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Power to change a life: Insights from a teacher

Change is an inevitable part of life and teachers have the power to change the life of a student . It  also allows us to look forward to a new experience while challenging us to break free from the old things that weigh us down. To be able to change according to the needs of time is to live a fulfilling and winning life.

Change will only strengthen us to tackle the difficulties we face in our daily lives. Winston Churchill had rightly pointed “Except for the word “change”, all the other things in life are subject to change.”

So if we fail to change ourselves and remain stubborn in the past, we cannot be a part of the future.It is important for us to understand that we have the power to change our student’s lives.

The present era is characterised by technological modernisation and radical change. The demography of our classrooms has changed and thus a wider spectrum of students can avail of education, which was earlier only dreamed of.

Many would be of the opinion that the pleasure of fast learning and the good fortune of instant gratification would be overtaking us, if educators find themselves unable to adapt to the fast paced changes taking place in the field of education.

However the fact of the matter is that in spite of high end technology and student friendly education, the single most important aspect in the classroom still continues to be the “Teacher”.

It is a humbling thought that as educators we impact society by nurturing and guiding students that pass through our hands. We mould their lives and leave inerasable marks on them. In a world where young minds are constantly tossing between conflicting values, it is important for them to be grounded in truth.

The word educate comes from the Greek word “Educare” which means “to draw out”, certainly not only giving information. The term Holistic education means to understand the different aspects of all stake holders, that education today is not meant to only advise but to enlighten, not meant to keep problems aside because they are not related to the school syllabus, rather to  find a solution.

We are called to be “effective”, which means to have the capacity to touch hearts and transform lives while being efficient.

On the educator lies the onerous task of getting children to think, something that is very hard to do when you are caught up in the rat race of marks, achievements and competition.

New ideas, innovations, concepts and principles which drive the world today, surge forth from thinking minds only.

This is perhaps the reason why the astute Dr. Abdul Kalam said, “Dream, dream and dream. Dreams transform into thoughts which results in action.”

The change in the mindset of educators, bring the insight that children today need to –

  1. Overcome their limitations and realize their incredible strengths.

  2. Understand that life is not all about doing the biggest and the best things all the time, rather it is about doing little things in a big way.

As concerned educators, we need to be able to not only shepherd children as they are tossed from worrying about physical attributes, to trying to hide their pain of non-achievement but also help them celebrate a failure because as educators, we are also the role model of a leader in the lives of our students and so we need to inspire them with our leadership qualities.

It is essential therefore for us to have a little knowledge about everything, not just be updated with our professional subjects.

When we are growing up as persons, we are always going to be out of our comfort zone. We need to learn from our own experiences and those of others and build a store of knowledge.

I personally believe that if we want to understand children today we need to understand what interest them the most. This can be achieved by watching what they do and I see no harm in using their language now and then as well.

We need to step into their mind set, be wisdom voices that guide them, reprimand them when they need immediate correction and challenge them out of complacency.

 

Education as I see it is life and it is our responsibility as its custodians to bring this life to its fullness. Though we see around us a lot of disappointment and discouragement in the face of failure, we need to emphasize on our children that this is only a temporary phase. It needs to be let gone, lest it leads to destruction.

As we share our experiences, our love and our lives with our students, we become examples of a life well lived in fullness. I would like to conclude with the following quote, ”I am not bound to win, I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed but I am bound to live up to the light that I have“  by  Abraham Lincoln.

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