Two Types of Teachers

There are two types of teachers. Those who think they are ‘above’ the students and those who think they are ‘with’ their students. The first category believes in ‘my way or highway’ approach. The second thinks it’s ‘my way or thy way’. These are ‘flexible’ types. They emphasize learning rather than teaching. First ones say, “You are below par, if you can’t meet my standards I don’t care about you.” But the second ones say, OK. Let’s do it together. You can do it. We can do it.” But these classifications are just labels. No judgements about who is better. 

Situations might force people to behave differently at different times. But the predominant pattern of behaviour springs from our belief system. When we are convinced about the result of an experiment, we tend to take actions which guide us towards the results we ‘want’ to see. Some teachers have an urge to stretch capabilities of their students. Their drive is to see more in ordinary students. They trust the potential of ordinary students and live with that feeling of finding empowerment everyday. But some others are guided by the spirit of excellence with little or no room for deviance from their preconceived standards. They too want their students to succeed but essentially want them to show the characteristics of  ‘meritorious’ zeal inside and outside the classroom. 

Great teachers are like potters. They shape raw clay into beautiful pots. They enjoy pottery not because they ‘know’ how to do it. But because the effort in changing that clay into pots fills their hands, heart and mind. Earthly creations make them happy.


Author: anilkshatriyablog

I work as Assistant Professor in the area of Accounting at IMT Nagpur. I love teaching, writing and cycling. I follow a simple principle, 'Help ever, hurt never'.

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