It is a real pleasure to introduce Professor Carlos Morosoli Zubiria, our guest blogger, to you. Today he will be discussing “the Mentoring Role of the Teacher” with us.
Graduated in 1978 as a professor of Organic Chemistry and Physics from the prestigious “Instituto de Profesores José Gervasio Artigas” of Montevideo, Uruguay, he has had a long career as a teacher in public and private entities.
He was one of the speakers in the “Second Congress of Catholic Education renewal” in the Universidad Catolica del Uruguay in 1993; he participated in the “Interdisciplinary forum on Education” of the Artigas institute in 2005. He attended training courses sponsored by the Fulbright Commission in 1979, 1980 and 1981; he made a presentation for the OEA in 1982. He co-authored the book”Ejercicios de Química General”, Editorial Ideas-1980 and the “Prácticas de Química General para Bachillerato”, Editorial Ideas-1985.
Now let’s cede this podium to our distinguished guest and longtime friend. Professore Morosoli, avanti!
“In order to teach, you have to know. In order to educate, you have to be.”
That sentence has defined my ideal in my 40 years career as a teacher.
Even though we might criticize the different teaching plans, which according to the country in question and the supra-national educational directives can emphasize either the humane or scientific views on issues, we believe that the person who educates is the true artisan in this uniquely magnificent task.
Our teachings can be considered as a trove of knowledge that, enabled by the technological prowess, is at the fingertips of all our students. Depending on their individual capabilities, they have different timings to digest and absorb it but finally they will incorporate it as a tool to guide their actions.
However this endowment would have little meaning without the mentoring of the teacher or the professor who can crack the shell of each individual and explore the marvellous inner life of a growing child or a teenager. In many educational establishments the laptop has replaced the old paper and pencil. We must still guide the individual learning process with respectful patience.
I remember with certain nostalgia that in the beginning of my career my students used to pull the notebook and pencils from their bags first of all. Nowadays they set their laptops or tablets on the desk as a routine helper. The access to Internet has broadened our knowledge in magnificent ways but it has also had the collateral effect of colonization of our minds by others.
The students must still read articles, books, reviews and editorials in order to appreciate the layout of different arguments in critical issues that pertain us. By only watching the little screens, we just hop from one keyword to the other, reinforcing our previously held beliefs and blocking others to appear.
We, the teachers, are just human beings—with joys and sorrows, triumphs and defeats, loves and hates—that are highly motivated to educate the young. The knowledge cannot be magically imparted from above but rather shared daily in a community of learning.
What do you think? Please tell us.
Don’t leave me alone.