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What is the Role of a Teacher

A teacher is a role model who inspires students to strive for greatness and live their lives to the fullest.
Geeta Dhavale
"The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate 'apparently ordinary' people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people."
K. Patricia Cross
A teacher shapes an individual's personality and life. It is a noble profession as it contributes in building the future of a country and overall society. They play a significant and valuable role as they influence the lives of children who are the future of tomorrow.
Students get influenced by a teacher's characteristics, affection, commitment, competence, morals, and ethics. So it is important that only best and intelligent human beings are allowed to become teachers so that a safe future is ensured.

In School

Teachers are certainly role models for students, so they must be at their best in front of kids. There are various roles a teacher has to play in school.
  • The first role is that of a facilitator. He/she should impart all the knowledge and skills related to a particular field.
  • He/she should also provide children with the right attitude so that they can make the best use of their knowledge and intelligence.
  • One of the other responsibilities is guiding students at every stage by providing them guidance, support, and inspiration so that they can find the right path, be it in career or in life.
  • Supervising is also one of the qualities as he/she warns and convinces students if they are involved in wrong things.
Teachers are no more the people who come to the class, give lectures, and walk out. An ideal teacher is someone who seeks the participation of all the students, takes student's opinions into account, uses different teaching media, and makes learning a fun activity.
As someone rightly said, a good teacher teaches from the heart and not from the book. So, to take up a job as a teacher one must have passion for the subject so that he/she can pass the same passion to his/her students.
One of the important roles of a teacher is also that of respecting a student's opinion. A teacher must always be open to learn new things and must stay updated.
These were some of the qualities of a good teacher. Apart from dealing with students, a teacher also has to maintain a dialog with parents, so that they nurture their kids in the right manner.

In Society

The role of a teacher in education system is pivotal. He/she is virtually the yardstick that decides the quality of an education system. It is the teacher who decides if it is a success or a failure. It is on his/her shoulders, that the entire education system rests as he/she single-handedly shapes the generation.
As we mentioned earlier, a teacher plays a crucial role in the development of society. Someone once said that if you want to study the nature of the citizens of the country then meet some teachers and study their nature. After all, the society is a replica of teachers living in it.
Teachers help more students transform into good human beings with a positive attitude, confidence and motivation to pursue excellence.
The future of an entire generation depends on the teachers. If they are corrupt and unprofessional, then an entire generation will result in the same. This can result in corrupt judiciary, betraying army, unfaithful bureaucracy, untrustworthy politicians, etc., which leads to a chaotic and deplorable society.
So, a teacher is an architect of a new generation that determines the quality and future of our tomorrow. But, the profession is not given the respect that it deserves. We must understand that teaching is the only profession that teaches all the other professions, and so, its significance and greatness is much higher.
With these insights on the role of a teacher, it is clear that they make a tremendous contribution to our society and hence must always be held high. We would leave you with a quote by Jacques Barzun that shows the sorry state of teaching profession...

"Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition."