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Role of teachers in shaping talent
The teacher plays as dynamic force in our lives. A school without teacher is just like a body without the soul. There is no greater need for the cause of education today than the need for strong men and motherly women as teachers for the young
AMONG THE greatest of all services that can be rendered by men to almighty god, is the education and training of children, so that they can foster by grace in the way of salvation, growing like pearls of divine bounty in the shell of education and will be one day the jewel in the crown of abiding glory.

As it is told -“A teacher can never truly teach unless he is still learning himself. A lamp can never light another lamp unless it continues to burn its own flame. The teacher who has come to the end of his subject, who has no living traffic with his knowledge but merely repeats his lessons to his students, can only load their minds. He can not quicken them.” - Tagore

The teacher is a dynamic force of the school. A school without teacher is just like a body without the soul, a skeleton without flesh and blood, a shadow without substance. ’There is no greater need for the cause of education today than the need for strong men and motherly women as teachers for the young’. The teachers- as social engineers can socialise and humanise the young by their man-like qualities.

Hence a teacher can pray :-

“Help us, O Lord to penetrate into the secret of the child, so that we may know him, love him and serve him according to your laws of justice and following your divine will,” Maria Montessori

Multidimensional roles

Teacher’s personality

The teacher’s personality affects students’ behaviour, their relations with each other and their attitude towards learning. Children gradually adopt their teachers’ ideas, whether they are desirable or not. If the teacher is friendly and courteous, he/she stimulates thoughtfulness, helpfulness and consideration in the children. A good learning situation depends largely upon satisfactory interpersonal relationships, and hence the teacher’s personality is vital.


Effective teaching involves thorough planning and organisation of learning materials, interesting and challenging presentation, teaching methods that are suitable for the children in the class and good techniques of classroom management. Problems of motivating children, generating interests, seeing children participating in activities never arise in classrooms where there is wholesome pupil-teacher relationship.

Teachers sensitivity to children’s needs and problems:-

One of the most important characteristics of a good teacher is the ability to identify children’s problems and needs. When children are comfortable or at ease with the teacher, they can give their full attention to learning.

The good teacher does not place emphasis wholly upon academic achievement but recognises and appreciates many other types of abilities and leadership qualities in children.

When teachers are sensitive to the needs of children, they are quick to notice the ones who seem unable to excel in anything, who are afraid to talk in front of a group, who are too easily discouraged or who are consistently inattentive in class. So teachers need to know how children should grow and develop and be familiar with the typical behaviours of each age level.

Teacher who knows something about the factors that have influenced the lives of children are better prepared to accept them without reacting adversely to their undesirable behaviour. At least the teacher is expected to be more patient, sympathetic and understanding.

Teacher’s social adjustment:

Sociability is another important quality of a teacher. He should have a sound social philosophy and he should make his best contribution to the society. A teacher may have some of the following social values:

  • Discipline
  • Punctuality
  • Respect for elders
  • Faithfulness
  • Confidence
  • Responsibility
  • Cleanliness
  • Dedication
  • Good manners
  • Creativity
  • Patience
  • Knowledge
  • Positive approach
  • Fortitude
  • Innovative
  • Self reliance
  • Courage
  • Sincerity
  • Intelligence
  • Affection
  • Truthfulness
  • Self evaluation
  • Honesty

Professional ethics

It should be the teacher’s primary duty to understand students, to be just, courteous, to promote a spirit of enquiry, fellowship and joy in them and not to do or say anything that would undermine their personality, not to exploit them for personal interests.

Duties to shape the life of students

  • Tell students about the purpose of education in the schools.
  • Build one to one relationship with students
  • Take-up personality development programmes.
  • Know everything about students.
  • Make students aware of realities of life.
  • Inspire students to face problems with braveness.
  • Provide students psychological therapy.

Teachers are also responsible to create good environment

All teachers have the key to provide a good environment for the students. The benefits of having a pleasant environment are for the teacher and students. But before that happens, a teacher needs to be well prepared so that students receive the best treatment. As humans, sometimes teachers make mistakes. However, we always have another chance to do it better, for which teachers need to show respect, care, become role models, make a pleasant environment, treat all students fairly, instruct them but not be totalitarian and guide them to the road of success. The one who gets the benefits are the students and sometimes it could be a negative or positive.

Understanding the feelings of students:-

Teachers need to think about what are the students’ feeling. As a teacher, one good way to do this is to look back in their school years and remember what they went through when they were students. We will realise that most of the kids have problems with their teachers. I do not believe that there are students who have not encountered a problem with their teacher. If teacher’s priority is to internalise the student’s feelings, he becomes their idol.

Teachers as role model :-

Often, there is a debate about if a teacher should be a role model for students. Teachers are respected by society because they know about different subjects. Moreover, teachers have the qualities to be or become role models for students. As they love, care, instruct and guide their student to become a successful person, the student views teacher as being wise. Therefore, he looks up to them. Students know that if they need something, they just need to ask their teachers. Kids learn every lesson the teacher gives.

A teacher has an enormous responsibility. They still make mistakes. It is okay to make mistakes because it is a human nature. At the same time, students look to their teacher and imitate them, literally in words and deeds.

Proper education is the need of the day if we want our country to progress. This is because every child must be given the best level of education. So teachers should not only act as facilitators of education but also guide students and become a good role model for them.

Besides school education, the years spent in college also play a big role in shaping the future of individuals. Here again, lecturers and professors have the power to truly inspire these young individuals to develop their thought processes and choose the right path in their pursuit for quality education.

Teachers always inspire students:

Without even realising it, teachers have the ability to create a strong like or dislike for the subject they teach their students. The most monotonous / serious subjects can be made interesting by an inspired and dedicated teacher. Often text books and curriculums become outdated. However, an inspired teacher can overcome these issues by keeping themselves updated with new concepts, teaching methodologies and technological breakthroughs.

Thus, it has been rightly said that ’children are the future of any country’ and teachers play an important role in shaping their bright future.

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