The above lines elucidate the significant role a teacher plays in building the foundation of the student’s future. Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, who preferred celebrating 5th September as Teachers day rather than his birthday, was first and foremost a teacher. Later, he became the first Vice President of India.
What does it take to be a good teacher? Those who love children, are good at transmitting and explaining information to children verbally. Have loads of patience, stamina, and nerves of steel, teaching career is undoubtedly a right move for you.
Being a worthwhile and a steady profession, teaching is an increasingly popular career choice for people from all walks of life. Remaining unaffected by the economy, this profession has privileged security as compared to many other professions. No matter what, there are always children to be educated. As it is said, in teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, may be for twenty years. So it is evident enough that a teacher affects eternity.
Schools are the first place where kid’s future and behaviour takes shape. The teacher has several roles to play as that of the information provider, the role model, the facilitator, the assessor and the planner. The teacher must know her student and create a warm and protective environment in the classroom which is then reflected in the academic progress of the students. Rather than being a totalitarian in the classroom, the teacher must be a guide to the student. By their love and caring attitude towards the student, by aiding their self esteem, encouraging them to share their issues in personal life, the teacher makes a big difference in the student’s life.
A school teacher can be of the following types:
- montessori teachers
- primary school teachers
- middle and secondary school teachers
Main tasks of a teacher:
- to make children understand abstract concepts with logical reasoning, solving their problems, to kindle in them a wish to learn,
- prepare lessons and make them as interesting as possible,
- make homework and confer with students over their work,
- to assess children’s work, maintain record of lessons taught and the progress report of their children,
- to discuss the progress of their children to their parents and give an appropriate feedback,
- assist children to learn and not judge their inability to learn,
- identify emotional, intellectual, physical etc. issues which hinder the student to give his/her cent percent,
- to supervise teaching assistants, trainee teachers and newly-qualified teachers,
- to attend professional development sessions for keeping themselves updated on the latest amendments in their curriculum and new teaching methods,
- to treat students with respect and to teach them to treat others with respect,
- to prepare students to sit for SATs, GCSEs, A/S levels and A-Levels.