It is a common and critical essay that is frequently asked in the exams. Don’t try to give the examples of your own teachers who taught you various subjects during your childhood or adulthood. You must generalize and write/say… what you think should be the qualities of a teacher. Talking about your own good or bad teacher is not going to get you anywhere. Keep the following points in mind try to say as many points as you can. Intentionally we are giving you more points. But if you will be able to recall half the points you can score well. Be wise and use your discretion aptly.
Role of a good Teacher in the Society
Schools are the sources of knowledge, a place where children are educated and see the real world there. Teachers should not be seen as the machine to prepare students for exams. In this modern age of education, many new perceptions and challenges are ahead of learners.
Teachers must teach students how to attain information and how to use it. Parents get involved taking decisions. Parents are involved in decision-making so they take part in the life of children in the school. Particularly in India, it is not at all enough for parents; sending their children to school in the morning and picking them up in the evening. It doesn’t work at all.
Parents must a have bird’s view to check – what is happening in the educational institution. Making children for exam- ready is important. Nobody can deny that. In this modern era of education, in the fast-paced changes and challenges, the roles of teachers have changed enormously. During the olden days, teachers used to be the major source of knowledge.
Teachers in that past era used to inculcate students in various activities such as after school activities and used to take over the roles of parents. Nowadays teachers are assuming the roles of ‘facilitators’ in the learning process. Teachers these days are taken as supporters rather than educators and also advisors towards parents.
Ever since the ‘Commercial’ concept cropped up in the system of education, teachers in modern classrooms are no longer teachers or lecturers, they are just known as facilitators. Their main task is to set goals and organise the learning process accordingly.
The age-old ‘sacred’ system’ of school/college is long gone. The teaching process has changed; so it is not just right to blame the role of teachers, the number of changes those that are popped in, leashing the ‘free-hand’ of teachers. In these conditioned system of education, there have number of restrictions on teachers such as completing the overloaded syllabus, treating the students with high scale of lenience (if they do their home work or not). Even if a teacher punishes any student the media enters into the scene and throw mud on the reputation of teachers. While saying this we never support any teacher punishing students where students get scared and the number of school-dropout escalates. It is the responsibility of the school’s authority like head-masters or principals to watch the attitude of the teacher and provide counseling. If the teacher is in any kind of stress may they be financial or family-related issues, the school authorities must go out to the extent to help them solve such situations for the disturbed mental status of any teacher shows up on students’ life.
A good teacher’s characteristic features:
The characteristic features of modern professional teachers must have the qualities such as ‘open – character, empathy and motivation.
A teacher need not be a ‘God’ but at least a ‘teacher’ should not be ‘bad’. A good teacher must have strong hold on the curriculum they are teaching. This is called pedagogic content – knowledge (how to adapt content to the learners)
Teachers must know and teach students as to how they can impart the most important of ‘education’ and the ability to live in the society in the later parts of life keeping their heads held high.
It’s a good fortune, we do come across many wonderful teachers in our daily life, and on the other hand, we can say that skills and competences which seem to be practically important in the near future in education do not really appear among the needs of practicing teachers.
See also Right to Education (RTE)