The Heart of Teaching

Written by Jayan Warrier Posted On Wednesday, 18 March 2015 09:31

I wish to be a teacher - creating a sage environment for learning, inspiring and role modelling for the benefit of my students, influencing them, not changing them.

Teachers had been the guiding light in my path of growth - personal and professional. It is only with gratitude that I can remember those who have appeared in front of me - some times as books, many times as my own experiences including mistakes, often as taxi drivers, many a times as insights and occasionally in person in their roles.

What differentiates a teacher? Is it the subject matter expertise? Props? Skills of teaching?

The most effective teachers made a difference to me through their intention. They wanted to support, serve and strengthen me. My inner desire to learn, complimented their intention. Great teaching moments were born.

My belief is that teaching happens when both the teacher and the student are equally hungry. Skills and props are important, yet ineffective if the intention is not clear. People can see through one’s intentions - some of them don’t care, others play along but a few resist.

A teacher stops becoming one, when she spends too much time on the externals and least on the internals. Peer pressure, administrative overheads, the need to control, the lofty image built along the years - all these are good reasons to spend time externally. A balance would benefit both the teacher and the student - in service of the teaching.

I wish to be a teacher - creating a sage environment for learning, inspiring and role modelling for the benefit of my students, influencing them, not changing them. I wish to be a perfect student, hungry for more, willing to stand in front of the mirror, ready every time, centred on an internal map I created myself. I wish for a culture of learning - led by inspired leaders, where every individual gets an invitation to be their best, perform to their fullest and contribute to a better world.

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