Contents :1. And I decided to become a teacher
2. Values that define a teacher
3. Technique for learning concepts – CUPR
1. And I decided to become a teacher
The Start Of My Journey….
A child is a tender sapling, which grows into a healthy plant, if nurtured, and taken care of. It requires the nutrients of love, care, sacrifice, commitment and morals.
Years ago, I got a call from my School teacher for joining the very school, where I completed my schooling. I had to decide if I wanted to become a teacher. I had thought of pursuing a career in interior decoration or fashion designing or art. Undoubtedly my destiny was somewhere else.
who is my friend and a guide, encouraged me to go ahead with the interview. My sisters and father supported me for the same.
Finally after the interview, I got a chance to step into the lives of thousands of kids . . . as a teacher. The initial days of my career were quite joyful as I was taken by the innocence of children, their clean minds and selfless love. They too showered their love on me and made me forget everything else in their company.9
Apparently, I was still unsure if I wanted to pursue teaching as a career. Undoubtedly I needed to get proper training for this profession and had a decision to make whether I should continue my career as a teacher or no.
As days passed,
I started enjoying the company of the non judgemental angels. Not only they bestowed respect, care, love upon me but also lent an ear when I faced emotional roller coaster rides in life. They would listen, share their experiences and together we would have a beautiful time. Needless to say I loved to gel studies along with the discussions of daily life. Also I am proud that I was a pro in maintaining a perfect balance between the two. Trust me, kids love to hear the experiences and learn values rather than picking up the same morals from a book.
Finally, I made a decision to take up teaching as a full time career. I became a professionally trained teacher.
Little did I know,
that a helping hand to my school teacher, would awaken the dormant qualities in me, to nurture, to care, to love, to share, to help, to guide….
Not only, I was able to live some moments of my life for others, with others, forgetting myself completely, but also I got a chance to shape the future of so many kids.
Here are the experiences of my journey of my teaching career with you all. As I said, a child is a tender sapling which needs the care of the gardeners of his life, parents and teachers.
2. Values that define a teacher
As a teacher I noticed…
These Values And Qualities can help one to become a better teacher . . .
👉 When I am in front of my students, I am someone, who is trusted by the parents of each student😎
The ultimate reason why parents send their kids to school for long hours fearlessly, is not for imparting them education. But also its the faith they have in the teachers who handle the kids. The trust that the kid will be comfortable in absence of the parents comes from the strong belief that the teacher will cater to the needs of the student. Most of the time for which the student is in school, is spend with teachers. So its the foremost duty of a teacher to ensure that the kid does not miss the parents.
👉 A smile on the face of each one of them is equally important , as the process of teaching/ learning😊
A happy child learns better than the one who comes to school as a formality. Its a task for the teachers to bring a hearty smile on the faces who look up to them. A task, as the teacher may have personal or professional issues, which she have to put aside before facing these kids….
Being An Empath….
👉 During the teaching process, even if completing my task on time is a priority, I also need to cater to the emotional requirement of the kids, as they are away from their home for quite a long duration in the school😊😊
There are times when a kid in the class room requires extra care or attention. Any matter might have happened back at the home or on the way to school. A teacher cannot overlook this and proceed with the teaching process. Empathizing with the kid is another difficult but necessary requirement in the class.
👉 Confronting those needs requires immense patience, as pressure of completing portion on time clashes with other duties at work that require attention too😢
👉 For maintaining a sufficient balance between these, I needed to be stable first😁
Stability is only possible if the teacher has a knack of maintaining a balance in between the personal and professional life. Training the mind to be calm in instigating situations also helps to strike a perfect balance and be stable at work place, and so in home too.
The values and qualities a teacher has affects her over all persona.
3. Technique for learning concepts – CUPR
When we learn concepts, there is a variety of the same. New day, new concept. Be it Languages, Math, Science or Social Studies. Its difficult for a student to store so much information in the pre occupied brain. I mean the factors affecting life, directly or indirectly do influence the mind set.
Following a protocol helps to learn a concept in a better way. I have learnt in my school life as a student, that to understand a topic, there are certain steps which aid to learn. Passing on these to my students have helped them certainly in life.
The technique is CUPR – Concentration, Understanding, Practice and Revision.
Our mind is a magnet for distractions, especially at a tender age. The environment at home, the relationship with family members will influence a child’s mind throughout the day. On the way to school, there possibilities of encountering incidents that may stay in the sub conscious mind. So when the child is seated in the class, he is not alone. The baggage of the entire events that occured till that moment are accompanying him. A single unpleasant memory can tamper with the concentration of the child.
Concentration – a much needed factor while learning a new concept. It is not easy to do so if there are thoughts hovering on the mind. So first and foremost, a child has to develop good concentration. It is possible to do so with the help of simple technique of meditation. Unfortunately people turn to the beautiful act of meditation only late in life, to find a way out of the stress of daily life.
If the ritual of meditation is engraved on the minds of children right from infancy, it will save the future ramblings in a much sorted manner. A child which has mastered the brain in the early years of life will definitely be able to focus on anything without distraction. Such a child also can protect himself or herself from the negativity around and keep oneself untouched like a lotus.
If I have understood, I will even enjoy the concept. Strange but true. Many concepts become the target of repulsion or hatred in point of view of kids, just because they don’t understand it. It is but obvious that if the mind is wandering and hence fails to concentrate, then understanding becomes difficult.
Even if part of a concept is familiar, it triggers further curiousity about the latter. Understanding naturally follows. If a concept is understood, it stays with me for long. Same goes for the tender minds of the kids. They retain the details of a concept, if they have understood it. Making the concept understood is undoubtedly in the hands of the teacher.