The unseen challenges of teaching

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“Help us, O Lord to penetrate into the secret of the child, so that we may know him, love him and serve him according to your laws of justice and following your divine will.” -Maria Montessori

Among the greatest of all services that can be rendered by mankindto the almighty is the education and training of children.

The teacher is the yardstick that measures the achievements and aspirations of the nation. They are the real nation builders. The teacher is the pivot of any education system on whom rests the failure and success of the education system.

With such a heavy burden of expectation, the teacher enters the classroom day after day. Being continuously updated on the curriculum is not enough;today every student has an access to internet and most updated knowledge.

By far, the most challenging part for teacher isn’t the teaching, its managing the student behaviour. The teacher has to daily get into the minds and connect with each student individually to make an impact on his/her behaviour. In this, if the teacher is successful, the teaching flows smoothly into the minds of the students.

A teacher faces another challenge. Amongst students there are exceptionally bright ones or those who need immense individual support. Despite being at opposite ends of the spectrum, these two classes of students challenge the teacher to plan activities for the weakest and the strongest student and regulate the level of teaching to serve both groups without making them conscious.individual support,

In order to be an effective teacher, whether it’s your first year or thirtieth year, the best you can do for yourself is to let go the idea of normal. Research shows that curriculum based on development is far more effective than the curriculum based on age. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

Sona A. Guha

DPS, Mahendra Hills

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