Duties Of A Good Teacher

Brahmaanandham Parama Sukhadam
Kevalam Jnaana Murthim
Dhvandhvaa Theetham Gagana Sadhrisham
Tathvam Asyaadi Lakshyam
Ekam Nithyam Vimalam Achalam
Sarvadhee Saakshi Bhutham
Bhavaatheetham Thriguna Rahitham
Sadhgurum Tham Namaami.

Meaning/Translation: This sloka tries to describe the qualities of a true Guru. A real Guru experiences the supreme Bliss of Brahmaananda (transcedental divine bliss). He enjoys and confers changeless supreme happiness. He is beyond space and time (there is nothing higher than him). He is the embodiment of wisdom which is the basis for all types of knowledge. He transcends the pair of opposites (such as happiness and sorrow, gain and loss). He is more Omnipresent than space itself. He is the very embodiment of the Divine principle, which is the inner meaning of the four great pronouncements Prajnaanam Brahma, Aham Brahmasmi, Thath Thvam Asi and Ayam Aathma Brahma. He is One without a second (ekam). He never changes under any circumstances (nithyam). He is without any type of impurity (vimalam). He is steady and motionless(achalam). He is the witness of everything. He transcends mental comprehension and verbal explanation. He is beyond the three gunas (sathva, rajas and thamas). I offer my humble salutations to such a Guru who possesses all these qualities.

Now all these are ideal qualities of a teacher or Guru as defined by our ancient texts. Of course in today’s world its not possible due to various reasons to be such an ideal teacher. And of course there aren’t any ideal students either. Yet there are some professional ethics and moral issues synonymous with the teaching profession. Its been only 4 years since I’m in this profession and I have come to know many incidents exposing the dark side of lecturers/professors or rather the flawed humanness in them after all. For example taking bribes, threatening students to get them to take private tuitions from oneself etc. Now the conversation that inspired me to write the post was like this:-

My colleague: You know our girl students who live in hostel celebrate their birthdays by smoking cigars. And many even smoke regularly.

Me: OMG! We just used to have dance party and cake. By the way how do you know this for a fact?

My colleague: They told me. You know all the students are very frank with me and tell me all sort of things.

Me: Ah yes! So didn’t you tell them that it is a bad habit and they should not be doing it?

My colleague: No. Why should I? I believe its their personal choice and no one should interfere in that. No one should object to what a person does in his or her personal life.

Me: I think smoking is a proven bad thing and incomparable to a personal choice like for example having a boyfriend. Moreover isn’t it what a teacher should do when a student tells him about a bad thing he/she is doing? Isn’t it like one of the duties of a teacher to help a student give up wrong things?

Another colleague: Those days of an ideal teacher are gone Madam. What will you get out of teaching what’s right and what’s wrong to students? We are being given salary to teach subjects and complete syllabus.

Me: Money isn’t everything. And this isn’t idealism. There are some things that should be done in a profession like ours without thinking of monetary benefits and those things are not measurable in terms of money.

After this, a 3rd colleague, knowing my nature intervened and diverted the topic so as to avoid a heated discussion. Now the first colleague is a very popular teacher and a favorite among students due to his teaching and his friendliness. His friendliness includes no scolding, no assignments, no tests, having drinks with students, talking casually with them (read: using slang expressions) and so on. I guess due to these reasons he himself realizes that he isn’t in any position to preach. But what about the other normal colleagues who held the same view? Am I wrong in thinking that advising students is a part of a teacher’s duties? Is my definition of a good teacher outdated in present scenario? Does a good teacher now means one whose lecture you can grasp and one who doesn’t interfere in your so called (edited as Shefaly pointed out correctly) personal life? Are the duties of a good teacher only limited to teaching well? Should the execution of duties and responsibilities be proportional to the salary being received? Am I wrong in going out of my way to do something like taking extra doubt solving classes in morning, which my colleagues call as over zealousness and stupidity when college is not paying you extra for that? Is being a buddy a criteria for a good teacher? I think one needs to strike a balance between being warm with students but also keeping a firm attitude at same time. It may discourage many students to be frank about their life with me but then I really don’t feel like being buddies with my students. I feel a distance must be maintained and a certain amount of strictness is necessary to get performance especially when the habit of self study is missing in most students. Of course its been only 4 years and maybe I have a lot more to learn and I may be proved wrong. But I sincerely hope not.

