Students are eager and active when it comes to learning and imbibing, this may be from individuals, surroundings or events. Their thirst for knowledge and the drive to grow makes them work relentlessly to inspect and inquire. Teachers play a pivotal role in giving direction and guiding the way to a more informed and clearer approach to their future. Without saying a lot, teachers and their tools of education leave everlasting impressions on how their students think and work.
Good teaching is the right mix of thought provoking ideas, values, productive knowledge and the atmosphere to prosper. Teachers depend on classrooms, their sanctuaries of learning, to allow students to feel comfortable yet compelled to inculcate, safe yet prone to struggle with knowledge. The greatest teachers have been those who have not only possessed great knowledge but also the right medium and method of imparting that knowledge. Children need to be provided the environment which challenges them with ample pressure, high expectations and even higher motivation.
A pleasant and relaxing, clean and well organized classroom environment promotes positivity and a more clear-headed approach to the process of learning. Classrooms are where students can laugh and learn, question and imbibe; whereas teachers can establish routines and set ground rules, preach and lead. Students and teachers collaborate to accomplish tasks, although the students should have the freedom to express themselves, it is absolutely imperative for them to understand that the teacher is the figure of authority in a classroom at all times. Handling the responsibility of having authority over his/her students is a tough task and not something that comes naturally, the greatest educators have given their students freedom and confidence to spread their wings and fly to newer horizons; inquisitive and firm, steadfast and curious.
Like the safety and security of their homes, concern and compassion of their parents; classrooms ought to make students feel in their own comfort zone and the words of their teachers as pearls of wisdom aimed to get the best out of them. Whilst pushing the boundaries of learning, classrooms do not limit the brimming minds of student to just the confines of the four walls, practised theories and existing ideals.
A classroom is where the mind is moulded and basked in the rays of knowledge, a place where the mind is open and eager but constricted and directed within the boundaries of growth and learning. Here the educator is the leader, the mentor, the guardian of the impressionable yet fully potential minds. Minds which are safe guarded and protected till they blossom and are ready to take on the world with their varied academic and creative skills and treasured values to lead a happy and prosperous life.
“A ship in harbour is safe – but that is not what ships are for.”
– John A. Shedd