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In the past there were two different theories about the ontogeny of humans. One theory stated that ontogeny is all about inherited talents and gifts from the parents that will influence the future life of the child. The second one considered the environment and surroundings of the child as the foundation for his or her ontogeny. Nowadays we know that both of these factors are equally important.
From my own finding, I believe that human behavior cannot be seen as the sole product of heritage or environmental influences. I have found that one's social background is highly influential to the development of the individual. For example: A child might have a musical talent but the parents either don't recognize it or are not able to support nurturing the talent. Therefore this child might not be introduced to music at an early age. In other families the parents might give their children opportunities to experience many different aspects of life, building a foundation for a complex development.
It is not just the parents who influence this development, but also a great number of other caretakers, most especially teachers. Many teachers, however, may underestimate their influence - whether it be positive or negative.
What makes a teacher a good teacher? First of all are enthusiasm for teaching and love for students. A good teacher will also strive for her own learning to gain knowledge of all facets of teaching, including knowledge of the human psyche. Teaching is thereby an act of continuing learning. A teacher who keeps on learning comes closer to his goal of successful teaching to accomplish successful learning for the student. A good teacher knows how to structure difficult learning content by giving the student information while using more than one of his senses. This multi-sensory input can enable the student to understand more difficult facts and to solve more complex problems.
Very often a student is not successful because of a perturbed relationship with her environment or just because of missing stimulation. A good teacher will recognize when the student needs support and encouragement or strictness of expectation.
For myself as a teacher, it was not always easy to pursue and achieve these goals, especially with groups full of widely-ranging individuals; still, such difficulties never kept me from trying to do the best for every single student.
Once you have been a teacher, you know how satisfying it is to meet your former students in later years as adults, and seeing how they have become successful members of our society. Even if the student's success is not due just to our meritorious teaching, we nevertheless share in part of it!
We all know that we are not limited only to genes and environment, but need to work actively on our own possibilities and circumstances. We also know that this process will never end, but needs to be continued through our entire lives.
To be successful with this never-ending task, it is very helpful to have someone on our side who encourages, supports and even forces us sometimes to pursue our goals. In my case this someone is my husband, who is determined to learn, learn, learn, and learn... He wants to stay young in his mind and therefore I don't like to be an old wife on his side...
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