Monday, September 4, 2017

Teachers’ Day Musings Does Money Motivate Teachers...?

Does Money Motivate Teachers...? 
Teachers’ Day Musings
Vikram Karve 


Three Kinds of Teachers and 3 R’s of Teaching: 

Reward Recognition Respect

There are three kinds of Teachers:

1. Reward Oriented

2. Recognition Seeking

3. Respect Winning

Let us reflect a bit on each of the 3 types of teachers.


In the first category are those who teach for Reward

For them – Teaching is like any other job  a profession rather than a passion.

For them – Teaching is a means of earning their livelihood. 

They believe that if they teach X” number of hours – they are entitled Y salary. 

For any extra teaching load they expect what the industry bluntly calls overtime and for which academics use euphemisms like honorarium etc.


Then – there are teachers who are obsessed with Recognition

They strive for awards, titles, designations, positions, peer recognition, publishing papers, honours, fellowships – being recognised is all about fame. 

Recognition is not so much about getting credit – as it is about being appreciated.


The highest category of teachers are those who win Respect – respect of their students, respect of their colleagues in the teaching fraternity and respect of society. 

For them respect is one of the most critical dimensions of their life. 

They are passionate about teaching and are loved by their students on whom they make a lasting impression.

In Which Category is Your Teacher...?

Dear Reader, the next time you see a teacher, observe carefully and try to analyse in which category he or she belongs – reward, recognition or respect.

A Teacher who strives to win respect will always be more student-centric, stakeholder conscious and effective than Teachers who are greedy for rewards or yearning for recognition.

Are You a Teacher...?

If you are a teacher yourself  please close your eyes and introspect – and see for yourself – where you belong  and truthfully assess – whether your metier is in teaching.  

It is quite simple.

After you finish a lecture – ask yourself three sets of questions:

1. Is the lecture something you feel you have done well...?
2. Do you feel you teach well...?

3. Did you enjoy delivering the lecture...?
4. Do you enjoy teaching...?

5. Did you feel proud of the way you delivered the lecture...?
6. Do you feel proud of the fact that you are a teacher or would you rather be someone else...?

If the answers to all the 6 questions is YES  you know you are in the right place  so  Happy Teaching.

Whether you are a teacher, or a student, or a parent – don't forget the 3 R’s of Teaching.

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