Every teacher knows what their responsibilities are. But, do they know what rights they have? In case those rights are infringed where they can go? In the absence of associations to take up their cases, proper guidelines, and redressal mechanisms most teachers, especially in the private education sector, are left to try and solve their problems themselves.
In the context of the murder of a child in a prominent school, it is important that schools and teachers reflect more on their attitudes, practices and beliefs. Schools need to train and sensitize the support staff too because they are an important part of the care circle for children.
Is there a secret ingredient that transforms an average teacher into a good teacher? Are our training programmes designed to impart the necessary qualities to students training to be teachers? What makes some teachers more successful and popular? While each teacher has to develop her own right mix of qualities to succeed, the one thing that every teacher needs is the ability to think with her heart and not just her head.
Life is all about learning and learning continuously, keeping our minds open so that new ideas flow in. Does our education system allow this to happen and are our teachers ready to continually learn even if they are in the teaching profession? How do they re-energise themselves and how can they keep track of new developments in their profession?
Once upon a time schools were considered as only storehouses of knowledge. Today they are expected to do a lot more. Nurturing empathy among children is one of their primary responsibilities today. With a world that is growing more and more insensitive and selfish by the day, imagining and understanding the lives of people different from us has become the need of the hour.
Computers have taken over our lives in more ways than one and it will not be an exaggeration to say that computers are the future , whether we like it or not. From checking bank balances to paying bills , computers have become a permanent fixture. In schools and colleges too, teaching and learning is now more computerised. This issue on computer science has a varied collection of articles on the subject that will help teachers look at the subject differently.
Life has become extremely busy. Nobody has the time to take a break, to relax, to unwind. Teachers, like everybody else, hardly have the time to breathe–first with household chores and then at work in school. But without those small breaks, how does one recharge oneself? How can one energize oneself to face the day ahead? The answer lies in one’s daily commute. We all take the bus, either private or school, or the auto, or drive to school or perhaps even walk. Let us make utmost use of this time we take to travel to work. Let us use this time to switch off things and draw from the energy that surrounds nature.
Teachers and students share a bond that sees them through the school years. Sometimes, this bond is emotional and the student is benefited both academically and emotionally. At other times, students and even teachers fail to connect leading to dire consequences. In such cases, would the presence of a trained counsellor help? It would, with support from the larger community of teachers and parents. But a beginning can be made only by a sensitised teacher who can understand a child’s need.
Rules and values, can one exist without the other? While one has a positive feel to it, the other is often challenged. Is there a way to balance values and rules? Can we as schools and teachers find answers to these questions as apart from their families, children imbibe most of their values and knowledge of rules from schools.
The past year has just gone by and has left in its wake a lot of disruption. From demonetisation to cyclonic storms and political upheavals, the changes have been swift and hard to accept. It is in times likes these that small acts of kindness can make a huge difference, bring out the heroic nature in each one of us and kindle a sense of hope in our humdrum lives.