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6 Tips for Aspiring Educators

A degree in the Social Sciences opens up a huge spectrum of employment opportunities for its graduates. Be it an NGO activist, a Design Anthropologist and or even working in the Civil Service, specializing in the social science will help you navigate through whatever challenges are thrown your way. Some, however, choose to go to the academe to teach. From Basic Education to College Education, the graduate in the social sciences will find the skills he learned through college to be of use.

Are you interested in this field? We’ve asked six promising young academicians on what tips they can give for your own quest to your dream job. Here’s what we got:

Daks

1.Time management in order to read articles to be discussed in class, read articles for research project, doing research and enjoying life. —Dakila Kim Yee, Instructor UP Visayas Tacloban College

Mhawi

2. Learn how to communicate the knowledge to your students. It is not enough that you teach them the terms and fundamental concepts. You must devise ways to assess whether they grasp the concepts or not and give them opportunities to apply what they learned in class. Consider them as colleagues, not just your students, and enjoy doing research [with] them.  — Michael Wilson I. Rosero, Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, University of the Philippines-Diliman

Gina

3. Teaching is a very personal profession. Make a good syllabus, explain it well to the class, stick with it the whole semester and don’t be tired revising it after every semester. Facilitate an environment that allows students to ask right, sensible, taken-for-granted questions. This could allow us to move beyond the usual output-oriented and grade-driven system of education and be more flexible towards a process-oriented and problem-posing pedagogy. Don’t think of yourself as the sole repository of knowledge in the room.  Allow students to explore the affective side of learning and not just its cognitive dimensions. Be ready also to do work apart from teaching like committee works, write publications, do extension work but still have time for family and friends and do things that you enjoy. — Gina R. Gatarin, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of the Philippines-Diliman

Ivan

4. Encourage discussion during class. Students learn more when they ask. Just make sure you are ready to answer even the weirdest ones without bias. — Ivan S. Valcos, Assistant Teacher, Araling Panlipunan, Ateneo de Manila Junior High School

Donna

5. To be an effective educator entails commitment,  dedication and passion not only in teaching but also in continuous learning. S/he should keep an open but critical mind in improving his/her teaching methods and in developing skills for relevant teaching. One should also be aware of his/her power as an educator in influencing and effecting changes not only in his/her students’ lives but also in the society in general. With this awareness, he/she always hold her/himself accountable in creating an  enabling environment which can empower the students to live up to the expectation to positively contribute in national development and social transformation. — Ma. Donna Rebong, Special Science Teacher l, Philippine Science High School-Main Campus

Mara

6. During my first weeks as a college teacher, it was heartbreaking to find out that my college students don’t know what’s happening in our society. I thought that they don’t care since they think that it doesn’t really “affect” them. A few months later, I think that it’s not that they don’t care, it’s just that they don’t understand what’s it all about and they don’t appreciate it. They’ve studied them not because they want to but because they have to. So, let them experience social issues in a way that they could appreciate and understand. — Mara Favis, Mass and Spiritual Activities Coordinator

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Yvan Ysmael Yonaha (@YvanYonaha) is a Development Practitioner, Technology Enthusiast and Productivity Buff. Yvan holds an AB Degree in Sociology from UP Diliman. He is a former instructor in the Department of Social Science for the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina, and currently works for Ateneo de Manila University as a formator of the Office of Social Concern and Involvement.

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