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Recently, I’ve been finding it hard to work. Every time I have some work to do I end-up leaving it for later, and say “Ohh, I still have a lot of time. I’ll do it tomorrow.” But tomorrow comes and even more work is added to the pile. I don’t know how many times I was on the edge of giving up. However, if I give up now when I’m just starting to learn teaching it would be a pity. It’s even worse than at least trying and failing.
Probably, my problem is that I want everything to be perfect from the very beginning. Which, let’s say the truth, it’s impossible. There can be nothing in the world that is perfect. Although, for some reason this is what my mind wants from me. So, I decided that from now I’ll just do this and that without getting fixated on the possibility of failing. After all, failing wouldn’t be the end of the world but I can learn from it. And this is the attitude that we want our students to have. To try something and learn from their mistakes.
After confiding this with you, I’d like to add something else. Last week, I met one of my secondary teachers. He was my Computer Studies teacher during Form 4 and 5. He inspired me so much at that time that I ended up going for Computing in sixth form as well as university. Now, I realise how much the following quote stands:
“The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.”
– William Arthur Ward
That teacher had really inspired me. Probably it was the passion for his job, or the way he made me learn. What I know for sure is that every teacher needs to try their best to inspire students by showing passion, dedication and never giving up on himself/herself or giving up on the students. In my opinion, teachers have to especially keep trying and stick up to a problem as much as it takes because they have to encourage their students to do the same. To not give up whenever they face a challenge or something that they don’t understand. With this skill at hand students would be better armed to face their future problems.
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