What Is Special About a Teacher?
Are teachers educating the students for their unique role in our society, or just to pass exams to the place of work?
“Who is really a teacher?”
“Guru Govind dou khade, kaake laagoon paye
Balihari guru aapki, Govind diyo milaye.”
I face both God and my guru. Whom should I bow to first?
Indian mystic poet and saint, Kabir Das states that
“I first bow to my guru because he’s the one who showed me the path to God.”
A Teacher is a very skilled person with people skills comprising of the ability to communicate with others, speak, understand, empathize, and relate. In our tradition, teachers are highly respected as they elevate people’s living standards. They are the building blocks of the society who educate people to make society a better place. To add value, teachers have an influence on their pupils which in turn would be on their society.
A Teacher should have essential attributes like subject matter experience, learning enthusiasm, understanding of student differences, the coordination of the teaching process, knowledge and use of teaching-learning techniques, and the design of a learning environment. It is not simple or easy to deal with a large group of easily distractible young people through a meaningful learning path of varying abilities. Effective management of classrooms which includes understanding, flexibility, good planning, understanding of one’s own limitations, and instinct. Skills which can include test preparation and construction; grading; interpretation of test results; use of examination results to improvise teaching and learning; interpretation of standardized tests and reporting of results to students are the highlighted ones.
A Teacher is the one who plans for their instructional objectives well in advance and executes their action to ensure optimum efficiency. As said by Jack Dixon, “If we focus on results, you will never change. If we focus on change, you will get results.” A teacher’s role does not end with our academic success but also on our overall growth. Teachers play various roles in imparting education like a second mother to a child in their primary stage holding their hands towards the path of learning with joy and ecstasy. Teachers are more than a guide and mentor who are willing to consider the issues of their students and strive to manage them properly and make the student feel like they still have someone to talk to when they can’t do it with their peers or at home. This makes teaching as exceptional as possible in contrast to other professionals.
“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly,” says R. Buckminster Fuller and we all know that a beautiful, joyful and colorful butterfly comes from an unappealing worm. So, we have the choice to generate new ideas, shift our perspectives, perceive new, or to build on other’s ideas that really lie in our creativity. As teachers, we too learn as we teach. This changes ourselves in blending the changing needs of our society at a larger level and is highly gifted and born in teachers. Education doesn’t really end in good grades rather it ends with the overall growth of the child to gift him the best extrinsic world and here lies the role. That is the uniqueness of being a Teacher.
About the Author
Vijay.B, an Engineer by education, a passionate teacher by profession, educator by choice, and an enthusiastic learner by the mind. He aspires that education can ignite our future persistently and also believes in “Attitude is Altitude”. He has coordinated various research-related activities and bagged many awards for his innovative projects and currently positioned as a Math teacher in a K12 CBSE school, Chennai.