School forms then and now.

Good, better, best? Or bad, worse, worst?

Decades ago, when there were no computers and internet to connect people digitally, teachers doubled time to complete loads of paper works on time. Everything was done through pen and paper. They hurdled countless tedious tasks, still.

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Typewriters were sometimes available. Most of the times, bare hands…with a pen in it. But reports were smoothly done.

It seems that people take a head turn to how teachers managed their teaching job yesterday. Less complains. Higher academic performance. Learners could read even in their young grade level. Children could comprehend reading materials. Good manners and right conduct were manifested. Numeracy skill was mastered. More and more skills were learned.

Today, technologically advanced computers enable all information  to be sent in just a click away. Data are just stored in seconds. Teachers need not to travel miles away to hand over papers for completion of reports. The online world serves as the venue to consolidate all school and learners’ input to go off well easily.

But what happens now? Forms 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 are on the top list of to-do-things among teachers. Grades are still manually written in the learners’ report card. Grading sheets, master sheets. Reading of each entry is loudly spoken. Teachers exert vocal efforts. Others end up with a hoarse voice. Many yawn, few sing to change the atmosphere.

Not to mention the anecdotal records, home visitations, deworming data and myriad more.

Technology is a powerful tool that can ease, lighten and expedite all information IF USED PROPERLY. Many public school teachers hope to hold a future of less paper works at least, if not paperless. It is good to never miss a detail of everything, but in a systematic, simplified and favorable.

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Kahlil Gibran once said, “Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”