“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” (James 3:1)
Not everyone can be a schoolteacher, but taking time out to help a child or adult with a second language, or homework, or other subjects, is instruction, as well. Doing the Works of Mercy does not mean to do something special, but doing it with a special attitude – with an open heart. The Spiritual Work of Mercy - Instruct the Uninformed, has to be done with special attitudes, love and patience.
As a teacher I have learned that it is an art and it is also what you make it to be. As a religious sister my focus is: “TO REACH AS JESUS DID.” That is a great task, but can be done. Teaching is not only giving instruction but it has to be interlocked with much patience, love and interest in the students before you. Prayer is a necessity to reach the love.
I love teaching. It is an interesting miracle happening before me. The expression on the child’s face speaks much to me. So, like a magician is try to identify the “WHY”.
Many approaches can be taken with much patience and ease which the child feels and sees by my expressions: facial, body attitude, voice and calmness. The child also sees this image and has a strong sense of feeling. The way I teach shows that the child is learning, showing me a relaxed body, a smile and I can see that in their eyes.
I earnestly think of how Jesus dealt with the poor in knowledge, body – physical and mental. He gives great strength and joy in my teaching. I try to mirror Him to the best of my ability. Ability – that is any facet that has to be observed. Teach the child from his place and ability in learning a particular area. Repetition is very important. A cheerful environment and many learning charts posted to attract interest which occurs by using the senses, seeing, hearing, touching – hands on activities which are all available in the classroom. Nature is a great learning experience and my classroom has that touch.
Teaching is stressful at times but it can be changed by one’s attitude and understanding the needs of the child. Jesus was a great teacher and He is my example.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt 28:19-20)
Sister Mary Ann, SDR