You have to engage those disengaged, connect those disconnected and enable each one of the students to be able to visualize implications of your lessons …
I have never been a teacher despite my entire working experience is around academic institutions. I believe, ‘teaching is one of the Nobel professions’ and this is so much like a blanket statement that doesn’t satisfy actual need of teaching-learning process. Definitely, at varying stages of life I have come across different kind of teachers but what matters the most is whose lesson remains with me for how long and how would I apply those lessons appropriately.
Reflecting these lessons from my school days, I often evaluate how would I do the same job if given the opportunity. Now, to be able to empathize, training with the mentors from teachLAB gave me my first encouragement. I believe there are unlimited dimensions to be covered and enormous determinants to be followed to set a benchmark of your teaching. You have to engage those disengaged, connect those disconnected and enable each one of the students to be able to visualize implications of your lessons in their respective setting. So, in a way the training with the facilitators did two significant things, actually three.
- Got me aware of the fact that teaching is not result oriented and can’t be evaluated continuously. It’s just a process where you’d be one aspect and your knowledge and skills to impart is ultimate.
- They taught me that, there’s not one universal process to teach, it’s completely correlated to the personality of the teacher, collective psychic of the class and applied creativity for optimum engagement.
- You can be the best teacher and the worst at the same time, the ultimate is your sincere effort and updated information sharing.
So, in those three days, I developed these opinions and I am sure of them being challenged in the next workshop. What matters ultimately for me is, the tools and techniques they use to challenge my mindset, and the continuous journey of unlearning they take you on.