I think the fact that his personality was reflected in the way he taught us is one of the reasons why I enjoyed taking his classes so much. He also knew how to have a good time just for the sake of having a good time – for example, some days we would do a short fun activity that did not relate to what we were doing in class at all. Basically, my teacher was able to mentor us without making us feel like he thought he was better than us, and he was able to be our friend without losing any respect that he deserved. Even to this day we stay in contact through e-mail and occasional visits when we are in the same state.
My uncle Hal. He has traveled all over South and Central America, working with low-income populations and helping them to build communities. What I find inspiring is that he is wise beyond his years, and always seems to understand everything that is going on. In almost any situation, he is aware of how other people are feeling and is an incredible communicator. When I look back, I realize that at the core of it, he used his amazing abilities of communicating to make me feel like what I was doing was a worthwhile thing to do. He tied his advice directly back to my own life and helped me to make the connections so that I saw the importance.
When the teacher can engage the student with such evident enthusiasm for the topic, the student has no choice but to be captivated. The teacher must also inspire the student on a deeper, personal level and for this to happen the teacher must allow the student to feel empowerment. When the student realizes their own potential, they are more likely to seize the relevant opportunities. Stimulating the student to do independent thinking about the topic enables them to carry much more away from the lesson and hopefully make it applicable to their everyday lives as well.