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Colours of My Soul

If you do not understand my silence, you'll never understand my words...

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Piercing Words of a Mentor...

It is very rare to find a teacher who is dedicated and concerned not only in learning but is also genuinely interested in the personal development of his/her students. It breaks my heart to think that any of my teachers may feel dissappointed that the guidance that they had given me was not taken seriously. Although I have put in much effort in the past in the various facets of my life, what's obvious is I have to work harder. I know that I have made progress, but I also know that it in some areas, my progress does not measure up to my teacher's expectations and to be frank, my own. I do not want my journey under the tutelage of my teachers/mentor to end on such a note. What I want is for it to end with my teachers feeling that their job is done, this mentee has blossomed and will continue to spread their knowledge and legacy to all those she touches.

Being a teacher myself today, I can't run away from the fact that I am, myself, a role model to some (i know, I find that hard to believe sometimes too :P). I realise that some students take what I say very seriously. Even if they don't say anything to you directly ( for reasons such as maintain their macho-ness or safe-guard their ego), you can see it in their actions e.g. turning over a new leaf. Sometimes, they even come back to tell you how your words had moved them to do something.

Most often, people don't think too much about what effect their words may have on another person. I think just like we look up to some mentors for direction, there is someone out there who is looking to us for guidance. It could be our students, our sisters/brother or even our friends. Take heed that words can be sharper than a knife. So to my friends who are teachers themselves now, the next time a student complains and offers excuses for their poor performance, take a moment before blurting out the so-often heard response ..."if you can't cope, go ahead and quit". Words uttered in your moments of frustration may actually change the entire future of that student. Teaching comes with a heavy responsibilty, the teacher plays a big part in moulding a student's future. It is not just about passing on knowledge, it is about inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn and cultivating solid personalities. So, if you are not in the profession for the right reasons, its best to rethink your position and leave it to those who are.

Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more. ~Bob Talbert

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. ~Carl Jung

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