Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I wish I had a teacher :-)

2001 is when I left teaching (I am not that old, I was too young when I taught :P) them, a couple of my students send me wishes even now - 'Happy Teacher's Day!'. I always valued the teaching profession more than any other, it is a profession with uniquely, immensely valuable responsibility - to make or break a life. Though I am an advocate of 'we don't teach, they learn themselves', I also advocate that we facilitate the learning. I bet if you have good teachers, you can learn much better & make a significant change in your life - even if it is 'destined' otherwise, as some may say.

I changed 14 schools in my schooling, the moment settle down with one school, it would be time to move with no valid & logical reason actually - well, that is a different story altogether. I want to say I never had a teacher who made an impact till 11th. When I asked questions to my teachers, they never responded in a way I understood - ultimately I ended up unhappily mugging things for the exam & without understanding, I had to get good marks in the exams, that was the criterion to be called as a good student.

When I started my 11th standard, my Maths teacher was amazing - she had good hold on the subject no doubt, she wasn't a very good 'teacher' per se, but she had great passion in the subject. She used to follow herself while teaching, it was as if she was learning herself while teaching, and what an impact it made to understand the concepts. All 'whys' were answered before asking. When I used to refer the notes & books later, things never before were as clear. The class used to be of 3 hours & I always felt it was less - what a difference a teacher can make, even if she was extremely strict that it would become a talking point if a student ever saw her smile!

But I could have her as my teacher only for the 2 years, may be the 2 most crucial years (at least they were, for me!). I did have good teachers during my college days too, but something I always would want to change back in life was my opting Mathematics as major. It sounds very 'heavy' as a subject & when you say to others but I wish I had opted for some professionally valuable course. It got compensated with other studies that I did later, though, but still! One thing is some concepts in Maths if you know well & apply them, many things become extremely simple.

Because of the Mathematics (pure mathematics as they say & not applied), it was a challenge to learn professional skills & since I mostly worked in small organizations, I learnt things myself - a major contribution to my life with this practice has been my experience in the company Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd. [I had promised them I would go back & retire there, I wish I am able to keep  my promise.] Almost all the concepts I require in my work that I know today, I learnt myself. The tendency remains - any problem that I face with, I refer many available open resources to learn things myself before asking someone. Almost 10 years of learning myself now, it takes time but it is amazing, you become a very good teacher when you learn yourself since you explain to yourself while you learn.

But, I just wish I had a teacher (may not have been a proper classroom teacher) who would teach me the way I understand, take me through various aspects of any subject I want to learn, step by step, explaining all the 'whys' & 'hows', then I would have probably been where I am now, quite a few years back :-)

1 comment:

Dakshesh said...

u were an awesome teacher..and you are very modest about it....