THE HEART OF TEACH­ING: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A GREAT TEACHER

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

ROSE ANN BIHAG-ALIPIO

What does it mean to be a great teacher? Of course cre­den­tials, knowl­edge, crit­i­cal think­ing, all other fac­ul­ties of in­tel­li­gence are im­por­tant.

What lies in the heart of a great teacher? You are kind: a great teacher shows kind­ness to stu­dents, col­leagues, par­ents and the com­mu­nity As the say­ing goes “kind­ness makes the world go around” It truly changes the en­vi­ron­ment in the class­room and school Be­ing a kind teacher helps stu­dents feel wel­comed, cared for and loved.

A teacher does not only teach what is writ­ten in­side the book pages, above all teacher teach what is life all about. A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches the heart. It takes a big heart to be a great teacher.

You are com­pas­sion­ate: Teach­ing is a very hu­man­is­tic pro­fes­sion, and com­pas­sion is the ut­most feel­ing of un­der­stand­ing, and show­ing oth­ers you are con­cerned about them. A com­pas­sion­ate teacher mod­els that char­ac­ter­is­tic to the stu­dents with her/his ac­tions, and as a re­sult stu­dents will be more open to un­der­stand­ing the world around them.

You are em­pa­thetic: Em­pa­thy is an im­por­tant trait to have and to try to de­velop in our­selves and our stu­dents Be­ing able to put your­self in some­one’s shoes and see things from their per­spec­tive can have such a pow­er­ful im­pact on our de­ci­sions and ac­tions.

You are pos­i­tive: Be­ing a pos­i­tive per­son is not an easy task. Be­ing a pos­i­tive teacher is even harder when we’re al­ways met with prob­lems with very limited so­lu­tions. How­ever, stay­ing pos­i­tive when it’s tough can have such a tremen­dous pos­i­tive im­pact on the stu­dents and ev­ery­one around us. Look­ing on the bright side al­ways seems to make things bet­ter.

You are a builder: A great teacher bridges gaps and builds re­la­tion­ships, friend­ship and a com­mu­nity. A teacher al­ways looks to make things bet­ter and im­prove things in and out­side of the class­room. Build­ing a com­mu­nity is some­thing a great teacher seeks to do in the class­room and ex­tends that to the en­tire school and its com­mu­nity.

You in­spire: Ev­ery­one looks at a great teacher and they want to be a bet­ter teacher, they want to be a bet­ter stu­dent, even bet­ter they want to be a bet­ter per­son. A great teacher un­cov­ers hid­den trea­sures, pos­si­bil­i­ties and magic right be­fore ev­ery­one’s eyes. Teach­ing is a work of heart.

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The au­thor is Teacher III at Sto. To­mas High School, Sas­muan

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