is especially a good day to take a moment and reflect upon that as it marks World Teacher’s Day! It’s been celebrated since 1994, when it was oficially launched by he United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
First of all, it’s a day reconsider issues related to teacher’s vocation. It highlights the challenges and changes education still needs. It reminds of the value that carries each teacher’s mission. It’s a day to say thank you to each educator for their contribution around the globe; to empower them towards shaping stronger and more sustainable societies by educating all the present and future generations.
Teachers certainly play a crucial role in that.
Probably everyone had and remembers their favourite teacher in life. Those who could see beyond your potential and always encouraged you to pursue things. The type of teachers that were simply the light. I, too, remember my two favourites: one taught literature, and another English language (!). Looking back at those far days, it took a long road for me to get to the point where I’ve been since 2020 until today – the educator of English language myself – but I’m sure the beginning of this joy that I have when I see my students evolving and happy now come from those particular classrooms.
Think about your learning journey, do you remember a particular teacher who believed in you, inspired you, helped you, and made you confident that you would succeed?
Quality learning starts with quality teachers. Should the qualities of a good teacher be defined solely by student achievement? Or should they encompass traits more difficult to measure -- such as the capacity to connect emotionally with student? Or all of it - is it even possible?
As a human teacher should be..
• A skilled reflective communicator, with friendly and positive yet realistic attitude
• Creative – learning was never meant to be a boring process
• Patient, always
• Passionate for teaching
• Curious and knowledgable, someone who has and naturally instills growth mindset to the other
As a professional teacher should be..
• With strong work ethic – punctual and well prepared yet flexible
• Interested in the psychology of emotional intelligence and stress management
• Willing to harness the power of EdTech learning, make it more and more accessible to everyone - it’s our present and future
• Collaborative with other educators – community is one of the biggest strengths
• With high expectations set to learning and able to notice poor quality work
There are certainly many other points that could be added. But the foundation to perform well in this role has to be solid, and it also improves with experience.
Teaching is actually one of the most important professions in the world. Quality teachers have a huge impact on how countries and their citizens function, and they show the way how to engage them in lifelong learning.
Let’s stand with world’s teachers!
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