Teaching For Life

by Patrick Liew on August 2, 2011

I remember this incident as if I was still there. And it happened a long time ago.

I was 14 at that point in time.

Our class was looking forward to learning Chapter 7 of the Biology textbook.

The lesson – Sexual Reproduction.

Mr. Tee Kok Liong, our Biology teacher was a good teacher. I would remember him for the rest of my life.

He had a goatee – never smiled – and was very serious about covering every single detail in the textbook.

The fateful day came.

Mr. Tee walked into the class.

He wrote on the chalkboard, ‘Chapter 7, Sexual Reproduction.’

All the students were holding their breath. You could almost hear a leaf dropped from the tree outside the class.

Mr. Tee turned to face the class. Some of the students were holding back their saliva.    :o)

“Class, I’m sure you know how to read. Please read Chapter 7 on your own.

“I will be covering Chapter 8 today.”

Even though I still do not know anything about sexual reproduction, I am grateful to all my teachers.

My teachers include people like you who continue to teach me every single day of my life.

The Chinese has a saying, ‘We owe a debt of gratitude every day to our teachers. We owe a debt of gratitude to our parents throughout our lives.’

Without teachers, there are no other jobs. There are no well-run companies, organizations, government, and society.

All of us are teachers – even if we don’t teach for a living.

Because of the teachers in our lives, we need to teach others so that we can improve and build a better home.

The best way to teach is to inspire them to learn.

When we continue to learn and improve, we will get better results.

The ultimate result in teaching is not just to teach them what they need to know, but to teach them how to learn what they want to learn.

When we learn how to learn, we will get better results.

Thank you, teachers!


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