On this Teacher’s day, when the role of the teacher is recognized as a noble and honorable profession, it is important to remember how easily we affect the lives of our children. I know that a teacher meets a challenge each and everyday in his or her classroom. Please accept this small token of appreciation for your significant contribution to the lives of the children.
The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth.”
We are heading into an age in which jobs are likely to be invented and made obsolete faster and faster. The chances of today’s college kids working in the same jobs for the same companies for their whole careers are about zero. In such an age, the greatest survival skill you can have is the ability to learn how to learn. The best way to learn how to learn is to love to learn, and the best way to love to learn is to have great teachers who inspire.
And the best way to ensure that we have teachers who inspire their students is if we recognize and reward those who clearly have done so. In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. It is more brickbats than bouquets that come our way — yet we strive to do the best we can. Perhaps we should congratulate each other on doing our job with pride, dedication, sincerity and professionalism.
Every Teacher’s Day, the spotlight is on us. However, the glare should not blind us, nor the applause please us. It is actually a day for introspection, a time for reflection, a day for new resolutions and promises for the coming year.
I owe a lot of what I am and what I have done to wonderful teachers all through my education process. To name but a few would be injustice to others.
Thus let’s honour all the teachers and the greatest gifts for any teacher are words of appreciation. We need to understand the importance of praising teachers and the resulting positive impact on the morale and climate of the school. Encouragement is oxygen for the soul and we have teachers who are asphyxiating because they never hear words of encouragement and praise Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Thus I dedicate this article to all those who are in this noble profession.
Thank you for reaching deep into the courses of the child’s being and seeing a part of his he does not know exists and which others can never see. Thanks for all for the faith in his abilities and his future even when he does not believe. Thanks for sharing a part if your humanity.
It’s a week when a glimpse of a mother and young child walking hand in hand to school can produce a lump in the throat of a passing parent, who knows firsthand how many hopes accompany that walk. Its also a time when a former students thoughts can fill with memories of teachers who made lasting impressions.
If only these and other teachers knew how far-recahing their influence has been. These unwitting gifts prompt an appreciative receipient to ask : What can I give to someone? A word of encouragement, a compliment, a skill, an idea that might open new doors? Thanking others for intangibles they didn’t even know they had given is often impossible but let’s do it.
Excelsior American School
September 06 2008 05:01 pm | Teachers