I am one of many students who owe their gratitude to a number of teachers I’ve had throughout my time in education. Those whom have managed to shape my perspective on subjects, social issues in the world and more cheesy – me. Even though I have not yet reached the pinnacle of my education, I’ve had many teachers who have inspired me and whom I admire greatly.
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.- Carl Jung
In my experience, a great teacher isn’t one whose only focus is on the grades of their students but whose focus is the students themselves; their lives and well-being. They take time to get to know us as individuals and because of this lessons and the school day turn into something fun instead of a chore.
Every child should have a caring adult in their lives. And that’s not always a biological parent or family member. It may be a friend or neighbor. Often times it is a teacher.- Joe Manchin
Throughout my years of education I’ve had 5 teachers who have shown care for students and love of their job. These 5 teachers, fondly enough are all female. But that’s not to say male teachers don’t do a great job – they do. This is due to the fact I’ve only ever had 3 male teachers. Although they enhanced my ability in their subjects and showed consideration for us students, they didn’t impact my life greatly. The best teacher has the ability to not only make you enjoy a subject and get the grades, they impact the way you think and your outlook on day-to-day situations.
Even as I grow older and the relationships I once had with them break down, I will always look back with admiration and remember the many memories I’ve had. The day sitting in the Art room singing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ when both my teachers joined in, full force and at the top of their voices – the Math rooms stopped and stared for a while. My AS Philosophy teacher willing me not to make a plan in life whilst listening to my many ramblings about A-Level stress. My now Philosophy teacher, with whom I share many memories – it is she that has inspired me most.
These teachers didn’t only leave me with lasting memories but they instilled into me concepts that I wouldn’t have been given. I respect them so much that no words can express. Sometimes I wonder if they really know how much of an impact they make – I hope they do.
My teachers are one of the reasons I go to college because I know there will be no dull moment. All my anxieties of my home life will fade for the hours I am there. I will laugh until I cry, jest and joke with them until I reach the boundary (which sometimes I go over – sorry!) but most importantly I will learn. I will gain knowledge and interest in things I never thought possible and I will go home with more admiration and respect for them than I did yesterday.
So for this, I thank them greatly.
They are what make great teachers.