TEACHER TALK By NITHYA SIDHHU
Sunday May 30, 2010 Teach and be happy
The best way to overcome the misery of a job is to give it your best shot and let your positive energy pave the way.
TEACHERS DAY was just two weeks ago and many activities were held and are still being held to mark this all-important day.
While there are events to thank and appreciate educators for a job well done, there are still teachers who are unhappy in their jobs for a variety of reasons.
I don’t aim to delver on this too much, but the reasons for teachers disliking their jobs can be due to tyrannical or unappreciative school heads who refuse to promote their subordinates, or “toxic” colleagues who make the lives of their fellow colleagues miserable.
There are yet others who are unhappy with their transfers and postings away from home, or, who are burdened with chores that are totally irrelevant to their jobs.
There is no doubt that teachers have also been the subject of much fodder in the newspapers in recent weeks, but I have decided to focus on the positive factors concerning teachers and the the real facts and truths about teaching.
Teaching is about the gift of sharing, the power it has to influence and the platform it provides to sharpen minds and skills. It is also about the ripples of growth and development it can propagate.
When you teach, you are giving your knowledge, wisdom, energy and passion.
You must therefore project the right persona, show a positive attitude and display moral courage. To do this, you must be focused and the core of your being must be on an even keel. You must have specific goals and objectives.
One has to realise that teaching is a cumulative process.
A student may be more drawn to, or influenced by one set of teachers in a particular year, than another, but over the years, the results will be there for all to see.
Sum up the years of cause and effect, sum up the years of teacher and student interaction, and throw in a dash of the outside world influence and you will get the formula or complete guide to X factor in a child.
There are teachers who may feel insecure because they are young and inexperienced. There are others who feel they cannot carry out their tasks effectively just because they are in schools without adequate facilities — to them I say these are just temporary setbacks.
A good teacher can and will indeed make a difference with true grit and determination.
Take a moment and think. Can you not better yourself with what you have?
Don’t take your grievances into the classroom. Prepare your lessons well. Be interesting and be interested in your job. Get to know your students.
Try, on occasion, the warm and spontaneous approach.
On other days, be brisk and business-like.
Articulate your thoughts and speak clearly for only then will your students understand you.
Seek help from fellow colleagues who are better than you.
Encourage student appraisal and peer observation.
Learn from your mistakes. Be guided by constructive criticism. Compare yourself to others who are doing a better job than you.
Stop the envy and start the learning.
Reflect progress and move on.
And remember, good things come to those who wait.
You may not become the model teacher or be in the “right” team.
You may not even get that promotion or the transfer you want soon, or be rid of all that paperwork yet.
But, if you wait it out, as German author Eckhart Tolle puts it, “this too shall pass”.
I believe that if you focus your energies on seeing things in their proper perspective, the good things will surely come.
I would like to share with you the following words from Oprah Winfrey.
“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint — and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.
“It is confidence in the way we think and lead our lives that allows us to keep looking for new adventures and new directions for this is what life is all about”.
If you can feel this why you became a teacher, then you’re on the right track.
So teachers, go teach and be happy!
Source : The STAR Education Teacher Talk ~ Teach and Be Happy May 30, 2010