The Real Super Heroes

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The Real Super Heroes

Apart from my parents, my teachers have done the most to shape my life. From kindergarten through college, their struggle — and it was a struggle — to help me grow and learn was not in vain. And I greatly appreciate their efforts.

There is no more critical need in our society today than having teachers to be the influencers who understands the educational, social and emotional needs of students. We may have changed plenty of education systems over the years but the most active ingredients in directly improving the society are the knowledge and skills of our teachers.

Im sure we would agree, that education is one of the building blocks of society. Educated individuals tend to be happier and healthier, and study after study has found that an educated populace leads to a stronger economy. So who is behind all these educational benefits? – TEACHERS.

To show my appreciation, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some of the ways in which teachers have made a difference in my life.

1- Inspire

They inspire us to take the first step needed in order to move further. It is with their support and dedication that got us to learn and pick up the important points in our field of choice.

2- Encourage

As a child, I always hated math and I had plenty of trouble trying to understand the concepts and formulas. But the patient encouragement of my teachers, I learn to understand the importance of math in my life. When students say ‘I can’t,’ teachers (like Mr Tan Sam Guan) will always be there to say ‘yes you can.’

3- Motivation

Even for the best of students, there’s always a teacher there to remind us to try harder. Putting 110% into everything you do can help you succeed in all aspects of your life – and, of course, a teacher taught me that.

4- Realising Student Potential

For us, school work just seems to come easily and it is just another ‘school work’. But for the teachers, they see more than that. They see the potential in us and work to realise them and will come out with directive instructions to shape us further, to develop at our ‘optimal trajectory.’ The lesson here? Nature needs a little help from nurture, and teachers are there to fill that role.

5- Role Model

When you ask the students who their role models are, they’re likely to name movie stars or famous athletes. But it’s really the teachers they see every day who influence the adults they will become by modelling positive behaviour, good choices and a caring approach to life.

6- Developing Community

Teachers are the backbone of this community, creating the classroom and extracurricular experiences around which everything revolves. The experience doesn’t just die off, they get carried along with the students and becomes valuable learning curve for them in life.

7- Leading

As student advocates, teachers play a crucial leadership role both in their schools and in the greater community. Nobody knows the needs of students better than their teachers, and these professionals lead the way in creating effective learning environments from the local to the national level.

8- Fighting Poverty

Education is the most important tool for fighting poverty. Without literacy skills and a basic education, families cannot overcome social and economic barriers. Every day teachers fight poverty by giving children access to the education they need – and deserve – to make a better life for themselves in the future.

For all the good things that we may be doing now, it was a teacher who had a hand in making it happen. It was them who taught us what we know today and no matter what achievement we obtain in life,  it will never match the power of the teacher who is able to whisper in a student’s ear.

May Allah SWT reward them with goodness in this world and in the hereafter.

Happy Teacher’s Day & Thank You Sir/Maam. I could not have done it without your help and dedication.

Your Student

Shazly Khan.

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