A successful teacher is defined by his/ her ability to teach and impart a positive influence on students. The role of a good teacher stretches way beyond the realms of teaching. In a school environment, the teacher’s role is more pronounced because he/she lays the foundation for countless students from a very young, impressionable age.
Having said that, school teachers have the immense responsibility of playing various roles such as:
The primary duty of a teacher is to impart knowledge- from the books and their repository of acquired knowledge. The teaching role establishes the groundwork for other roles because everything else depends on the success and failure of the teacher in carrying out her basic responsibility.
After the parent, the teacher is the next best thing that all children look up to as an example for character building. Children spend a huge part of their lives in schools, so it is very natural for them to follow in the footsteps of their teachers. Hence, teachers have the enormous responsibility of leading by example and being a good role model who can make a positive influence in everyone’s lives.
A good teacher is also a reliable mentor. Mentoring comes only when the teacher is willing to listen to the student and give the required guidance for any issue-be it academic or personal. Growing up, children may face many issues in school. With the right mentoring, teachers can ensure that the child takes the right growth path and makes happy memories.
Parents entrust their children under the care of teachers with the assurance that they will take care of and protect them from any harm. Teachers are trained to look out for signs of trouble in terms of behavioural changes and health issues. They are taught to follow a certain protocol when it comes to dealing with such issues.
Most teachers are parents themselves. Hence, it is only natural for the role to transcend the realm of books and lessons. Teachers and students spend so much time together, and inadvertently the teacher takes on the role of an external parent. They become a role model and a source of inspiration and guidance.
In the teaching profession, the teachers have something new to learn every single day. There is no such thing as “knowing it all” in this job. Experienced teachers will agree to the fact that they learn from children as much as they impart knowledge. The learning process is not confined to book knowledge alone. It involves more challenges and ideas to help foster wholesome development in generations of students.
As their experience grows, the teachers take on more responsibilities and roles. They define various strategies to refine educational effectiveness and the dynamics of learning. Older teachers become mentors for new entrants in the profession to ensure that they are primed to take on the challenges of the new-age classroom.
Reinventing the role of teachers inside and outside the school premises results in better students and better citizens. So profound is the impact of a good teacher, that they can lead children to become learned, refined, and good humans.
At Babaji Vidhyashram, the leading CBSE school in Chennai, we take extra care in choosing our faculty, for they are the backbone of our institution. Our teachers are well-trained and highly qualified to tackle the CBSE curriculum and be excellent role models for our students.