To be a teacher is to be a student. So that you may teach, first you must learn. One of the most important attitudes a teacher must possess is that of being open to learning. As teachers, we must continuously examine ourselves.
How ready are you to realize that after a quarter of the academic year, a teaching method you thought to be effective proved to be the opposite? What will you do if the poem you have recited to students or the main characters you have been mimicking while telling them stories turn out to be contrary to values and principles you want to impart?
Though we teach, we are not ourselves, free from making mistakes. It is said that we learn from our mistakes. But how many of us forget this? The Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.” This command was repeated, making it very important to God. Only through honest self- examination can we truly see our mistakes and the lesson we must learn.
A story I heard from my sister who accompanies her son and my daughter in Kindergarten school serves to remind me of this:
A teacher of the kindergarten once appreciated the superheroes and princesses novelties of the kids: bags, umbrellas, raincoats, shoes, socks, pencil cases, lunch boxes, pencils and even erasers. She asked the kids about their favorite characters. Everyone wanted to answer and shared who is his/her idol. The teacher praised the kids and told them how gorgeous are the princesses and how brave and courageous are those heroes. The kids giggled in admiration of their idols.
When story time came, the teacher prepared on telling the story of Jesus. As she was about to start, she motivated the young audiences with a motive question: “Who is more powerful, Jesus or the superheroes?” The toddlers chorused, to the amazement of the teacher, “Superheroes”, with their individual tableau of their favorite heroes. This incident made the teacher shocked. It was very alarming that toddlers adored these fictional characters than our Savior. She realized instantly the faulty ideas she had helped to create in the young minds of the pupils.
The incident may seem quite amusing and nothing out of the ordinary. But it is actually one that should cause us, as teacher, alarm.
Are we, teachers, carefully examining what we teach? How much have we learned from our lessons and methods of teaching? A good teacher is one who is ‘hungry’ for learning. He looks to correct his mistakes and improve his technique, building on the lessons of his experience.
REMEMBER: Jesus is more powerful than superheroes. We need to be stirred up by Him who searches our ways and our whole being.