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39 thoughts on “Duties Of A Good Teacher

  1. Reema:

    People experiment with many things, not just smoking cigars (emphasis on cigars, not smoking for the smart Alecs) when they are in college. This is a time they are struggling to find their identities even as they must appear all ‘sorted’ and confident to their peers. Frowning upon things is not going to change their behaviours – they aren’t smoking to get approval or disapproval from the teachers, but from their peers.

    The teacher’s role in all this is to be what Kabir said:

    Guru kumhaar shish kumbh hai,
    Gadh gadh kaadhe khot;
    Antar haath sahaar de,
    Baahar maare chot’.

    The teacher can support, give feedback and be available. But the teacher is not a guardian, a parent, a keeper of the students. That would be a teacher who is too self-important.

    A teacher’s job is to enable thinking, to debate if needed, but not to think for them.

    Much as I disagree with your colleague’s idea of the teacher’s duties and ‘job’, I have to say that if the students are adults, they should be left to their own devices – yes, this notwithstanding what my view on smoking in general is.

    PS: Women teachers in all cultures, including the more liberal European cultures, have to draw different boundaries with their students. I would socialise with students but definitely not drink with them.

    Reema: I guess in the old days of Gurukul when students lived apart from their parents and when the role of Guru was considered more important than parents in educating the children, the Guru only was the guardian and the keeper of students. But in modern day world what you have said is applicable. However it makes a lot of difference I feel if there isn’t much age gap and the students are comfortable in expressing their problems etc to us. If they expect us to help in their problems then I believe we have the right to correct or at least express our concern if they are doing something wrong. The idea is not to frown upon or preach but to handle it diplomatically. Its not about being too self important. Its about care.

  2. Reema:

    I am surprised at your use of the expression “..your so called personal life”.

    Personal life is real for people, even students and people have a right to keep their personal lives and choices out of bounds for their professional contacts (that includes their teachers).

    Reema: Yes you are correct. I have edited it to remove “so called”

  3. I think teachers have a very important role to play in a students life, especially today when students spend more time at tutions and school then with parents, due to jobs and stuff. A good teacher can really turn a student around, they can generate interest in studies for a student, give them support, encourage them to keep moving forward… and so on.. just take TZP for example, I can tell u abt at least 2 teachers who had major impact on my life and how it has turned out… but of course most of the teachers today concentrate on the money and “finishing syllabus”… i think teachers should be friendly with students but not their friends, i think ur approach is right, but then what do i know.. i am only 16 :P

    Reema: Your view counts as you are the student and you only can tell how the things look from your side. :) What you would want your teacher to do etc.

  4. Depends on what age students are. After 8, telling them in public will not help. After 14, telling one to one in person through better understanding will not help too. That apathy which you describe in teachers is also part of systems which prevents students from taking their teacher seriously. And how much ever we try, some relations are inherently bound by mistrust (teacher-student, MIL-DIL, generation gap) in general. So yeah, I would say your colleague is right, you might satisfy your conscience by telling them but that’s unlikely to help them.

    Reema: Welcome to my blog! Well I disagree because I have seen many students confide a lot of things to the young teachers (me and my colleagues for example) so I wont say there is distrust in every teacher student relation. And I think satisfying one’s conscience is important too! We can advise and if the students don’t follow its upto them. But if we think beforehand that they wont listen and thus stop ourselves from pointing out something good , then its wrong I feel. Keep visiting!

  5. Teachers influence students. Their personality and behaviour is very important when they deal with students. They should project themselves as someone who can help, who is approachable, who has a sense of humour and can crack jokes here and there and of course a confidence in the students that the person knows well about the subject. It is hard to establish all of that. I had one such school principal and he was friendly, strict, inspirational, humourous, majestic all at the same time. If teachers were like him students will love to learn.

    Reema: That I would define as an ideal teacher in modern times.

  6. @ Dinesh Babu

    School teachers have a different role from that of teachers who are teaching late teenagers and young adults. As @Ashish points out, the age of the ‘student’ makes a big difference to the techniques of engagement. I recently co-taught MBAs some of whom were younger than I and many of them were older than I. My PhD supervisor is probably 7-8 years older than I am. There is a line one has to draw when the age gap narrows. It is a tricky balance.

