We need to teach students with our spirit full of hope.
When I graduated from high school, I didn't want to be a teacher, I wanted to be a secretary, to work in a big office with computers. But my uncle said that if I wanted to get a job quickly, I should try to work as a teacher. After three years studying to become a teacher, I began to like the idea. I worked in kindergarten as honorary professor for ten months. Then there was a job vacancy to work as a public school teacher. I got the job and started working in 1983 in Peliatan1 Elementary School (SD 1 Peliatan). I worked there for 17 years. After that I moved to Ubud 5 Elementary School in 2000. Since then, I work in this school. It has been 15 years that I am here.
I really like to be a teacher. I can sing with the kids and make music with them. My students are very friendly, they are like friends to me. I love them so much. My students are diligent with their homework. I don't accept students who don't take study seriously . I have one or another student like that, the troublemakers. However, I approach them and talk fondly. I try to teach them more slowly because many of them have a low IQ. One of them, for example, can read, but his reading comprehension is low.
In my classroom the challenge is the level of students: some students are quick learners and others are quite slow. I know that the success of a student in the classroom also depends on the parents. If the parents care about their children, they will be motivated to learn. Otherwise, they will spend all their time playing. One of these students I talked about earlier (the troublemaker number one) didn't bring his books and his homework. I taught him slowly, and finally he obeyed me. Now, we have a better relationship.
I think we teachers have to work together so that the school can move forward. We need to teach students with our spirit full of hope, so that they become successful people in the future.
Recently, my students participated in the Olympiad of Science in Gianyar (municipality). They were in the top 50; 29th place and 31st place among the 100 students. In another competition, I couldn't help them because I was busy, one of them got the 12th place. I'm very proud of them, even if they aren't in the top three, I think it's a case of success that they aren't at the bottom of the list. Seeing them succeed makes me happy. If they hear me and study for real, this makes me proud.
I tell my students every day: study seriously and don't spend too much time playing. My hope is that my students are intelligent children, easy going people, so they can get to a prestigious school.
My favorite teacher as a kid was Bapak Wayan Muncab (he died). I liked when he gave math tests at the end of class. Students that could answer the questions, could go home early. My colleagues and I were very motivated to answer questions, so we were able to go home. I often studied and knew all the right answers, just to leave before my colleagues, and that's why I like it, because I thought that was funny and interesting. I usually bring my classroom some features of this teacher. Sometimes I present some questions to my students at the end of class. They are always are motivated to respond.