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‘One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child’. Carl Jung Teachers are a never-ending source of experience. They have already gone through all the difficulties that their students are going through, undergone what they will go through; and they can pass along lessons, not only regarding subject matters, but also lessons on life. Teachers are like second parents for their students. One can say that a great teacher can change a student’s life. Teachers are responsible for a lot of things. In order to be a great teacher, first of all you must create a strong bond with your pupils and reach them on multiple levels, because the best teachers are committed to their students’ well-being both inside and outside the classroom. By developing strong relationships, teachers are able to make an impact on every aspect of their students’ lives, teaching them the important life lessons that will help them succeed beyond term papers and tests. There are two types of teachers: the ones that can have a minor influence in a student’s life and others who can have a great impact. I believe that a great teacher has to be a fine psychologist. A great teacher has to understand that each child is unique, and he/she has to know how to work with all of them. A teacher can put you down, but also a teacher can give you wings to fly. A teacher can open your eyes and make you believe that everything is possible as long as you believe in yourself. It is not always easy to change a student’s life, which is why it takes a great teacher to do that. Some just need an extra push because they lack confidence, others may be going through something troubling in their personal lives and need someone to talk to. A teacher can shape personalities, can teach good manners, good moral values. Sometimes a teacher can have a greater impact on students even more than a parent or society can. I think that all of us need a role model in our lives. A role model is someone who inspires and encourages us to strive for greatness, live to our fullest potential and see the best in ourselves. Someone we admire and someone we aspire to be like, someone who we can always look up to when we need advice and guidance. Anybody can be a role model: a parent, a sibling, a friend. I strongly believe that some of the most influential and life-changing role models are teachers. They are a source of advice for students weighing important life decisions, and can help their pupils pursue higher education, explore career opportunities and compete in all types of events. Much of the things that students can learn from their greatest teachers is not detailed in a syllabus. Teachers who help us grow as people are responsible for imparting some of life’s most important lessons. During their initial school years, students encounter other children of the same age and begin to form some of their first friendships. The role of the teacher here is to show his students how to become independent and form their own relationships. School is a place of social learning but also a place who can teach you how to interact with others. Those early lessons still have an effect on how they will interact with others in the future. It is not an exaggeration to say that students who are inspired by their teachers can accomplish wonderful and amazing things, and they can keep their motivation throughout their entire life. Inspiration can also take many forms, from helping pupils through school and their goals, to guiding them towards their future career. Teachers can also be a trusted source of advice for students weighing important life decisions, as well as help their pupils pursue higher education, explore career opportunities and compete in events they might otherwise have not thought themselves capable of. One of the most amazing things is that years after graduation, many professionals will always remember a particular teacher as the one who nourished their love of what they currently do and attribute their accomplishments to that teacher. As a teacher I had many beautiful moments. For me the greatest achievement was to see the happy faces of my pupils along with their enthusiasm when I entered the classroom. Their desire to learn, their warmth, their joy and laughter, were all the most amazing way to show me that I have accomplished my goal: to be a great teacher. Being a teacher is not an easy job, but it is DEFINITELY one of the most rewarding.