If teaching remains one of the most challenging professions out there, how brave and great can be those who decided to be great teachers. In fact, there is no profession calling itself teaching without the presence of great teachers who impact and make a positive change wherever they go. Great teachers are those who burn themselves to enlighten the path and minds of others. Yet, such mission cannot be successful without the virtue of patience.Furthermore, great teachers have the ability to keep it together in all circumstances as they deal daily with minds, emotions and all kinds of behavior. What makes teaching a challenging task, is that, minds tend to change while nobody likes change, emotions like to overflow while nobody likes messy situations, and behavior has the tendency to affect and get affected.No matter what the situation is, great teachers have to tiptoe their way through all the hurdles, from researching, checking, planning, predicting, assessing, grading, compromising to other multitasking.
In addition, great teachers who care deeply about their mission play the mom and the dad, the police, the custodian, the advisor, the gardener, the farmer, the lawyer, the judge, the chaperon, the brother, the sister, the entertainer, the babysitter, the tech expert, the painter, the plumber, the nurse and the doctor...One can easily think of other professions depending on the variety of situations great teachers may find themselves in. For instance, I have been a taxi-driver for my students on several occasions because some irresponsible parents forget to pick up their kids at the end of the day and I had to give them a ride home.Moreover, great teachers are great motivators. They touch souls with the tone of their voice while inspiring and leading. Also, they change lives while interacting with their community to affect positive change through their students and themselves. Very often, great teachers are the comfort shoulder where anybody can come to lay their head down looking for advice, assistanceand some peace.I believe that people who choose to be great teachers are even greater in mind and spirit than the concept of teaching itself. Besides being the master of patience, great teachers are disciplined people. Their daily work compel them to be structured, organized, and alert. Their time has to be set in a manner where not one second is wasted. Great teachers work with their minds in 3Ds, as they have to trigger their past to connect with their present and move it forward to reach the future. In short, great teachers do it all. So you think you can be a teacher, think again!
October 2, 2014
Yazid Rabahi M.Ed.
Teacher & Tech Coordinator
NEW ORLEANS, LA, USA.
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Many high schools in the north didn't have that opportunity that time. I like very much the fact that you will keep up the good work till you get the right learning environment in your school.