via The Biblichor
Look back in passion,look back in expectation ,look back in happiness.It is the classroom again! This time, I stand near the door with a purpose to open it for my students,a door without reservations,a door without narrow minded perceptions that puts a robust bolt against the thoughtful connections to a better tomorrow.The breeze that gushes in suddenly is of individual opinion that flutters the pages of a notebook with the ink of their thoughts. They raise hand to participate,to percolate the promise of positivity. They shout out loud,for they don’t believe in endings with catharsis.They turn pages in confidence as they have mastered the last one already.They question conventions,they break stereotypes,they ask the reason for class prejudice.They don’t wake up,they jump out of the couch since the daylight brings a new motivation to them.
I am still standing near the door staring at a girl inside the classroom in white shirt,red skirt ,maroon tie ,stockings and black shoes ,with dark glittering eyes who is standing near the window,but. She did not know where the door was,the door to absolute novelty,vicissitudes of all the years till date.She has dreams sailing smooth but often shaken by the rocks of reality.She is challenged for she is not an outcast but a rebel.She is holding the flag now.She wants to hoist it. Now,I am walking towards the window.She stood up,smiled ,showed a thumbs up. I kept walking. We two are blended now.
Teaching young buds is an ever evolving task.It took me a few years to realize that education system is in ruins with rote learning playing a pivotal role in it.As a teacher though I wholeheartedly believed that education in school is a two way process I often used to come across the fact that basically it is not so in conventional and traditional methods of learning. The teacher is like a sage on the stage with all the befitting and required information apropos to the grade level and classroom demands. Little or almost no importance given to the students’ interest which should technically be the most significant matter of concern. No single suit fits all .Students and their interests can never be tailor made.If that is something we conform to,then why do we expect a teacher educator follow the same teaching strategies with the same content with same assessment standard for years to be followed?I don’t want to digress from my point by giving a sidewalk on differentiation. I am not trying to talk about that. Students’ interest is my point of concern. Suppose, the cook at our home asks us about the dish he/she should prepare for lunch. We try to suggest a meal keeping our taste buds in account.We love and savour the food that is served accordingly. Can we be a combination of a nutritionist and the cook who would prepare the curriculum in such a way that it interests the students while watering the necessery skill and knowledge that we want the students to imbibe and practise? Schools can think about framing the curriculum with students as memebers of the curriculum committee (along with able facilitators) who would represent the entire student fraternity However , the opinion of the students while building the curriculum should be taken into account because they are the ones we have to work for,work with and pass the baton on.We as teachers should inspire the learners on deep thinking related to a particular philosophy that is grade appropriate that can serve as a purpose to move one step further to something that they already know.This practice can ensure a better result if we start practising it in the later half of the academic session while asking them , which and what would be the next best thing to think about before going to bed. I would like to collaborate and listen from teachers around the world about this concept.
Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton