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A Teacher for All Seasons – Joanna Fuchs

The poet expresses gratitude to a teacher for being a truly perfect person – suitable for all seasons and with a pleasant, encouraging attitude that wins hearts wherever she/he goes.

This poem plays tribute to a teacher, listing the various roles she takes on as a friend and guide to her students. The poet compares the various roles of the teacher to the four seasons, showing us how the teacher contributes to the complete development of her students.

Spring Season

Spring is the season that announces the birth of new plants. The teacher is like spring because she offers these new plants (little children) her protection against the elements of evil, guides them to the right path and nurtures them tenderly.

A teacher is like Spring,
Who nurtures new green sprouts,
Encourages and leads them,
Whenever they have doubts.

  1. What kind of a teacher is like Spring season?
    A teacher who loves her children, nurtures them lovingly, leads them through doubts and encourages them to learn and be successful, is like Spring.
  2. What does Spring do with new green sprouts?
    Spring seasons takes great care of the new plants and leaves. Spring gives them water and light sunlight, breeze and dew drops for their growth.
  3. Why are children compared to new green sprouts?
    Children are, no doubt, like spring-plants. Childhood is the beginning of life and is the happiest. Like tender plants with slender leaves and buds and flowers, childhood is wonderful and each child is beautiful and innocent.
  4. When does a good teacher encourage and lead students?
    A good teacher encourages a child when he or she is doubtful. A good teacher leads him when he is unable to understand his lessons.
Next – Summer Season

During summer, the sun is warm and bright. It gives warmth and light and life to all. It enlightens. A teacher is like summer because she is always good-tempered. Her cheerful behavior ensures that studying is fun.

A teacher is like Summer,
Whose sunny temperament
Makes studying a pleasure,
Preventing discontent.

  1. What kind of a teacher is like Summer season?
    A teacher whose presence, words and manners are warm and encouraging is like Spring season. She is not dull. Whoever learns from her gets motivated and enlightened. Like the sun, she spreads light, warmth and life buy burning for others.
  2. What should be a teacher’s temperament?
    A teacher should always have sunny temperament. She must be a person overflowing with patience with every student, however bad he or she is. All students are not smart but all good teachers are bright and sunny like the sun – not to burn, but to enlighten.
  3. How can a teacher make study a pleasure for children?
    A teacher can make learning a pleasure for children by having a warm temperament that understands every child and tolerates every shortcomings.
  4. What should a teacher try to prevent while teaching?
    A teacher should prevent discontent. In a class of different kinds of students, a teacher is the only one who is the same all the time. When she cannot cope with a less intelligent student, she should prepare herself to accept.
Next – Fall Season

During fall/autumn season, fruits mature, leaves get bright colors and the nature appears like a beauty. It is a time when every fruit reaches ripeness. Her teaching brings alive the bright colours and crispness of nature and in this manner she is like fall.

A teacher is like Fall,
With methods crisp and clear,
Lessons of bright colors
And a happy atmosphere.

  1. How does Fall appear to be?
    Fall is a time when fruits and leaves reach ripeness. During this time leaves and fruits get new colors and smell and taste. Hills and valleys are colorful and orchards are overflowing with the scent of mellow fruits.
  2. What sort of methods should a teacher apply in classrooms?
Next – Winter Season

In the winter everything is dull and frozen. A teacher is like winter because she makes sure that her students are warm and comfortable in her company despite any troubles that they may face. She also guides them, offering them all the benefit of her own experience.

A teacher is like Winter,
While it’s snowing hard outside,
Keeping students comfortable,
As a warm and helpful guide.

  1. What is common between an ideal teacher and Winter?
    Winter is cold but the same winter protects its animals and birds and trees. Winter sheds leaves, send the animals to sleep in their furrows and blankets the earth and insects under heavy cover of the fallen leaves. Similarly, a teacher protects her children during their hardest time.

Teacher, you do all these things,
With a pleasant attitude;
You’re a teacher for all seasons,
And you have my gratitude!

  1. Why is the teacher needed for all seasons?
    Human life undergoes various changes – happiness, failures, hardship and dullness. As students, a teacher is their best guardian and guide to pass these troublesome childhood days. A teacher is caring, motivating, warming and covering throughout a child’s life.

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