Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Attitude Does Count – A Lot



Some students I know are very inquisitive and have a lot of questions to ask their teachers. They follow where the teachers go and they are always ready to ask their questions. They will walk with the teachers everywhere until they get what they want.

I love their spirit, determination and never-say-die attitude. These are the students who will improve on their academic performances by leaps and bounds. And they will be successful in many areas later in their lives.

Attitude does count – a lot. A simple spark of inspiration, desire, and intuition can do wonder in our lives. If only we have an inquiring mind and a humble spirit to learn, we will go far in all our endeavors and undertakings.

I talk as a teacher. Like other teachers, I want to be appreciated and loved for what I do. Imagine entering a classroom to teach with the best educational techniques, and provide a very stimulating and motivational lesson, yet students just walk away without question or comment. How heartbreaking it will be after all the preparations.

Teachers are rational and emotional beings. They have a lot to teach and share. They will be very happy when their students ask them questions. In fact, many of them are ready to reward their students for their initiative to ask questions. Many teachers also treat their students as their personal friends; they share their joy and difficulties in learning and teaching, and many other topics in life.

If only we can give our teachers a good, deep and lasting impression, they will love us more and share with us more. They will have high regards for us, and our academic performances or social standings will improve. When need arises, they will also give us good recommendations and descriptions.

As it is, students with positive attitude and willingness to learn will go far in their study.

But there is a great deal to learn in posing questions. We must think through our questions, restructure them properly, and ask rationally, logically and meaningfully. We don’t want to appear stupid, immature or unready by asking shallow and absurd questions or giving stupid and unnecessary comments.

A humble and teachable spirit is what we need to learn from others.

Let us be brave to open our mouth and ask. There is nothing to lose.

Ask properly and politely. Attitude does count – a lot.