Monday, 21 August 2017
Friday, 21 July 2017
It's difficult to clearly see what needs to be done when your environment is burdened with half-completed projects, unfinished to-do lists, old files, clothes that don't fit, and equipment that no longer works or serves any purpose. At moments like these I remember the words of a folk song that asks for taking everything out and making room for new things to come. Renewal as spring does in nature, that´s what we need.
When 2017 started, I was committed to creating the best year of my life – a year that completely surpasses anything I've known before! That would not happen if I do not clean out the old and make room for the new.
It is half year now, I still have time!!!
Thursday, 6 July 2017
When I was a child, I did not know what I wanted to become when I grew up: a doctor? a vet?. Not even once I thought about becoming a teacher!. In my mind I thought I would rather be dead before I work as one.
I started the university at the age of 16 and was lucky enough to enter one of the oldest and well known public universities with relative facility in spite of the few vacancies and the high number of applicants. And I was so proud I got into the Biological Science School, a field I got to like when I was in my fourth year of secondary school and my teacher from San Marcos University-where I entered- introduced us, silly girls, to the world of the phisiology of living things. I could not dissect the hens, rats, chicken or fish she made us buy and take to school but I remember wondering about how all the organs worked and contributed to keep the animal alive. So it was natural to study to become a biologist as she was.
San Marcos is an ancient public university, the first one founded in South America and it used to be a beacon of political ideas and revolts and in the early seventies it was not an exception, there were always strikes to support teachers´unions, students´unions or workers´unions. In fact, the seeds of the terrorist movement that assolated the country a decade later were planted in this university and the number of strikes we had, made it possible that I studied another career: English language teaching. First, as a language student and then taking specialisation course to teach.
I was always good for languages and loved studying so this was not sacrifice, besides my Dad was passionate about learning English and had registered all his children in the Britanico for the summer classes.
During my training as a teacher at Británico I realised I could click with students and that because I had a good ear my pronunciation was not so bad so I decided to improve and studied and attended as many lectures and workshops as possible.
Strikes at San Marcos finally stopped but I had got a part-time job as a teacher of English at Británico that accommodated well between my classes at the University. I still remember my first day of classes, my knees and my voice trembling until I got so carried away in the activities that I forgot I had not taught before and fell in love with teaching.
Since then I have had many groups of students that I loved and cared for very much. I was not an extraordinary teacher and even now that I look back I realise I could have done better things and my classes could have been more effective but I must have done some things well since until now whenever I meet a student I had taught before, they greet me with love and ask me to remember how good our classes are. My teaching at Británico were probably the best years of my working life; not only for how they hepled to become a teacher but also for the friends I made among my colleagues, friends that I still have and love.
My teaching at different universities prepared me more for the administrative and academic skills I had to develop when becoming a coordinator and now that I am an Academic Director. Those years were useful and very well used but I do not look back on them with the love as I do with my first teaching years.
I do not teach students any more. For the past 7 years I have been working as a teacher training and the interaction is completely different since there is a lot of life sharing in our conversations now and it is harder for my trainees now to keep up for all the reasons: lack of time, life , loads of work, etc. However, and even if I have myself decided to reduce my workload, I think I will never stop teaching, I will never stop sharing if I still have something to share.
With teaching, it is a life-time relationship: once a teacher, always a teacher!
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
I have always heard that personal evolution is a slow and gradual process, even painful, and that very often it is difficult to recognize the scope of the changes taking place in our lives. Yet it is important to acknowledge our ongoing growth and even better, to see how to reward ourselves for the self-improvement we have accomplished.
I am reaching a stage in my life when there is more behind than ahead and I need to remind myself of the insights I have gained with time and how my life in the present differs from the experiences I lived through the past. Of course I had my share of success and failures as everybody else but all that has made me who I am now.
My attitudes, opinions, and values have marked me in different ways along my life and these differences can be ascribed, I think, to one main thing: my willingness to accept that I still have much to learn.
Today I need to give myself credit for these changes, to think about the goals I realized, the lives I touched, the wisdom I acquired with time, and the level of enlightenment I attained over the past years.
Knowing that I am brighter, stronger, and more grounded than I once was allows me to look forward to the changes to come.
Monday, 1 May 2017
On Labour Day, I remember my Dad more than ever. He was the one who taught us to study hard and work hard. He said, everything could be achieved if we worked hard...and so we did.
He demonstrated how important education was in the seek for a good job and even if we did not have luxury at home, we never failed to have books.
Dad used to say that reading will take you anywhere and will inevitably attract success, and he was right.
Thanks for your advice Dad, your children can enjoy a good life and success because of you and can inspire others to do the same.
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Easter Holidays have different meanings and celebrations for me. For my family in USA it is a happy time, a time when the land renews and happy things are expected. For my family in Peru, it means a time of reflection and prayers since we celebrate the Holy Week, the death and resurrection of Jesus.
In any case, it is a good time to stop and think of how life is presented to us and it is also a time to be grateful for all the wonders God has put in front of us.
There are a lot of evil things taking place in all the world. There are also lots of tragedies and catastrophes happening, but we should not lose faith that we have been put in this world to help each other and to do good.
Whatever the meaning of Easter is for you, celebrate and rejoice because God is with us.