It has been quite sometimes I did not write anything in this blog, so I am sharing my thought here.

MOTIVATION IS THE KEY

There are six main criteria, which are interconnected to each other as far as I could recall, which need to be overcame prior to ensuring we can do excellently well in our education system.

1. Pedagogy
2. Learning Space and Facilities
3. Curriculum
4. Skills of Instructor/Facilitator
5. Student’s Readiness
6. Instructor & Facilitator’s Motivation

All of these six criteria are important. However, all I can say that the most important criteria that we need to address here is number 6.

No matter how good the trainings are, how good the facilities are, how good the curriculum is, how ready the students are and how many types of pedagogies developed, if the instructor, the faculty members didn’t have the right motivation to do it, then we are definitely doomed. This is why it is very important for a teacher or a lecturer to have the right mindset and deeper motivation to teach.

If you really want to be a teacher or a lecturer, you must first have a strong and deep passion in teaching. It is like being a doctor, if you want to be a doctor, you must feel like there is no other career suit you, only to be a doctor. Similarly, this passion must be rooted among the teacher or lecturer. If one only decided to become a lecturer just for the sake of doing research, it is highly recommended for him/her to become a research scientist, not to become a lecturer. The role of a lecturer is changing now and apparently, teaching with a deep passion is a role that we have to play. Or if you want to be a teacher, it is not because you can’t get other job then you decide to become a teacher. You must want to become a teacher. Of course in certain cases we’ve tried to find other jobs but still landed to become an academia, but it is still not too late to become passionate with what we’re doing.

If one is highly motivated to make a change in the education system, come what may. He/she will make full use of whatever resources he/she had and whoever kind of students he/she encountered, as long as he can make significant impact, at least to his/her students. He will create a relationship with his students, because there’s no teaching without a relationship.

Teaching& learning activities is not about dealing with the number of students passing or failing our course, but it is about individual development, for them to grow not only in terms of knowledge capacity, but for the lecturers and teachers to assist in terms of the right attributes and skills that they wanted or should have.

Nonetheless, we’re the one who suppose to give the right example to our students. How come if we say something that we ourselves didn’t practice in the first place?

And that require our motivation. Our own self-motivation, to change to become a better person, so we can build another generation, who are better than us.

Teaching is a noble job. Let’s us maintain it as the way it is, despite any challenge we have, despite any changes that we have in our current generation. We have to do it with full of LOVE, even it is a TOUGH LOVE.

What is a tough love?

Well, it is like putting your students to persevere by giving them complex problems to be solved, you know they will hate you, you’ll end up not getting a good evaluation (as what you expect to get), but you know, it is for a good cause. They may not like it now, but in the future, they will really appreciate it, because we shaped them to become a better person. But you’ll be with them against the tide and fall, because you have to show to them that you CARE. You dont just give them problem to solve but let them surviving alone, you’re there to guide them. That is the strongest motivation that we have to develop in ourselves, because our students will grow up to become a change agent that will change the society in the future. That’s the strength of a TEACHER.

Let us build a strong motivation in ourselves as a teacher/lecturer for the sake of our future society.