A teacher plays an influential role in the lives of young people by displaying behaviors reflective of moral virtues, such as fairness and honesty, and adherence to professional codes of conduct. Teachers serve as role models who teach character and integrity and students look up to, learn from, and remember the teachings for the rest of their lives. Spending six to eight hours a day, five days a week, a teacher is poised to become one of the most influential people in students’ life. Whether it’s learning the value of social service, discovering an interest in a particular subject, or confidence in public speaking, teachers are the ones who light the way for students around the world and inspire and motivate them outside the classroom as much as they impart knowledge inside it.
BYJU’S, India’s leading Ed-tech company, marked Teachers’ Day by paying tribute to teachers and celebrating the way they guide young people to live with integrity, optimism, hope, determination, and compassion. We’ve had some eminent principals tell us how teachers have embarked on the true milestone of being role models and serving as an example–inspiring children to live meaningful lives. Read on.
“It is right from our glorious past that teachers have been regarded as the center of building a society. In the unforeseen biennium, where everything toppled upside down, the domain of education could not remain unaffected either. The only thing that is constant is the pivotal role played by educators in changing hearts, redefining the education system, and building a new tomorrow. Even when the studies are on screens, teachers are a constant presence in a child’s life. They do and so it is necessary too, to contemporize with the pervasiveness of change and bring modernity. A teacher today is the mirror of how a student’s future will be.”
Sister Bensy, Principal, Holy Family Convent, Bhopal
“Like the sunflower that follows every movement of the sun, so I turn towards you to follow you, my teacher”. Yes! this is how a student visualizes and thinks about a teacher. Teachers carve, mold, create, and inspire to bring out the scintillating lights that radiate from the diamond- that is their students, who learn and replicate everything that their teachers say and do. So the teachers have to be pure and virtuous in their thoughts and actions as they impact lives. The journey to the road of success begins with a teacher and ends with the achiever.”
Priyanka Trivedi, Principal, Army Public School Bhopal
“Teachers as role models plan an inspirational part in a child’s positive development. Their behavior, example, or success can be emulated by others, especially by younger people. They can influence the attitudes, values, and behaviors of their pupils. We all have that one teacher who has been our favorite in school. Teachers are more than just guides; they are a source of life’s valuable lessons too. Over the years, I’ve seen the marvelous impact teachers have had on their students. They’re not just educators; they’re role models who motivate children outside the classroom as much as they impart knowledge inside it.”
Renu Gurnani, Principal, Medicaps International School
“Once a teacher is always a teacher. Teaching is a noble profession that gives the entire value of the world to a student. More than imparting the subject knowledge, a teacher gives real interest in the subject to his/her students. However difficult the topic may be, a teacher can make the concepts very clear and light the way she or he teaches them. Therefore a teacher must be very much careful and noble in all matters and at all times because there are thousands of eyes watching over them and copying the way they handle everything.”
Sr. Rosmy Xavier, Principal, Nirmala Convent School, Ujjain
“Teachers inspire and motivate their students to strive for greatness, live life to their fullest potential, and look for the best in themselves. Students learn through them, through their commitment to excellence, and through their ability to make them realize their true personal growth. Teachers play an important role in our lives and they impact us every day. Not only do they enlighten us with something new each passing day, they also give us lessons that can be used in every decision we make in our lives. It is teachers who have the ability to shape leaders of the future and inspire our future generations. Teachers provide the education that improves the quality of life, thereby bringing so much to both individuals and society as a whole.”
William Dias, Vice Principal, Small Wonders Senior Secondary School, Jabalpur
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Source: Times of India