Nedith Rachelle L. Rocillo Patient Conscientious Understanding First teacher: Mother, Doña Teodora Rizal as a Teacher. He knew the value of good education. During his travels abroad he observed the educational system of modern nations. He himself planned to establish a modern college in Hong Kong for Filipino boys so that he could train them in modern pedagogical concepts, which were then unknown in the Philippines. mainly used disparagingly of a pedantic or dogmatic teacher. overly concerned with minute Dictatorial details or formalisms, especially in teaching. Rizal as a Teacher. Exile to Dapitan – gave him the opportunity to put into practice his educational ideas. In 1893 he established a school which existed until the end of his exile in July, 1896. It began with 3 pupils. The enrolment increased to 16 and later to 21. In his letter to Blumentritt on March 13, he said that he had 16 pupils in his school and that these pupils did not pay any tuition. Instead of charging them tuition fees, he made them work in his garden, fields, and construction projects in the community. Rizal as a Teacher. His students developed their aptitudes in Reading, Spanish, English, Mathematics, Geometry and Physical abilities through exercise, manual labor, and even formal dancing. He trained them how to collect specimens of plants and animals, to love work, and to “behave like men”. Classes were held from Monday to Saturday between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Rizal as a Teacher. Rizal, the teacher, sat on a hammock. Pupils sat on a long bamboo bench. Rizal as a Teacher. As in Ateneo, the best pupil was called “emperor” and he sat at the head of the bench; the poorest pupil occupied the end of the bench. Rizal as a Teacher. Outside the class hours, Rizal encouraged his students to play games in order to strengthen their bodies. They had gymnastics boxing wrestling swimming arnis Rizal as a Teacher. Rizal conducted his school at his home in Talisay, near Dapitan, where he had his farm and hospital. His favorite rendezvous with his boys was under a talisay tree, after which the place was named. In honor of Talisay, he wrote a poem entitled “Himno A Talisay”. Rizal as a Teacher. In four productive years, Rizal transformed the lives, attitudes, and consciousness of the Dapitanons. His exemplary life was dictated by simple pleasures – cultivating the land, enriching the minds of the young, encouraging thrift and industry, developing artistry and ingenuity, and showing compassion to communal health and welfare. “..I do not aspire either for eternal fame or eternal renown; I do not aspire to equal others whose conditions, faculties, and circumstances could be and are in effect different from mine. My sole wish is to do what is possible, what is in my hands, the most necessary. I have glimpsed a little light and I believe that it is my duty to teach it to my countrymen.” - Rizal Finalidad.