Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2015)
Outstanding teachersâ€¦ who are they?
Author(s): Roberto C. Catinan
Abstract: Teachers are considered the molders of the young minds, therefore it essentials to know if what are the qualities that the teacher must possess. This descriptive study was conducted to find out who are outstanding teachers in Region VI based on the criteria of Metro Bank Foundation in regards to: (1) Personal qualities, (2) Pedagogical knowledge, (3) Teaching competencies in terms of general knowledge and mastery of knowledge, teaching skills, classroom management, evaluation skill, professional development and credentialing, and beliefs about teaching, teacherâ€™s roles and expectations. The respondents were the elementary, secondary and tertiary teachers in Region VI who were awarded as outstanding teachers. Qualitative analysis of data was employed in the analysis of matrices. The findings revealed that generally, outstanding teachers shared common traits such as loving, kind, enthusiastic, committed and dedicated to work. Their fellow teachers see them as cooperative, responsible, dependable hardworking, having great deal of creativity and initiative, helpful, pleasant, presentable, and were generally in harmony with school personnel and people in the community. They were knowledgeale and used array of teaching approaches, strategies, and techniques. They used group activities like cooperative learning, practical work approach, and interactive learning. They used variety of instructional aids and devices. Guide questions, directions and others to make the lesson clear were utilized to ensure that students are on the right track, focused and are progressing smoothly. Their mastery of the lessons enabled them to deliver the lessons clearly and smoothly to the learners. They exhibited strong classroom management skills by preparing materials, teaching aids, board work, test, and activity procedures before the class starts. They moved around the classroom during classes and find out how learners progress in their work. Formal and informal evaluations were used and type of questioning as well. Most of the outstanding teachers were female, aging 40 years old and above and 18 years and above in the service. They had received commendations and recognitions from the school/division, regional, and national award giving entity and some of them had undertaken two (2) researches and innovative endeavor, had attended several seminars and conferences related to their job and most of them had published books, journals, and modules. They believed that teaching is the one of the noblest profession and teacher is one of the noblest human beings. They also believed that teaching is a missionary pursuit.