Reaching the final week of my first term in UPOU is bittersweet. I felt relieved that I would be resting in terms of studies for two to three weeks before enrollment, but at the same time, it made me realize how much I’ve learned not just as an educator, but also as a learner.
As someone who is in the academe, I was able to practice and apply immediately the modules that I learned here in my work. Especially in the constructivist theories, I was able to make my classes more student-centered and more skill-based, rather than pure concepts and lecture input. I was also able to integrate more collaborative techniques for students to engage in constructive discourse with their classmates, and maximize the learning experiences not just for them, but also for me, as someone who is new in the industry.
Since I am taking this simultaneously with Principles of Teaching (EDS 111), I was able to make connections between the two, and apply both in practice. The teaching profession, when grounded in theories, becomes a tool that we, educators, should value. When we ground our profession with good foundation, we become better in practice, and in delivering the best pedagogy for our students.
I am also excited for the next subjects that I will be taking so I could also apply my learnings there. In my first term, I have so much realizations and learnings that I could apply to my next subjects so I wouldn’t have to be as stressed as I was with work, studies, and other commitments. Lastly, I am very much excited to take the licensure examination next year! I hope to finish the program the way I started it – with full enthusiasm, optimism, and excitement.
To more learning experiences!