  7. So what exactly is your point? I mean your conversation with your colleague suggests that you want to help your students get rid of some ‘vices’, even though it’s not your official job to do so. Then, in the end, you imply that you dont wanna be buddies with them or get too personal with them.
    I guess Shefaly already did mention lot of pertinent points, most of which I agree with…still, my take…

    First of all, it’s not at all your job to lecture them or help them getting rid of any such vices. They are grown up adults and unless your job responsibilities include any off hours counseling to students, it’s not only unnecessary but also interfering to suggest anything to your students outside your normal job. Yes, that’s very kind and helpful of you to take extra effort to help your students, but it still does not justify any unsolicited advice from you to your students on their personal life.
    Second, I personally find grown up (15+) students in India being condescending to teachers very regressive. This whole thing of calling them sir or mam, bowing heads in front of them, feeling scared in their presence and so on is, in my opinion, very dictatorial, regressive and completely unnecessary. From my own little experiences as a teacher in west, I realized that one can both be buddy with and command respect from your students at the same time. I dont find any reason to be strict with students to motivate them.
    But, in the end, you teach in a different context, not exactly known to me..so, you might have your reasons…

    Reema: My point is that I believe that its a part of official duty of a teacher guide his/her students in the right way. Being friendly and being a buddy are two different things. I dont feel its “not my job” to lecture them etc. First of all who defined the boundaries of a teacher’s job? Isnt teacher a guide? Isnt a student spending 8 hrs under his/her care and guidance? Are job responsibilities only those written down in my appointment letter? If an elder person knows that a younger person (even if adult) is doing something wrong then should he just keep quiet? There is a difference between advice and lecturing or counselling…and also intrusion in privacy. I feel its an expression of care that just doesnt end with teaching a subject. A teacher should point out what wrong and leave it at that. What the students decide is upto them. I dont quite agree with your view point on discipline being unnecessary.

  8. hmm…yes,well by telling them it is bad,you are not preaching,you are telling them facts.If they don’t listen after that,let them choke to death in their own smoke :)

    Reema: yes thats what! I should tell them and after what they do is upto them. Atleast I would have done my duty.

  9. Getting to backslapping terms with students will always land the teacher in trouble. You have to draw a line because if you don’t then you won’t be taken seriously when you require that to happen.
    Regarding teacher giving a moral tip, I think the students are in an age when everyone is in awe of himself and trying to find a foothold in life at the same time. Some students might take your advise seriously while some wont. But, yes, its worth a try. :)

    Reema: Sadly some teachers don’t understand the value of distance between students and themselves. Yes thats my point that giving some good advice is worth a try!!

  10. Teachers are there to give guidance. But students who are at an “experimenting” age must be responsible for their actions and decision making. I also agree with what Amit has to say regarding the boundaries. Let the student’s decide whether they want to take your advice positively or just ignore it. Eventually, it’s their loss or gain if they use their brain :D

    http://wescribble.blogspot.com

    Reema: Yes I m not saying that students have to listen. I’m saying that atleast the teachers must point the right and wrong stuff.

  11. Hi :)

    I am familiar with your thoughts,through Roop’s blog..But this is my first time here..

    Though I agree and respect every person’s personal space,maybe be a kid even.I belive teachers have a great duty towards guiding them in the right path..For instance,smoking is a bad habit..Period.And when a teacher comes to know that her student is having such a bad habot,she/he must take necessary steps,within her/his limits,like maybe talking to the student,or informing parents and like..I don’t think there is any breach of personal freedom,afterall the intention is a good one and kids are to be guided..Even in case of so called adults,we should do our part as to make a change..

    Teachers spent more time with students,than parents.So,being friendly ,yet assertive,I think it compulsory for a teacher to tal to the student in the case mentioned..

    If everybody in this world were to mind their own business and ‘respect’ others so called personal freedom,the society would be more hell-istic than hell :)

    Reema: welcome to my blog! Exactly my view-being friendly (not buddy) yet assertive. There is a difference between advice and intrusion in privacy. A teacher should point out the wrong things as a part of his/her duty. Keep visiting!!

  12. Nice post…
    To be frank ,there isn’t a good teacher student relationship these days..
    most teachers dont care to giv3ee students useful advice and most students dont care to listen to them even if someone advices them …

    Reema: Thanks!! Thats what na..teachers should care even if students dont.

