LE Mario Macías Salce

As we know, teaching is not only transmitting information to our students or telling them what to do, teaching is TEACHING.


As Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie (1837–1919) in her novel, Mrs. Dymond (1885) states: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”… How right she was! We should teach our children as well as our students this basic way of life. It is more worthwhile to teach someone rather than do the things for him/her. Teach him/her how to fish.


Nowadays, and more than ever, we as teachers really need to reflect on our teaching and be conscientious about how important our teaching labor is, how important it is TO TEACH and not only to teach. Day after day, our students have easier and faster access to information and sometimes it seems to be that we are not aware of it. Teaching is a matter of preparation, knowledge and more than anything, it is a matter of our love for TEACHING.


We as teachers must commit to our teaching job and really show that we have a passion for doing it.  Our students should be able to sense that we care, and not only that we teach.


After going over some of the elements that I consider important for teaching, I came up with these points that I think any teacher should posses at least a little bit in her/his soul, heart and senses. These elements are as follows:




  1. You shall always keep in mind that you and your students are human beings and dignity shall be above all, including knowledge.
  2. You shall leave your personal problems outside the school.
  3. You shall use communication and negotiation as a main tool in your daily teaching.
  4. You shall have in mind this powerful and relaxing attitude: empathy, so as not to let dispair take control over you.
  5. You shall generate knowledge in your students: Do not dictate it.
  6. You shall sow in each one of your students, the seed of doubt, before assuring that you have told them the absolute truth.
  7. You shall make use of evaluations as an impulse for growing and never as a tool of intimidation.
  8. You shall prepare your classes and be open for new knowledge and training.
  9. You shall back up your students so as to identify their strengths and weaknesses to work colaborately.
  10. You shall encourage students to integrate the four life competencies: learning to be, learning to live together, learning to know and learning to do.


What about you, teacher? Write a check list and see for yourself whether you have incorporated some or most of these commandments in your teaching. I am sure you have, however if you have not, there is always room for improvement.


See you all in the heart of your students.