A Teacher always learns. The time of teaching is also the time to learn for the individual who is given the most significant task of moulding the lives of thousands in a single year. This series of posts on social media and this blog is based on the experiences that have made me feel like a confident teacher. I invite you to this Post No. 07, shared below:
The time is here and now. If we all can think in harmony and for decency in the life of every citizen of the world, life can become sustainable. Survival can become a second priority then. Being together in this mission, especially for everyone in education is important.
Atulpriya is one of the students who actually make me feel like a teacher. Of course, this feeling of being boastful about my own self includes the PRIDE that he has brought into existence. We have not met much, maybe not even once after he moved out of the classroom, finishing his degree of B. Tech. But Atulpriya Sharma a.k.a. Social Maharaj is someone who represents a generation of my students - the BEST ONES!
They say the problem comes with its own solution! How much is it appropriate regarding how we teach in this century of challenges and a very distinct kind of 'professionalism'? There seem to be dark hours going in terms of curating content for teaching. No one wants to enrich the web; we are all just copy-pasting.
Being wise is synonymous with being a teacher. You manage minds, not the students. They look up to you not as an ideal but as any other fellow learner. This is what I have felt. Do not idolise yourself because you are a teacher. be normal - live normal but teach special. However, it is more important to know - HOW NOT TO TEACH!
Eklavyaism is not just about referring to the legend of the Master Learner - Eklavya. It is also not limited to your becoming a dedicated and determined learner in some skill or art. You cannot even restrict this -ism to be a motivator. Then what it is which runs as the undercurrent in Eklavyaism? It is the COURAGE that we take to be Creative and to be an Eklavya.
The way we are teaching and learning English seems an act of revenge taken unintentionally from the 'bringers' of English to India. The way we coin words can be delegated to our own needs and creativity, but the way we teach the standard usage of English, calls for an immediate course correction.
The Corona batches of students will become cheaters in their lives if they do not realise that the COVID-sponsored ease is deceptive. The competitive world that they are going to enter will be brutal. The jobs are not going to come as gifts and cakes. The struggle that awaits them is not an alien thing. What they need to possess are personal integrity and enterprising acumen.
A Teacher can not be great. A teacher can neither be good nor successful. The reason is that "TEACHER" is the best version of oneself and there is no further ambition after taking up this task. The best is going to occur in the 'disciples' who are in your hands and you give them the foundation to shape their lives. Once a teacher is always a teacher.
SWOT has been one of the fundamental concepts of management, soft skills, and self-analysis. Those who have transitioned from the old school to the modern world will recall how we used to make this four-box thing with plans. Now the value of this analysis has increased multi-fold. But, as the world has experienced a swift change in its approach towards life, 'THREATS' have become CHALLENGES.
Corona Undermines the Examination System and I am quite happy. I am happy that the kids are just getting promoted with ease. I am certainly hopeful that the pandemic gets over soon and we are back to a safe 'normal'. But the NEXT NORMAL will not be as we have lived it during the corona age.
Teachers are always required. They are the ones who make civilisations grow or vanish. Teachers teach humans to live life with meaning. But, there are those who have been willing to join teaching as a career but miss to understand a few fundamentals that get them jobs. After all, it is an occupation, not a trade to barter money and profits. Teacherr, EdChatIND and Osmania University organised a session for aspiring individuals who want to join Teaching as their career.
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Teachers are apolitical. They are not from any religion or have a blind or fixed ideology. They are not part of any pursuit to empower someone. There is neither propaganda nor chauvinism in their motives. But, they are very much human. They do have their callings that beat in their heart. They do have the ultimate, unchallengeable and unconditional privilege to question.
Education seems to be the most corrupt of things happening these days and the teachers are the goons making a fool of masses! Besides, this whole online attempt to keep learning on track is all the more mischievous because it is driven by selfishness! Do you believe in these sentiments of the market these days? If yes, this is not a post for you. May you be blessed by what you believe in!
The Sustainable Development Goals given to the world by the United Nations are based on what we need to survive in a better world. In the Agenda 2030, there are 17 Global Goals and there is a majority of activists and artivists supporting this mission. The National Education Policy 2020 (INDIA) has mentioned the SDGs and has given a call to align education in India to these goals. The ball is in the classroom court now! Are we ready to align to the intent and the demands of SDG awareness?
The ultimate purpose of education is to make one competent enough to make a life with meaning. For sure, this meaning cannot be attained in life if we fail to arrange the 'means' to sustain. If education fails, even slightly, to equip us with employability and a personal utility, then it is surely a failure, nothing else.
Until recently, teaching was not something we understood the way it should be. We thought of the teachers as just another stakeholder in the process of education. But the COVID Lockdown and the subsequent flood of Online Teaching has brought the rationality back to teaching. Online teaching, the way we are ending up doing, looks like a cheap prescription followed obsessively.