My adventure at The Palapa School began in July of last year when, thanks to Enseña por México, I was presented with the opportunity to collaborate as a teacher of subjects in the area of social sciences. Since then, I have been performing my work daily with great commitment and joy. They are my students, the engine of my professional work and the reason for my aspirations for teacher growth.
The Palapa School faces great challenges today, especially with the challenge of distance education. However, it is because of its teachers, students, administrative staff, parents and educational community in general that it has managed to successfully face the complexity of the paradigm shift. It is a fortunate school to keep its doors open and continue to offer quality education for all in times of difficulty.
What makes The Palapa School special is the learning community from which it was formed and continues to grow. Since it is a school that everyone feels is their own, they find in it the ideal place to crystallize their aspirations. This favors the sense of co-responsibility and teamwork which are essential values in educational institutions.
What I like most about working at the school is the sense of familiarity present in all educational activities and projects. The commitment that everyone has in making their skills is a unique strength of the institution.
The greatest challenge of distance education that I have faced as a teacher is to promote positive interpersonal relationships between my students and me. The lack of physical contact has hindered close interaction, accompaniment and guidance, which favors the educational process. This makes the in person teaching practice irreplaceable by technology. Students miss their classrooms, their classmates and the benefits of social relationships. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that the virtual space is not only a classroom but also an opportunity to meet, listen, communicate and connect.