As I look back and think of the years gone by in my profession of being one who spent time nurturing students; I ask myself the question – Did I prepare them in my subject or did I prepare them for life?
In today’s world there is a mammoth change with regard to technology and the role of a teacher in the student’s life does come under the scanner once in a while. Will we require teachers or are online platforms the way ahead in education? Will a child get the one- on – one attention required? Is there a need for a child to go to School or is home – schooling the better option? Numerous questions and thoughts revolve around the role of a teacher in today’s education.
“All learning has an emotional base.”
Emotional intelligence is the difference a teacher can make to a student. Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions.
“IQ alone is not enough; EQ also matters. In fact, psychologists generally agree that among the ingredients for success, IQ counts for roughly 10% (at best 25%); the rest depends on everything else—including EQ.”
(Bressert, 2007 )
The role of a teacher is indisputable with regard to being able to bond with the child, understand his/her feelings, behave accordingly and alter the situation to help the child cope with the challenges and ensure he/she is successful. In this process, the teacher does need to sacrifice multiple things and focus on the child as a polestar.
Every day irrespective of it being Teachers’ Day, I experience a deep sense of satisfaction as I know I have played a great part in nurturing my students and making them better prepared to face life as beautiful human beings. Nevertheless I ask myself – Is there a growing need for us to re- dedicate ourselves to the cause of our children’s future?
– Sunalini Benjamin
Principal, Internatinal Centre for Excellence