The following people have made an impact in the way I think and act.
My mother for her heart for SERVICE and CHARACTER. An Indian Guru once said that “The end of education is character.” And I have seen strength of character in the person of my mother. She believes that education is a transformational experience that changes our hearts and minds in order to positively impact the lives of the people around us through service. As she always says, the knowledge of the HEAD and nobility of the HEART can only be appreciated through service of the HANDS. Talk is cheap. One has to act.
My father for his good sense of humor. I admire my father’s sense of humor that comes almost automatically. I think a good communicator should also have sense of humor. It adds excitement and frees people of tension. Sometimes in large organizations, people tend to be serious and tensed because everything seems to be numbered, color coded, bounded by rules and is bureaucratic. My father’s humor changes the interpersonal atmosphere at work.
My friend Manie. Pastor Manie is my spiritual mentor. He is able to combine spirituality and philosophy. He is keen to separate what is being religious from what is being spiritual. I am convinced that we live a purpose driven life and each one has to identify, define and pursue his personal noble purpose. Many things will never be explained by science and where science ends, faith begins.
Monty, my high school teacher and best man. I remember this guy for his leadership. He once shared to me that leadership is a potent combination of character and strategy. It is winning hearts and minds of people.
The type of role model I want to be for my students
As a teacher I wish to be remembered by my students as:
A critical thinker and a lifelong learner. I want to impart to my students that learning is something personal. We are all driven by our own internal motivations to succeed. I want my students to learn to question and seek for answers which they can validate and not just go to school to memorize facts and acquire book knowledge. I want them to thirst for more and commit themselves to continues improvement by making them aware of their talents, metacognitive skills, self-regulation, including their personal strengths and weaknesses.
A person who believes and seeks God. I want my students to understand that spirituality does not necessarily mean that you have to be religious person. That we should respect everyone regardless of race, religion and social status. Spirituality is building a strong personal relationship with God.
A person of character. I want my students to realize that success in life is influenced by two great factors: what you know(academics) and having the right character (attitude towards others). As they say, being good in academics may get you hired but having the right character will determine your progress and promotion. Or as one entrepreneur puts it, make sure you have good grades to secure a good employment or better yet develop the right character and leadership and be able to provide people with employment.
As a servant. I want my students to realize that the best way to lead is to serve. Great leaders are known not only because they are strong, influential and result oriented. They are leaders because they serve a greater purpose of positively influencing other people’s lives. To lead is to serve.
How will I incorporate models and mentors in my classroom?
I plan to bring models and mentors in my students’ lives by making them aware of the positive traits of many local and international icons in science. For example, in the local scene, Dr.Fe Del Mundo who is credited with studies that lead to the invention of an improved incubator and a jaundice relieving device. She has dedicated her life to the cause of pediatrics in the Philippines. And say in the international level, Thomas Edison for improving and introducing the incandescent electric light.
More than just knowing concepts and facts about the different branches of science, I will provide opportunities for students to appreciate and talk about outstanding people in the different fields in science with the hope that they acquire positive traits of them in the process.
Who will be my education mentor? What would be my education mentor be like?
At present, I have yet to identify a person who can mentor me physically as a teacher. However, not for religious reasons and purposes, I would like to study Christ as a teacher. Many books and articles have been written about this. I think Jesus Christ has been an effective teacher because He understood His mission and purpose on earth, He communicated and communed well with the people, He was compassionate and non judgmental, He challenged old ways of thinking and He served as He lead people.
Filipino Doctor. http://inventors.about.com/od/filipinoscientists/p/Fe_del_Mundo.htm
The Inventions of Thomas Edison. http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bledison.htm