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Topic: Teachers (07/12/04)

TITLE: The Teacher In All Of Us
By Sandra Dyson
07/17/04

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Teaching is one of the two professions that I have always wanted to be a part of...the other being writing.

The element of teaching that attracted me wasnít the actual academics of it however, it was the respect and reverence that I had for those in the position of teaching me. I thought as a child that they knew everything, then as I grew older, my perception changed to more respect than anything else. I remember teachers as being in control, commandeering a classroom of thirty students with such ease and grace that they seemed to be almost superhuman.

Iíve had teachers that made me feel like dirt and Iíve had teachers that made me feel like I could reach the stars. I learned from both. From the first type I learned that everyone isnít kind and encouraging and that you canít judge yourself based on someone elseís actions towards...or opinions of... you. From the latter I learned that there are special people placed in our lives that can see something in us that not everyone else can see and these are the people that help to propel us into the future with a foundation that will make us successful.

I never became a teacher but I have taught. This is the essence of life, for in teaching...we share what we have learned...we build bridges that connect us with those whom God has placed in our lives...we tear down and strip away the baggage that would hold us back. In teaching we earn the respect of our peers by setting an example and living up to the standards of excellence that have been set before us by our ancestors. With this comes great responsibility, for it is our lives and the way we live them that has the most influence on those around us.


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Karen O'Leary07/19/04
I liked the part about sharing and building bridges. That's what the art of teaching is all about.
L.M. Lee07/22/04
that is one of the great blessings in life to realize we can learn from both good and bad teachers.
Karen Treharne07/25/04
So true, Sandra. As taught by Jesus, the greatest example of all time of exemplary teaching. Thanks for writing so well about how important it is for us to be Christians in all we say and do. For Christ to receive the glory, we must reflect Him in our lives daily.
Marcell Billinghurst07/25/04
I enjoyed reading this. It is so very true. You have learnt from the bad teachers and the good teachers. I pray the good lessons will outweigh the bad. The greatest witness is our lives, to teach those around us about God's love. God bless you in your writing.