One of the things that I used to love doing when I was younger was teaching. Seriously. Probably because my older sis and bro are both teachers, and I’m exposed to those lesson plans, test questions, and stuff like that. I remember I used to invite my childhood friends to play “eskwela eskwela” at home, wherein I played the role of a teacher, while they were my students! :D
But as I grew up, I shied away from reporting in front of a crowd (i.e., class reporting). I don’t know, but I have grown some kind of stage fright, that I just hated standing uncomfortably in front of the class and do all the discussion, while I secretly hope no one throws a question at me that I cannot answer.
It has been that way until I graduated college, and I had no choice but to come out of my shell when I joined a very competitive profession—the profession that allowed me to deal with clients and bosses
and monsters almost every day of my workaholic life. But there was this one thing that I have tried reviving—my (old) love for teaching. And I am thankful that I’ve had countless opportunities at work to do some teaching/coaching/mentoring, which I could say was a very good way to revive the passion for teaching.
And when I was in Jakarta, Indonesia, I had the opportunity to facilitate audit and assurance trainings, which I enjoyed for the most part of it (except for cramming to study for a lesson the night before my scheduled session haha!). And here are the reasons why I volunteered to teach in Jakarta (aside from meeting the required 60-teaching hours ehehe!):
1. Teaching forced me to re-learn/update myself with the firm’s audit methodology. Since I’m naturally lazy when it comes to reading (except when I really have to), I considered facilitating an audit training to be my way of re-learning the basic audit stuff.
2. Teaching in front of a big class is a way of overcoming my stage fright. As well as forcing me speak straight English, since that was the only language that both me and my students could understand. (It really was difficult to master Bahasa Indonesia, seriously!)
3. It was a good way of meeting new colleagues in the firm. Talk about wanting to expand my professional network, yes? Not just that, I feel like I wanted to share whatever I’ve learned during my so so years in audit, especially to new joiners.
4. Facilitating the training for new joiners gave me the opportunity to travel! Talk about holding the training away from the office! =p So the second week of the training for new joiners was held at a resort/hotel in Puncak, West Java Indonesia.
5. And if it’s outdoors, that means I had the opportunity to take photos! =p And in between classroom breaks, me and my co-trainer took the opportunity to do some camwhoring, while our students were busy munching their snacks! haha! =p
Well, THEY’ve had their opportunity to do outdoor poses after class… Stressing on the “THEY”, because while they were all out to do the class pictorial, I was busy with an unscheduled concall with a client.. :( Oh well…
And I was once again thankful for the opportunity to share whatever (audit) knowledge that I have to aspiring auditors in Jakarta. I just hope the students learned something from all the talking that I and my co-trainers did during the training! haha! :D
Now, let me end this post with this quote: “A teacher who loves learning earns the right and the ability to help others learn.” ― Ruth Beechick, Easy Start in Arithmetic/K-3
*Note: All photos are from Marylove’s cam…*
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