Thursday, July 16, 2009

Becoming a Phenomenal Teacher

By Amiza Hazni Bt Mohd. Radzi

Frankly speaking, the life of a teacher is never a bed of roses and that is for sure. I can personally guarantee that speaking from my own experience of 11 years of teaching. Comparing my plights and challenges with teachers who have been in this noble profession for 20 years or more, mine would be minute and theirs would be gigantic. Not to sound provocative or biased, being a teacher in the 80s and 90s was not as challenging as being a 21st century teacher when every task requires intelligence, great patience, up-to-date knowledge at the global level and good mental health. Still it is not impossible to be an incredible teacher who is really fit emotionally, mentally and physically.

This is the time when we teachers have to revamp ourselves to meet the challenges at hand now. Nowadays, being good is never enough. A teacher has to be phenomenal, charming, memorable, exciting, inspiring, motivational, very calm in critical situations and not forgetting intelligent as well. Then there is another question of how to become one? I just want to share my views on how to become phenomenal ourselves. First and foremost, make sure we are happy at home only then we can try to be happy at work. Even though our workload can be overwhelming sometimes and our students seem impossible to be helped at times, at least we have a happy family and a nice home to go back to. Refresh our emotions and our bodies at home and the next morning is a brand new day for us.

It may sound cruel but if our lessons are boring and our students are bored then it is entirely our fault. Do something about it, please take action now! Make our class exciting does not mean we have to use ICT equipments all the time. There are various kinds of teaching aid or teaching material that we can always use. Do not rely on newspaper articles only to make lessons exciting. What about National Geographic magazines, Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, entertainment magazines, health magazines, automobiles magazines, sports magazines and fashion magazines that are always there at the school libraries or at our homes. Not forgetting the Internet, just goggle and type any topic of your interest or your students’ interest and then use all of them in our classrooms from time to time. Music is indeed a universal language and it heals troubled teenagers’ minds so use appropriate beautiful songs to incorporate it in our lessons. Very easy indeed just be creative and everything will be alright.

Personality makeover is essential to become a phenomenal teacher. What to do? Well recheck our sense of humour level. Are we funny enough to crack appropriate jokes to make sure our students still awake in our classes? Are we able to laugh with our colleagues and students whenever a funny incident occurs? Being able to just laugh is very important to maintain our mental health and balance our emotions. Please laugh accordingly and never suppress ourselves from being cheerful and happy. It is not wrong to smile to others, in fact a smile and a laugh are indeed very powerful and infectious.

If Martin Luther King was inspirational, so can we. First thing first, we have to be inspired. Take famous world personalities as role models and read more about them and use their success stories to motivate us. Share those success stories which are relevant to our students in our classes. Our beloved students need role models to look up to in their lives so we have to inspire them. While our students are paying attention to us take that opportunity to motivate them to become better sons and daughters and better students. Encouraging them to get better grades is not enough. We want to produce “modal insan” so it is our core business not only to teach but to help them to become better human beings who are not prejudiced, hate wars, love to recycle, ever willing to help one another and moving towards success.

Enough said, becoming a phenomenal teacher is not impossible. The choice to become one is always in our hands. Make the right choice. It is never too late to change. Change, improve and keep up the good work fellow teachers.


  1. how i wish that being a teacher would make me sleep on a bed of roses!

  2. Thanks Mahid for ur comment. hahaha yeap...sometimes i wish for a bed of roses too. well i have to make do with what i have right. well keep those comments comming :)

  3. i want to be a teacher and i always dream that every student i teach can succeed in their life or just be good in english... a silly dream right... what a kid like me knoe about being teacher ,,,

  4. zakuan...u have the personality and the enthusiasm to be a teacher..InsyaAllah one day u can be a good teacher :)