Teachers are an inspiration to us all whether students let them know it or not.
I had a fantastic music teacher, Mr Philips, who involved all students in his activities...even tone deaf ones like me...and opened our minds to all the wonderful experiences waiting for us in the big wide world...I have never forgotten him.
I would like to know what or who inspires the teacher...please share your inspirations here....
Clare, teachers are unselfish people. They cannot enjoy their pleasures privately. They are inspired to share their pleasures with others. They discover that through sharing their pleasure, the pleasure increases.
The pleasure may be a piece of music, the beauty of a story or quite simply a skill or ability.
When you learn the recipe for a delicious salad, you don't hide the recipe in a secret book. You make the salad for your friends to enjoy. Their enjoyment increases your pleasure. If they ask for the recipe and learn to make the salad, your enjoyment is increased even more.
Teachers are motivated to add to human happiness. A teacher's greatest pleasure is to see the progress and achievements of their students. Teachers love meeting their ex-students and discovering that the knowledge and skills they shared during their lessons has contributed to the happiness and success of their ex-student.
Your music teacher, Mr Philips would be immensely pleased about the pleasure you now find in music. Mr Philips was not inspired by future glory or by the fact that his students might remember him. Mr Philips loved music. He was inspired to share that love with his students -- even the ones who thought they were tone deaf.
I think our inspirations probably change over time and in different contexts. In my case, while teaching teenagers in southern Africa in the early nineties, I was inspired by a sense of outrage at social injustice (it was the time of apartheid). In other contexts I've been inspired by the notion of helping people fulfil their potential as language learners and human beings.
The one common thread, for me, is that I'm always inspired by my students.