  13. You teach at college level where the students are near adults and want to be treated that way. Besides, it would not make a difference to them; I would not have listened at that age if I intended to smoke (cigarettes, cigars or pot!)
    I guess it is a delicate thing, giving advice and still maintaining a good relationship with the students. Way back, I remember hating teachers who poked their nose into my personal life without an invitation; admired each one of them for their scholastic achievements; respected them as a teacher. The “cool” teachers were those who knew to maintain this balance and not get into the “hated” list. I should mention my french teacher at college, she is one of the cool teachers. To this day, when I go to college, I want to meet her; times when I want to go there only to meet her. She did tell me and others what is right and what is wrong too; she did never shy away from criticising any of us when deserved, was particular about each and every assignment & test. She still was the person gals used to go for help or advice on anything. Guess it is something that will come with experience and effort.

    Reema: I believe in doing my part even if it doesnt make a difference to the students. Thats what..a balance is required and yes it does come with the wish to care about students in the first place.

  14. hey i agree with u…being a teacher there should be certain distance..but then one should not go other way round and be too-too strict..like hitting the kid with a stick(though i know that doesnt happen in colleges!!) until he bleeds!! nowadays the problem in colleges is there is very less age difference between teachers and students and may be that strictness or distance is narrowing down!

    Reema: Yes the age gap os less but it must be used to a benefit as the students are more comfortable with us. Distance and discipline can be maintained in the narrow age gap too.

  15. A thought provoking post. I think that maintaining the right balance is important. Advising and counseling students and not seeming too interfering. That is a balance that parents too try and achieve isn’t it? A parent’s role is ofcourse different, but I feel a teacher too has a responsibility of counseling, though much less than that of parents. How much is very dependent on what the matter is, whether it’s trivial or not, the relationship and trust that the student and teacher share and the overall environment of the school or college, the kind of peers and what type of person the student is (to assess overall threat to the student). At times a student can be suddenly thrown into an alien environment, be an outcast…why is the student behaving that way? Is it experimentation, is he/she lost, is he being bullied, has that person come to your for advise, do you have grounds to worry about that student etc. It’s a delicate balance that one has to achieve and it can happen only if you care. So in a sense I do agree iwth you reema, because a teacher needs to care. That is my ideal teacher too…but a teacher has to be careful not to cross the line between privacy and counseling. If he/she does that, the student is lost forever.
    It’s the same iwth parenting too and also friendship, (although the boundaries will differ) and if we cross the line our intentions backfire. If you student is also your friend, and the teacher his guide, that is indeed ideal. But often teachers are not interested in giving gentle advice. If they condemn and criticize, they are wrong. No teacher has the right to condemn, or moralize…if they do that, they are not the guides that they think of themselves.

    Reema: Ahhh!! U have written exactly what my post is all about. Gentle advice and balance are the keywords. And I strongly believe that “a teacher needs to care”. Thanks for the wonderful comment!

  16. i’d say that you and your first colleague have different approaches as to what being a teacher entails. they both have their pros and cons.

    Reema: Really? I can’t see what can be the pros of being a back slapping buddy (as Amit puts it) with the students to the extent my first colleague is?

  17. Reema

    I mentioned earlier the age of the students as an important factor. Here is another one – from a very different cultural context, the same one from which To Sir With Love came but how times have changed!

    http:// news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7653326.stm

    Reema: Interesting news and yes how the times have changed! I loved the book though.

  18. I’ve been hopping on your blog since yesterday hoping to find something new. I was first scared reading the title of the post. Today, I left behind all my inhibitions and made up my mind to read it! I kept on to it till the last line!! Whoa!*

    “His friendliness includes no scolding, no assignments, no tests, having drinks with students, talking casually with them (read: using slang expressions) and so on.”

    OMG !! Really ?? I’ve never seen a teacher like that !! We had one person in 10th grade who used to mix with the students, A LOT ( not professionally). She was unmarried. Some of my friends used to go to her when they had “boyfriend problems”!! I’ve even seen her tease my friends once. Like, openly!! She used to encourage this sort of a thing. Some (good) students felt very odd in her presence as they were not used to teachers being like this.

    But again, there was my chemistry teacher who was very strict and stuff. He was actually nice and wanted us to have good qualities. I think nobody understood him…
    They (we) used to make fun of his ‘ideals’. Now, I think, atleast some of us know what he meant 2 years back. We’ve gone through so much and have come across so many kinds of teachers. We’ve only now realized what kind of a person he was !!

    Very Very thought provoking post !!

    Reema: Thank you for reading my post! I believe students may not realize the importance of good advice and discipline right now but that should not deter a teacher from fulfilling his/her duties.

