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Being a teacher is not just a 9 to 5 job, but a duty that requires 24 hours service. Teachers are entrusted with the responsibility of grooming the young minds and preparing them for the future. Teaching is never an easy job to do, and it is a huge responsibility. The students often make future decisions depending on how the teacher is delivering his lessons. There are lots of important roles for a teacher to perform while teaching. A teacher can be anything he wants to be as long as he is not breaking the law and teaching according to the rules and regulations of the school. Most teachers can take on more than one role within the classroom, depending on the needs of the students. Teaching Knowledge Teaching is one of the most important roles of a teacher, probably the most important one. The future of students is in the hands of a teacher. A good and a bad teacher has a different impact on students. A good teacher will sacrifice his time and give his everything so that the students can learn better, some teachers might even use their own money to buy gifts and materials for the class so that his students can have a better learning experience. A bad teacher will try to get over the class as quickly as possible and put no further effort to help his students to learn more. The difference between the teaching methods can be shown by the students performance on tests and their willingness to come back to school in the morning. Creating Classroom Environment Another important role for a teacher during class is to create a safe and harmonious environment for students. A different environment and atmosphere in the class has a different impact on students. There’s a reason why students tend to perform differently in different classes and schools. The first step in improving students’ academic performance is to change the environment in which the students study. It’s necessary for students to have a good environment in order to perform well and improve their performance. Teachers are responsible for what happens in the classroom and anything that happens is a reflection of the environment of the classroom. Role Modeling Students spend a lot of time with their teachers, therefore they learn to do what their teacher does. “Actions speak louder than words”, a teacher needs to set a good example for the students, because students tend to follow what the teacher does more than what the teacher is teaching. A teacher’s job is not just to teach good grammar and good communication skills, but also discipline the students and teach them good manners. Student’s discipline and manners are a reflection that he has been taught well by a great teacher. At the end of the day, student often mimic what their teachers do during the class, so it is necessary for teachers to put on a nice show during class, to set a better example for his students. Mentoring At the end of the day, the students need to be mentored well in order to show that they have been educated well. Mentoring students is an important aspect of teaching, and it requires a lot of patients during the process. Mentoring is done voluntarily by teachers, as it is a way teachers encourages students to aim for what is best for them. One of the best ways of mentoring the students is to listen to them and know what their needs are. Hence, it is essential for teachers to communicate with his students, so that they feel welcomed and gain confidence to speak out their opinions and problems. There are lots of other roles played by teachers as well, for example, protector and entertainer. Being a teacher is not just about going to school and using the textbooks, there are other things that are needed to be done in order to be a successful teacher. Students often spend most of their time around teachers, so it is really important for the teachers to take their job seriously and nurture the young minds to their full potential. However, students might become too independent on teacher, therefore the teachers should also make sure that students are able to make their own decisions and be more independent.