The College of Education held its 5th Pinning Ceremony with the theme “Conceive and Achieve : Young Educators Adapt the Teacher Standards and Enter the Gateway to Concrete Teaching Practice”at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall, September 6, 2019.
The annual event kicked off with Dr. Colegio S. Gascon, LU Vice President for Academic Affairs, impressing upon the student teachers the importance of having a positive mental attitude. He shared some personal lessons from his college days which he claimed he learned by trial and error. He then counseled everyone to never fear failure but rather welcome it as an opportunity to better oneself and to get a step closer to achieving one’s dream. “To quit is never an option,” he mused. He then quoted a few lines from the iconic John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem “Don’t Quit” to drive home his point of the need to persevere despite all the difficulties and challenges one faces.
This year’s keynote speaker was the Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Josilyn S. Solana, CESO V who stressed that free education and high quality of instruction must go hand in hand to meet the students’ learning needs and to satisfy their quest for excellence. She added that the future teachers must face their challenges head-on to be the best that they could be with both feet on the ground. She asserted “If you will never fail, you will never learn. If you never learn, you will never change.
Meanwhile, Dr. Lucia F. Pagalanan, Public Schools District Supervisor challenged the student teachers in attendance to step up to the challenge that the teaching profession will throw down to them. She enticingly shared her personal and professional journey from the time she accepted her first teaching job to where she is now.
Another inspiring message was delivered by a parent of a practice teacher, Mr. Antonio B. Limongco who thanked his fellow parents for their support towards the education of their children.
Highlighting the event was the pinning proper with the practice teachers walking across the stage with their parents and guardians to receive their college pins.
Dr. Rosemarie D. Sabado, COED Dean, for her part explained the significance of the event. In her Word of Challenge, Dr. Sabado reminded her audience that the pinning indicates that the recipients have achieved the required “character and competence” to engage in practice teaching. She appealed to the student teachers, who are to be deployed to different local schools in the area, to take with them when they start to practice teach the acronym “EDUC” : Express your love for others by giving time, Decide what matters most to you, Uphold your integrity knowing that your profession has no space for mediocrity, and Commit yourself to God and humanity.
Ms. Gretchen C. Villaroza, President of the Student Teachers, delivered the Acceptance Speech while Mr. Joefico-Von E. Diaz , the Vice President, led the group in the Student Teacher’s Pledge. The community singing of the COED Hymn brought the half-day affair to a close.
Prof. Efren G. Mayani emceed the event.