Emily Marsh used to be a primary school teacher in Green Clean, Wisconsin, and now works as a personality development coach in Madison.
Being a teacher is not about having a job, or getting salary- it is about passion. There are 3 kinds of teachers. Bad teachers don’t leave a positive change ucem un cours en miracles. Good teachers teach well. But great teachers stimulate. If you do not stimulate your students, you are not a great teacher. And teaching is not about being average- anyone can be an average teacher. It’s the passion about being the best.
Though some people think that great teachers are born that way, I beg to differ. Teaching comes from passion that you develop while growing up. When i was a child, I never thought I would be a teacher, until I went to college, and was influenced by a great teacher. My freshman year Physics professor was a dedicated teacher, and from him, I got a choice for teaching. As i started tutoring for extra cash, I developed a passion for teaching. Of course it started with the need for money, but it weren’t limited to that. Very soon, living began to center around teaching. I started attending more seminars about pedagogical sciences.
Education is a complicated process. It deals with many processes and procedures. There are many times when you have to just enforce pedagogy, and you expect students to catch up with it. Teaching does not just involve what you say, but it largely reflects your thoughts via your actions. When you are teaching, the students would catch more of what you do, and less of what you say. I remember when a new teacher joined the staff, and she arrived at me and asked about the most important quality a teacher should possess, and I replied ‘passion’. Though it might seem a 2nd quality at first, but when you deal with students, especially of lower age groups, you need to stay composed and grow patient. You need to connect with each one. They all have separate thought processes. Focusing only on the ‘gifted students’ doesn’t make you a good teacher. Anyone can teach an intelligent child. You become a great teacher by teaching the not-so-gifted ones.