Teaching with a difference

Teaching with a difference


 
 
Vinoda Rao is the Vice Principal of The Brigade School, Bengaluru. She has been teaching English for the last 23 years for children between 12 and 20. She has a Masters degree in English, B.Ed. Diploma in Freelance Journalism and a Diploma in Educational Management. She is also a recipient of several awards, both national and international, for her practices in teaching.
 
 
 

‘A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.’
-Henry Adams.
Teachers can make an impact on hundreds of students day after day, year after year with the teaching- learning process. Teachers have had a paradigm shift from being teachers to educators; more so facilitators in the twenty- first century.
Teaching profession calls for passion, patience and perseverance. It is distinct with regard to its personal touch, instilling of knowledge and its judicious use for the benefit of blooming individuals. Teachers are makers of destiny- the creators of many other professions. Teachers shape minds and mould hearts.
Personalized attention, differentiated instruction, honing of existential intelligence of students, catering to multiple intelligences of  heterogeneous learners, the SWOT  analysis of students, thereby streamlining their strengths and working on their weaknesses, democratic and unbiased opinions are major tools to establish a good rapport with students. Teaching becomes effective with an emotional touch and passion for a subject.
Educators have to be proactive and active listeners to learners. Listening is an important skill in the process of teaching. Active listening requires a conscious and conscientious effort. So also students can be trained to listen attentively in the class while others are making presentations. This involves a painstaking effort on the part of the teacher to involve each and every student for the entire period ranging from thirty five to forty minutes. Active listening leads to healthy interaction and participation of students.  

The Teaching –Learning process is a journey from Head to Heart- an unforgettable journey etched in the memory of learners forever.

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