Be passionate about teaching

Teaching is not a job.  It’s a vocation.  There’s a difference in meaning to these two words. Big difference.

A vocation is a strong desire to spend your life doing a certain kind of work that you like (such as a religious work).  It’s a summon or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action.  In short, a person has to be passionate about something to make it a vocation.

A job on the other hand is the work that a person does regularly in order to earn money.  It’s a duty, task, or function that someone or something has.  It’s just routine work, no passion is required.

If a salaried teacher regards teaching as a job, there is a lot of negative effects – to the students.  Such teachers will come to class with very negative energy and this will translate to the students sooner or later.  Such teachers will complain a lot, will whine and curse, will do the very minimum required by the school and more importantly will not care about the welfare of the students except for the grades on the test paper.

If a salaried teacher regards teaching as a vocation, she will translate her positive energy to the students and the energy will be manifested in the students in a very different way – positive way.  Such teachers will show lots of enthusiasm, will do his or her utmost to make sure the knowledge is imparted to the students and will go all the way to do as much as he or she could to ensure the students’ understanding.  These teachers are more concerned of the total welfare and development of the students, than just their grades.

The end results may not be evident early in the life of the student but will definitely show later on, in his/her adult life.  Will he/she turn out to be an intelligent and successful person or an intelligent and successful person with high moral value?

Look at this jade sculpture of a ship or a Chinese junk.  Do you think the sculptor who sculpted this, did it as a job or do you think  he is passionate about his sculpture?


Took this photo from a window showcase in one of the stores around Central Park, New York.


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