Wow! We are almost done in this third trimester and I can’t believe I surpassed the challenge of this trimester. For me, this is the most challenging trimester I’ve ever had here in UPOU. I’m thankful that I was trained in online education the past two trimester and learning the ropes this third trimester were prepared from the previous terms. I almost gave up how to balance and do all the tasks of both subjects. Actually, both subjects are challenging. Challenging in a sense that my mind stretches with the critical thinking activities. Not only that, time management was tested. I rarely sleep late at night but with these kind of activities, I should discipline myself to keep up at night just to cope up and finish the activities. What a great sacrifice. After all, that sacrifices and discipline is really for my learning. I can still remember back in high school days that the greatest lesson I learned in school is my self-discipline. Learning to follow the school rules, waking up early, studying hard, etc. was some examples of my discipline. Going back to this online learning, it taught me again how to disciplined myself and focus to be able to cope up with the activities.
When I see the final exam guide, I read it over and over again to make sure that my understanding is correct and how will I do it. I even consulted my professor and do some brainstorming with my online friends what’s their idea about the finals. After that, it made me think deeply what question will I answer that covers both subjects here in the third trimester. I even made a question and draft my finals then suddenly I realized that there’s a better question. So I revised my work and focus on my second question instead. Then, it dawned on me that I can answer two questions. But, at least I’m almost finished with my tasks. Actually, I want to add more realizations to my finals but we should limit it to a maximum of three pages. I used that three pages already.
After doing my finals, I read it and made some improvements then after that I felt relieved. I can feel that I’m near the finish line. Whatever my final grade is, I know that I did my best and I know deep inside me that I truly learn in this online education including the theories of learning. By reading researches and doing activities here, it made me believe that I too can become a researcher and scholar someday. But first, I should focus on what is at hand right now. Like what I have learned, one step at a time, or “chunking.” For now, I need to finish the two courses and then take and passed the licensure examination for teachers while doing a teaching job. Through that experiences, I know that I will learn and from my learning, I should do my part to improve or transform the current practices our school is doing. This revision and transformation little by little should always be for the betterment of the system. This proactive planning that I am now sharing with you is the impact of this online learning made into my life as a person and as a future teacher. It really changes a lot the way I think, the way I look things, the way I learned and so on. Honestly, I never expected that I will be trained like this studying here in UPOU (deep thinking, practice meta-cognition, critical reflection, being creative, creating blogs, computer-literate, and many more). I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people behind this online learning here in UPOU specifically PTC course for doing a great job. You didn’t know how much I learned from this program. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so very much. A little bit more and tears will fall into my eyes. 🙂
I believe that PTC course in UPOU is really a great help in achieving 18 units of education for those who have no time to go to school and want to shift to education industry. Although in my eyes and in my heart, it is a great program in itself. I know that there has something to improve on. Like from what we have learned about assessment cycle, every program needs to be assessed and improve so that the next cycle is an improvement of the previous one. My suggestion is for the future. My suggestion and proposal is connected to one of my goals next year, that is to passed the LET. My proposal is an online review center handled by UPOU for future teachers. Although I researched this idea and there are some who offered this but I don’t know if it’s legit or if what they are saying about their passing rate is true. I still believe that UPOU can handle this course considering that there are so many graduates of online PTC course who wants to review at home and maximize their time balancing their work, family and other matters in life.
As a finale, I want to tell the world how happy and excited I am finishing my 18 units of education here in a prestigious school called University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU). I’m excited also to take that teaching job and apply what I have learned here. If you only knew, I wanted to shout at exactly this moment that I am proud of myself disciplining and finishing all the activities here in UPOU. So, I would like to end this blog by saying Congratulations to me and of course Congratulations to all of my virtual classmates who are always there to help me in achieving the group’s activities (Jess De Guzman, Wellah Punay, Gio Prajes Jr., Wawi Molina, Ariel Zarate, Jerwin Capunay, May Dadua, Aimee Camino, and many more). I would like to thank, salute and commend all our professors for the great job they have done, who are always there to inspire us, guide us, motivate us and to stay focus to finish this course (Ms. De Villa, Ms, Gomez, Ms. Juachon, Ms. Beltran, Ms. Nefertari Arsad, Ms. Roja Rivera). Kudos to us all and see you again!