November 20, 2007

TEACHING IS A VOCATION – A CALLING

Posted in Education, Guyana, Messages, Philosophy tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:25 am by randallbutisingh

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TEACHING IS A VOCATION- A CALLING

By: “Teacher Randall”- 1962

Teaching is more than a noble profession. It is a vocation, a calling.. The teacher is the most important person in any civilization, as on him depends the molding of the nation. There are not many born teachers, but there are those who love teaching, and there are those who enter it as an occupation. The chief qualification for a teacher is his or her love for children; from there can follow the training by good teachers and professors of techniques and principles. Good teacher-pupil relationship is very important.

A teacher must know that he or she is teaching, not only a subject, but a child. A teacher must know each child in his or her charge – especially in his early years – his temperament, his academic capability, his health, his bent, his home background and anything that may be hindering him from doing his best. This will equip teachers and help them to educate. Each child must taste success at the beginning by beginning with the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, the known to the unknown and to develop at its own rate. This will give him confidence. A good teacher, by his/her methods will be able to motivate the pupil, awaken his interest, and arouse his curiosity. Teachers can make learning pleasant. They must exhibit energy, enthusiasm and cheerfulness, and never cease to learn themselves. A teacher who ceases to learn becomes irrelevant.

Here I wish to make a comment on the role of the Head teacher or Principal. He must at all times give valuable support to his teachers. He, himself, must be a good teacher and his relationship with his teachers and parents must be good at all times. He must be able to command respect and, with his influence, get his staff to work as a team and, together, rally the support of parents. A vibrant Parent-Teacher Association is a necessity as it will help in the child’s interest, and also in the education of the parent.

If an individual is well educated; if he is given the right information; if he is trained according to his bent; if he has a right sense of values, if he has learnt to think positively, to make good judgments, and if he is able to realize his uniqueness in the mosaic which is indivisible humanity – he will be well on his way to make this world a better place for himself and others.

Teacher Randall” Butisingh – 1962

Note: After reading this entry, you may want to read the follow-up to it – TEACHING NO LONGER A VOCATION – written in 1971, just before I retired. Here it the link:

https://randallbutisingh.wordpress.com/2008/05/15/teaching-no-longer-a-vocation/

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5 Comments »

  1. rachel ann c ayson said,

    it’s really interesting..

  2. maria villanueva said,

    teaching is really my mission that entrusted to me in this world.

  3. abello said,

    so interesting and educatve

  4. mary said,

    it is educative but for me, teaching is a vocation-a calling.

  5. Marley M. Lacaran said,

    I like it. its very true that a teacher’s foremost role is to impart knowledge not for pay, for fame or anything else but to educate.


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