Mr. Subhash V. Makwana
Creators
Dr. Jignesh B. Patel

Teacher Symbol 

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“Strengthening Identity of Teacher in the World through Establishment of Teacher Symbol”


Introduction

       The society is dynamic in nature. It is influenced by the ever demanding field of ‘Education’. It has been rendering knowledge and showing the right path for its application in life. It has been bringing desirable changes in the behaviour of the individuals as demanded by society. The formal setting of education is emphasized in society. Here the teachers are playing major role from elementary to higher education.

       The teachers are universal in nature. They are rendering major performance of shaping the human society. Their verbal-non-verbal behaviour is creating the learning environment and strongly influencing the students. So, the teachers and teaching profession are drawing attention of the world. There is a need of universal and unique identity as well as recognition of teachers and teaching profession in the world.


Need of teacher symbol

Need of global unity in teachers

       The teachers’ existence is ever expected in the world for teaching the students. They have to teach in varied forms of Disciplines, Levels, Places and Time of teaching. There are various disciplines like Education, Science, Humanities, Social Services, Technology, etc. The education or knowledge covers all the disciplines or subjects in an integrated way as well as supplementary and interrelated to each other.

There are different levels or stages of education like Elementary, Secondary, Higher Secondary, Higher education, Professional courses etc. The teachers are teaching the students and mutually depended on efforts of one another. When a student completes his/her own education, efforts of all the teachers are reflected in the behaviour of the student. Effective performance of teachers at every stage of education is needed.

The teachers are teaching at different places like in the world. They perform in a particular context and prepare students. Their learning would not be utilized in that particular context only or pre-decided place. Its utilization may be at anywhere in the world. So, the teachers of various places are not working for their specific context only, but for anywhere in the whole world.

The teachers are performing their task of teaching in different times i.e. Past, Present and Future. The teachers have performed their role in the past, are performing in the present and will perform in future also. We cannot desperate all of these times. The teaching in different times is sequential and cumulative in a chronological order and none can break it at a specific point. Thus, teaching is continuous from the evolution of the human being on the earth. So, there is a need to remove isolation among Disciplines, Levels, Places and Time of education and establish unity in teachers.


Need of role perception for teachers

The teachers are performing their role in different manners as they perceive. Apart from being a human being they should be aware about their specific existence and behave in that manner. They have to acknowledge about themselves and receive recognition and respect from the society as well.

There are various ways and means for giving professional identity to the teacher in the world. Establishment of a Symbol for identity of the teacher will be unique and wonderful. There are various organizations and professions having their specific visual identity in the form of logo, symbol, motto statement, words etc, which are unique in the society and can establish unity in own endeavour. 

In concern of Status of Teachers UNESCO (1966) recommended, “The status of teachers should be commensurate with the needs of education as assessed in the light of educational aims and objectives; it should be recognized that the proper status of teachers and due public regard for the profession of teaching are of major importance for the full realization of these aims and objectives.” (p. 4).

 In this concern a ‘Teacher Symbol’ has been developed and offered to Teachers and Teaching profession to establish identity and recognition in the world utilizing different concepts concurrent to concept and role performance of Teacher.

There are very few efforts found in the development of the teacher symbol in the world. The authors found Japanese teacher symbol in Kanji fonts ‘ ’ (Sensei) and Chinese teacher symbols ‘ ’ (Laoshi) as well as ‘师’ (Shi1). These symbols are nation specific and containing very few concepts of teachers and teaching profession. They are fulfilling very less characteristics of being a symbol. So, there is need to develop a ‘Teacher Symbol’ and the creators have done a conscious attempt to create it.


Creation of ‘teacher symbol’


The symbol creators/designers have made a conceptual journey and created a ‘Teacher Symbol’. They have collaboratively thought and discussed various aspects of the concept of Teacher, Teaching profession and criteria of a Symbol. It was tried to create on paper for many times and then a symbol has been formed. Then they have created the same in computer using Paint, Photoshop and Corel Draw. As a result of it, a Teacher Symbol has been evolved.


English Language

English Word ‘Teacher’. The English language is at the first rank as per the number of speakers in the world as an international link language. The English word ‘Teacher’ also has worldwide universal identity and usage. The designers of ‘Teacher Symbol’ have taken it into consideration and derived at its design philosophy from English language of the Latin script and the word ‘Teacher’.

Manipulation of ‘Teacher’ as ‘Tr’ in Cursive Writing. This word manipulated as abbreviation considering the first letter of the word ‘T’ and last letter ‘r’ in a short form as ‘Tr’. The Doctors are using ‘Dr.’ and Engineers using ‘Er.’. So it may happen with teachers as ‘Tr.’ for their identity as a ‘Teacher’. 

The abbreviation ‘Tr’ created on paper in English cursive writing as ‘ ’, where the ‘ ’ is ‘T’ and ‘ ’ is ‘r’. The derived symbol is acceptable for the world society. The symbol is breaking the boundaries of languages in the world, because whenever anyone tries to use it, can create this symbol and read in English as well as in own language too. 


