Teachers As Heroes
A role model is a person who fills us with the urge or ability to feel or do something, especially something creative and motivate us to try very hard to do something or make something happen, live to our complete potential and see the best in ourselves. A role model is someone we admire and someone we desire to be like. We learn through them, through their determination to be extremely outstanding and through their aptitude to make us realize our own personal growth. We look up to them for advice and guidance.
A role model can be anybody: a parent, a sibling, a friend but some of our most influential and life-changing role models are teachers who we admire and their behavior we try to copy.
“When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” – Marlene Canter, My Teacher My Hero
Teachers follow students through each crucial stage of development. At six to eight hours a day, five days a week, you as a teacher are ready and prepared to become one of the most meaningful persons in the life of your student. After their parents, they will learn from you, their elementary school teacher. Then, as a middle school teacher, you will guide students through yet another important transition: the process or state of growing to maturity. As children become young adults, learning throughout middle school and into hight school, you will answer their questions, listen to their problems and teach them about this new chapter of their lives. You not only watch your students grow you also help them grow.
“We think of teacher-heroes that taught us the academics but we don’t often think of those teachers that taught us life’s lessons.” – Maria Wale, My Teacher My Hero
Much of what students learn from their greatest teachers is not detailed on a syllabus. Teachers who help us grow as people are responsible for making known some of life’s important lessons. During their initial years in school, students come up face to face, perhaps for the first time, other children of the same age and begin to form their first friendships. As a teacher, you will show them how to become independent and form their own relationships. You will carefully guide them and step in when required. School is as much a part of social learning as academic learning, and this is true, not only in the early years of our education but all the way through college. Though, teacher’s influence on students lessens as they mature but those early lessons still have an effect on how they will collaborate with others in the future.
Teachers are fount of knowledge. They have already been where students are going, encountered what they will go through and are in a position to pass along lessons, not only about subject matters but also lessons on life.
Anyone can become a teacher but it takes a special person to become a great teacher. A great teacher is one who displays a quick and delicate appreciation of his students feelings. No teacher can be great without loving what they do. To excite and inspire a student requires a passion and excitement for the material itself.