Before we can build a stable civilization worthy of humanity as a whole, it is necessary that each historical civilization should become conscious of its limitations and it’s unworthiness to become the ideal civilization of the world – Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Teachers are the future builders as they provide knowledge and wisdom. They are the basic source of education and are the ones who build the future of the nation. The teachers decide what they want the nation to look like and educate the masses accordingly. They have the ability and the strength to fight the odds and make India a powerful and a well-educated country.
Teachers have a vital role in nation building because the future is totally in their hands. They choose to be the fortune builders of the country and if you really want to know how important teachers are for their country, try imagining a nation without them. It will only be a nation of utter chaos where nobody would step up to make sure the kids get the best education and the knowledge to sustain a good and healthy life. The nation will no longer be able to progress and the population will be sick. Here are a few characteristics of the roles that our teachers play every single day-
The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves – Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Today we can see that teachers have moved on from the basic image of a strict teacher, they have become much more for their students. They provide a friendly shoulder to cry on when the kid is in a problem, they tell about the philosophies of life so that the child could take lessons and apply to his/her own life and they guide the child to follow the right path. The teachers have the courage to push the kid to do what they want to, even if it has never been done before.
Beyond that, teachers serve many other roles in the classroom. Teachers set the tone of their classrooms, build a warm environment, mentor and nurture students, become role models, and listen and look for signs of trouble. The most common role a teacher plays in the classroom is to teach knowledge to children.
Teachers can also be a trusted source of advice for students weighing important life decisions. Educators can help their pupils pursue higher education, explore career opportunities and compete in events they might otherwise have not thought themselves able to.
In addition, educational research is important because of contributing knowledge development, practical improvement, and policy information. Therefore, educators can use those research findings to improve their competences and teaching and learning process.
At a time when teacher education is under active development across the globe, an important question for all those seeking to improve the quality of teaching and learning is how to boost the use of research to inform the design, structure and content of teacher education programmes.
Marion MacLean and Marian Mohr (1999) explain that the term teacher-researcher is an important term to them because it has redefined their roles as teachers. Teacher-researchers raise questions about what they think and observe about their teaching and their students’ learning.
There is a researcher within all of us just waiting to be let loose.
It is important that the teacher recognize the crucial role that the child’s parents and siblings can play in the development of social competence. Ask his parents to visit school for a conference to discuss the child’s social status and needs. Social goals should be listed and prioritized.
They must strive to create a knowledge-based society instead of information-based society. Moreover, students must be trained to rein in their emotions and overcome their failures.
Thoughts and ideas of students must be respected and recognized by teachers.
“A true teacher is the one who inspires and encourages students to develop a desire to learn and succeed. Teachers should not forget that learning situation must be free.”
The role of a teacher in society is both significant and valuable. It has far-reaching influence on the society he lives in and no other personality can have an influence more profound than that of a teacher. Students are deeply affected by the teacher’s love and affection, character, competence, and moral commitment.
Prof. Akshaya Ghalimath
Indira College of Engineering and Management, Pune