Attachment between teacher and student

Honour to Teacher by Student. The teachers educate students for their wellbeing, whereas the students also follow the teacher. The student honours and respects the teacher through leaning or bowing towards teacher. The teacher also tries to make the student stand up. The student looks like bowing towards the teacher; it doesn’t mean insignificant, but receiving education only. The teacher also blesses student for wellbeing. This concept is also covered in this symbol. One can visualize it in this symbol ‘ ’ and its two sketches of both of them as the sketch ‘ ’ as student and ‘ ’ as teacher. This symbol stands for whole system of education as well as applicable at its every stage.


Holding hands to uplift. With observation of the symbol, one can visualize teacher and student’s ‘hands in hands’ at the middle and bottom of this symbol. It indicates healthy relationship and attachment between teacher and student. Teacher expresses affection to the student and doesn’t let lean, but make stand up with supports of own hands. This interpretation exhibits full love and healthy student- teacher relationship in this symbol.

The teacher and student holds hands at the bottom of the symbol means the student is at a specific level and the teacher reaches to that level and provides education. 

The ‘hands in hands’ has another interpretation as both of they have give and take relationship. The teacher provides learning experiences to the student, whereas the student also provides learning experiences to the teacher about what, when, and how to teach. So, exchange of learning experiences also exists in this symbol.

Gravitational pull. The teacher and student move in the world for their own deed. Whenever they move alone, they move being straight, while they assemble to each other, there occurs a gravitational pull. Both the teacher and the student affectively attract towards each other and due to such attraction and gravitational pull, they lean to each other. It is also being visualized in this symbol.


Unborn baby in womb of mother

Teacher as an emotional mother. Teacher is just like a mother and student is a fetus in her womb at the time of learning. Mother takes care of her unborn baby in her womb. She takes care of her own diet and thoughts for the sake of baby. She lives in the company of holy atmosphere, holy and personality oriented literature and music and retains pleasant mood. In the same way the teacher is an emotional mother for student and the student is in the conceptual womb of teacher during the process of education. Teacher takes nutritious and good food in the form of reading books, discussion with others and utilizing available resources to learn and strengthen teaching. Teacher preserves own mental and physical health for the sake of student’s wellbeing. Teacher takes part in seminars, workshops, training programmes, projects, research works etc. Teacher takes prescriptions from the experts, educationists, literatures, researches etc. for betterment of the student. 


Consciously or unconsciously the unborn baby in the womb of a mother is at the centre in thoughts, speech and action all day and night. Even she takes more care of her own for the promotional stage of baby to getting birth. In the same manner, teacher is also conscious about own thoughts, speech and action all day and night for better learning and promotion of students to the proceeding stage. Even the teacher takes care of own behaviour in presence of student as well as in their absence too.


Conceptual birth to child. Mother cares about the child and after a period of time -around nine months- a baby gets birth with enough growth and development. Teacher also takes care of student’s all-round development and after a period of time, student proceeds to promotional stage. At the time of completion of the grade/standard/year in around ten months or one year, the student gets emotional birth. So, the teacher is an emotional mother and student is an unborn baby in teacher’s conceptual womb. It is also exhibiting through a part of this symbol in a sketch ‘ ’ of an unborn baby in the womb of a mother.

Teacher symbol in colour and circle

The teacher symbol has been given colours and circle. The colours utilized are black, yellow, white and sky-blue with specific metaphor. 

Black colour. The teacher symbol is in black colour, which is common to other types of symbols. The black colour is appropriate for white background paper.

Yellow colour.The Yellow colour is metaphor of knowledge. The yellow colour is in the head of the teacher, which reveals that the teacher’s head is full of knowledge and it is oozing towards the student.

White colour. The White indicates emptiness, purity and containing seven colours i.e. violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red (VIBGYOR). The student’s head or mind filled up with white colour. It means the student’s head is empty. The emptiness doesn’t mean nothing is there in student’s mind. It has the knowledge of entry level; even it has the space for receiving new knowledge. Having eagerness, it is ready to receive and bear the knowledge oozed from the teacher’s head. Apart from it, the white colour is the colour of purity and the student is ready to grasp knowledge with purity of mind. There is another meaning also as the white colour contains seven colours i.e. VIBGYOR, which interprets as various fields of education.

Sky-blue colour. The Sky-blue colour indicates broadness as well as colour of Globe visualizing from space and colour of sky/space from the globe. It means teacher and student exist everywhere on earth as well as in space also and both of them are universal in nature. The teacher and student in sky-blue colour indicate entire relationship between them in wide range of openness with broadness of mind.

Circle. The Circle indicates shape of Earth and boundary in the form of society. The teacher symbol is in circle, which tells that the earth is full of teachers. The circle represents the society; it means human society as well as every types of society on earth have teachers and students. The process of education is going on in the whole world, so the whole world or Globe is full of teachers and students.


