on teaching and being a teacher

A writer in Peyups said that some people are born with a natural and innate ability to be a teacher. He said that there are people who are blessed with the gift of teaching and who are natural teachers. Teaching is just part of who they are. They are gifted with the ability to pass on knowledge that others can learn easily.

In my years as a student, I have indeed noticed that there are people who are innate teachers. I have had teachers who were not the experts in the field they’re teaching but who nonetheless can convey knowledge really effectively. Then there are also those who are experts in their field but are unable to convey their vast knowledge.

Early on, I knew that I had the natural ability to teach. It was apparent in how I share my knowledge with my peers; on how I coach them on certain subject matters. I have had no difficulties sharing knowledge in a way that people can learn from it. I do not spoon feed it but rather I know how to encourage someone to discover and learn it for themselves. Most of my volunteer works were centered on how I teach others. I teach kids most of the time and I know I’m effective at it. Results don’t lie. Neither do affirmation of parents and colleagues.

two of the kids I taught in Sunday School

And so it was but natural that one of the doors of opportunity open for me is teaching. I have been asked by my thesis adviser to consider teaching in the Institute. I have been encouraged by my aunts, family and bestfriend to try out teaching. I have no qualms that I can do it.

Yet I shied away from the prospect. After graduation, in my mind’s eye, I wanted to see the world. I wanted to experience the corporate setting and leave the school setting. I viewed teaching as being stuck in a routine on an environment I have been living in for the most part of my life. I wanted to discover what lay beyond the four corners of the classroom (figuratively).

So I set out to the corporate world. Armed with my business attires, I ventured forth. Only to be gravely disappointed and dismayed. (For more details, just refer to previous blogs about work.)

Now I am given yet another opportunity to go back to the academe. Whether I would peruse teaching methods or a master’s degree, is still too early for me to say at this point. But what I do know is that teaching is sounding more and more appealing by the minute.

I know I look like a person devoid of direction in life. I guess this happens when you have so many opportunities available and liberty to try them all out. When you find out one doesn’t work as good as you hoped it would, you try the next one. What happens then if in the end you find that all of them doesn’t work out to your satisfaction – you weigh out all options and go to the next best thing, I guess.

So there I’ve said it. Teaching, well here I come. And in the process I have to eat my words on how I would never want to be a teacher. Tsk.


Author: elleica

Jesus Lover. Writer. Blogger. Biologist turned marketer. Child of Learning. Thrill Seeker. I long for my next adventure.

3 thoughts on “on teaching and being a teacher”

  1. As a retired teacher I so relate. I took a few years between HS exit, some job rambles and ended up a career educator. Classroom teaching can happen in many settings, including corporate. The degree gives the credentials and necessary training for no innate gift grows without instruction, supervised practice and feedback. I hope it’s a great decision for you whatever you decide.


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