If You Love It, Teach It!

16 Mar

“The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.”  ~ Author Unknown

The best teacher that I have ever had stood out from all the dozens of others by one simple thing: love. This teacher loved what she taught, she loved teaching and she loved her pupils. Every time I was in her class, I felt as if that hour with her was sacred. She treated every pupil as her own child, and taught us in a way that showed us that we were just as important to her as she was to us. She truly wanted to share her knowledge with us, and to make us discover the happiness that she herself experienced through this subject. Through her honesty, openness, attention and care she did more than teach – she inspired.

In current times, it is rare to find a teacher with all of the above qualities. I have come across teachers who taught simply to make money, or because they couldn’t find another job; I have known teachers who were unqualified and unmotivated, and those who simply did not care about their students. Jacques Barzun rightly said that “teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition”. The current focus on passing exams and getting the best grades has transformed learning from a process of discovery to a process of repetition, regurgitation and memorisation. Teachers are no longer valued as our guides to self-discovery, and they are no longer respected as professionals with a wealth of knowledge.

There is never a shortage of eager students looking for the perfect teacher (all of us would love to learn one thing or another), but unfortunately, there is a shortage of eager teachers looking for the perfect student. Why is that? Because we have come to believe that being a teacher means having a qualification or a post to confirm our abilities. In fact, there is a teacher in all of us: we all have something that we love and that we would love to pass on to others. Last week-end, I taught yoga to a friend. We did a ‘proper’ class, with postures, sequences and techniques, and both of us came away happy. I am not a yoga master, nor am I trained as a yoga teacher, but yoga is something that I love, and something that I would love to pass on to others, and therefore it was a great pleasure for me to spend an evening teaching it to someone who was curious and willing to learn.

We all know how much joy it brings us to share our passion with others, and I believe that one of the best ways to do this is by teaching. Whether you love literature, singing, playing on the piano, gardening, knitting, swimming, writing, playing chess…there is someone who would love to learn from you. Whether in a formal or informal class, paid or free, with friends or strangers, regularly or irregularly, to a group or to an individual, sharing what you love is a gift. Don’t let your talents and your passions go to waste – pass them on!

If you love it, teach it!

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9 Responses to “If You Love It, Teach It!”

  1. tinkerbelle86 17/03/2011 at 17:53 #

    i love this post, its kinda like a personal pep talk!

  2. Michelle Fairchild 18/03/2011 at 17:19 #

    Wonderful post. Love the quote. My husband is an amazing teacher. The work he does with middle school students is inspiring. My respect for his work is immense.

    • l0ve0utl0ud 18/03/2011 at 21:15 #

      It is wonderful to have a close person who inspires you. I wish your husband all the best in his teaching; may his students appreciate him for the wonderful teacher that he is.

  3. Shanna VanNorman 22/03/2011 at 05:11 #

    I’ve always admired teachers. Teachers keep life moving along…they teach us to reach our potential and teachers who teach in the government school system, well, they all deserve awards.

    I actually gave all the teachers who inspired me a rose and a note when I left high school. I didn’t have the smoothest home-life and school was a place I found hope.

    That’s what teachers’ give to us, hope that the future is bright. Thanks for devoting a post to teachers, you’ve inspired me.

    Best,

    Shanna

    • l0ve0utl0ud 27/03/2011 at 13:19 #

      You’re right, teachers can create a beautiful world for us, whether it is through the ideas they give us, through the support the provide, or through the bigger, better vision of the world they give. Let’s hope that teachers continue to be valued and respected in the generations to come.

  4. singlestrokechime 06/04/2011 at 09:01 #

    Very well said indeed. I like the W.A.Ward quotation.
    

  5. Bindu John 13/06/2012 at 09:22 #

    You have posted my opinions. 🙂 Everyday I have to deal with teachers who do just what we tell them to do. But there is a limit – an outsider may not know about the limitations or possibilities in that class. Unless the teacher dedicates himself/herself to her profession with passion the students are not going to benefit.
    I think I should get this copied and display it in our staff room. But most of them would just laugh at it saying these are all things we learned for out training course (but never implemented).

    • l0ve0utl0ud 20/06/2012 at 16:55 #

      It’s great that you are a teacher who loves his profession and his students! We needs more people like you all over the world!

  6. Bindu John 13/06/2012 at 09:24 #

    I mean ‘our’ training…

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