As Long as Teachers are in Service, We Can Never Stop Learning

Learning has no end as long as teachers are in service. We can’t do away with this, not even as the heads of our respective schools. We’re just like a glass of juice. Once it is empty, it needs to be refilled.

Teachers in my district recently completed a 3-day seminar-workshop on ICT and now we’ve just attended another 3-day seminar on the Result-based Performance Management System (RPMS).  The goal of this software is to improve the efficiency of school heads, as well as teaching and non-teaching personnel. Our division has five working sections. They are clusters I, II and III, a high school group, and the non-teaching group. We all came together to review the data on our performance over the past year.

The RPMS management system was introduced and implemented last year and now we needed to go over our accomplishments for the first year. We had to review our major final outputs. In our case as school heads, we went over our 5 key results areas: instructional leadership, learning environment, human resource management, and development. We also looked at parental involvement and community leadership, and at school leadership, management and operations.

We had a hard time reviewing the broad spectrum of educational and management concerns. So we grouped ourselves according to our clusters, groups or by the nature of a job. We tackled different types of accomplishment, according to enrollment data and location. Whatever best practices we reached, we reconsidered them and adopted if they’d worked. If not, the group had to adopt new governing principles to accomplish their tasks.

Well, do I sound a bit technical? Anyway, this is how we organised ourselves to meet our goals for our students. The principle of organisation is fundamental in getting things in order. The next is identifying the problem and defining it to get rid of confusing factors. Then finding the appropriate solutions to the problem. Finally, putting solutions in writing in the form of an action plan. As a rule of thumb, our guiding principle is, “If we can measure it, then we proceed. If not, we forget it.”

I was attentive in listening to the School Division Superintendent, who did the lecture. I didn’t want to miss anything because I have to share what I learned with the next school head, who will take my place after I retire in October. The afternoon session became really serious. Everyone appeared to be formal. Only a few were raising their questions for clarification or added information. But the SDS finally managed to get us to smile.

We were relieved from the stress of our workshop when we were given a break. We took some time to rehearse a special program number to present for our SDS’s birthday. Ours was a localised song and an acronym of praises for the first name of the SDS. Others sang a love song or showed a video with selected pictures of the superintendent, accompanied by praises. The short program ended with Ma’am blowing out a candle and the giving of gifts.

Our energising song was so timely. It says, “We’re so happy. Oh, so happy. Sing with me.” We went home from this first day of our seminar feeling happy, with a reserved energy for the next two days to come.

Image by the author, Gil Camporazo


    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      I am a bit undecided yet on what to do. It would be a big change in my daily routine. My wife has suggested that we would focus ourselves in serving the Lord, by helping those in need. It is the best so far we could do when I retire. I am emotional for I would be missing my ever supportive teachers in school, my thoughtful parents, kids, and community residents. Well, it is just, I think, shortlived. I could for sure adjust to a new life’s situation.

      I would be focusing myself with my wife in supporting our grandchildren to complete their schooling. I know the Lord would be with me in coping with such adjustment. I hope all is well.

    2. Kyla Matton Osborne

      You know, we have a retired principal here in our valley who does a little helping out at the school sometimes. He substitute teaches now and again and has filled in for the principal as needed when he must be out of town. He even organizes fun activities such as a readathon. I’m sure you’ll find creative ways to fill your time, between serving God, helping your community, and caring for your family.

    3. Gil Camporazo Post author

      That is a good suggestion. In fact, we have here also a readathon activity. In fact, I have implemented that already in my school. We have volunteers who come to school and conduct to our pupils the reading session. They even bring books and donate them to the school.

  1. Cris Bernal

    The saying that as long as the teacher is in service, we cannot stop learning, depends to the teacher. I knew some teachers who are in service but the outcome is different. When I came in that school, our NAT National Achievement Test is wonderful. We are always at the top but this time, as what I observe, the result is disgusting. We are second to the last. Why? Well, my co-worker told me, that the Grade 6 teacher that was transferred in our Grade (V) didn’t really do her job. I was absent that time when my two co-teachers caught her running on the isle to the AVR . You know why she was running to the AVRoom? Well, she was trying to catch the POKEMON. Then another teacher from Grade 6 was with her too, they together ran inside the AVRoom. How come a teacher in her room ran outside to catch a pokemon? i can’t believe it. So, that’s how they do while inside the classroom? Playing pokemon while others are very serious teaching the kids to learn. Learning depends upon the commitment and devotion of a person.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Where’s the school principal? He or she should know that. It is his/her responsibility to keep his/her teachers always on the go for the academic performance of their students. I know your principal doesn’t know about this.

  2. Cris Bernal

    She solved the problem last month. She is always absent but I think (since our principal is new) this pokemon thing is a new discovery my co-teacher saw. I am giving her time to stop her craziness because there is a time that I will ask her to talk to me infront of the principal. In the meantime, we are both on leave this coming week because she lost her baby and i am still sick. If I come back to school, I will observe her and if I found out that she is still doing it, well, let it be done. I will meet her in the principal’s office. I want my group to be serious. She is just new in our grade so i am just observing her. I learn some reports about her so there is a time to stop it. By the way I am the Grade Leader of Grade Five, so I am task to talk to her but the problem I am on leave till this week.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      There is no need to observe her. Better talk to her in a friendly manner. Point out to her the mistake that she shouldn’t do it in school. The school is a venue for the pupils to learn, not for the venue which will be taken for granted or be used for a personal use. She is paid to teach, not to waste time for nonsenses.

  3. Jo Pin

    Learning and teaching is a continues process. I came from a family of teachers, my 2 sisters were as passionate and dedicated to their vocation as they call it. I witnessed their love for their chosen profession and I sometimes regret not pursuing my dream to continue teaching as I resigned after just a year of teaching. My aunt and his husband who were both principal from different school now enjoying all the benefits of their hard work and I am sure you will be able to do the same when your turn comes and whatever you decide on the Lord will guide your footstep in every way. . Kudos to all.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      I think it is not yet too late for you to pursue the teaching profession if you would like to. If you only know how I struggled before I became a teacher, you will also realise the importance of pursuing it.

  4. N Sri Naga Jyothi

    I love this profession, though it is a teaching profession, must learn first and teach children, and everyday learning a new thing, I know teacher are very enthusiastic to teach new things, new knowledge to their pupil.

    Have happy retirement days. Enjoy your days with blogbourne hehehe.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      I don’t think so. There are teachers I know but they don’t behave like a teacher.

  5. Pat Z Anthony

    There are so many demands on teachers these days. Here they must teach everything because for some reason many parents no longer do what they should be doing.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      That is correct. Those parents just leave their children to the custody of the teachers.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Teaching could have various system. The formal and the informal. The kids go to the formal school where there is a regular teacher who is paid to teach. The other one is through the efforts of non-teaching person. That means he doesn’t have a degree or have not completed a degree on teaching.

    2. Gil Camporazo Post author

      We are teaching more than life itself. We teach how to make life worth living. We teach how to sustain life. We teach how life becomes a being.

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