From flame to flame

Subha Das Mollick
A teacher- student relationship is almost always inspirational. Everyone has a favourite teacher and also those who were not liked. Years later, these relationships continue to be cherished and there is a lot of respect and affection for individuals who mentored us . But some teacher-student relationships are legendary, like the one between Fr. Eugene Lafont and Jagdish Chandra Bose who is known as the father of modern science in India. This article gives us a glimpse into their relationship.

The “Unteacherly” advantage

S. Sundaram
Having become a principal without the necessary “apprenticeship”, I visited many “well known” schools hoping to get answers for many of the issues faced by me.

Lessons in gravity and grace

Neerja Singh It has been 40 years but her memory still pushes my spine up ramrod straight. Convents were the rage those days among parents aspiring to the best education for their children. The schools stood for discipline, values and Read More …

Learning, laughing and living

Neha Pradhan Arora I became a teacher quite by chance. I grew up the daughter of a teacher and for as long as I can remember, I wanted to work with children – be a kindergarten teacher, start a crèche…. Read More …

I doubted, he believed, I succeeded

Kirti Munjal I never thought I would be a teacher. It was that phase of my life when I was exploring various career options, preparing for various competitive exams. My mind conjured up images of a satisfying and rewarding life Read More …

Can I be a teacher like my teacher?

Nidhi Gaur “Would you like to share an experience where you felt discriminated on the basis of gender at home? For instance, you felt that your brother was given more importance than you?” my teacher asked while initiating a discussion Read More …

A thoughtful Teacher’s Day

Fiona Vaz
Influences and behaviours of other people often shape our lives to such an extent that at some point we find ourselves repeating the same actions unconsciously. Teachers too influence and shape students’ lives during their schooling years. As an educator herself, the author recalls several instances that have shaped her teaching practice and her manner with students. These instances helped her to be non- judgmental and adopt a more humane approach.

A walk down memory lane…

Simran Luthra
Do teachers model themselves on their own teachers or memories of their teachers? It seems so considering that nearly eight teachers recalled how their teachers influenced them. From trying to be kind to developing an ability to laugh at oneself to finding a passion for story telling—- all the teachers that the author spoke to were able to narrate instances where their teachers encouraged them to seek new learning all the time.

Bits and bobs from the past

Usha Raman
This issue carries a heartwarming bouquet of stories— all tributes to parents, teachers and others who have contributed to the ‘making’ of a teacher. Most teachers enjoyed reflecting on the many influences in their lives, and how and why they decided to join the teaching profession. These stories on the occasion of Teacher’s Day could well inspire young enthusiasts to join the brigade.