Easy to adapt as a symbol

Covering the concept of teacher. This teacher symbol is covering and containing all the concepts of teacher’s role and teaching profession. All the human being of the world can recognise it quickly and identify easily with visualization of the expected behaviour of teacher.

Easy and aesthetic single line drawing. The symbol is created with a continued up and down curved line design in two directions as a freehand drawing. The curved line of symbol has three bases and the first base i.e. teacher’s legs are firm and stable, which is balancing the other two bases. It is an effortless design of the symbol. If anyone wants to create this symbol, has to draw from left to right hand direction as shown in the picture. Its shape is very easy to reproduce on a paper, because it is in a single line and one can manipulate without lifting pen from the paper. They can recall it with easiness of its recognition and visualization and represent at ease as it is. In this sense it is very easy to adapt. In this consideration it fulfills the characteristics and criteria of being a symbol. It bulges in two directions and looks beautiful, aesthetic, delightful and attractive with possession of the concept of teacher. 

Inverse colour and small sizes. The inverse colours of the symbol are also effective. One can create black coloured Teacher Symbol on white background as well as white coloured on black background. Creation of its smaller size is also possible. Such smaller size of this symbol is also identical.


Establishment of unity in teachers

The teacher symbol breaks the boundaries of teacher’s identity in terms of Disciplines, Levels, Places and Time and establishing common platform to all teachers. It is bringing equality among all Teachers as well as all the human being of the world. It is applicable to all the teachers of the world. In this manner it is supporting in the globalization on this earth.


Answer of ‘who am i ?’

The ‘Teacher Symbol’ containing the concept of teacher and teaching profession. When any teacher observes this symbol, one can accept it and find oneself in it. If teacher is duly performing own duty, then will try to satisfy and strengthen own performance and carry on the role. If isn’t, and consciously or unconsciously missing some behaviour, then teacher will acknowledge and modify through observation of this symbol. Thus, this symbol is expressing about the teachers’ role performance and utilizing to get the answer of ‘Who am I ?’

Implementation

This Teacher symbol is neat and legible to reproduce as same or smaller sizes. It establishes association and relationship with other professions across the globe. It can be used as computer fonts. It is applicable to draw, print or create for different purposes also. Educational organizations can utilize it in their own logo as well as on their letterhead and on the identity card of teachers. For own identity teacher can draw it easily instead of writing the word ‘Teacher’. They can use it as their initial as ‘ .’. They can create or stick it on their name plates, visiting cards, vehicles etc.

The education society in specific and world society in general can honour the teachers through this teacher symbol created on Memento. They can honour individuals other than the area of education also in this way for their best services for education.

The message of ‘Teacher Symbol’ is available on website- http://teachersymbol.webs.com.


Conclusion

Recognizing the identity, dignity and status of teaching profession, a humble attempt has been made to establish identity of ‘Teacher’ in the global society. The teacher symbol possesses various letters, concepts and interpretations concurrent to teacher and teaching profession. It is communicating the message of ‘Teacher’ with different interpretations in the form of script and sketches. The English word ‘Teacher’, Sketches of teacher-student, teacher as an emotional mother exists. The colourful creation is also possible with right interpretation. It is single line drawing and aesthetic. It is very easy to create, interpret and easy to adapt. It is establishing direct relationship with the role of teaching profession. It is unique, easily identifiable and can be easily manipulated. It is aesthetic, pleasing, legible, visible, readable, complete, unique, universal identity and applicable to computer also. It is breaking the boundaries of identity of teachers at various disciplines, levels, places and time. Even the teachers find themselves in this symbol and acknowledges about right path of their task. The global society can utilize it for the purpose of establishing identity of teacher in the world. Having such characteristics the teacher symbol is applicable to the Teacher and Teaching profession in the whole world for healthy progress and development of the global society.


References:

UNESCO. (1966). ‘Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers’ Retrieved from www.unesco.org/education/pdf/TEACHE_E.PDF‎


Easy to adapt as a symbol

        Covering the concept of teacher. This teacher symbol is covering and containing all the concepts of teacher’s role and teaching profession. All the human being of the world can recognise it quickly and identify easily with visualization of the expected behaviour of teacher.

        Easy and aesthetic single line drawing. The symbol is created with a continued up and down curved line design in two directions as a freehand drawing. The curved line of symbol has three bases and the first base i.e. teacher’s legs are firm and stable, which is balancing the other two bases. It is an effortless design of the symbol. If anyone wants to create this symbol, has to draw from left to right hand direction as shown in the picture. Its shape is very easy to reproduce on a paper, because it is in a single line and one can manipulate without lifting pen from the paper. They can recall it with easiness of its recognition and visualization and represent at ease as it is. In this sense it is very easy to adapt. In this consideration it fulfills the characteristics and criteria of being a symbol. It bulges in two directions and looks beautiful, aesthetic, delightful and attractive with possession of the concept of teacher. 

        Inverse colour and small sizes. The inverse colours of the symbol are also effective. One can create black coloured Teacher Symbol on white background as well as white coloured on black background. Creation of its smaller size is also possible. Such smaller size of this symbol is also identical.