History and Importance of Teachers’ Day:

India has been celebrating Teacher’s Day on 5th September, since 1962. The day commemorates the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a philosopher and a teacher par excellence, and his contribution towards Indian education system. Dr Radhakhrishnan believed that-

“Teachers should be the best minds in the country”

On this day, we gratefully remember the great educationist, apart from honoring all the teachers that have made our life much more knowledgeable. Dr. Radhakrishnan’s birthday is observed as Teacher’s Day all across India.

Teachers’ Day is very important for all the people in India, as the teachers act as foundation for creating responsible citizens and good human beings. It is impossible to imagine our lives without teachers. They are the foundation stone of our future. We can never thank our teachers enough for their immense contribution in our life. Teacher’s Day is celebrated to show our acknowledgement and recognition of the hard work put in by our teachers towards our development.

Schools all over India celebrate Teacher’s Day by allowing the senior students to pose as teachers for a day. It is a fun-filled activity, which is enjoyed by both the acting teachers and their junior students. On this day, students bring gifts for their most admired teachers as well. It is an equally special day for teachers, as they get to know how much they are liked and appreciated by their students. Gifts to teachers include flowers, greeting cards and other items. Some students also write poems and messages for teachers.

Inspiring Teachers:

Teaching and teachers occupy a significant portion of the waking and working moments of our life. Teaching, at least good, sound teaching isn't about new 'trends', like trends in fashion or eating out! It's about knowledge of children and their differing learning capacities, it's about subject expertise, it's about skills in managing and orchestrating learning of a class of 30 or more students, it's about wanting to do the right thing by every child under their care. It's about being competent, creative and compassionate all rolled into one. The criteria of teaching-

Every child s shaped by the mind of the teacher: Consider teaching to be a key profession, as any other. Do not compromise its importance by allowing domestic demands to distract from the true purpose of teaching, as teachers are wont to do. It is not alright to think that since teaching doesn't pay as well as other jobs. The question is will big salaries bring out the best in teachers or will great teaching and professional teachers command better salaries?

A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, But to develop students, who can create their own image.

Focus on continuously improving skills and expertise both in the subject concerned as well as ways to connect with and help children learn with understanding. Technology is a handy tool in this context. Just like a doctor's success is determined by whether he/she helps patients recover from ailments and illnesses, a teacher's effectiveness is judged only by her/his students' learning outcomes. Plan, prepare, deliver, reflect and plan anew as on ongoing cycle.

Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.

Take care of your overall physical and emotional well being in order to teach young people we need to have large reserves of energy and enthusiasm, regardless of our age and teaching experience. Indifference or repetitiveness has no place in teaching! Care for and show positive regard towards all students. A good teacher is someone whom all children trust and feel safe with; someone who is stiff but fair and friendly too.

Wish You a Happy Teacher's Day.