The Important Role of a Teacher - It's Teacher Appreciation Week

The Important Role of a Teacher - It's Teacher Appreciation Week

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Expert Author Susan Leigh
Teacher Appreciation Week offers an invaluable opportunity to reflect on the important role of a teacher in our children's lives. Teaching is not just about imparting knowledge, though doing that well is in itself a priceless skill. A good teacher provides a safe environment for children to learn, ask questions, think for themselves, develop and ultimately grow.
Teachers appear in many areas of life. Trainers, coaches, tutors, mentors, religious advisers are all teachers of one kind or another. Some teach life skills, others help their students improve their business acumen, music skills, fitness levels.
Let's look at reasons to appreciate the important role of a teacher this week.
- Education is the fundamental purpose of any teacher, whether it be for reasons academic, professional or personal interest. Discovering each pupil's learning style and sharing knowledge in a way that they can understand is in itself an accomplishment and skill worthy of appreciation.
- Children look to their teachers for other life lessons too. They may become confidantes, advisers. Young children especially value their relationship with a supportive teacher if they are being bullied, have problems at home or are feeling distressed. Their teacher may be the first person to become aware of their unhappiness, notice behavioural changes or read about what is happening in their homework diary entries.
- Watching the way their teacher treats other students, how they handle misbehaviour and unrest is often an important lesson for a child. When their teacher is fair, demonstrates patience, remains calm and in control a child can learn a lot about handling conflict, about what is appropriate and effective adult behaviour, especially if it is very different from their home experience.
- When older people are asked about the teachers they remember with affection, their significant teachers, they often talk about the strict but fair teachers, the ones who made them work, perhaps who were tough on them but fair. Often the teachers who wanted to be popular and friends with all their pupils are long forgotten. Children appreciate discipline and rules when they understand that they are fair and reasonable.
- Teachers can become important role models and are often the most significant adults outside family members in a child's life. Aspiring to be like their teacher, modelling themselves on the traits they admire can influence a child's future progression. Many adults say that their love of literature, skill in mathematics, desire to write a book, become a doctor or an engineer, all happened because of the enthusiasm of one inspirational teacher.
- Mentors can hold a very important teaching role. Some schools have introduced mentor schemes to support the young people who are in need of additional guidance. Key local figures like successful sports figures, business people, local heroes are invited to sponsor one or two students at a time and they provide mentoring sessions, advice and an ongoing interest in their students' success and well-being.
- Coaching offers valuable support to businesses. In new businesses it can provide a structured opportunity to set aside time to formulate goals, direction and focus. More established businesses often benefit from coaching by using it to review existing strategies and assess what is working well, decide what needs revising and determine appropriate objectives and time frames for future business development.
Teachers support the fabric and structure of our society. Taking time to value and appreciate the important role of a teacher, their skill, dedication and commitment to education matters. Assisting them in their role, supporting them by teaching our children to be respectful and polite, helping our children with their homework, encouraging them to read, nurturing their interest in learning benefits us all longterm.
Education of a formal and informal nature is readily available in all areas of life. Having a receptive attitude of mind keeps us alert, mentally healthy and motivated. Allowing ourselves to be interested and receptive to learning enhances our life experience and keeps us mentally agile with a better quality of life, whatever our age. All this is to be celebrated in Teacher Appreciation Week.

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