A fulfilling careerGood teachers are a gift [Archives:2005/815/Community]

February 10 2005

By Saddam Mohsen
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For The Yemen Times

Deciding to become a teacher, you have already chosen a unique profession based on reward, punishment and challenge which are rarely seen in many other jobs. You will be intellectually stimulated, find real variety, and have the opportunity to be creative. Most importantly, you will play an active role in shaping lives of young people.

Concerning lesson-plans, you should take into account that each lesson must be a dynamic tool that plays an essential part in the process of fostering the development of the human values. Each lesson must prepare them for well-led lives and successful careers in their present and future horizons.

Teaching is not just wasting time and getting salaries, rather it is the process of preparing students for facing their future with confidence as well as developing the economy of a country.

Looking deeper into the concept of well-performed teaching process and its importance, you can understand why it is essential for teachers to have a clear idea about what they are going to do and how better students will be taught.

Bernard Shaw's famous saying, “What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge and not knowledge in pursuit of the child”, conveys to us that a teacher must have a strong will to teach and motivate his students. So, students will be equipped with the desire to pursue knowledge.

In order to keep our economy growing, we need a new wave of educated students ready for modern scientific research, teaching and technological development. This can not be achieved unless teachers do the job honestly.

The most successful teachers are those who prepare useful classroom presentations in order to meet students' needs and upgrade their abilities. They observe and evaluate the student's performance and ask themselves whether a teaching method they follow is useful or needs modification.

Therefore the happiest day in the life of a teacher is when a student says to him/her: “your class of today pleased me”.

To sum up, every teacher should have a strong personality before his students and behave in an ideal way. What is very important in teaching is the desire on the part of the teacher to teach and make his subject interesting. He is not supposed to teach without encouraging the pupils in order not to hammer on a cold iron without yielding a result.