A teacher is very inspirational and influential person for a student. Everyone can be a teacher. Only the few and gifted can teach. The impact and personal reward that a teacher gets when they have passed on positive knowledge to another can’t be explained in simple words.
In ancient India, teachers were held in great esteem. They were called “gurus.” In those days in India teaching was imparted in Gurukuls. The teacher and the students lived in the Gurukuls together, ate together and lived as members of one family.
Teachers were held in great respect. They held a higher place in society than even God, because they led people to God. A teacher can affect a child’s behaviour where they fail to see the whole person in each child and teach through a frame of love and understanding.
Once there was a teacher in France. Every time he came to the class, he took off his hat and wished the students first. When someone asked him why he did that, he answered, “Who knows what one of these students might become?” He was very correct.
Great men like Aristotle, Alexander the great, Lord Buddha, Emperor Ashoka and Napoleon, were taught by teachers who were ordinary men. They became greater than their teachers. Good teachers are very happy when their students become greater than themselves.
A teacher has a great impact on the lives of his/her students. An ideal teacher keeps studying always. They try to increase their knowledge and be up to date. They do not limit their teaching to the text book. They go beyond the text books and gain knowledge from whatever sources he can. The better a teacher prepares, the better he or she can teach.
There is a wise saying, “No one can give what he has not got.” The more knowledge a teacher has, the more knowledge he can impart to his students. An ideal teacher is a well disciplined person. Example draws others. Students learn from the example set in front of them by their teachers.
Teachers help to mould young minds. When a child joins a school, he or she can hardly write anything. But when they take their first steps into the big business world, they can achieve great heights all by themselves. This is the impact a teacher has. A good teacher has the power to make a child a president of the country all with her knowledge.
Teachers are responsible for a child’s personal, social, health and educational development as well as providing moral guidance. That gives them plenty of scope for impacting positively, doesn’t it? So whether the teacher gives a child advice or protects a child from bullying or explains how to keep healthy, that teacher is impacting positively on the child’s life. Teachers, like all parents, have a responsibility to protect a child’s rights and therefore impact positively on all children’s lives.
A teacher can support a child and show that they actually believe in the child. This can make all the difference in the world because sometimes children need that boost and they can get it when they see that someone actually believes that they can succeed, it helps with their self esteem and confidence.
Today, as I prepare myself to become a teacher, I hope that I have at least a little impact in my student’s life that will help them become better and responsible citizens and wonderful human beings.