Classrooms: The Temples of Growth and Knowledge

Inside My Classroom

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

Reasons to Thank Your Teacher

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“If you can read this, thank a teacher.”
– Anonymous

The word “teacher” implies the flow of knowledge and skills from one person to another. Throughout our entire careers as students, we encounter a tremendous amount of teachers. Each one impacts our educational career in some way or another.

Not only are teachers some of the smartest, most compassionate people we know, but they do work that few of us could accomplish on our best days. Infectious workaholics or cheerful powerhouses, each has a way to leave an ever-lasting mark on the innocent minds they take under their wings. Here’s a list of the few reasons, out of the countless more, why teachers need to be thanked.

HEAD STRONG- Understanding how difficult it is to deal with young people who have very different minds, understanding capabilities, home lives and backgrounds. Yet the ease and composure with which a batch of hyper, eager and excited kids is handled is worth thanking them and much more.

DEDICATION- As a teacher you cannot have ‘off days’ or even be in a bad mood. Every day you have to be on top of your game, organized, lively, enthusiastic because you will have a classroom full of faces looking at you and expecting you to be the same as you are.

STABILITY- On any given day, you never know what you might say or do that will leave a life-long impression on your kids. Children are often better than adults at noticing that something is wrong. However, unlike adults they are likely to call you out on it, or at the very least respond negatively through bad behaviour or laziness.

VISION- In other professions, the people you come into contact with, colleagues or customers, you will have an effect on their day-to-day professional lives but not have a great impact on their personal and future lives. the experiences we have in school affects our future in terms of our personality, motivation and aspirations.

CONTENTMENT- Teachers care ! This may sound strange to list as a reason to be appreciated, but that is only because it’s something easily taken for granted. Though they are ‘paid’ for it and it is their ‘job’, most of us tend to forget that it is humanly impossible to be under appreciated yet focused to keep doing what we do best.

It’s time to thank you for replacing, an empty mind with an open one. A shaky heart to a sturdy one. Making, a wayward thinker a visionary one. And a long life a learned one.
Help us thank all your mentors, guides, philosophers, friends or whatever role your teachers donned, to know that we care and we owe them more than we can pay.