Last semester, I got the highest rating in the Institute's performance evaluation for teachers.
I never thought that it would get into my head. Unfortunately, I think it did.
This afternoon, I saw my performance evaluation rating for this semester. I was already expecting that it would go down, but I never thought that it would go so far down that I actually matched the rating I got during my first semester of teaching.
Damn, I got the same rating I got when I was still an inexperienced teacher.
I have always been conscious about my performance rating scores. It's not because I am trying to get that damned Teaching Excellence Award. Or because I am trying to compete with my fellow faculty. I just think that I owe it to the students to make sure that I'd always give them my best effort. And looking back at my teaching this semester, I think I failed in achieving that because I became a bit overconfident as my "success" last semester clouded my mind.
I will not allow yesterday's success to lull me into today's complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure" - Og Mandino
Anyway, I think it's important to note my mistakes this semester:
1) I did not return any papers.
2) I did not update my students about their grades.
3) I had LOTS of absences. It did not show up in my pay slip because a lot were on official business, so I did not immediately notice. :p
4) I conduct classes for one hour only.
5) I did not conduct the prelim and midterm performance evaluations that I used to do in the past.
6) There were times when I was too tired in class.
7) I did not follow the syllabus.
8) I did not teach in English (well, I'm just noting this but why the hell should I teach in English when it's more fun to teach in Filipino? hahaha!!!)
9) I did not make an effort to know my students' names.
10) I guess I did not teach as well as last semester specially in Financial Management as evidenced by the results of the departmental exams.
Arrrggghhh!!! Wake-up call, Paeng!!! Time to learn and make necessary adjustments (except on item 8. hahaha!). I guess it's back to the drawing board again.
Anyway, congrats to my friend, Ms. Grace Dijamco, who entered the Institute's Top 10 with an excellent showing in her first semester handling B.S. Accountancy students. Sabi ko naman sa iyo magaling ka, 'yaw mo lang maniwala. :)