Dubbed as the noblest of professions, the once lowly job of teaching has soared to new heights as teachers are now basking in the new light as mentors of future leaders , shakers and movers; basically that of the next generation of workers. Yet, these silent heroes we call Ma’am/ Sir are often underrated in appreciation for their work which has become their passion.
What does it take to become a teacher? A diploma? A chalk, eraser, textbooks? Or maybe couple that with a stern face and wire-rimmed glasses to complete the look? It takes more than that, actually a lot more. Anyone can be a teacher ¦but not everyone can teach.
How does one actually teach? It’s not simply just following what’s stated on the textbooks, making exams, computing grades or making life miserable for students. It takes an inner drive, a desire to not just impart but more importantly, to imbibe knowledge as a nourishment for the mind, the body and soul of each learner. A good teacher does not just deliver lessons at the end of each day and forgotten the next. A good teacher is one who makes the lesson stay, imprinted and actually applied not just on the academic aspect but to life as a whole.
It has often been said that a teacher’s role in school is to become the second parent to a child’s second home. For some, these teachers in fact are the very first to instil lessons that biological parents fail to comply. Human as they are, they are imperfect as the rest of us. But their influence and the impact of their teaching greatly define a student’s outlook and behaviour later on life.
They are called by many names ” role models, mentors, rabbi, sages, experts. Yet, they have one common denominator: to convey knowledge that has been conveyed before them; to imprint their wisdom so their legacy lives on to those whose lives they have touched and have adhered to their teachings.
A good teacher consumes himself to his passion of teaching so that his students may absorb the kernel of knowledge. Oftentimes, they take the extra mile to reach down on the weakest of the class because quality is what they are after. And quality does not tolerate mediocrity nor does it discriminate on abilities. It is indeed true, that excellent education does not depend mainly on the kind of school one is enrolled in. It is the teachers’ dedication and pursuit of quality that matters.
As tribute to these -local heroes, schools nowadays have spared special days for teacher appreciation; a fitting compliment for people who always take the back seat for each of their students who takes center stage in lieu of their accomplishments. Yet, the best appreciation and compliment a good teacher deserves ” is to emulate them by heart and by deeds.