The teachers of a society can play a pivotal role in the
development of a nation. On them, therefore, rests its future.
If they deliver, this future is surely going to be bright.
However, ever since commercialism has stepped into this
profession, a lot is left to be desired.
Here are some suggestions to this fraternity and to all those
who in future aspire to join it.
1. A teacher must master the subject he or she is entrusted to
teach. If a teacher is to inspire students and make them
conceptually aware of the subject taught, this is an obvious
given. Any slackness in this will not only damage the
reputation of the teacher, it will also make students lose
interest in the subject.
2. Not only should a teacher be very adept in the subject
taught, he or she should also try to make teaching techniques
very attractive. The pedagogy adopted should capture the
interest and attention of the students. In this regard,
experiential and activity-based teaching can work wonders
since they are very interactive and also make students retain
most of the content taught since it becomes an experience they
3. Teachers must have a high moral character and ethical
conduct. They must try to become an embodiment of noble traits
and high ideals. They must remember that it is their unwritten
commitment to their students to make them better human beings
besides being proficient in the subject. They should try to be
truthful, honest, humble grateful, sympathetic, charitable,
generous, selfless, devoted and morally courageous. If they
show these traits, they will have laid the foundations of a
very upright and morally strong new generation.
4. Teachers must be well equipped in the art of emotional
intelligence and empathy. They should try to use this skill in
guiding their students and take a personal interest in solving
their personal problems.
5. Teachers should pay special attention to weak students of
the class and give them extra time and coaching to overcome
their shortcomings. Every class has below par students.
However, the way to bring them at par with their class mates
is not through scolding and rebuke. It should be through
compassion, taking pains and giving more time to them.
6. Teachers must try and help their students in discovering
their inner potential and aptitude. More often than not,
students are unaware of their inner talent and need guidance
and aptitude testing techniques. If teachers are able to do
this, they will do a great service to their student fraternity
because in this way they will be able to make their students
potential high achievers in life.
7. In each class there are students who are very intelligent
and much ahead of their class mates. At times they pose
questions to their teachers to which they may not have an
immediate answer. The quality of a great teacher is that he or
she is always ready to learn from brilliant students by
re-evaluating and rethinking the data they have.
8. Teachers must keep themselves abreast with new developments
and researches in the subjects they teach. Knowledge has
ever-increasing frontiers and it is the right of students that
they be taught the latest update in a subject.
9. One of the biggest contributions teachers can make is to
inculcate critical thinking in their students. Critical
thinking starts with a yearning for the truth and may lead to
new discoveries and phenomena.
10. Teachers must never snub their students if they ask
questions. On the contrary, they must always encourage
questions from their students. This sharpens the curiosity and
inquisitiveness in them and makes them vibrant thinkers.