I confess that my bachelor’s degree is about as far from marketing or social media as could be. You see, I am a development education graduate. To teach world history and economics is actually my second job.
While I am (hopefully) an expert on the emerging trend of social media, getting a spot to teach in the classroom of a great high school is one of my greatest dreams fulfilled. From the very start, I knew in my heart that I am a teacher. My love of online marketing and social networking comes second. I want to be a teacher because of my passion and commitment to bring out the best in others. Because of this, I must say that I have studied hard and worked hard to be a good one.
Being immersed in my first year of teaching high school students is a great experience for me, yet I must admit that it was not that easy. I believe that even the most passionate person can struggle because of the various demands and challenges that teaching requires. Day in and day out, preparation, dedication and creativity are key elements in this profession. Every day, the goal of the teacher is to teach old things in a new and easy way and to get out of the classroom with their students having the signs of curiosity, hope, exploration and imagination.
But teaching for the first time made me remember the most important lesson that my professors in college gave me – more than a profession, more than the process of transferring knowledge, and more than the lesson plans, chalks and visual aids, TEACHING is an act of loving. Whereas social media marketing is all about staying ahead of the game (evolution), teaching is all about development. There is something about teaching someone the basics of gravity, much like educating my online audience on the tricks of 419 scams and how to get a JCPenney coupon. It’s fulfilling.
Teachers are often times considered children’s second parents. At my young age, I have perfectly understood how my parents and other parents had this difficulty of raising their children through this vocation. I have seen myself pushing all my students to strive harder, take risks, and do the best that they can to reach their dreams. Beyond the walls of the classroom and my working hours, I was even challenged to respond to see the individual problems of my students (some problems that I myself am not prepared to respond to). I can remember clearly seeing myself being frustrated when they fail their tests, when they have had petty fights with their classmates, or even those times when what they have given is not proportionate to what I believe they can do.
On the other hand, I have experienced the rewards of being a father – to see how, in a short span of time, my students changed for the better, becoming more reflective, taking more initiative, and responding to the challenges and needs of their time. To see my students mature and being able to make good choices for themselves are enough accomplishments and affirmation for my passion and commitment to bring out the best in other people.