Teacher – A Lifelong Learner

Anasuya Cherian is a passionate educator with experience in CBSE and CIE curriculum. She has donned the roles of teacher, coordinator, trainer and is now currently the Vice-principal of The White School in Calicut.

1.What are who inspired you to get into the teaching space?

I got into teaching by chance, but stayed on by choice and passion because of the immense joy it brings each day.

2.Yours is one of the most prestigious schools in Kozhikode. What differentiates your school from the other emerging institutions?
The White School parent community describes it as a school where each child is cared for, be it academically or otherwise. This sums up how we are different. The backbone of our school is our caring, dedicated and experienced teacher community and a supportive management and parent body. Putting the welfare of the child at the forefront in all we do is the key to our success.
3.According to you, is it important for schools to have PR offices and communication cells? Kindly elaborate.
Ideally, the parent and student body form the PR team of a school.  A school that makes a difference in the child’s life will gain in reputation irrespective of PR or not. However, in order to invest in teaching and leadership and ensure classrooms are filled, schools do need to market themselves proactively to the community to ensure that their story is out there. Public relations is not just about the press; schools can communicate their messages via websites, social media, short videos, newsletter, etc., which can be carried out without PR offices or communication cells. At the end of the day, a school must deliver its promises.
4.Do you think it is importance to have a counsellor in school? Kindly elaborate.
Undoubtedly, a school counsellor is a must. Our students are under immense pressure in more ways than one and having a trained professional counsellor to help them out is vital to building empowered world citizens.
5.In this era where books, apart from textbooks, are hardly read, how do you think can non-academic reading habits be inculcated in children?
Research has shown that readers often perform better than those with no reading habit. Hence, it is vital that schools build in programs that foster reading habit into their schedules so as to encourage students to read for pleasure from any early age. The key to success of any such program is consistency and having a dedicated team to follow through. This can surely bring in a change. Having a well-stocked library and a motivated librarian is a must.
6.Do you believe that advent of technology in classrooms have increased the absorption of concepts in children? Kindly elaborate.
The ability to access high quality educational content and instructional videos online have changed the way children learn and teachers teach. This has definitely helped increase concept retention in students as most students can connect better with the visual content. 
7.What, according to you, is the impact of social media on students?
The most important things in a student’s life are studying, learning good habits and gaining knowledge to become a person with moral character. Though social media has many positives, a lot of times it comes in the way of achieving these aims. It is the freedom to do whatever they want that attracts students to social media. But, unfortunately, that freedom leads to an identity crisis as their friends’ ‘posts’ or ‘likes’ influence their lives more, rather than teachings of parents or teachers. Students neglect their studies by spending too much time on social media which can hamper the journeys to their future careers. Physical activity too decreases affecting fitness. Ultimately, it lies in the hands of parents to regulate the use of social media so that their children may lead active, meaningful lives in the real world rather than a ‘virtual world’
8.What are the basic medical facilities all schools must have? Please elaborate.
For the overall development of a child at school they need to feel safe and well cared for. Thus, an investment in basic medical facilities at school is an investment in student success. Basic medical facilities at any school must include a full-time qualified nurse and a well-ventilated infirmary stocked with basic medication and first aid kits. 
9.What is your message for young, aspiring teachers?
My message is simple- be a lifelong learner. Have an open mind, learn from colleagues, students and parents. The rest will follow.