My NSTP during this semester was quite challenging and taskful. Challenging because I am not really a patient person and I’m not that good when it comes to teaching. Taskful because there were lot of things to do and accomplish that made me tire every Saturday. On the contrary from what I had expected, it gave me fun and bit of excitement throughout. Being the Team Leader is very hard. You have to be influential enough to get your members to follow you willingly. You must have analytical skills, a decision-making ability and a go-getter attitude.
You must possess virtues like integrity, dedication, fairness and an open mind to greet new ideas and innovate. As I did my duty, sometimes I glance on my classmates on what they are busy doing of. Just like me, they are also busy handling and teaching those children. They laughed with their students and gave them activities as well. This whole teaching experience was indeed my unforgettable experience. I really won’t forget this because it taught me several lessons. I witnessed many scenes that a teacher encounters in her teaching career.
I felt what a professional teacher felt when she wants her students to learn something new from her. Here, I felt pity with the students not having a proper care from their family. So this experience was my most unforgettable ever in my NSTP subject. I learned so many things in this teaching experience. I learned how to be more prepared for the materials that I needed, to be patient in making my student understand our lesson, and to be a good listener. I learned the difficulty of teaching 8-year old student and the joy I got from it.
I learned how to have sympathy for others, to understand their weaknesses and to appreciate their abilities. Most of all, I learned how to socialize with other people, expose myself to the community and adopt their surroundings. At the end of the 1st semester, our NSTP program will also end. I am glad that for over a short period of time, I am able to share my knowledge and gave my efforts to my fellow individuals. For me, it really feels good fulfilling my NSTP-LTS1. It took me and my group a lot of effort and patience just to keep the show running for our assigned tasks for this subject.
We sacrificed our weekends, budget especially for the transportation, and a lot more just to prepare and tackle down every meeting in our NSTP-LTS1 and it is all worth it. One of the events that struck me the most was the 1st meeting in our assigned school area (September 1, 2012) because it was my first time dealing this kind of situation, honestly. This was the very moment that made me realize that there are a lot of things worth more than the problems we get to carry around us. I don’t know, but this helped me work out with my being as an Atenista, a Filipino, and a human being.
All of us tutors were to find our own tutees. Luckily, there’s a young boy who really caught my attention. So I took the initiative and talked to him. I introduced myself to him and ask some questions on him too. Surprisingly, we were getting along with each other. So I asked him if he wants me to be his tutee, and he said yes! On the next week, I wasn’t able to make it because we had our Physics Fare (September 8, 2012). I left some instructions with my members who are not part of the said event. I told them not to do a one-on-one tutorial but rather do a group tutorial and include my tutee and to take care of him.
September 15, 2012 – We are divided into two groups. Those tutors whose tutees are not around must do a group tutorial, on the other hand, tutors whose tutees are around must do one-on-one tutorial. On this day, I taught my tutee how to multiply 2-3 digit numbers. By the way, my tutee is a grade 3 student. Surprisingly, he’s a fast-learner. And I didn’t have hard time with him. After that, I gave him exercises and some assignments to be answered at his house. Another event that struck me the most was last week (September 22, 2012); an event that we would never forget.
It’s something emotional because we had to say goodbye to them but I’m glad that me and my group made them happy in a lot of ways. Before we start our tutorial this day, we played together with the tutees. They really have fun. After that, we had a story telling. The tutees laughed a lot because of the funny tutors who did the story telling. All the students were all bright, very active and willing to learn. After the story telling, all of us tutors went to our respective tutees, and gave our last messages to them. The 2 major problems I have encountered were (1) sustaining the attention of the children during teaching hours.
This is however normal for such age group. Nonetheless, there is further need to learn more how about this aspect of teaching. (2) The venue could have been better if there was more space for better ventilation and cooling. The heat contained in such a small room for a total number of 30 people inside the room contributed to the discomfort of the kids, despite their enthusiasm to participate in the activities. To be able to overcome these challenge I must encouraged and befriend the kids to participate and be at attention. I became a kid again for them.
Must direct the lone electric fan to the kids instead of us, tutors. Helping out and sharing the most that I can do for my young friends in NSTP through teachings, blessings, and my bond with them are the best lessons I carried with to rebuild as a better human being. Poverty for me is pain in life. True wealth isn’t measured through how much or what you have. That also reflects to poverty. You must be someone complete without thinking the cash you have. This is why I said that poverty affects me a lot. Even to anyone in this world.
God is telling me to build a brighter future. This world was originally made for all human beings to be equal. This time we should start doing something to remove this kind of problem we are facing. Three words I can describe based from my experiences: LOVE, PATIENCE, RESPECT NSTP was established through Republic Act. 9163, otherwise known as “An Act Establishing the National Service Training Program (NSTP) for Tertiary Level Students. The primary objective of the NSTP law is to promote the role of the youth in nation-building.
As such, it aims to encourage the youth to become civic and/or military leaders and volunteers whom could be called upon by the nation in cases their services are needed. NSTP LTS students tasks were to become teachers of literacy and numeracy skills to school children, out of school youth, and other segments of society in need of their service. At first, I thought PN ROA is so far away from Cagayan de Oro and looks like a province and they don’t have much gadgets and other technological advancements we have here in the city but I was wrong. The school is the same like some other public schools.
About the people I’m going to meet, I don’t have any expectations. Actually, I’m very excited about meeting new people and teaching kids especially small ones but about the attitude or how they will welcome us, I don’t expect anything. I’m really glad that they’re very friendly and approachable. The community is mostly composed of the youth we have to work really hard to train them to be great citizens. Education is so great and strong that it can influence anybody and mold them to be leaders. It is really rewarding to see the children happy and knowing that they will go home holding new knowledge.
I can really see that the members of that community really help one another and they’re really tight. I’m really glad that every member of the community supports the projects of NSTP for their improvement and cooperates well. We, Atenistas interact with them without treating them as strangers but as friends.
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