Monday, June 2, 2008

Getting The Best Out Of Your Teachers

In my student days, many years ago, I used to see my teachers as terrors, unapproachable adults who just love disciplining young people. When I saw them coming in one direction, I took another way in order to avoid them. I hated the idea of going to the staffroom for any reason – to call a teacher, collect notes, whatever else. I detested the idea because once you entered their office; they all took it in turns to scold you for one misbehavior or the other.

Now, I am a teacher myself and I have discovered that my teachers didn’t really mean any harm. Some of the things I learnt from them that time (though the hard way) are quite beneficial to me now. How I wish I could relive those days! Since you are still in school and have the opportunity of tutelage, you need to maximize it. How? Read on!

Most of the good teachers put up a hard front, making you think they are unapproachable. The truth is, a diligent and goal-oriented student will break the farce. Every teacher wants to make friends with students who want to succeed in life. Such students encourage the teachers to put in their best, knowing that their efforts are not wasted. So, if you want to maximize the potentials in your teachers, be a hardworking student; doing and submitting your assignments at the right time.

Secondly, nobody rejects love and appreciation. Thank your teachers for every lesson, show love and concern for them and their families, and you will find them going out of their way to give you the best education you could ever get in any part of the world.

Most students wait for their teachers to help them with their academic work or any other aspect of their lives. However, it is the student who goes asking for counsel or assistance that will stand out as being different and so catches the attention of the teacher as really needing help.

The story that comes easily to mind is that of the woman who wanted the judge to avenge her of her adversary. She pestered him so much that he had to attend to her so that she did not weary him. Luke 18:2-5. This is what is expected of any serious-minded student who wants to maximize the opportunities available in learning from his teachers. Even a ‘carefree’ teacher will take note of the determination of such a student.

A student is expected to be wiser than his teachers. Psalms 119:99. When teachers discover a studious student who reads ahead of the class, challenges them, and whose claims are also right, they go out of their way to ensure that the student succeeds in his studies.

The mediocre, the one that doesn’t want to ‘stress’ himself, who is satisfied with being ordinary is often in the ‘bad books’ of the teachers and such a student then complains of victimization.

It is advisable that students who want the best out of their teachers settle down to hard work, diligence, and every other virtue that make for academic excellence. The pride of a teacher is to see his students in positions of authority in future; positions that indicate successful academic pursuit. Proverbs 22:29.

It used to be a common adage many years ago that the reward of the teacher is in heaven. However, teachers of this generation desire fulfillment in seeing that their labour over their students is not wasted. The more successful they see their students become, the more committed they get to their work.

Hello students! Go and tap all that you want from the knowledge that God has given your teachers. They are waiting!

*Mrs. Sinmisola Adigun

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