Teaching is often described as a giving of knowledge. In reality, however, teaching is an experience that should encourage the teacher to learn, too. In fact, an already knowledgeable teacher who is able to learn with his or her students is a good teacher.
The criticism of America’s school system today is that, although thousands of teenagers graduate from high school every year, some of these graduates can barely spell, write, or complete basic math problems. Is it entirely the students’ faults? Do the teachers and parents play a part, as well?
The problem of this type of education system is that teachers are not as enthusiastic about learning as their students are. If the students see that their teacher wants to learn just as much as they do, then they may be more enthusiastic about learning their lessons. We may not realize it, but teachers do have some kind of subconscious effect on their students, and they must be willing to play the part of the parents’ substitutes in the time that the children are in school.
In a good school or classroom, the evidence of a good teacher is one who is willing to learn alongside his or her class. Does it matter if a teacher does not know everything? Who says that a teacher is expected to know every aspect of every matter? No child will think less of a teacher if the teacher says, “Let’s find the answer together, because I’m not sure.” In fact, the students may even enjoy the experience because they know they are learning with their teacher.
It is appalling that any teacher should think of himself or herself as invincible. This type of attitude would only make the students despise that teacher, since everyone knows that everyone has a weakness. It may be easy to dupe students into thinking that a teacher should know everything, but it is even more difficult to pretend to be all-knowing all the time.
Good teachers will admit that they have flaws, and one of those flaws is a good one: the desire to continue one’s education even when one doesn’t necessarily have to learn. That’s the most important value that a good teacher could ever instill in his or her students. It may seem trivial at first, but if you show your students that you are willing to learn like them, they may enjoy their education more.