Often, in the course of time, when people remember their school years, they generally remember their teachers, and not the courses they took. It is because the teachers are the significant elements in the lecture halls. It’s their perspective that forms the climate. It’s their daily tempers that make the weather. They own an incredible influence in making a child’s life miserable or blissful. They can be a device of distress or a source of inspiration. They can hurt young minds or heal young souls. They are both a role model and a change agent for their students because what a teacher does and say is being absorbed by those young minds who will echo these glances across the eons.
Their teachings will be immortal, touching people yet unborn, individuals they will never see or recognize. The future of the world is in their classrooms today, a future with the potential for good or bad. The bendable minds of tomorrow’s leaders will be shaped either artistically or disturbingly by what the teachers do. For it won’t be wrong to say that several future presidents are learning from them today. Hence are the great writers of the next decades, and so are all the so called regular people who will make the choices in a democratic world.
It is important to teach counting to the students but teaching them what counts is the best (Bob Talbert).
Thus a good teacher is the one who inspires hope, ignites the imagination, and instills a love of learning, who gives their students something to take home to think about besides homework. The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with wonders, possibilities, hopes and well learned lessons for life. It is about leaving a trace of one’s self in the development of another, where the student should be treated like a bank and teachers can deposit their most precious treasures, which makes teaching an act of faith in the assurance of the future and a way of life.
It is a highly respected profession yet is a tricky one because the students are most of the times an unpredictable blend of personality, temperament and upbringing. Like the creation of intellectuals in the classrooms, these same young people could be the thieves or murderers of the future. Therefore, in order to fulfill the purpose of education it becomes imperative to build bonds with those young minds, bonds that are built with the threads of love, trust and respect. For children can’t learn from the people they don’t love, as says Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years.
Children look up to some role models in their early years and that role model is not always a biological parent or family member. It may be a friend or neighbor. But most of the times it is a teacher; a primary element in the lives of the students. It is only possible with utmost respect love and belief that an untapped potential can be unleashed.
>That a student learns to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder.
>That a child’s life is touched by an everlasting sense of hope, warmth and righteous courage.
A child, even and adult student always needs the companionship of at least one person, mostly a teacher, who can share the wonders of opportunities, who can rediscover with him the joy, the excitement, and the mystery of the world the student lives in.
It is the trust between teacher and students that makes the path of learning simple, joyous and promising because in the years to come, students shall look back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched their human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vibrant element for the growing plant and the soul of the child. As, Ann Lieberman once said,
Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.