We, as humans, always complain for anything that is not satisfying to us or we think that we are not getting the best efforts from our investments, sometimes, often than not, people tend to over estimate their investment’s worth and oblige others to give them more than they invested. What I am saying here is that in education, we expect our teachers or educators to tell us more about what they know and what we want to hear from them as a thoroughly explained topic/s. Some parents might want to maximize their money’s worth like aside from education they wanted the best facilities for their children even though they knew that the budget they have given is only or can be allocated to such limited privileges only.
Personally, I would like to say as a student that my teachers and professors are both responsible and irresponsible in their ways of teaching or imparting knowledge to us. I know we cannot blame the teachers or educators sometimes, because the institution only allows them to give us guidance to a limited coverage or to a time-constraints and other factors which may affect their teaching methods and phase. Normally, we only immediately see the teachers and not the dean, not the other faculty members or not even the organization or agency of education in our respective towns, cities, or country, so we only put the blame on the teachers, which is the wrong mentality. This is very common in the Philippine setup in education, I don’t know about other countries, but it is what is happening today.
Going back to why I said the teachers are responsible is because they are able to carry out what is in the lesson plan or the syllabus and create some creative activities to exercise our brains to learn in-depth about what the specific topic they want us to learn about. They are irresponsible to such extent that some teachers do unconventional ways of teaching which is not expected or we have a lot of thoughts regarding their strategies because it is possible that it is not yet accepted in the current trend according to the personalities of the students in this generation. Whatever the reason may be it is us, students, who are not satisfied and is hunger for knowledge. We can take it positively and look at it as that challenge to learn more, but we must not blame whether the educator is responsible or not.
Now let us flip the sides and look at ourselves as the teacher or educator, since I am an aspiring teacher, I need to know how they feel as well. Putting myself in their shoes, I believe that I want to, as much as possible, encourage and inspire the younger generation or the students to excel in their strengths or whatever it is that they want to be and learn in life. They are at the age where in they will do a lot of mistakes and they have a large capacity to learn from it and do better in the next situations they will encounter. I will definitely give them both extensive needs assessment for the benefit of the whole class and intensive needs assessment for the benefit each individual.
The question is:
“Can I do it?”
“Will I be able to effectively conduct a needs assessment?”
“Can I find the actual gaps and analyze it properly?”
“Is my decision-making appropriate for the purpose?”
“Do I have the solutions to the findings in needs assessment?”
Looking at those queries that I have, I do not know if I can really do it all, but as a teacher, we want to do as much for our students. But then the students look at it in a different way as I see it when I am in the shoes of the student’s perspective.
Bottom line, the priority in needs assessment that I need to address on their gaps is what the students think is the priority because if two minds are not as one, then nothing can be fixed. If the other party is unwilling of the change, then nothing will change.