Flor de María Quiejú Tziná is one of three scholarship students receiving university-level education. She has a bent for creativity, and she gives back by helping younger students explore their own creativity at a local school. Today, she tells us what it was like ending her teaching practicum.
This month, I had the opportunity to share in a new experience and meet new people. I had my teaching practice, and thankfully everything went well for me. The professors welcomed me and offered their friendship. My teacher, Marta Francisca Damián, in particular helped me throughout the process because she was an alumna of Socorro, like myself.
When I finished my teaching practice, I said farewell to the students and teachers. It was a day full of happiness and sadness–happiness because I ended with success, and sadness because I didn’t want to leave my students. They didn’t want me to leave either, and some said, “Miss, take a photo with us to remember.”
The next day, I and the other students in teaching practices went to the Institute to submit our final reports. We were there for two days, sharing experiences with our friends. Some of us talked about difficult students who did not want to do crafts or to help prepare meals. One girl had a story that I didn’t like, and it stuck with me and my friends most. She told us that she not only didn’t receive her supervisor’s support, but her supervisor had not signed off on her lesson plans or filled out her final evaluation. My friend had to talk with the director, and eventually the secretary signed all of her papers.
Everybody who had shared their experiences finally reached one conclusion: “Being a teacher involves a lot of responsibility, respect, kindness, creativity, the ability to handle a group, and a willingness to learn.”