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IF I WERE A TEACHER – HOW WOULD I MAKE THE CLASS INTERESTING….

By RAJESH KUMAR GUPTA , IX , A

My first and foremost thought is that teaching is a noble profession. I have the highest regard for teachers as they are the persons responsible for guiding a student from ignorance to knowledge. I have a wish to become a teacher in the future.

To start with, my belief is that teachers don’t INFLUENCE for an year, but for a lifetime. So , when I become a teacher I would like to be unique with my approach and method of teaching.

I would make the class interesting by getting the students to participate or interact in the class.

We focus too much about effective methods of teaching as well as multimedia teaching methods and overemphasize what can be said in simple ‘Guru Kula’ method. I would rather emphasize on effective YET SIMPLE methods of learning for students.

My aim would be to develop students who can create their own image. I think teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts, this is indeed what I would do,creativity.

Nowadays teaching has become an art more than science. Students want to explore new arenas. I would use strategies that don’t conform to the conventional method of teaching. Meaning, instead of giving lectures in classrooms which makes students passive listeners, I would employ the multimedia learning approach using text, images, audio, video and animation to make it an interactive learning process

I would use strategies that don’t conform to the conventional method of teaching. Meaning, instead of giving lectures in classrooms which makes students passive listeners, I would employ the multimedia learning approach using text, images, audio, video and animation to make it an interactive learning process. Though the cost for such teaching methods would be high the impact on students would be far-reaching.

My prior focus when becoming a teacher would be to ‘suggest’ rather than ‘dramatize’. I would gain my students attention by adopting a friendly tone. I wish my students to learn with ease in my class, thus reducing friction and burden on the subject I teach.

I would always be there to help my students out to explain concepts or thrones that are unclear. A good teacher is one who is an expert in the subject he/she teaches. This is a pre-requisite.

The second core quality that good teachers possess is the ability to communicate their knowledge and expertise to their students. So, I would develop my teaching skills keeping these factors in mind. Also, I would inculcate interest in the subject I teach the students and make them want to learn the material by making it interesting.

Coming to innovative methods of teaching, computers and internet have opened new vistas. Online teaching has come in vogue. But still anything is unparalleled to teaching students in a classroom setup.

Still, I would not be averse to use new technology like the internet if it can further expand the intellectual horizon of my students. I truly believe that he who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

I would conduct open-air classrooms where students can become one with nature. I don’t want any boundaries that will obscure me and my teaching. Here I would quote a Chinese proverb:

Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.

I would develop creative ways of teaching so that the classroom becomes interesting. I would like to combine new and existing knowledge where students can get the best of both worlds.

Continuously updating myself with the day-to-day happenings will help me better handle the class I teach. I would like to consider myself as a candle, which consumes itself to light the way for others.

I would try to teach or guide my students without dictating and participate without dominating. To teach is to learn twice, which is a wonderful experience.

I would give every opportunity for my students to express their views without fear of retribution. An open challenge for students to come out and speak their mind will help me in understanding them and expanding my horizon.

The following quote sums tall,

“The mediocre teacher tells;
The good teacher explains;
The superior teacher demonstrates;
The great teacher inspires.”

And last of all, I feel the mind of students is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited. Finally, I would conclude with a quote form the Chinese philosopher, Confucius, which sums up the mindset of a student:

“I hear and I forget,
I see and I believe,
I do and I understand.”
The above saying would be the guiding philosophy of my teaching.

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