Teachers too often are taken for granted. It may not seem like an important job for some people but think about it. Where would the world be if teachers didn’t exist? Doctors and lawyers are looked up to and appreciated but where would they be without their educators? Teachers mold the minds of children so they have a significant role to play, especially in a child’s early years.
Imagine an empty bowl with pebbles slowly falling into it. As more and more pebbles fill the bowl, the ones on the bottom are buried by the ones on top. Eventually, the bowl fills up to the brim and the new pebbles can fall off of it easily. The bowl may shake around and cause the new pebbles to get tossed off from the top, but the pebbles at the bottom will remain intact at the bottom. The pebbles at the bottom were the ones that were placed in the bowl before the rest, and they will be the pebbles that stay inside the bowl for the longest time.
Children learn things quickly at a young age. At around 8 years old, a kid’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development is at a rapid state of growth. It’s also at this point in their life where they learn everything about the world, including how they should behave and interact with the people and things around them. Just like the pebbles at the bottom of the bowl, these early lessons will stay with your child for the longest time. Ultimately, whatever knowledge and information they absorb in this early stage of their life will also be carried by your child for a very long time.
With this reality in mind, it’s important to recognise the role of educators in your child’s life. It may not seem like much when they teach alphabets and numbers to your kids in the classroom, but these teachers are actually slowly forming up your child’s way of understanding the world. Everything may seem overwhelming to them at first, but with the proper guidance and motivation, educators can show your child about all the great and wondrous things that exist around them.
Other than the important lessons that they teach, educators are essentially role models for children as well. This reality makes a lot of sense since your child will be spending much of their formative years with these grown-ups, and they’ll be essentially “mimicking” whatever they see and hear from them. That’s why it’s important for educators to be nurturing and have a desirable personality so that they can cultivate these traits in the kids that they are teaching, too. Good characteristics like being friendly, caring, and understanding can all be passed down to your child from their educators.
Keep in mind that your child’s educators aren’t just limited to their classroom teachers. As their parent, you are the primary educator of your child. The lessons you teach them and the ways you interact with them at home will be a part of their knowledge and personality for many years to come. With every little thing you say and do in front of your child, you are already forming up the kind of person they will be in the future.
Being a child’s educator is a noble and great responsibility. It’s important that more people, especially parents, recognize the significance of an educator’s role in the cognitive and behavioral development of children so that they choose their schools and teachers wisely. On the other hand, teachers also have to know their value as well in the lives of the children they teach so they build up ideal lessons and values that will become a strong foundation for the child’s future – by dropping good pebbles at the bottom of the bowl.
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