The Noble Role of Teachers:
Transforming Ourselves to Change the World
Study Session 2 – The Courage to Proclaim the Noble Role of a Teacher
The exercise requires you to create a series of short affirmations, beginning with the words ‘I am’.
The Exercise – Step 1
Briefly glance through the material you were using in Study Session 1, creating some affirming sentences beginning with ‘I am’. They can be derived from or prompted by what you are reading (including your essay if you have completed one), or from any other source that might appeal to you. You might end up with 5 to 10 affirmations. Two possible examples could be:
- I am aware that, as a teacher, I am shaping the future of our society.
- I am a teacher, a guide, a manager, a mentor and a parent to all of the children in my care.
If you are not practising as a teacher but are preparing yourself as an ‘education reformer’, the above affirmations could read instead:
- I am aware that, as an education reformer, I am shaping the future of our society.
- I am an education reformer and, as with all teachers, I am a guide, a manager, a mentor and a parent to all of the children who come into my sphere.
The Exercise – Step 2
When you have satisfied your creative urge, give each ‘I am’ affirmation a rating of 1 to 9, according to how much it resonates with your deepest aspirations.
The Exercise – Step 3
Select the two or three ‘I am’ sentences with the highest ratings, and record them in your Journal.
The Exercise – Step 4
You might like to make a small attractive poster for each one of the chosen ‘ I am’ affirmations.
The Exercise – Step 5
According to your inclinations, repeat each ‘ I am’ affirmation a few times every day until they are part of your automatic way of thinking and feeling.
The Exercise – Step 6
Note down any new ‘I am’ affirmations if they occur to you.
The Exercise – Step 7
After using the ‘I am’ affirmations for a few days, take note of any changes that you experience within yourself, and also in the demeanour and behaviour of your students or the children within your sphere. Record these observations in your Journal.
“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.”
~ Sidney Hook (1902 – 1989)
“Do not condemn yourselves as petty peddlers of knowledge. You are the makers of the future of mankind…The value of the teaching process lies in raising the consciousness of the learner, in heightening the sense of wonder and awe, and in emphasizing the unity of one with all. The destiny of the country is decided by the ideals implanted by the teachers in the minds of the boys and girls entrusted to their care.”
~ Sathya Sai Baba (1926 – 2011)