The Editors Desk!
"Teachers and their Influence"
I had a release come through from the Education Department yesterday who were looking for "Queenslands Top Music Teacher", I was like, yes, my daughters' music teacher is wonderful and has really changed her life and given her heaps of self confidence. This then got me thinking about teachers... Even now, often you can have a conversation with someone, and you will refer back to when you were at school, some special teacher you had, or something that occurred that has affected you all your life, your current career may have been the result of certain teachers or a course that you did at school where the teacher was particularly inspiring.
Now that I am a mum myself, I really see the difference particular teachers can have on your child, their perceptions, and as most of us know, particularly with primary school age children, you can talk until your face is blue, but what your child's teacher says is 'gospel' LOL. I know sometimes you can come across what you consider to be a 'dud' teacher, that is the case in any industry. Teachers of all sorts, have an incredible amount of power when it comes to moulding a child's mind and attitudes and in the vast majority of cases, they are very well aware of this ability and as with the 'Jedi' use their powers for 'good'.
In the six years that my child has been at school she has had many teachers that we have been very grateful to due to their interest and teaching abilities. In this day and age of 'political correctness', I have no idea how they can stay so calm in noisy rooms, be so aware of each child individually, and in many cases put in so many outside hours on projects that benefit the children greatly and often get little thanks.
Next time you are up at your child's school, just take the time to say thanks, or if you are sitting there at your desk working in a career that you enjoy that was inspired by teaching from years ago, give a little silent thanks to the vast majority of teachers who contribute so much...
Best Wishes, Noely, Community Site Co-ordinator