Teachers influence our learning, our development, and can even change what we become. Teachers play a very important role in the lives of our children. As teachers of religious education, we want to make a difference in the lives of our students, and I have some teachers in the school system who want that.
Our prayer is that our students make good choices in life, become good citizens, contribute to this community, and one day build strong families. We want them to be men and women of great faith who love their God and each other and serve them.
What needs to change
In the process of becoming a good teacher, attitude comes first. Effective teacher-to-student relationships are essential for students to become strong and independent adults. Let’s take a look at the relationships that have proven effective over the years:
1. Sincere care for students. An effective teacher is ready to share his or her true feelings and emotions, enthusiasm, affection, sadness or resentment, as well as sincere love and care for each child individually and collectively.
She welcomes children who express their feelings and emotions appropriately, without judgment or condemnation.
2. This teacher will be willing to share responsibilities in the classroom so that the children feel the effort of a team and understand that everything is important and that being part of a team has something valuable to offer. She realizes that we all learn valuable lessons from each other, which are all part of maturity to people of character and understanding.
3. There is so much diversity in our world. Everyone wants to be accepted and valued. An effective teacher will not judge students or their families, but will be encouraging. The teacher will be aware of the children in their care – their body language and attitudes, which sometimes reveal personal pain or misunderstandings and seek the opportunity for one-on-one conversations.
Good eye contact, shoulder tapping, encouraging words give hope and acceptance that can make all the difference in a child who is experiencing emotional stress or trauma.
4. An effective teacher knows his subject well and has a well-designed curriculum. This plan includes all students and gives them enough time and information to make the classroom a learning experience.
Sometimes the use of students to help others creates a team effort without fear and a competitive spirit that tends to be divisive.
5. Respect for students is very important. The use of intimidation in the presence of other children is unacceptable and brings nothing but division and feelings of rejection and despair to the student.
Every child should be given an individual opportunity to succeed in any field. The teacher may be looking to start building something positive, but it will take effort.
When evaluating performance, choose the positives. Allow children to be creative in their own way. We all express ourselves indifferently. As good teachers, we should not be quick to judge, but we should listen and pray for divine guidance. Always work in the direction of this team effort so that we can all win and have something valuable as a result.
6. An effective teacher understands the importance of attitude and self-control as he or she is a book that is read daily by his or her students, for example, what they see more in actions and responses than in words.
This teacher sincerely cares for and appreciates each child and understands their potential and can make a positive difference in the life of that child. An effective teacher transforms her classroom into a place of encouragement, truth, love, and acceptance where every child has value and worth. Then this class will be a place where they can study with good purpose and character and develop intellectually.
The same lessons apply to all of us
In fact, we are all teachers by our own example, whether good or bad, people determine for themselves who to follow. A relationship with Jesus Christ helps us to be self-sacrificing, time-consuming, and effortless to focus on what is best for our students.
Every day we have to check ourselves. Are we making the necessary sacrifices to create the best environment for our children at home, school, community and nation?
Proverbs 3: 1-4, “My sons and daughters, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commandments in your hearts, for they will prolong your years and bring you peace. Let love and faithfulness never leave you. Wrap them around your neck on the tablet of your heart, and you will have a good name in the sight of God and men. ”
Teachers, we have this wonderful opportunity to make a difference. You are a book and all those who see you learn from their actions and reactions. God has given us this precious time, let us use it to have great children, faith, love, mind, and heart to share with others.
Morgan County Religious Education Weekday, PA 1285 Martinsville, IN. 46151.