It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. – Albert Einstein
Rev. Fr. C. Joseph
Counsellor, St. Joseph’s College, Jakhama
Teachers are an important role model for all educational organizations. Whatever it is a school, college, university or any other institution they work hard for shaping the lives of their students. At Teacher’s Day, all teachers should be thanked because of their support for educating and guiding the students to the right path. Wish your teacher on this special day to make him feel greater.
A great teacher should be much more than credentials, experience, knowledge, critical thinking, and all other faculties of intelligence. A great teacher shows kindness to students, colleagues, parents and those around her/him. It truly changes the environment in the classroom and school. Being a kind teacher helps students feel welcomed, cared for and loved.
Teaching is a very humanistic profession, and compassion is the utmost feeling of understanding, and showing others you are concerned about them. A compassionate teacher models that characteristic to the students with her/his actions, and as a result students will be more open to understanding the world around them. Empathy is such an important trait to have and to try to develop in ourselves and our students. Being able to put you in someone’s shoes and see things from their perspective can have such a powerful impact on our decisions and actions. Being a positive person, is not an easy task. Being a positive teacher is even harder when we’re always met with problems with very limited solutions. However, staying positive when it’s tough can have such a tremendous positive impact on the students and everyone around us. Looking on the bright side always seems to help make things better. A great teacher bridges gaps and builds relationships, friendships, and a community. Teachers always look to make things better and improve things in and outside of the classroom. Building a community is something a great teacher seeks to do in the classroom and extends that to the entire school and its community. Everyone looks at a great teacher and they want to be a better teacher, they want to be a better student, even better, they want to be a better person. A great teacher uncovers hidden treasures, possibilities and magic right before everyone’s eyes.
There is a great reason behind the celebration of teacher’s day on 5th of September. Actually, 5th of September is the birthday of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. He was a great person and highly devoted towards the education. He was well known as the scholar, diplomat, Vice President of India, President of India and most importantly the Teacher. After his selection as the Indian President in 1962, he was asked and requested by the students to get permission to celebrate his birthday on 5th of September. However, he replied that, instead of celebrating 5th of September as my personal birthday, it would be better if it is dedicated to the whole teaching profession. And 5th of September should be celebrated as teacher’s day all over India to pay honor to the teaching profession.
I used to think teaching was a job. And then I thought it was a profession. And now I’m of the opinion that it’s a calling. It’s a very noble calling. You’re a manager when you’re a teacher. You’re managing a lot of disparate personalities all under one roof and they’re doing many different things at once and they’re working on many different levels and they’re interacting. So you have so many variables at play. If you’re good at it, and stay with it long enough, you become a pretty good manager in chaotic or unknown situations. You also become good at maximizing the best in people to bring out their greatest assets. And you’re teaching them to deal with chaos in unknown situations themselves by supporting them in exercises that allow them to explore the unknown. So I think teachers have in some ways an advantage in managerial training. For all students of India, Teachers’ Day is like an occasion and opportunity to pay tribute and gratitude to their teachers for their continuous, selfless and precious efforts in shaping the future. They are the reason to enrich all the quality education system in the country and process it continuously without getting tired. Our teachers never consider us less than their own children and teach us from their heart. As students we need inspiration and motivation which we surely get from our teachers. They prepare us to tackle any bad situation of the life through the knowledge and patience. Dear teachers, we are really grateful to all of you and would be forever.
Let us pray: God, the Creator and sustainer of the World. The Way, the Light and the Truth, You invite us to the noble vocation of forming the Lives of Young people. Help us always to remember that we are their SECOND PARENT not by chance but by choice. That the classroom is a sacred place for it is an extended Home Where students learn a new way of living and loving. May our efforts be blessed by your Divine Touch for we know that to be meaningful, education must significantly touch the lives of students and integrate thinking, feeling, and acting in such a way that individuals have a sense of purpose in life. Forgive us for our failings, and strengthen our resolve to Work together in Faith, Hope and Love Knowing that the seeds we plant today will bear fruits in plenty in the years to come. AMEN