To be a good teacher one has to be a human being. The teacher has to make his students of whatever age respect, admire and love him, not make fun of him. Teaching of the right sort makes one aware of what lies most deeply in the minds and hearts of people, what they a core for most, what distresses them, what they have to fight against. The life of the teacher is full of responsibility. The other duties of the teacher besides teaching, guiding and testing are the following: to the students, to parents, to community, to his profession, and to himself.
The teacher should recognize that the welfare and interest of the student is the principal objective of his profession. The teacher should guard the health, moral, and well-being of the students with intelligent care. He must respect the individuality of each student and must be willing and ready to accept and try to understand their differences and strengths, as well as their problems. It is important for the teacher to gain the confidence, respect, and cooperation of the students.
It is the duty of the teacher to keep close touch with parents. The teacher should invite the cooperation of the parents by taking them into his confidence on all important matters. He should develop parent-teacher cooperation. The modern school is increasingly aware of the necessity of close parent-teacher cooperation in the education of the students. The development of character, personality, and the capacity for effective social living being accepted are some of the fundamental aims of education, it becomes necessary that the home, the school, and the community must work together as a unit toward these goals.
The teacher should participate actively in the life of the community. The teacher's participation in the life of the community is most needed in the development of creative leadership and in the process of social reconstruction. Every teacher should help promote the economic and social condition of the community where he lives.
It is the duty of every teacher to do what he can to sustain and dignify the teaching profession. He should assist in raising the standards of the profession. There is a need in the teaching profession for a greater spirit of loyalty for mutual support and fidelity. The teacher should not limit his services because of the low salary he receives. The teacher can give evidence of his dedication to teaching by cooperating with other teachers in local and national organizations that work for professional improvement. He should lend active support to any group that is sincerely concerned with improving the quality of teaching and learning.
The teacher, likewise, has responsibilities to himself. If the teacher is to keep himself fit for the important service he has to render to society, he must be physically healthy, mentally alert, emotionally stable, and morally upright. He must know himself, his strengths and his limitations, his potentialities, and his interests, in order that he may develop them. Likewise, he must grow in his chosen calling, or else his calling will outgrow him. The teacher should avail himself of every possible opportunity to help promote the moral, social, educational, economic and civic welfare of the people of the community in which he is a member.