Have you thanked a teacher today?
Let me tell you about a 9 year old boy called Andre.
Years ago, I was an English lesson teacher to this little boy. I soon noticed something; whenever I asked him to attempt a question he wasn't familiar with, he wouldn't want to.
One day I asked him "why?". After a bit of gentle persistence, he explained "I have cousins I visit, and whenever I try something and fail, they laugh at me"
I got it now. His behavior made sense. He didn't attempt new questions because he was concerned that if he failed, I will make mockery of him, and so he had decided: it's better not to try, than to try and fail, and be shamed.
I explained to him, something along the lines of: sometimes people will laugh at your failures, and though it may hurt, you shouldn’t let their mockery stop you from doing what you should. Sometimes failure is part of learning, so if you avoid trying new things because you don’t want to face the shame of failure you’ll never learn much or achieve much; if you give in to the fear of shame, it will limit you and make your life small.
After that incidence I noticed a remarkable improvement in his willingness to try new questions, and in his performance.
When I was done with my lesson sessions with him, 9 year old Andre said, "I will miss you. I will never forget you."
That day, I felt the joy of being a teacher; the joy of knowing I impacted a life.
On this day, we remember and celebrate teachers all around the world who make life changing impact on a regular basis, year in year out, either at home, school, or church. Today, we celebrate teachers like you, who in one way or the other, tutor, mentor and guide young people, either at home, school, church, camps etc.
We thank you. We celebrate you. We honor you. The work you do, though often unnoticed, creates a better future for us all. In teaching our children with love, patience and wisdom, you shape a better future for the world. God bless you.
Happy Teachers day.
Celebrate yourself. And thank a teacher that has impacted you.
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