Our challenge is how to switch their attention to our lesson.
I've been teaching from 1984 until today. I teach in a Middle School.
There are always ups and downs in becoming a teacher. I know a lot of students’ characters that I teach; the naughty, smart, stupid, and average ones. There are lots of students characters in one class so our challenge is how to switch their attention to our lesson.
I teach Balinese language. It's called local subject in the Indonesian Curriculum. Each province in Indonesia has different local subjects. The local subject in Bali is Balinese Language. Students think that Balinese language is a hard language. People are scared of this subject. In Balinese language class, students learn Balinese script, vocabulary, and literature. Balinese script is what most students are scared of. It’s actually easy if students understand Balinese alphabets that are 47 in total.
I like being a teacher when I can transfer my knowledge to students. However, there are many challenges. It’s hard for students to understand and study. As I mentioned earlier, students have different characters. When students can understand what I'm saying, that's what makes me happy.
That’s why a teacher needs to be patient. We need to be patient with each one of our students. I embed to my classes character learning, learning methods, problem solving an other things. I continue to give students assignments and train them patiently.
Also, now I have a lot of friends from my ex-students. They greet me when we see each other on the road. In term of finance, it’s enough for me. There is a certification program for teachers from Indonesian government that gave more money to teachers. Being a teacher has always been my dream job even when I was a kid. I have become a teacher for about 22 years now.
When I was in Elementary school, I had a teacher by the name Pak Dewa from Padang Tegal. He taught me patiently and smoothly. I could understand his lessons easily. He was a smart teacher. He was good at teaching lessons in a way that students can easily understand. The students also obeyed him.
Students sometimes don’t want to do what teachers ask because they don’t like the teacher.
Besides my favorite teacher, I also remembered a tough teacher. When I was a kid, teachers tended to be tough. They pulled student's ears, beat the students and ask students to run around the field. That kind of teachers don’t exist anymore in Indonesia.
My hopes to my students:
One: that they can understand what I teach. My lessons will finally show up on the final test. If they do a good job on the test, it means I am successful in teaching them.
Two: I hope they will use my lessons in their daily life. If they are doing well in my class, they'll have a good grade on their diploma certificate and they'll probably know how to live well in a society.
For all teachers, let’s continue to educate our children, in order to make Indonesian education successful, we'll need to keep working. We, as teachers, need to be patient to teach our students because students have different characters. we need to respect that. Education is the foundation to be smart and useful people and one day it can provide tools to achieve financial prosperity. No matter what job we have, we need education. Let’s enhance ourselves, keep learning and transferring our knowledge to our students.
We hope that we can get rid of illiteracy in Indonesia.
A country should give education to all its citizens.