I was thrown in a classroom full of stubborn seventh grader. Of the three sections I am handling right now, this one section has the most stubborn, hyper and hardheaded students.
During my class in there, I just let them practice for their Drama Presentation tomorrow. But some of the students, mostly boys, were all but loitering around, running about the classroom, playing a takraw ball and wrestling playfully with one another.The room is chaotic. Loud,excited voices, guitar playing, coins ringing on the floor, eraser flying, me hollering from time to time. But after awhile, or when I turn my back to check on the other groups they were starting again, getting on with their business.
I was practically reaching my boiling point. But I just took a deep breath and will the PATIENCE to get inside me. More of it! I almost cried. I decided to play angry, ignore them and sometimes stare at them coldly. I didn’t know if that has an effect on them because they behaved well later on.
What I learned today is, patience is really a virtue when you’re a teacher. You should also understand, or at least try to, your students. You never know why they are acting that way. You should always acknowledge the fact that all of them has a good side no matter how stubborn they are sometimes.
I am a teacher! I am their parent at school. I should act like one. I know I needed more experience/knowledge to know the right thing to do. But one thing’s for sure, “I love my chosen profession, and I love my students”.
photo taken from here.