Teacher I ASPIRE TO BE
“One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account
was, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove. But the world may
be different because I was important in the life of a child”.
A teacher is an artist he begins with blank canvas and ends with a
masterpiece. A person having an innate quality of teaching has the ability to
recognise that every individual is different. Many qualities make a great
teacher. In my essay, i will discuss the qualities i would aspire to have in me
to become an idea teacher.
A teacher everyday helps to mould and shape students’ lives in some way.
He/she is constantly helping to broaden their mind, so that they can think in
new ways. This is a positive reinforcement in teaching profession to know that
you are helping others constantly. Teachers are known to be nation builders.
They influence young students greatly by their personality and character. They
enhance the lives of young children by using their teaching methods to deliver
valuable information which is purposeful. A teacher has the ability to help
them learn the skills and ways of thinking that will be required when they are
out there in the society. These early lessons learned at school will have an
effect on student’s interaction with others in society when he grows up. I
aspire to be a teacher who has positivity in terms of building strong and
positive relationships with the students and has a trait of flexibility in
The teacher student relationship is essential part of effective
teaching. We all have went through schooling and fortunately have a favourite
teacher. Strong student teacher relationship develops lifelong relationships
with his/her students. A positive relationship is must and is difficult to
establish. I want to be a teacher who has the quality of good communication,
respect in a classroom and one who shows interest in teaching so that, I can easily
establish positive relationships. It is extremely important for a student to
gain positive attitude for their future education. Classroom always consist of
students with diverse personalities. Classroom consist of diverse students who
have different potentials. Few students in classroom will grasp a concept quickly,
but at the same time there will be few students who have to be repeatedly
taught using different techniques, few students will just play around and use
the school as entertainment. If student teacher relationships are not strong,
teaching become difficult and challenging in these circumstances.
Relationship building between teacher and student will provide better
atmosphere for a classroom environment. I strongly believe that, stronger the
relationship, more it will help a teacher to acquire information for those
students who are struggling with specific tasks. A significant body of research
indicates that “academic achievement and student behaviour are influenced by
quality of the teacher and student relationship” (Jones, 1981). As a teacher, I
would like my students to achieve a high level and accomplish quickly. This
goal can easily be achieved by developing positive and strong relationships
with students. In my opinion, if a teacher demonstrates an understanding of the
student’s culture it will provide a better bonding between a teacher and a
student. Every student in the classroom is a culturally located individual
whose identity is shaped with their life experiences, interests, religious
beliefs, gender and social background. Celebration of student’s culture helps
in building strong relationships. Manaakitanga the first element of te
kotahitanga advocates that teachers care for their students as culturally located
human beings (The New Zealand curriculum, MoE,2017) I want to act as a guide,
mediator, consultant, instructor and help to effectively connect their culture
to the classroom learning experience. Culture is central to learning as it
plays in role in communicating and receiving information thus helps in building
strong and everlasting relationships with students.
I want to become a teacher who is flexible in her teaching approach. I
have learnt from my teaching experiences that no two days are similar in a
teacher’s life. Interruption and disruption are a part of classroom teaching
and are considered the “norm” therefore, no day is a “typical day”. Moreover,
children are unpredictable by nature hence flexibility is needed to deal with
these circumstance. A flexible teacher is responsive to different learner
abilities, needs and interests, such a teacher adapts easily to the classroom
and chances of student participation and engagement increases, this further
ensures that, no student is left behind.
As a flexible teacher, I would love to manage changing and uncertain
situations that arise during teaching journey. I believe that flexibility is a
central capacity for teacher and flexible teachers have better wellbeing as
compared to rigid teachers. Flexibility also helps in teaching the curriculum.
Some lessons may take more time while other lessons may be shorter, flexibility
helps in adjusting plans as necessary. It is also the demand of today’s busy
society to be flexible. I aspire to be a teacher who can easily change the teaching
style according to student’s needs. From my experiences, I have learned not be
rigid with a particular idea or style of teaching as success lies in being
flexible. Many a times in teaching profession, it is required to modify the
rules to be fair. Without being flexible, situations can become stressful
causing further problems in classroom teaching, workplace and in person life.
As a teacher i want to have good mental health and flexibility is the key to
sound mental health.
In conclusion, I want to be a teacher who has flexibility and positivity
in teaching style. On a broader dimension, I aspire to inculcate these traits
in my personality. In my opinion, positivity leads to building positive and
strong relations with students which further makes it easy to manage and engage
students in learning process. Flexibility will help me to modify my teaching
styles whenever needed. Also, it will help me to adjust better at workplace
with colleagues and in classroom with students.