Character Test

If Module 2 brought up “What kind of future are you going to be?” question to me, Module 3 *slapped* me with a sort of harder one that goes, “What kind of citizens you would want your students to be?”

Seriously, I personally do not think that we can escape this reality of having expectation from someone. In the case of having students in the future, I am having these visualizations of them being this and that because I already have this impression that they are this and this. Well, I guess, they are trapped in my adult expectations (which is a kind of selfish, I think) because I want them to be the best they can be. I see this as hitting two birds with one stone – they can be whoever they want to be and validate my existence as their mentor. Not bad for someone who is doing her best bring out the best in someone. But what if we both fail in achieving one specific expectation? One thing is still certain – we both learn. This module got me like that, for what, 2 weeks? And the reflection goes on forever.

There are a lot of philosophical perspectives to choose from in teaching. A teacher can only use one in delivering a certain lesson or s/he can apply as many perspectives as s/he can to maximize the learning experiences of his/her students. On the other hand, teachers should not limit the students in using a single approach in learning things. In my personal stand, students should acquire holistic transformation in school regardless of the teaching method being applied in instruction and prescribed curriculum. While I prefer the activities that requires all my physical energy when I was in high school (one teacher used “Amazing Race” and got us running around the whole school to teach about ancient Greek civilization), we cannot do away with the fact that there are subject-matters we need to learn while sitting for 1 to 2 hours (I think most of you will agree that this subject is math) because it is the most convenient way for my teacher to teach it.

Module 2 and 3 is a character test for me. While it got me thinking of what philosophical perspective I should combine with my favorite (which is social reconstructionism because of its promise of societal change because of the students I might handle in the future), most of the time the GDF that we need to accomplish for this module bugged me. It literally haunted me in my dreams. But whatever conspired in that task was treated objectively and it is over now. One thing is for sure, it made me stronger and validated me as a leader because there are a lot of things that I still need to improve on.

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Major Major x 2

Module 2 got me like: NOT AGAIN.

Kidding. I am not forced to like philosophy. I do not actually like it at first because of the lengthy readings I went through in college. I did it, finished the degree with flying colors. I thought I am not going back it to it ever again. The 19-year old me was just a curious cat as to why everyone in school was avoiding it. That curiosity of the teen-age me got me into some sort of mess of Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, St. Augustine, Wittgenstein, Sartre, and a lot more of dead men only god knows who. The curiosity I happen to have almost 6 years ago made me fall in love with what I am reading now. Some people call it “weird” but I am happy that I found the exciting in the “horror” that is philosophy.

The philosophies that I just read included different takes now because they already included its application to the field of education and teaching as a profession. Nevertheless, I am very happy to read that the references are inclusive enough to have the names I may have mentioned in the first paragraph. Open-mindedness and a very clear mind were top 2 of the things I need as to understand one philosophy not to mistaken one to another and read first before arguing with the article. Just like the old times.

Idealism, Realism, Existentialism, and Pragmatism has gone a long way already. So did I (hope). One philosophy comes out as a result of a former, whether a complement or a totally different one questioning the first. That was the first thing I have learned some 5 years ago. What I actually did in this module (which somehow or totally deviates from the objectives) is to determine which philosophies my Philosophy professors applied in teaching us as I read each major philosophy. I figured out that one of my 3 Philosophy professors is a pure pragmatist (though he is a existentialist at times), regardless of what period in Philosophy that we were discussing (our philosophy curriculum is divided periodically) since I met him 3 or 4 times during college. He always wanted us to push further and believed in what we can do. He was like a team captain always ready for pep talk, he was the one always able to integrate words of encouragement to us to make philosophy more bearable. My other two professors are a combination of Idealism, Existentialism, and Realism. They are a perfect combination of the three as they look after the class’ character development. The three of them always reiterate that what we learn inside the classroom is just all theories waiting to be applied in real-life situation. They made me open to debates. They made tell what I do not know and made me question what I already know. And that, my friends, is the point of philosophy in a very general sense. I learned from the best.

Philosophy is very dynamic on its own. We might get confused if we are the people who is adapting to changes in philosophy as we are the ones who are making it in the first place. That is how powerful our minds and actions are. That is how also how powerful philosophy is to make such impact to our lives.

The challenge to become the best teacher my future students can have lies within me and the application of teaching philosophies that I have learned and reviewed in this module. Seems easy to say, but I am sure as everyone else in this class that this endeavor will never be easy.

Finding Philo

 

Philosophy has always been a part of all of us since we were born, maybe even before we uttered our first words. Philosophy has always been a part of me since I was in college. Shifting from political science to philosophy as my minor was a make or break decision for me back when I was in my second year as a social science undergraduate. But hey! I did it.

Philosophy, for me as a student, is discovering someone’s philosophy, adopting it as my own, modify some of its parts, and live according to it. Somehow giving it my own brand. These are still the rules of the game for someone like me who aspires to become an educator in the very near future. Only by this time, I am to find my own teaching philosophy within and begin to pass it on to my students to-be. Sounds easy but I bet it is not in actual practice.

Like everyday, there are still a lot of things to reflect on as I continue to find what philosophy would define me as a teacher. I am not saying that I need only one philosophy that will serve as a guide. I wish to become familiar, if not mastering, all possible philosophies needed to become an effective teacher and produce holistic kinds of students.

This journal is about three weeks late, I know. There are a lot of things that happened these past days. This is a part I should not include in my philosophy “branding”.

We discover and learn something very important to us and we might not be mindful of it at first glance. That’s philosophy. If philosophy comes out because it becomes a need, we’ll then, I’m out to find one for me.