“Passion for teaching. Passion for lifelong learning.” These were the significant, imparted lines for every future educator on the Orientation Day.
Held at J301, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. last June 21, the School of Education (SoE) orientation covered the introduction of Faculty and Administrative Associates, university advocacies, activities and involvement of the School, international and local affiliations and structure of the SoE.
Aside from presenting the course trajectory, alumni profile and subject and graduation requirements, they also showcased academic organizations inclined for the School, namely Future Educators of Ateneo (FEAT) and Society of Ateneo Literature and English Majors (SALEM).
Dean of the SoE Gina L. Montalan, Ph.D. gave the students a brief framework on what the School is looking into since the last academic year. She emphasized on the direction the School is taking from its first year of operation and focused on realigning and reviewing the curricula. Now, on its second year, the focus will be on details of the implementation of the curriculum.
Bringing into light the K to 12 or enhanced Basic Education curriculum, Ms. Montalan asserted the importance of producing graduates who are teachers for others with Ignatian values, teacher-leaders in their own way especially in their field of specialization.
Teacher Education Department Chair Ms. Melanie Jeane C. Galvez shared in her presentation a quote that led everyone to be in high spirits.
“Teaching may not be a lucrative position. It cannot guarantee financial security. It even means investing your personal time, energy and resources. Sometimes, it means disappointments, heartaches and pains. But touching the hearts of people and opening the minds of children can give you joy and contentment which money could not buy,” she said.
Asked on what he thinks about his course after the orientation, first year student Ivan Kent Cano shares, “I felt a lot more confident about my course. I saw a future version of me–a successful, passionate, influential, and hardworking teacher.”