TEACH­ERS CHANGE LIVES

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

JOYCE P. JIMENEZ

It is not an over­state­ment to say that a great teacher can change a learner’s life. There are count­less amounts of sig­nif­i­cant teacher sto­ries that demon­strate to the ad­van­tages of a strong re­la­tion­ship be­tween a teacher and l ear ner.

As some of the most per­sua­sive role mod­els for grow­ing stu­dents, teach­ers are ac­count­able for more than just aca­demic en­hance­ment. If you want to be a great teacher, you must con­nect with your learn­ers and reach them on va­ri­ety of lev­els, be­cause the best teach­ers are pledged to their stu­dents’well­be­ing both in­side and out­side the class­room. By cre­at­ing strong re­la­tion­ships, teach­ers are able to af­fect es­sen­tially ev­ery as­pect of their stu­dents’lives, teach­ing them the sig­nif­i­cant life lessons that will help them achieve and suc­ceed be­yond school­ing and learn­ing.

It is not al­ways sim­ple and straight­for­ward to change a learner’s life, which is why it takes a great teacher to do so. Some just need a fur­ther ef­fort. Other stu­dents may be go­ing through some­thing both­er­ing in their per­sonal lives and need some­one to talk to. What­ever the stu­dent needs to help them shine and be out­stand­ing, a life-chang­ing teacher will be there for them. Teach­ers can change stu­dent’s lives in dif­fer­ent ways in three as­pects such as ed­u­ca­tion, in­spi­ra­tion and guid­ance

Ed­u­ca­tion. A great teacher makes learn­ing en­joy­ing, as mo­ti­vat­ing, en­gag­ing lessons are im­por­tant to a stu­dent’s aca­demic achieve­ment. Some stu­dents who are more vul­ner­a­ble to mis­be­hav­ior, tru­ancy or dis­en­gage­ment are more de­pen­dent on a mo­ti­vat­ing teacher. Mak­ing your class­room an in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing en­vi­ron­ment for learn­ing will hold the stu­dents’fas­ci­na­tion, and stu­dents learn best when they are both chal­lenged and in­ter­ested. It’s part of mo­ti­vat­ing stu­dents, which may be dif­fi­cult, but which will ben­e­fit stu­dents in­nu­mer­able in the long run.

In­spi­ra­tion. In­spir­ing stu­dents is im­por­tant to as­sur­ing their suc­cess and mo­ti­vat­ing them to ful­fill their po­ten­tial. Stu­dents who are in­spired by their teach­ers can do as­ton­ish­ing things, and that mo­ti­va­tion al­most al­ways stays with them. In­spi­ra­tion can also take many forms, from help­ing a learner through their school­ing and short-term goals, to help­ing them to­wards their fu­ture ca­reer.

Guid­ance. Teach­ers can also be a re­li­able source of ad­vice for stu­dents need­ing im­por­tant life de­ci­sions. Teach­ers can help their stu­dents pur­sue higher ed­u­ca­tion, ex­plore ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties and com­pete in com­pe­ti­tions they might oth­er­wise have not thought them­selves able to. Stu­dents fre­quently look to their teach­ers as men­tors with ex­pe­ri­ence and in­tel­lect, and, as teacher, I will al­most def­i­nitely be asked for ad­vice at some point dur­ing my ca­reer.

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The au­thor is Teacher II at Pam­panga High School

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