How much do we really know about teachers?
Teachers are founts of experience. They have already been where their students are going, undergone what they will go through and are in a position to pass along lessons, not only regarding subject matter, but lessons on life.
What is the role of a teacher?
Much of what students learn from their greatest teachers is not detailed on a syllabus. Teachers who help us grow as people are responsible for imparting some of life’s most important lessons. During their initial school years, students encounter, perhaps for the first time, other children of the same age and begin to form some of their first friendships.
As a teacher, you will show your students how to become independent and form their own relationships, you will carefully guide them and intervene when necessary. School is as much a place of social learning as academic learning, and this is true, not only in our early years of education, but all the way through university. Though a teacher’s influence on the social sphere of school lessens as students mature, those early lessons still have an effect on how they will interact with others in the future.
What do we expect from teachers?
Teachers need to be at the heart of careers education for young people, ensuring that they receive the guidance and motivation needed to lead them towards a successful career. Yet the needs of young people, particularly those from poorer backgrounds, isn’t catered to in schools
Teachers follow students through each pivotal stage of development. At six to eight hours a day, five days a week, you as a teacher are poised to become one of the most influential people in your students’ life. After their parents, children will first learn from you, their nursery school teacher. Then, as a junior school teacher, you will guide students through yet another important transition: adolescence. As children become young adults, learning throughout junior secondary school and into senior secondary school, you will answer their questions, listen to their problems and teach them about this new phase of their lives. You not only watch your students grow you help them grow.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
The popular saying is a teachers reward is in heaven. Most likely because they belong to some of the most unappreciated groups in society. Teachers play a huge role, we all at one stage of life were under a teacher, and the most fitting way to compensate their efforts would be to actively contribute to the development of our country.
A big send off to the unsung heroes of our generation.