  19. I accept your humble salutations, O student of life. It’s been a pleasure being your guru, and now I will pass on the mantle to you, so that you can go ahead and spread my knowledge to your hapless students in college and ruin them as I ruined you. But remember, O student of life, keep these words in mind:
    Where is my guru dakshina? :mrgreen:

    Reema: Huh! Self declared guru of mine this is my reply – :P

  20. I still believe that teachers are the best for students to teach them what’s right and wrong after parents!! But sadly like medical profession this also has become a business rather than being a noble one!

    Reema: I believe the same!

  21. Thoughtful post. I agree that the duty of a teacher is to guide the students in a right path rather than just teaching what’s given in the textbook.

    I’ve many friends who fag n drink with their husbands who have no objection to it. So I don’t bother to tell them since its their personal life. And there are many who are in live-in, too..

    Reema: yes a friend cant be a parent or a teacher. But a teacher can be and should be. But only for their students not for everyone around them

  22. being a student i can very well assure you of the fact that what i actually look out for in a teacher is not just a friendly nature but the skills to help the child become a better individual ……..drinking , smoking is a bad habit and i had rather pity on your colleague because he has actually not realized the motive of the profession. my economics teacher in school also has such characteristics as you mentioned for you colleague……..she uses the desi slang and feels that she has good repo. with the students……but honestly neither me nor any of my classmates(except those teachers puppets) feel comfortable rather we criticize her for such a behavior for she has failed to earn the respect of the students……its quite sad but we have to live with the fact!

    Reema: Thanks for the student perspective and its similar to what I believe.

  23. I totally agree with you here Reema. I believe it is the duty of the teacher to guide his/her student wholesomely and not just in studies!! We owe our teachers for also building our character!

    Reema: Thanks for agreeing with me!! After family, teachers need to play a guiding role for even the college goers

  24. You are right Reema. Its your duty to get the students (be it yours, or yours colleagues) on the right track. You might not be able to influence all, but I am sure, changing quite a few of them itself would be of greater satisfaction for you being a teacher. Go ahead and stop all those chimneys !!!

    Maata, Pita, Guru, Deivam

    Reema: Thanks dear for your encouragement.

  25. this is ur perspective reems. teaching, like many other phenomenon today, is being subjected to drastic changes. in my high school, i remember a teacher rushing through a few pages of biology. whereas now, i find a few teachers talking about girlfriends and boyfriends without any apprehensions (both in the good and the bad senses).

    times have changed. but the job of the teacher should remain same. it shudn’t be limited to teaching syllabus. it shud be oriented to teach living properly. the only change that needs to be brought about is the attitude to carry out the job according to the situation’s requirements.

    students during the days of ideal guru were humble, obedient and didn’t dare to look straight into the eyes of teacher. nowadays, it may not be the opposite, thankfully, but students dont like teachers bossing over them outside classroom doors.

    Reema: The trick is to know the difference between bossing/preaching and a gentle advice.

  26. Ok, I got your point. Thanks for explaining further. But, I still don’t agree that teachers in engineering college (or any place where there are grown up students) should go beyond their teaching responsibilities. Yes, there are exceptions. For instance, when a student himself/herself asks for any help on personal issues, teacher can give his/her guarded opinion, but again with caution. Also, if a teacher is qualified as a student counselor or psychologist, it’s fine to help. I mean trying to help people when you dont have necessary skills or qualifications for that and you dont understand the whole context of student’s personal problem , might hurt the student rather than help him/her ( no matter if the intention was noble from teacher’s end).
    Yes, I know you care and you feel bad when you are convinced that what some students are doing is bad for them. But, sadly, most of the times, your genuine concern alone is not enough to justify taking things in your hand to help them , I believe.
    In the end, you are perfectly entitled to your opinion and decisions in this regard, and I can only respect your choices after explaining my view point.

    Reema: Thank you for sharing your views. I understand what you are saying about students’ personal zones and teachers’ limits, especially at university level. I take care not to overstep the limits.

  27. Reema:

    You ask Sulz “what can be the pros of being a back slapping buddy (as Amit puts it) with the students to the extent my first colleague is?”.

    Isn’t that a value judgement? A rather prudish one at that?

    I have what you might call a back-slapping-buddy like relationship with a couple, male Professors in my faculty. On occasion, I have coffee or lunch with them; we also discuss cricket and other stuff, even gossip. They are also my Facebook friends which most of my professional contacts are not. In fact, I owe one of them a drink (and that is definitely not a cup of tea, never mind I do not drink alcohol) for passing my viva.

