What is a Teacher?
- by Gerald Grow
- Division of Journalism
- Florida A&M University
- Available: <http://www.longleaf.net/ggrow>
To a mind of flint, the teacher must
be iron, and strike sparks. To the empty pitcher, the teacher
becomes a well. To the fallow mind, a planter of seeds. To the
cluttered mind, a gardener to weed, shape, and clear a space
To the lens, the teacher is light, and to the mind of light,
To the sleeper, the teacher is the wake-up call of birds at sunrise.
To clay, the teacher is potter, sculptor, and trainer in self-shaping.
To the wanderer, the teacher is a knowing guide. To the developed
mind, the teacher is colleague, listener, friend.
To all, the teacher is a mirror that shows not only the self
but the path and its choices, the task and its demands--the difficulties,
the joys. To all and from all, the teacher is a learner, a person--and
a prism through which the ordinary reveals itself
to be miraculous.
© 1977. May
be freely reprinted for nonprofit uses, provided credit is given.