Dear You Gambian Teacher,
The classroom has been an amazing setting that continuously, shapes the human thought and experience since time undated. At the worst, and the best, you were there from the commencement; once as a subject and at this instant, the most worthy master. I celebrate you, shapers of reason.
You prepared me understand that nothing is born of worth except worthiness; nothing is born of kindness except love as nothing is born of reminding than remembrance. Thus with gentility, I write this reminder to you, the great ones.
In your service to humanity, you once taught me, “Knowledge is the only one thing, that a person can give out and still retain it”. Keep this to yourself too, great shapers of human progress. You are part of a greater composition, to which we all owe an obligation to contribute towards developing. You cannot be paid. Therefore, reflect on your service to society (yourself) as service to humanity. Do it with love. It is not “you, and the people” it is “you, the people”. If it requires you to go to class hungry, do it for “you, the people”. If it attracts low pay, still do it for “you, the people”. If it means to be disparaged by the society, do it for “you, the people”. That is you, the great teacher. Humanity is what you observe.
Respect your work. Teaching is the noblest profession. Respect your students, everyone… Your desired service to humanity will be worthless save if you love and value your work. Your daily expedition to the classroom should be guided by the desire to genuinely, accomplish your humanistic qualities. Attend to your students at the apposite time and perform as you have prepared to deliver.
Remember, the composition of your classroom is a society in a microscope. It is a representation of the cosmopolitan society and the world of diversity to a larger extend. Don’t be emotional. You have to be tolerant, to endure… to be able to instill the same sense of tolerance into your pupil that the world so disparately, desires. Always pay attention to your students, listen, and allow them to articulate their thoughts. Give them the freedom. Respect them, and their viewpoints. Seek the best way to rectify them when necessary. Yet do not impose ideas on them and never fail to admit when you are in the wrong position. Fallibility is of a human character.
Always be ready. Adaptability is needed. Become skilled, to do the right thing at the right time regardless of the condition. The best teacher must be flexible.
Take care of yourself. The chalkboard is a hush assassin. You need both physical and mental fitness, be alert. It keeps you going, because the effective and efficient nature of the job is made possible by this.
Always be happy. A classroom should not be disorderly, but a few smiles will do you and your students better. Consequently, “In my classroom, smiles will not be unholy or laughter blasphemous”. An august gathering is a collection of delightful hearts, ready to relate. Explore this avenue, to offer your students comfort and ease to hook up with you but not too foolishly. Make them your acquaintances, all you are, humans.
However, maintain a professional attitude in your outlook. Being professional means subscribing to ethics, principles, and formulated code of conduct. This enriches your mind and enables you to certify your desire to serve accordingly. Remember your term of reference.
The teacher is as important as what he knows and skills he possesses. Academic qualifications are therefore important. It would help you at all instances with the dichotomy to deliver. It is important to be able to read and write agreeably well. You ought to be wide read especially, as related to your subject of focus to be capable of relating ideas from the most critical perspective. It offers you the standards of a judge. You cannot be a master of all but all you are and would ever remain is a teacher, the great master…the best!
Words from your junior colleague.
Nusrat Senior Secondary School The Gambia
University of The Gambia