    There are two important things here:

    1. When it comes to being in our roles as students and teachers, we know our respective places. I can still ask them academic questions, like any other student and they do not treat me differently just because we may have gossiped before in a social setting, even when that social setting is just our faculty cafe. Differentiating between the role and the individual is important for both parties.

    2. The age of the student is important, as I mentioned in an earlier comment. I am a mature student here – just as your students for most part are adults – and the teachers would do well not to lecture me on things that do not concern them. Indeed in some cases, I have had richer experiences than some who have taught me. I argue ferociously and we all know the end game is learning something whatever the means may be.

    The teacher’s role in a student’s life is dependent on the specific context. And the form that relationship takes is a negotiated agreement, not dictated by some archaic rules.

    Reema: Yes, you have put it well. “The teacher’s role in a student’s life is dependent on the specific context. And the form that relationship takes is a negotiated agreement, not dictated by some archaic rules.” But their social behaviors are usually dictated or limited by the social concept of propreity, that is different for every country and society and even institute. What is acceptable in the West may not be acceptable in Iran, Japan or India. And teachers usually act keeping in mind these social limits. I meant that my colleague talks with the students in such a way that is not very common or acceptable in my institute, town and state. I don’t mean to judge him. And I’m not alone in criticizing him in our group.

    It is also true what you say, the environment is far more friendly and mutually respectful in western countries than is commonly in India. In India, things are different, and one person cannot change things. An over-friendly teacher can be talked of in a very bad way, most of the students wont know where to draw the line and we cannot socialize with students that much. Even in some of the institutes in India, things are much more friendlier and mutual respect is concept well-understood by both parties. But not everywhere. And of course I understand that the general environment of my institute,town and state is maybe something some may not have experienced and hence are unable to relate to my sentiments.

  28. well, i don’t have a back-slapping buddy kind of teacher, but i have one that i tease her as ‘grandma’ and she teases me about my weight. we’re more like friends and that was 6 years ago. till today, i keep in touch with her through text message and go to her annual christmas parties. while she was more like a friend to me than a teacher, she also spoke her mind when she didn’t approve of something i wanted to do. in my case, i didn’t do it most of the time because i know she’s right. but if i did do it she wouldn’t pose judgement on me for doing it – she’s already told me how she felt about it, after all.

    but because i felt she wouldn’t judge me when i do things that aren’t good sometimes, that i feel safe to actually talk and discuss with her.

    Reema: Nice to know about your wonderful relation with your teacher. As I said if differs from place to place.

  29. A teacher to me is a guide, a coach and a mentor. Someone who gives me that accurate feedback and helps me mend my ways – in turn helping me to grow. You are not advising or pointing out anything wrong in them – infact ya, you could have just chosen to mind your own business and keep your mouth shut. That would surely, take away the true integrity of being a Teacher.

    I stand by that you need to do – what you need to do. A teacher helps – in no ways can be it termed as “interfering” or any other word. Teacher knows the good and is a motivated teacher when he/she goes out of their way to help them. They may not want it or not want to hear what you have to say – they may not even do what you have advised them off. I see just you as a teacher and to me you have stood by your beliefs as a teacher and also to the integrity of your profession.

    Reema: I’m so touched and happy by your comment. Thank you so much!

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  31. A nice post Reema. Surely teachers have a big role to play in a life of students. They should care about them. Only very few of them now like that. Very nice to see a good teacher in you. But don’t become too strict so that the students may think you are not approachable

    I still remember some of my teachers who striked the right balance between strict and kindness and I still have a great respect for them.

    Reema: Thanks! I will keep your advice in mind.

  32. Good Day,

    I am also a teacher in the UK. I feel that the responsibilty of a teacher goes beyound ‘just’ teaching the syllabus. The position of a teacher is often also seen by students as mentor and role model – I get this alot – and so I would feel it necessary to let students know what I feel is appropriate or not for them.

    I would also avoid becoming too familiar with students not because there is inherently anything wrong in this – but we are all human and have our foibles – and yet students place us on a high pedastle – thus it is better if they didn’t come too close to see our faults.

    At the end of the day – we are all teachers for each other and it wouldn’t be a bad thing for us practice our teaching by being an example.

    Bless

    Kal

    Reema: Welcome to my blog. Thats exactly what I mean :) Keep visiting.

  33. having a boyfriend is wrong?!!! since when?

    By taking extreme locations, you have transgressed from being a teacher.

    He transcends the pair of opposites (such as happiness and sorrow, gain and loss).

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