In addition to being a teacher, I’m also a student. It is really interesting to be on the other side of the desk. You really get to grasp what your students have to endure with daily. This serves as a reminder how well to teach to avoid boring students to tears. More than boring students, there is the issue of inspiration.
What do you inspire your students to?
How high should they aim? What measures the limit and pursuit?
To be better, successful. Reap from their hard work. That’s what most teachers desire from their students. Aim to doctors, lawyers, respectable men& women in society. A constant reminder.
But is that all they should aim for? Soon they will get that good job, then begin building their career.
How are they to achieve this? Performance is the measure so it’s said.
When I began my studies, my aim was to maintain a stellar high score record. That ambition has with time changed. I still do my best to get good grades but it’s no longer my top ambition.
Not in any way saying good grades seize to be a priority. Having being a student for half a year now, I realise success is very much present. All around me. Not a thing worth achieving out there.
It took the help of my mom to see this. My exams record is not as beautiful as I wanted it to be. That pierced my heart. Mostly my ego. At some point, I felt deflated.
Then my mum sat me down for a talk. Our lengthy conversation producing the following key points. Points I believe as I share with you will help shift your focus as well to where real success lies.
- The pain of failure stems from pride. Most times the good grades we desire are meant to prove a point. That I’m smart or best of my class.
- Success is all with you, you only need to look around. How many times have you helped out a fellow classmate? Have you contributed to making the lesson enjoyable? Do you have a good relationship with all around you? If your answer to these questions is yes, then you are successful. For success goes beyond self.
- Your presence is a success. Opportunities to study do not exist for everyone. Some have health but lack the funds to enroll for studies. Others have the funds but are not blessed with an environment conducive for study. They may be battling a disease or struggling with family problems. You are present & available both physically &emotionally. Count that as success.
- Adaptability is success. Change is inevitable. It is bound to affect studies. The ability to adapt& continue to pursue your studies is success. It may be in the confines of a school or in the world as you interact with skills. The desire to be achieve has not died. And that my friend makes you a success.
I enjoy my learning experience. Opening my eyes to the opportunities to achieve daily. To achieve you must believe. I have come to believe success is now. Becoming that which I aspire to be. A more fun loving, engaging teacher.
My students are already reaping from my hard work as our classes are brighter & more lively. Looking forward to each lesson.