It goes without saying that we are all different, that no two lives look the same and so do teachers. “Not everyone is great at lecturing, but all can become great teachers”. Beside our differences, everyone has his own skills and is capable of transmitting knowledge or inspiration. This is especially true when we free ourselves from the idea that teaching only happens in the classroom – why not consider ‘teaching’ that time you inspired someone to start exercising? And what about that time you had an impact on those around you just by doing the right thing and acting as a role model?
Teacher profession or teacher lifestyle?
What is the relation between the two? Can you be one without the other and both at the same time, too? Yes – you can even have a career as a teacher without ever adopting a teacher lifestyle (of course, according to our interpretation of it).
The difference between a teacher profession and teacher lifestyle lies on responsibility. Are you an employee, or a teacher? Do you care for the development of those around you outside school walls and times? How do you contribute to it?
Part of teaching as a lifestyle is looking for the educational aspect in the diverse activities that are part your life. Being interested and curious in a variety of fields, seeing the point of learning, and always striving to share your knowledge and interest with those around you are things that make you a good teacher. A constant reflection on the world, on others and on yourself, too, is another element of yourself as a teacher. What is it relevant to dig into? How can you involve others and spark their interest? How do your behaviours affect and unconsciously teach others?