Appreciate teachers and the learning process
EVERY May 16, teachers everywhere are celebrated on Teachers’ Day. Students show their appreciation to their educators through cards and small gifts. It’s undeniable that the teaching profession is one of the most noble occupations in the world.
A teacher’s job is not limited to just completing the syllabus; it’s about planting seeds of knowledge at an early age. A teacher’s responsibility does not only centre on upholding and maintaining discipline in school, a teacher teaches the difference between right and wrong.
Teachers don’t just teach what’s found within the covers of a book, they deliver knowledge and are conduits of possibilities and potentials that their students can tap into. They don’t just return students home the same way they arrived at school, they return young people who are improved and better versions of themselves.
As such, it’s critical that we extend our appreciation to them as well. I still remember my late father’s words: “At school, teachers are the parents. They deserve your utmost respect and obedience.”
As I practised this advice, I realised it to be absolutely true. One thing I remember clearly is that treating teachers with love and respect enabled me to focus easily while they were teaching.
Now it’s my turn to pass on my father’s advice. We always ask our children to focus 100 per cent in the classroom because this is simply the most effective way to learn and when the real learning process happens. We even asked the teacher to seat our children in a place where there was little distraction. This ensures they don’t miss what’s being taught because it’s almost impossible to catch up once the class is over.
You may argue that one may gain the same knowledge by reading on their own. Why would you want to take that risk, when you can simply sit back and listen to your teachers during class? This is why many people find that they learn more effectively during seminars as compared to reading the same materials in a book. The same logic also applies to why you still need to attend lectures when you can easily read and learn things on your own.
When our eldest son Faisal started primary school, he performed well academically by remaining top of his class. He maintained his good performance for about three years before we started noticing a decline in his grades. It didn’t concern us at the beginning but when his grades started to dip lower, we grew alarmed.
We spoke with his teachers, and the feedback we got was that he had become playful in class and paid less attention to the teachers. Apparently, a new student had joined mid-year and was seated next to him. They soon became good friends and played all the time, even during class while the teachers were teaching.
We immediately requested his teacher to move him to the front of the class so that he had less opportunity to play around. At the same time, we advised him to start paying more attention in class and we closely monitored his school work. Our
intervention actually made a big impact. Faisal’s grades started to climb again and he soon returned to being at the top again.
As with anything else, respect is something that starts at home and continues at school. After all, teachers play a big role in shaping our lives. They will continue to play that role for our children. So let’s take a moment to be thankful and say: “Terima kasih Cikgu!”
Teachers play a big role in shaping the lives of their students.
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