A Teacher is a Friend, a Philosopher and a Guide


Teachers can change lives with the right mix of chalk and challenges:

Alexander the Great, who at a young age led the Army to conquer the better part of the world, was shaped by his teacher Aristotle. Aristotle was Alexander’s friend, philosopher and guide, and accompanied him on his expeditions. Aristotle guided Alexander to ask the right questions when he faced a problem. This was indeed a very valuable skill at a time when one had to rely on people for information. Alexander owes his victory and achievement in abundant measure to his master, Aristotle.

In our world of information technology where knowledge of the world is a button away the teacher’s role has changed from a purveyor to a facilitator who guides the students in coping with the flood of information coming their way. The teacher’s role has changed to designing learning experiences that help students understanding concepts and own the knowledge they construct. Good teaching is as much about passion as it is about reason. It is about caring for the craft, having passion for it, and
conveying that passion to everyone, most importantly to the students.

The important words that go with describing the best teacher’senthusiasm are:

FUN: Good teachers along with working very hard, almost always have fun. If the teacher is having fun there is a good chance the students are also. If a teacher enjoys what he or she is doing, then for the students the teacher is ‘fun’ and that becomes an important part of the atmosphere of the classroom.

ENERGETIC: Teaching is a high energy job. The lifeless should never enter this profession.

HIGH STANDARDS: Good teachers consistently maintain high standards in two important areas: Classroom management & Academics.

UNDERSTANDING: Being empathetic and understanding with the students.

SENSE OF HUMOUR: An important aspect of enthusiasm for teaching is to see and enjoy the funny things that surround us daily. Laughter makes classroom a better place.

IMAGINATION: Teaching is an art. It requires some degree of imagination and resourcefulness. A good teacher always looks for new ways of making teaching interesting…

STORY TELLER: All good teachers are good storytellers. Students enjoy a good story. If a teacher wants to make a point to students, it can be effectively done through a story…

MOTIVATED: Good teachers understand that ‘Real motivation comes from within’ they keep the fire burning inside their students.

ALWAYS PREPARED: The most demanding and time-consuming part of teaching is PREPARATION. Nothing else is more important for a good teacher.