Post Graduate Certificate in Maritime Education and Training
Ariel R. Raynes
United Kingdom, Year 2009-2010
- Personal Introduction
- Chapter 1 Teaching and Support of Learning
- Chapter 2 Design and Planning of Learning Activities/ Programmes of Study
- Chapter 3 Provision of feedback and Assessment of Students Learning
- Chapter 4 Contribution to the Development of Effective Learning Environment and Student Support Systems
- Chapter 5 Reflection on personal practice in teaching and learning and work to improve the teaching process
I have been teaching for a decade now and been continuing to learn while in the realm of teaching towards becoming a prolific academic. Below is the presentation of my personal background, my teaching philosophies and principles.
Personal Background and Teaching Philosophy
I never thought I would be a teacher, or a teacher trainer to be specific. All I wanted when I was young was to become a medical doctor as I wanted to heal sick people. But since I knew the apparent truth that we were poor, I understood that my dream was a dream that will never come true and indeed never came true.
Our indigence and my parents not finishing high school due to financial problems inspired me to study very hard to get free education in college. I succeeded. I graduated valedictorian and got a scholarship in college. I enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering knowing that I was very good in Math, not the medical course I wanted. However, two years later I realized I was in a wrong jungle because I failed in most of my Mathematics subjects and lost my scholarship.
I left the school and looked for an employment instead. I was hired as an usher and porter in one of the cinemas in Manila. Having the drive to go back to college I saved my money and went back to school after several months with rekindled spirit and determination to finish my studies. This time, I enrolled in Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication course. My destiny as a teacher started to shape here.
I was fortunate to have been chosen as one of the Student Speech Teachers under Model Approach in Speech Program Scholarship sometime at the middle of the semester and got free education in college. As a Student Speech Teacher, I had been exposed to teaching college freshmen speech lessons while I was enrolled in my academic courses. Since I had the opportunity to study as a teacher and study as a student, I was able to discern and reflect how I learn as a student and relate it to my teaching and thought of what I supposed to do applying the strategies I deemed proper. That was my advantage and indeed a wonderful experience. For three years, I enjoyed teaching under the scholarship program and able to graduate with a communication award.
Thereafter, I have had the chance to teach in maritime the Maritime English course. My audiences were experienced seafarers. They were ratings and officers.-these were adults. As a young teacher then, I was able to prove my caliber in teaching having the strong confidence built within my experience as a student teacher way back in college. I was really grateful I had the chance to such kind of teaching experience. Humbly, I understood I had many things to improve though feedback from students and colleagues are gratifying. True to myself I needed to explore more and learn more as I believe that no teacher has ever the right to teach who is not better than his students.
My passion in teaching, generosity to share what I know, my commitment to professional development to improve my teaching practice paved way to getting hired by prestigious institutions and training centers in the Philippines. I have become the most sought Maritime English trainer not only serving one company but several companies simultaneously. I patiently and diligently studied several Education degree programs having my work side-by-side and completed those degrees namely: Diploma in Professional Education, Master of Arts in Education. At present I am completing my doctorate degree in educational administration. To further develop myself professionally I regularly attend the meetings in Toastmasters International. My experiences in teaching have increased and my professional teaching practice improved and because of my credentials and track record in teaching I was even employed by Marlins UK Ltd as its English Language Trainer. I made an exceptional work performance and was even given recommendation by Marlins for my application in the PGCert MET International Program. I have included in this portfolio evidence of my work responsibilities and performance. (Please refer to Appendix A). With all these achievements, I have shaped my teaching philosophy and that is Teaching is a form of sharing what I know in the best time and best way I could for the students to learn. I should have the passion to teach whatever it takes.
My present position
Presently, I work as a Program Superintendent for Magsaysay Institute of Shipping responsible for delivering enhancement programs for both cadets and teachers. There are eight schools that I visit and my job includes facilitation of English courses that would enhance cadets proficiencies in English and Teachers training for the faculty members for their professional development.
I face a gargantuan responsibility in enhancing cadets knowledge and skills, and help teachers improve their craft. However, as long as I have the passion to teach, as long as I have my heart and mind the torch blazing my wits to teach, I am me very confident that I can make a difference. I am glad I have been doing a great job.
Moving forward, I am lucky to have made it in the PGCert MET International, the course that significantly help me develop my skills deeper in teaching and is helping me to understand learning more. I have discovered a lot of philosophies, principles and theories which I explored in this portfolio.
My future aspirations
Teaching is my destiny. I was tamed by time of becoming a good teacher who cares for the learning of his students. I wear in my bereft, the principle that I can make or unmake a student due to my influence to them. Truly, I have arrived to the destination where I am supposed to be. However, as I understand change is constant and according to Fry et, al (2003) learning is about changes, and so I aspire to continue my learning about maritime education and training, certainly to get program that will continue the PGCertMET and attend more conferences. I aspire for opportunities to study in Warsash Maritime Academy or to other international maritime school under scholarship program so I could share more. I wish I could join international teachers association so I could access and obtain fresh knowledge about the nature of teaching and learning which I could share to the teachers in the schools I visit but to a wider range of audiences. I aspire to facilitate more training, seminar-workshops that would give me opportunities to share what I know.
The horizon for learning is insurmountable and my responsibility in molding and shaping minds of people is huge because I chose to be a teacher. However, I will continue to make new roads, blaze new trails, find new routes for my dreams to touch more hearts, teach more minds and transform more lives.
I have become what I am based on how I made my life towards what I wanted myself to become. I have turned to be a good teacher because I have been a good learner.
This is my personal introduction. Please join me as I embark and segue to the different theoretical chapters I have explored in this portfolio and how I reflected the different theories I reflect in my professional practice.