The Spirit of teaching

Do not ask your students to learn, if you can’t teach with spirit. Spirit has several definitions, However I am fond of the meaning: Enthusiasm and loyalty.  These two qualities make students quest for knowledge and outshine any insecurities or lack of enthusiasm.

Let me paint a picture for you with my own experience. Picture a girl entering the room with her head bowed. As the teacher calls on her to read, a fearful  look appears and she reads two or three words with great difficultly. Instead of the teacher calling on someone else she lets the girl finish the sentence. Now the real spirit of teaching has begun. Everyday the teacher continues to find ways to lift the child spirits and spends extra time working on her reading skills. During the month of March the child is tested and the test results reveal a fourth grade level in reading . The spirit of teaching emulates this quote “To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light. (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

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