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Let's talk life - I want to be a teacher!

Published:Saturday | June 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM
  • I want to be a teacher!

Dear Counsellor,

I want to be a teacher, but I am wondering about my role in the classroom. I see myself as a trainer and a role model. What do you think?

- Mario

Dear Mario,

It is honourable to be a teacher who can make a difference in students' lives. School is a community that changes daily and has an impact on all stakeholders. As a teacher, you have students looking up to you to be their mentor and guide. Students learn more than academics from school. Students learn to get along with peers and to respect authority figures. They learn to get along with family members and to make goals and dreams come true.

We learn from others about their cultures and are tolerant of people from different races. Each classroom is multicultural, multiethnic, and multilingual. Teachers in the past were the role models in spirituality and provided directions for students' lives.

Students are involved in other activities like sports, service clubs, and foreign languages. They need to be taught leadership, volunteerism, relationships, and behaviour control. Some students want to be involved in drama, art, and the choir.

Some children learn at a slow pace and so the teacher needs to do her own assessment of the students and work with groups.

All students need a skill by the time they leave high school. Some students will need to be referred to the special educator, the guidance counsellor, the dean of discipline, or the chaplain. The chaplain has a big role to play in the spiritual life and behaviour of students.

  • Stop blaming mothers

Dear Counsellor,

Sometimes I feel inadequate in my role as a parent. People are always quick to blame mothers for the failure of children. This is unfair to the mothers who work so hard for their children. We need to think about the impact on mothers and families.

- Sharon

Dear Sharon,

It is unfortunate that society tends to blame mothers for the bad behaviour of their children. Some mothers are problematic, but help is available. There are parenting classes, books, and therapists to help parents to raise their children.

You need to see a therapist to discuss these issues. Ventilation about your situation is essential as you need to be accepted and to deal with guilt.

Mothers have to manage their homes and discipline their children. A father is always needed, so mothers should work with fathers. If you are having problems with your children, you need to talk with the therapist.

You need to feel valued and affirmed.

Email questions and feedback for Dr Yvonnie Bailey-Davidson to yvonniebd@hotmail.com or call 978-8602.