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Teachers are the second guide to a child after her parents. They are the door to the outer world that a child sees and perceives. It is certainly a big responsibility. The confidence and strength that a teacher instills in the students are his or her building blocks to success in the long-run.
For a growing child, every age is different. Her emotional and mental requirements are different. So, just like parents, teachers also have to change their ways and style to guide the students. So, a teacher who teaches a class 1 student is very different from the one who teaches a class 6, for instance.
Let us today see the various ways and stages of childhood to teenage and beyond of a child that changes the kind of teaching approach that a teacher uses towards him.
1. Ages 3 to 5 years
The small kids have a lot to explore as the whole world of school is new to them. It is their first step in the outer world and teachers help them to take this significant step. It is relevant at this stage to focus on each kid and to understand his or her needs.
Making her learn directions, carry herself well and calm her down in worrisome situations are the key points that a teacher focuses on at this stage.
2. Ages 5 to 10 years
The children at this age tend to be experimental. This is because they are still exploring the things in which they are interested in, the subjects they like, the games they love to play. They tend to end up with friends at this age who are the friends for a lifetime.
The role of the teacher is to encourage the students to participate more and more in extra-curticular activities because this is the right time for them to develop their skills either academically or otherwise.
3. Ages 11 to 15 years
This is a very sensitive age. Children enter puberty at this stage. They are neither considered adults nor a child by the society.
It is like someone is pulling them from all the directions. The role of the teacher comes in to guide the child in the right direction and providing sex-education; diverting his energies towards more meaningful goals.
4. Ages 16 to 18 years
This age is an age in which children's egos are at the highest. They are generally hurt at the smallest pretext. They start considering their friends as the better support system than even their own parents. There is no harm in it until and unless they are not doing something illegal or it is affecting their academic or extra-curricular graph. Teachers need to be very patient and friendly with children of this age, controlling their temper and yet, guiding the child.
5. Ages 18 to 24 years
A child is no longer a child. She is an adult. She can take her own decisions. The role of the teacher is to present what he feels as better and let the child then decide for herself. A teacher also needs to guide the child towards current social issues of the society at this stage.
This makes the grown-up child as a responsible being who can serve for the betterment of the society in his own way.
So, these are the ways in which a teacher's role changes according to the respective age of the child. All the ages are crucial nevertheless and a teacher remains a teacher always in the life of a child.
So, let's celebrate Teachers' Day with our children wishing their respective teachers. Let us also try to find time to revive contact with our own teachers and thank them because somewhere, they contributed to wherever we stand today professionally. A humble gratitude is the only thing that we can really give them.