Remember your best teachers... it's World Teacher's Day!

Today (October 5th) is World Teacher's Day. 


Teachers are so important and we should show gratitude towards them. And I'm not just saying that because I am one! I was reminded of this idea by Paul, a rather wonderful 'hot yoga' teacher at Planet Yoga in Liverpool last night. We all said 'Namaste' to end the session. 'Namaste' means 'I bow to you' and is derived from Sanskrit. It is a greeting in Hindu custom. Here at Mantra Lingua, we offer the lovely book 'Deepak's Diwali' all about the Hindu festival of Diwali which is coming up later this month on the 19th October.


But I digress! Back to the importance of teachers. I have spent many years as a classroom teacher. Countless times have I witnessed colleagues going above and beyond for particular children to light that spark in their soul. 


The German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe gives a great piece of advice for any teacher: 

'Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.' 


Margaret Mead, the American cultural anthropologist, seemed to be talking to every teacher and pupil when she said, 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.' 


At Mantra Lingua, we respect both the teacher and the learner. We aim to create top quality resources that will help both to flourish in the wonderful and often challenging adventures involved with learning. 


During term time, most teachers are up late marking, assessing and preparing. They rise early to be ready for the day ahead. The time in the classroom, although the best bit of the job because you always learn something new from your students, is just the tip of the iceberg. 


I'd like to say thanks to Mr Boyce, who made me become a verb when I was reading in class in my upper school days. 


Thank you, sir. 


Here's a little question for you now, dear reader: which teacher made a positive difference to you and how? To whom would you like to say 'Namaste'?