look at it as through observation and accept what it is. I don’t have a theoretical concept to refer to and just go with the traditional way of teaching. Now, after the learning here and through researches, there is that spark or “gotcha” moments in my head. I don’t know but it’s that mental thinking that strengthen my understanding of the concepts. Not only that, with the concepts like higher order of thinking, teaching creatively, and the mental exercise that challenge and stretches my mind, my learning has taken to a level that I cannot explained. But, I know I should continue this kind of momentum and motivation to be hungry for learning and have that passion to learn so that I can also be an effective teacher someday.
I know that passion to learn does not equate a great teacher. But, I think it should be a great start. I would have to watch my attitudes and values to be consistent and sustained that momentum. I can still remember my first time teaching six years ago where I just followed the textbook and do the traditional way and having the patience to understand my students’ behavior. Of course, I learned also to experiment different methods how to motivate the students to get their attention and learn. Fast forward with our time now, my new learning now will be the bridge of me becoming an effective teacher.
I also learned from this module that motivation come from ourselves but with the help of others around us, motivation can trigger and other factors like environment and great people helped facilitate that person to act more. This thing or concept will be taken into mind when I teach someday. That students have this motivation deep inside them and all I have to do is to burn that flame and turn it into something worthwhile that they will ask for more. Now that I know also that students are interested to learn under two conditions namely fright and curiosity. I should always make my classroom full of deep questions that my students should really ponder on. I should always check my patience and not to frightened my students because of my temper and get the beast out of me.
I would also like to share with you that I dreamt of becoming a priest and motivational speaker before. When I was a child, I want to become a priest. Maybe I was influenced by my mother or really want the idea of talking in front and motivating others. Then later on, I was amazed by the motivational speaker and wanted to be like them. Now that I understand motivation can be intrinsic or extrinsic but it is definitely within ourselves, with other social factors affecting or triggering to push us more, I will apply these to my students. With all my effort, I will try my best to be a source of motivation for them to study hard and have the passion for learning. I’ll try my best to let them understand that they can do anything and be motivated to be responsible for their learning.
As a conclusion, all the topics in Module 7 is really part of being an effective teacher that will address successful learning. Teaching to motivate a child how to be creative so that higher order of thinking should be one of the main goal of the teachers when it comes to their student learning objectives. This will also be my mantra wherever and whenever I teach and make an instructional design. But to apply that, I should be the one doing and practicing that creative and higher order of thinking first. I can do this by planning carefully, thinking deeply and take note of the strategic teaching-learning style from the module. It all start with the plan and by planning, critical thinking is needed from my part. By applying the principles and concepts learned from the module with my experimentation of my teaching principles, I will be teaching the child how to be a critical thinker and advancing them to become a critical being.