The Importance of Good Teachers
I loved my English teacher! Her stylish suits; the little jackets; her contained and gentle manner and the way she achieved order without saying a word. I can still recite the words we had to learn by heart ’All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players’…
My Maths teacher was funny. He made us laugh and intrigued us with ‘magical’ numerical puzzles and we thought he was brilliant. I raced to solve the problems before others, my competitiveness already strong. And then there was my wonderful Geography teacher, who fascinated me with maps and fed my hunger for knowledge about the earth, nature, our geological heritage.
Thinking about the people who impressed me, the activities that excited me, and the moments that made me laugh or ignited my passion, I see how they nourished an essence that has remained in my personality ever since. These teachers did not plant the seeds, as they were there already. Some were inherited, but what I have grown them into is uniquely my own.
People who inspire us, give us permission to love the things we love, want the things we want, grow into the people we think we can be and teach us to view life as an adventure. If we’re lucky this can come to us through our parents and immediate family. Sometimes it is found outside the home, at school, in the parents of our friends, or even in people we meet in our work.
We can envy our peers and feel resentful for what they have, but we can envy our elders and aspire to be like them. If they are brilliant, they will not want to crush us. It is often true, but not always, that grandparents play a significant part in people’s lives. My hunch is they have learned to be good teachers. They are not threatened by our need to be great. They want us to reach our potential, and they know, even if only intuitively, how to get the best from us.
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