If you can read this, Thank a Teacher!
If you are a self-taught Prof, a new angle or refinement to that instructor inside of you wouldn’t be so bad, Would it?
We’ve all made that paraprofessional mistake of disregarding Teaching-as a profession and disrespecting Teachers. Undervaluing the profession to the mud by even quoting at times, “Those who can’t do, teach”, Why do people still send children to teachers then? Why not give them the first hand learning experience from those (Superior of You) Who Can??
Yeah! I didn’t think so either!
Guilty as charged, I might have also disrespected or mocked some of my teachers. I tested their patience at times in many ways possible, just to realize the silliness a few years later.
Being in their shoe, I also noted how children are just trying to protect themselves from the stigma of “Goody two-shoes”, not to be bullied later.
“Those who educate the children are more to be honored then they who produce them, for those only gave them life, those the art of living well.“-By Aristotle.
Let me ask you then, Do we provide adequate honor to the ones who in some way or another are the cause for our growth? I think otherwise not just because of the salary teachers are given in our country but also because so many students and even parents during my tenure asked me this scandalising question of why am I teaching when I have a technical degree.
Disclaimer- To applaud a profession I faithfully respect is my secondary intention through this artifact, the primary is to pay enough credits to those who imparted knowledge and enlightenment to me.
So, What a teacher do, you may scomfully ask?
- Teaching the children of your house for money!! Yes, teaching is a gainfully overpaid profession, explicitly in India. For those of who got the sarcasm, they teach because checking those little mistakes your children are making, adds value in their life. If you, for a second think they are not eligible to get into the rat race for a big-fat pay check, Think Again!!
- Don’t judge a book by its cover. A very enlightening learning of my life. The first one to actually teach me this through a real life experience was one of my teacher. Who at the outside looked hard but inside was soft (Just as a Pineapple).
- What tactics work with the children might be better known to the teachers than parents themselves. You know why? Teachers work hard to push limits the students set for themselves. They spend most of their time coming up with strategies and ways to teach better. Ordinary students believe they can do extra ordinary things, Is that worthy of consideration?
- Do your children come to you to talk about all of their issues? Even if you create the most healthy environment for sharing, kids worry too much about hurting or worrying their parents. That’s how the dynamics work in most cases.In those circumstances, instead of betting on their luck to fall upon a sensible media knowledge, teachers are a more legit chance.
- Sit down, Stand up, Put a finger on your lips (let’s be inclusive of the kindergartners), Tie your shoes laces and wear you dress code properly, Cut your nails! Yes all these disciplines might look controversial and their significance can also be challenged.Sit down, Stand up soon transforms into listening to that strict internal instructor commanding to work harder and wake up on time.
- I was once told by one of my teachers, I’m beautiful. What can I say, I was a self- doubting shrimp until then. She calling me pleasing helped me kick those fannies out of my life!
- Asking Questions about the tin-east detail of our existence! You don’t even need statistical data to know where they ask most of these fascinating questions.
- Intelligence plus character should be the true goal of any educational system and teachers do play their part. How important? Imagine icing without any cake to decorate!
So much to give and nothing to get?
No at all!!
It’s a fine drawn give and take barter.
Personally teaching did more than my expectation. FYI, a profitable sum of corporate paying job couldn’t even do one fourth of the internal uprising.
The profession and its offering in return?
- Learner for Life- I had an engineering degree and yet teaching physics to a bunch of Juveniles required me to study more than my combined efforts of those preparation leaves. I didn’t had to just understand here, I had to learn ways to make different minds understand those mystic concepts.
- Working as a Team- A team where you have no choice but to be more grown and create the equilibrium. No? Be ready to grade some hideous papers then.
- Outlook and understanding of today’s generation- We grow up fighting with our parents/society/leaders for their outdated beliefs and then we end up becoming outdated ourselves. You learn to be trending and more understanding working around children.
- Patience- My God! It will be against the sensitive new laws for teachers to even say the things that came to my mind when my patience got tested. Let’s say I became old school for a moment, thankfully I was taught to be trending and it was actually against the law in my head.
- Knowledge, So much of it- The best way to learn is through teaching. Knowledge is not about learning here, it is about imparting. You can’t rote learn and do that.
- Diwali, Christmas and Summer Breaks- So many responsibilities has perks of breaks along side the students. It sure is overwhelming for both the ally’s!
- Power to mold the future- The small deed is to ingrain values in the children slowly and gradually. Teachers literally have that power through their so called “Jobs”.
Shun the screen all those extra-responsive people who have an allergy from dogs.
“It is difficult to teach an old dog new tricks, but you sure can teach a new dog how to hunt”- By anonymous