THE HEART OF TEACHING: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A GREAT TEACHER
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.
The author is Teacher III at Sto. Tomas High School, Sasmuan