By Belenda C. Palencia
We, teachers, are called to develop and nurture our children in every aspect of their lives. Teaching six hours in the classroom makes sense only if we understand our accountability in molding their mind, emotion, and spirit so that they can conform to God’s plan for their lives.
Teaching is a life-changing job because we teach not only academics but also morals and spirituality.
We can’t teach good manners if we ourselves have no manners. We can’t advise them not to speak bad words if we ourselves are foul-mouthed. We can’t tell them to be kind and humble if we are unkind and boastful.
They see us. They feel us. They hear us loud and clear not only by our words but also by our actions, especially in the way we deal with them and with our colleagues. Our examples—whether good or bad—may become their compass and map for their own life journeys.
Effective teaching includes three important dimensions: intellectual, emotional, and spiritual. Reduce teaching to a mere intellectual exercise, it becomes a cold abstraction; reduce it to a mere emotionalism, it becomes narcissistic or self-centered; reduce it to the purely spiritual, it loses its anchor on the world.
Indeed, intellect, emotion, and spirit drive the human psyche in ways that must be manifested in every teacher’s pedagogical acts.
This is holistic teaching. It comes from the integrity of mind, emotion, and spirit. If we have it, we can give it. And most importantly, we can teach it to our children so that their lives can conform to God’s plan.