My Friend, Philosopher and Guide

What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question most children are asked. But have you ever wondered about who they want to be when they grow up? Having plans and aspirations for a career they want to pursue is important, but so is having a person whose values and actions they can emulate. In this context, role models play a vital role in guiding them through life.

A role model is a person who inspires and encourages us to strive for greatness, live to our fullest potential and see the best in ourselves. A role model is someone we admire and someone we aspire to be like. We learn through them, through their commitment to excellence and through their ability to make us realize our own personal growth. We look to them for advice and guidance.

A role model can be anybody: a parent, a sibling, a friend but some of the most influential and life-changing role models are our teachers.

Looking back at my school days, one teacher that stood apart from the rest was my English teacher in 8th grade. I still consider him as one of the best teachers I’ve come across in my life. I joined school, two weeks late in grade 8 and I was unable to keep pace with the poetry syllabus.

That teacher sensing my struggle, one day, asked me to meet him after class. I reluctantly shared my troubles with him. He came up with a unique solution to cover the chapters I missed.  He asked me to write down some of my favorite songs and then suggested that I should replace the lyrics of the song with the verses of the poems. Next day he asked me sing those poetry verses in the class loud – a learning experience not only for me but the whole class.

When you think of a teacher who you would like to emulate, who comes to mind? The math teacher that helped you conquer fractions? The English teacher who helped you with poetry? The teacher that helped you discover a new sport, hobby, talent–or maybe even nudged you down your current career path?

Teachers are one of the most influential people is a child’s life.  They play a pivotal role in each stage of their development from kindergarten to high school – from a young child to a young adult.  A good teacher helps students become the best version of themselves.

Most parents would like their children to grow up to be healthy, happy individuals who show respect and consideration for others. However, many good character qualities cannot be taught, they need to be experienced, which is why positive role models are extremely important. When a child follows the example of any adult, they will pick up habits and perspectives that could last a lifetime.  Much of what students learn from their teachers is not prescribed in a syllabus. Teachers who help children grow are responsible for imparting some of life’s most important lessons.  One of the reasons that St. Andrews CBSE School, Bangalore has teachers who are also mentors outside the classroom.

About the Author

St Andrews

St. Andrews School was established in 1985 to fulfill the vision of its founder, the late Mr. Louis Emanuel. He believed that 'education is a service' and his mission was to instill in young people the value of 'education for life'. Throughout its history, the school has striven to do just that. St. Andrews is committed to strong academic standards and holistic education as demonstrated through an incredible range of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.

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