Teaching Self

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

Teaching, to me, is an engagement in a communication or conversation between teacher and student that produces a harmonious music. It is a learning and growing opportunity for both, the teachers and students. Whenever I thought of myself as a teacher, I have always felt a multitude of complex emotions.

At a very early stage in my education, I struggled to cope with increased academic stakes of not getting higher grades and always being in a competition with peers that I often found myself being in a constant state of confusion and lack of interest in learning. Consequently, I had been trying to hide myself and getting even poorer grade until one of my 8th grade teacher noticed my struggle and lack of interest in chasing grades. He encouraged me to study beyond the syllabus of social sciences and always reminded me of my potential to do great things in the world, even with my poor grades and lack of much understanding about the world. However, his approach worked and beyond that point, I started enjoying school and gained confidence in my ability. Gradually, my grades started improving and I topped in 9th grade class. I somehow remembered his until now and continued to do well in my further academic journey.

Looking back in the past, I always wonder how my life-path could have been different have not my teacher been so kind, compassionate and motivating towards me. What I have learned throughout my academic journey is that, a teacher can have a remarkable impact on her student’s development and as a teacher, in the least I can always give my students a gift of appreciation and acknowledgement of their work and effort and help them to look into the positive aspects.

I believe in the uniqueness of every students and I am interested in creating a classroom atmosphere where they can share their opinions and knowledge with other students. In addition to delivering knowledge, understanding the learning differences among students and helping them grow in their unique potential with empathy can optimize the educational outcomes in a learning environment. As a teacher, my goal, therefore, is to help student, irrespective of the differences and challenges they might bring to the learning environment, to nurture their unique potential and help them thrive.

 

One Reply to “Teaching Self”

  1. Hi Farha, I could not agree more with your post and argument, especially your statement on the “increased academic stakes of not getting higher grades and always being in a competition with peers that I often found myself being in a constant state of confusion and lack of interest in learning.” I guess it is just a stage in our academic careers to feel that way.

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