A role model is a person who inspires and encourages us to strive for greatness, live to our fullest potential and see the best in ourselves. A role model is someone we admire and someone we aspire to be like. We learn through them, through their commitment to excellence and through their ability to make us realize our own personal growth. We look to them for advice and guidance.
A role model can be anybody: a parent, a sibling, a friend but some of our most influential and life-changing role models are teachers.Teachers follow students through each pivotal stage of development. At six to eight hours a day, five days a week, a teacher is poised to become one of the most influential people in students’ life. After their parents, children first learn from their elementary school teachers. Then, as a middle school teacher, they guide students through yet another important transition: adolescence. As children become young adults, learning throughout middle school and into high school, the teacher answer their questions, listen to their problems and teach them about this new phase of their lives. Teachers not only watch their students grow but they help them grow.
Much of what students learn from their greatest teachers is not detailed on a syllabus. Teachers who help their students to grow as people are responsible for imparting some of life’s most important lessons. During their initial school years, students encounter, perhaps for the first time, other children of the same age and begin to form some of their first friendships. As a teacher, they show their students how to become independent and form their own relationships, they carefully guide them and intervene when necessary. School is as much a place of social learning as academic learning, and this is true, not only in the early years of education, but all the way through college. Though a teacher’s influence on the social sphere of school lessons as students mature, those early lessons still have an effect on how they will interact with others in the future.
Teachers play a key role in realizing successful changes in education. Among them are real “change agents” at both classroom and social level. For this, the teacher should possess certain characteristics. These characteristics pertain to life log learning (being eager to learn and reflective), mastery(giving guidance, being accessible, positive, committed, trustful and self assured), entrepreneurship, i.e. being innovative and feeling responsible and collaboration, i.e. being congenial.
Teachers are founts of experience.
They have already been where their students are going, undergone what they will go through and are in a position to pass along lessons, not only regarding subject matter, but lessons on life.
By:-Dr. Ruchika Verma
,Assistant Professor,B.Ed Department
Uttaranchal College of Education (UCE)