September 6, 2009

BYBS : A Great Teacher

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In India, September 5 is celebrated as Teacher's day to mark the birthday of the second President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Thankfully, its not a holiday - we already have too many of them to want any more - but on this day the regular schedule of the educational institutes is replaced by celebrations and special events.

One of the things that used to happen at our school was that the students of the senior-most class volunteered to teach the junior classes, while the teachers looked on. The time-table for the day was not changed, only the students replaced the teachers. When it was the turn of our class to teach, we were very excited and nervous. I chose to teach the subject that I had always liked - English.

I really don't remember what happened that day, but I do remember that I used to like my English teacher, and the way she taught us. So, I am sure, I must have tried to copy her style while taking the class. I had a great time, and I thought, then, that when I grow up I am going to be a teacher.

Though I never became a teacher, I still wonder that if I had become one, would I be as good as some of the teachers, who have taught me over the years, have been. Teachers have great power over their students, and they can lead the students to give their best. If you are able to find one such teacher, you can count yourself lucky.

Here is an example of what a great teacher can to his students:


CyberCelt said...

Excellent post, Neo. I loved that movie.

As for what makes a great teacher, I think you must first be excited about what you teach; recognize that people have different learning styles; find the spark and fan the flame in each student.

PERBS said...

It is never too late to become a teacher. . . I went back to college and graduated when I was 40 and then taught elementary school.

SandyCarlson said...

I love celebrations that actually have people doing things, interacting, and making it all come to life. Beautiful post. Thanks, Neo.

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