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My Teacher When I Was Saling-Pusà

On Teachers Day 2022, I remember my teacher when I was a saling-pusà

Saling-pusà, a combination of the two words sali (to join) andpusà(cat), literally means
“cat joining in”.The term is used to refer to someone joining in an activity, despite not really being a full-fledged member of the group. It’s often used for young kids who are allowed to join older kids’ games. It’s also used for preschool kids who are accommodated in schools but are not enrolled.

I was a saling pusà in my brother’s grade one class. I didn’t attend all classes , just sat in in some of them.

It was easy for me to be accommodated because during that time, home rooms arrangement was used by our government to address the lack of classrooms. Our neighbor, our relatives, rented out their ground floor to be used as classroom. It was just across our home. I would usually just watch from our window the ongoing class when I was much younger , sometimes going near and standing outside the classroom. Until I joined as saling-pusà.

It also helped that my mother was a teacher and she knew the grade one teacher of my brother. My mother was teaching a higher class so I couldn’t sit in her class, though I remember days when she brought me along to her class.

My teacher was a stereo typical teacher, the homey, motherly, patient kind. She wore her hair in a neat bun. She wore the school uniform for teachers, gray straight skirt with a white blouse. She carried a small black bag and wore black shoes, with low heels, almost flat. She must have been around 50 years old at that time.

I remember she wrote very nice , uniform letters , very much like the sample alphabets on top of the blackboard.

From 123RF

I didn’t take part in the recitations nor took the quizzes. But I was supposed to behave and not disturb the class. This is probably the reason why I remember her patience. She would just tap me if I was facing a classmate seated behind me. I also don’t remember instances when she shouted at her pupils. She wasn’t intimidating yet she was able to handle her pupils well.

I did join in the writing exercises.

She was methodical and clear in teaching us the alphabet, abakada in Pilipino.

From elearningph

Like all primary grades teachers she was well rounded because she taught all subjects, from reading, writing,’rithmetic to music and arts.

Teachers do make a lasting impact on their pupils/students .

Thak you dear teacher for my fruitful and memorable first experience of formal school.

A Tribute To Teachers

Happy Teachers’ Day to all teachers!

As described by UNESCO – Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. This Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.

From UNESCO

For many of us, it’s only when we become adults that we truly appreciate the value of teachers in our lives, at a stage when we are free of teachers so to speak. As kids we are in awe and respectful of teachers. As adolescents, we are respectful and interested. As young adults we are respectful but we validate what we are taught against our own readings and researches. It’s when we become adults that we view our teachers vis-à-vis society and realize the critical importance they play.

Teachers are a breed set apart. 

They are role models

Even the simplest teachers in the simplest settings make the best and the most of their situation. I observed this in my own family, in school and among my high school classmates/school mates who have pursued teaching as a profession. They are community leaders in one way or another. Society  somehow expect them to practice what they preach that if they teach Good Manners and Right Conduct we trust them to embody these. And they don’t fail us, if there are exceptions they’re a small percentage of the teaching force.

They have the ability and power to educate

Teachers have this power in them to shape young minds. They have this ability to simplify bits of knowledge in a way that is understandable. Those bits of knowledge we absorbed from them  are instilled in our minds and become the building blocks of further knowledge we acquire. The ABCs, one-two-threes, do-re-mis or the so-called 3 Rs -reading, ‘riting, and ’ rithmetic that we take for granted today were first introduced to us by our teachers. They prepared the groundwork for the future knowledge.

They are true to their calling

This is so evident during the pandemic as they cope with the demands of the new normal. Many of them are not techies but they learn the technology needed to educate via distance learning.  In some situations they have to educate the parents too in addition to the pupils or students. And in case of teachers in the barrios, we see them delivering modules to the students amidst the  weather condition (it’s rainy season now in the Philippines) and bad roads or lack of them. Some of them even have to cross rivers.

From SunStar Davao House-to -house enrollment
From SunStar Davao Teachers walk for an hour or more and cross two rivers on horseback

They give guidance

Teachers are the first to notice the special  talents or strengths and weaknesses of a child in a social setting ( I say this because parents also do when the kids are still pre-school age). They plan and steer their mentoring based on their observations.  Kids approach them first  before a Guidance Counselor probably because of more regular interactions with them. And  for teachers in depressed areas , they act as financial advisors.

They are multi- skilled

Teachers who teach in grade school and some in high school handle multiple subjects and even multiple grades/levels in some areas. The public elementary school teachers are tapped by the government to do varied functions in addition to their teaching jobs. They usually serve during elections in various capacities whether officer or clerk.  Organizations approach them to promote advocacies like environmental consciousness, Boy and Girl Scouting , community beautification and other community development endeavors.

Thank you dear teachers !