By: Zubair Hamid Parray
teacher is a precious gift from God to us. A teacher is like a God as God is the builder of the whole universe however a teacher is considered to be the builder of a good nation. Teachers are very prestigious people in the society who take responsibility to raise the mind status and living standard of the common people through their magic of teaching. Parents have lots of expectations from their kids. The role of teachers varies from classroom to playground and from student to student. A teacher is very important in the life of everyone who is supposed to be performing different tasks in our life.
Before coming to the classroom, a good teacher ensures his/her goals of education on a daily basis. Every teacher has different qualities of teaching their students. They vary in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes in teaching specific subjects. They try their best and do their best in helping us to achieve our goals in life. School life is considered as the best time of everyone’s life as this is the time when everyone learns basic things about life and different subjects. All of us set our goals in the school time which decides the development of our nation. Each and every student opens their mind in the school time and enhances their skills and knowledge by participating in the co-curricular activities such as sports, games, quizzes, group discussion, debates, essay writing, speech recitation, excursion, tours, field trips and many more.
Good teachers are also the best friends of their students who help them in deciding the true path in their life. There are many teachers in any school or college but only one of them becomes favourite of any student. Teachers set our goals of education through their collective roles of unique teaching and learning processes. Our teachers motivate us to always work in harmony. Our teachers understand the problems and deal with us in both ways personally and professionally. They teach us to have a positive attitude towards life. A good teacher is one who only gives his/her students but nothing accepts their whole life. Instead he/she becomes happy with the success of students. A best teacher is the one who provides the best model for the future generation to his/her nation. Proper education is the only way to remove social issues, corruption, etc from the nation which ultimately lead to the real growth and development of a nation.
Every student has his or her favorite teacher, but that teacher may not be the best qualified person on the teaching staff. In other words, although the mastery of the subject or subjects taught, plus an enthusiastic approach, is an essential prerequisite in a teacher, it is far from being the only qualification. There are some who know their subjects but totally fail to put them across to the students.
Let us first examine the negative side. Unless the teacher has a voice which carries, without shouting, there will always be inattention at the back of the class. There are teachers who cannot stop talking, and who will lecture a class for forty minutes. Most students will be asleep after the first fifteen minutes. There are teachers whose manners and dress are eccentric; they may be popular but few students take them seriously. There are teachers who either shout at or speak sarcastically to backward students. They are disliked by the whole class. There are teachers who prefer to talk about the football team or a certain television program rather than the subject they are paid to teach. While this again may achieve popularity, it certainly evokes no respect. There are teachers whose lives are marred by drink, drugs, or sexual deviation. These cannot begin to be effective teachers. So what are the positive qualities the student looks for ?
A good teacher must be able to exercise discipline. Teaching cannot begin in an unruly class. In the past, class discipline has usually been strict and inflexible. The more modern approach is to allow more freedom of speech and movement, though no individual can be allowed to dominate proceedings by rough and noisy behavior. All teachers know the difference between a lively and a disruptive student. To be able to exert the right kind of discipline can be learnt, but this is often by bitter experience. There are a few fortunate men and women who have only to walk into a classroom to create order. Unfortunately there are more whose entries are a signal for chaos.
students are always ready to work to the best of their ability for someone whom they respect, for two reasons. The first is the desire to please that person. The second, more important reason, is the knowledge that the teacher has the student’s best interests at heart.
Study has two objectives and a careful balance between the two must be kept by the teacher. The first is the ability to instill a love of the subject taught, which will be maintained in adult life. The second is to prepare the students as well as possible for the next examination, be it O or A level or university entrance in some cases. On the other hand, if, say, English is taught exclusively to cover the examination syllabus by means of learning context passages and model answers by heart, the subject will become boring. If on the other hand too much attention is paid to generalizations about literature and its place in social evolution, then the lessons may well be interesting but the student will go unprepared into the examination room.
There should also be a balance between how much work the teacher does and how much the student does. Some modern educational theorists disapprove of any talking by the teacher beyond the bare minimum. Unfortunately, if students’ work is not carefully guided, and if they are given free expression in their approach to any subject, most of them will learn nothing of value. Avoiding the lecture habit, the good teacher, who has already done his or her lesson preparation, will help the student to achieve certain objectives in each lesson by a mixture of verbal instruction and class work. Television, radio and other visual aids are only marginally helpful, and should be kept to a minimum.
In schools which are not streamed, there will always be class members who are sometimes incapable of doing the work which others find easy. A good teacher will help them individually, sometimes after school hours, and if they are non-achievers, set them a simpler task.
To a certain extent, a good teacher needs to be a psychologist, able to detect and advise on mental blockages, which are sometimes due to outside emotional disturbances. A good teacher should be someone you can trust and talk to, and whose sane advice on your personal problems is worth listening to.
Education is one of the holiest occupations in my view. I disagree that teachers should be paid according to how much their students learn. Although teachers are important for students, the most important part for learning knowledge is the students themselves.
Different teachers have different styles, so it is hard to evaluate how well each teacher teaches according to how much students learn. As nobody would have the same character, teachers also have their own teaching styles such as humorous, gentle, strict, to name a few. Maybe some students like humorous teachers, while others prefer a gentle one. But probably the students of a strict teacher could give good results in their study, even though these teachers teach the same thing. We could not say that the strict teacher should be paid higher than the gentle teacher, since we know that the students have learned more because they were afraid.
On the other hand, how much or how well students learn depends on students themselves. In a school, it is easy to see that some students are with high marks, while some others have lower marks. A teacher is a person who directs students how to learn. Students should do much more work. The more attention students pay, the more knowledge they learn. The hard-workers probably get higher scores. Students’ learning results depend on individual students’ intellectual abilities and the time and energy that they put into learning. Sometimes it has nothing to do with how well the teachers taught. In addition, knowledge that students learn not only comes from the teachers, but also from many sources. Family influence, extracurricular reading and out-class teaching are some of the sources that can provide students with knowledge. In sum, although teachers are important in students’ education and learning, there are many other factors that decide how well students’ learn. So it is unfair that teachers are paid according to how much their students learn.
Author is pursuing bachelor’s in English literature and linguistics at Government Degree College, Sumba. He can be mailed at email@example.com