Thursday, 1 January 2015
“I Consider myself a Servant to my Students” – Professor M.S.Rao
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William Arthur Ward
A great teacher is a good servant. It sounds strange right! We heard about various leadership styles including servant and soft leadership. There are several leadership styles and servant leadership was widely discussed in the 20th century. In this style, a leader considers a servant to others. Similarly, can we consider a great teacher a good servant?
Teachers are highly respected in the society next to mother and father. Teachers are intellectuals who shape students with their knowledge and wisdom. They must be passionate about their students and find out the ways and means to inspire them by setting an example, walking the talk and sharing knowledge constantly with a view to groom them as enlightened citizens. They adopt various tools and techniques to share their knowledge as per the levels of students as students have different intelligence levels - below average, average and above average. Their intention is to emphasize key ideas and insights thrice to reach out to three levels of students in the classroom.
Teachers are continuous learners. They learn from various sources including observation, experience, reading, writing, and teaching. It is rightly said that ‘to teach is to learn twice’. They also learn from their students to improve their knowledge to share with other students.
Teachers discipline erring students to keep them in the right track. They forgive erring students. They empathize with students and correct them. They emphasize on character education to inculcate ethical values and morals in students. The role of a teacher is highly challenging and sacred. That is the reason why they are highly respected in the society. Lee Iacocca rightly commented, “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.”
I always feel that it is an honor to be in teaching profession. I always think about students to groom them as good citizens and global leaders. And I consider myself a servant to my students.
“A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.” – Anonymous
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