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Educator Spotlight: Sir Marvin Sinacay

Special Thanks to Mr. Marvin Sinacay for accepting this email interview 🙂 It gives us a glimpse into the life of an educator.

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  1. Give us a little background of your teaching career. (e.g. years of teaching, subjects taught)

It’s now my fifth year in the teaching profession. I took my practice teaching at Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand in November 2011 to February 2012. In June 2012, I taught at STI College San Jose City in Nueva Ecija where I handled Oral Communication for first year and second year college students. In 2013, I decided to apply in the public school. I taught at Umiray National High School for three years where I handled English subjects for Junior High School. Currently, I am teaching Practical Research 1 for Senior High School in Dingalan National High School.

  1. What do you love most about teaching?

To teach is to become part of a child’s life forever. Teaching public school students is challenging yet rewarding beyond words. It gives me life’s rewards which cannot be bought nor earned.

  1. What do you dislike about teaching?

I hate preparing reports which are not necessary in the improvement of the teaching-learning process.

  1. What is your favorite teaching strategy or activity for your subject?

I like explicit instruction although it takes too much time.

  1. What are some lessons you have learned from your students? (e.g. What have they taught you about life or your subject?)

Never Give Up

Before I became a teacher, I thought I already know the meaning of ‘never give up.’ I was wrong. When I became a class adviser, I faced so many challenges concerning my advisory class. I learned the deeper meaning of never giving up on them despite their unruly attitude and lack of interests in learning.

Be the Best You Can Be

Moreover, I realized that I keep on telling them to strive to be the best students they can be while I am there doing nothing to improve myself. So, I enrolled in the graduate school. Most of all, I helped design innovative materials which can be used by public school teachers in the country.

  1. How do you recharge or destress from the challenges of teaching?

I plant fruits and vegetables. Farming helps me cope up with stress. Seeing my plants grow and bear fruits is as exciting and meaningful as seeing my students learn. This makes me believe that there is hope in teaching no matter how annoying some students are.

  1. Are you using technology to enhance your teaching? What tools do you use?

When I was teaching in Junior High School, I used to teach using powerpoint presentations, videos, music, pictures, movies, among others. I also used online quizzes. This time, I am into mobile learning especially now that most students have gadgets.

  1. What advice would you give to beginning teachers?

Be the best teacher they can be. They should pursue their master’s and doctorate degrees while they are still young. It would greatly improve their teaching.

  1. What are some of the things you do to improve your teaching?

I surround myself with intelligent people through pursuing my master’s degree. I learn from and with them. I also maximize internet for learning purposes.

10. Do you have an education blog or twitter account for educators to follow? If yes, what is it?

Sorry, I stopped blogging. I even forgot the password of my blogs.

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