“I touch the future, I teach”.
-Sharon Christa McAuliffe
Being a newbie in the world of writing blogs I am choosing a topic that is close to my heart.
As I reminisce about my school days, it brings with it a flood of memories. I was very fortunate to have some great teachers who changed my life; academically and personally.
Though I didn’t choose teaching as a career option, I was determined to work in the same environment and industry.
Go back to the time when you were a student and think which teacher made a lasting impression on you? Was it the one who read out from the book in a monosyllabic tone? Or was it the one who was animated and engaging, and showed how passionate she was about her subject? For me, it was the latter, my English teacher.
Teachers play a very important role in today’s modern learning organizations and their success in meeting the needs of the 21st Century student. But what exactly does this role imply?
Here are some of the characteristics that my teacher had:
• Putting students at the centre of learning universe
The Role of a teacher has been constantly evolving. To make children ready for the 21st century, it’s inevitable to put students in the centre of the learning universe. As students have access to any information possible, there certainly is no need to spoon-feed them knowledge or teach one-size-fits-all content.
• Go digital
Teachers need to be on the lookout for all technological advances especially those that have educational potential.
• Embrace change
Schools are initiating many innovative practices. To make it a success, the teachers must embrace the change. It is even more important to pass this skill to children; to make them ready to face the changes.
Teachers make a difference at each pivotal stage of development. Spending 6-8 hours a day together, a teacher is poised to become one of the most influential people in a child’s life.
An elementary school teacher wears a cape of a parent in the school; a middle school teacher will guide the students through yet another important transition: adolescence. As young adults when they enter high school, the teacher will listen to their problems, and teach them about the new phase of their lives.
As a human resource professional, I feel a great sense of responsibility and a privileged to hire those individuals who have the power to change many lives.
“No one should teach who is not in love with teaching.”
Margaret E. Sangster