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IV ii Teachers as Educators

3. How should teachers teach?

By example: Teachers should combine practice with precept, like the physical instructor who demonstrates the exercises and students perform. In the hermitages of the ancient preceptors, this was how the Gurus taught their disciples.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Jul 1994
 
These teachers should inspire the students by setting an example; by the way they live outside the classroom. 'If there are such teachers there will be no cause for students to go assay. I hope that you will devote yourselves to your duties with greater vigour and enthusiasm and bring about a transformation in the students.
Sathya Sai Baba, 15 Dec 1985
 
As leaders, they must lead. So, teachers must hold aloft, both by precept and practice, the ideals of scholarship, companionship, mutual love, and spiritual progress.
Sathya Sai Baba, 22 May 1982
 
When a teacher’s conduct is at variance with what he teaches, how can he/she serve as an example? When teachers call for discipline among the students, they themselves should adhere to discipline. 
Sathya Sai Baba, 15 Jun 1989
 
You are acharya, and not merely a teacher. Acharya is one who first practises and then teaches the same to their students. So, when you want to teach good principles to students, first you practise and then set an example. For example, if you smoke in the class, students will emulate you and start smoking. If you try to correct them by saying, smoking is bad for health, the students will in turn ask you, "Sir, then why do you smoke?" The true characteristic of good education is good teaching. Good teaching brings about transformation in students. It makes students confess their mistakes before the teacher.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Nov 2001
 
Your character is the best tool for the profession you have entered upon; your learning is of course valuable, but, one can excuse a little less of it; character on the other hand, must be cent per cent, perfect. Live, not artificially, but quite in conformity with the message of the Rishis, “Sathyam vada, Dharmam chara” (utter the truth, tread the path of righteousness).
Sathya Sai Baba, 5 Sep 1968
 
The teacher dedicates himself to a great saadhana, when he enters upon this profession. He has himself to be what he advises his pupils to be. The tender minds in the classroom are easily moulded by his example. If the teacher speaks against smoking, he has to give up smoking; if he insists on punctuality, he has to come to the classroom on time. He is under rigorous scrutiny, all the time. Any misdemeanour of his, becomes the talk of the town; it is discussed during dinner in a hundred homes the same day. He has to be circumspect all the hours of the day.
Sathya Sai Baba, 2 Mar 1970
 
By inspiring:  Teachers, inspire your students. Give no room for anger, jealousy or hatred within you.
Sathya Sai Baba, 19 Jul 1994
 
By encouraging:  The teacher has to help the pupil unfold and manifest the skills and qualities inherent in him and encourage him to rise to the fullest height he is capable.
Sathya Sai Baba, 22 May 1982
 
They draw out the latent potentialities in the students. If they are encouraged to make the effort, students can accomplish anything.
Sathya Sai Baba, 21 Jul 1994