Frustrations of teaching

This semester has been a roller-coaster ride for me as a teacher and as a tutor. A series of schedule changes, moved around campuses, back pays resulting to massive tax, suitability and an assortment of students. Amidst all these, its teaching that keeps me sane. It is that joy of seeing someone figure out something that is complex or achieve their goal, particularly in IT.

I missed moments when either while walking in the mall or during a commute I would meet a former student. Love hearing stories like where they currently work, what they do and how my class made an impact on where they are right now. Maybe I am just becoming nostalgic. Maybe I was just lucky, maybe I just got older and lost my touch on things.

When I started teaching, I have always had that goal where I want my students to come in to class with expectation. I want them to go to class not because they had to, but because they look forward to what they are going to get out of it. This past few weeks I feel like most of them treat my class as a chore.

I got so many questions this semester. Is it the quality of students? Is it me? Is it the quality of education that is given? Is there not enough time for them to digest all these information? With how things are happening next semester, it will be harder than this semester.

Don’t get me wrong, the really good ones stay, do the work and just ask questions. I appreciate that. I just get frustrated when students just give up when things get tough. They are not even trying, they just gave up. As much as I hate what might happen at the end of semester, I have no choice but to fail them.

I intentionally finish the lecture early and jump into the labs so they have more time to work on it. An opportunity to ask questions and just learn from their mistakes.

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