so, i just finished my teaching demo with a nursing school in gorordo avenue. i thought it went pretty well. again, i felt that i was needed, i was a necessity. i felt i was important and most of all it felt good that i was acting like an expert in the profession. sure, it started out to be rocky stupid. i mean, my fellow applicants had their teaching demo in a powerpoint presentation along with formal attires and shiny leather shoes. and then here comes a guy who just wore jeans, polo shirt paired with dirty old rubber shoes bringing along bond papers as his visual aids in the demo. yep, that guy was me. i thought to myself that this was going to be a complete disaster. i will be humiliating myself, AGAIN!

my plan never really turned out to be successful. i never did show the faculty how intelligent i was (because i really think i am, LOL). i was never even given the chance to at least finish my lecture demo. but nonetheless, i thought that it was destined to be that way. my demo turned out to be an oral revalida of almost anything related to nursing— from cardiology to pulmonology; from suctioning to plain teaching strategies. let me tell  you something. back then in college, i love revalidas. it was the time where in i cram a lot— this is something i don’t usually do because i can’t seem to put everything inside my head on a hurry. anyways, i love oral revalidas! i get a chance to show my clinical instructors how knowledgeable i am. from research to medical-surgical nursing, you name it, i can tell you something about it. it was the time were i felt both the pressure and pleasure of being a nursing student. the pressure is in studying like at least 3 books per subject in just 1 day but it is always a pleasure when you sit there and answer the teacher’s question with confidence paired with correct answers.

often times i use a lot of techniques in order to get around questions that i can’t explain very well or i can’t even answer. i have to do all these crap just to get ahead. hahaha. but mind you, it actually works! here are some of those craps:

1. “the non-poker face”

it is when your face looks like you know the answer. it is the face of confidence. just like in a battle, you don’t have to let your enemy know that you’re losing or you are struggling. just act as confident as you possibly can– no stuttering, no “uhms”, looking the opponent straight in the eye, spontaneity and of course you have to make your “answer” sound like “the answer!”

2. “the superiority complex”

before even trying this, you actually have to know the background of the teacher. this works best for teachers who you think is not very intelligent, LOL. scare him off with your superiority! frighten him with your confidence. be bold! be over confident! act like you are the expert! this actually works 45% of the time. not that big of a chance of working, but it is worth a shot.

3. “the power of intimidation”

this works especially if your teacher knows that you are intelligent. if you are known to be smart. i do this all the time. LOL

4. “the body language”

use as much as body language that you can possibly utilize. hand gestures, postures, positioning, etc. try hard to divert your teacher’s attention with your gestures and not with your stupid answers. you can even make inappropriate chikas about showbiz or the latest school gossip when the situation needs for it. LOL

5.”playing dumb”

if you can’t pull off any of the four above. then you can use this technique. this is especially useful for subjects you haven’t had enough time to review or for those subjects that doesn’t interest you. you can start by having a poker face or you can just do the puppy dog eyes crap. convince your teacher that you are really having a hard time studying this subject and request/ hope that he gives you the easiest question. not really a big fan of this.

FYI, i’ve done all five. and it actually works. I got a 1.12 average for my oral revalidas. but of course, it also pays to study and to pray to God for luck and guidance.

back to the teaching demo. i was standing there. in front of the whole faculty trying to explain the guidelines to follow when suctioning. then suddenly, i was bombarded with all these question not related to my demo. some i answered, some i used my strategies. hahahahaha. (i hope it worked). the result of the demo is yet to be announced. i’m crossing my fingers that the result would be great. if not, then i’m just going to get a life and  find another job.

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