Saturday, 3 October 2015
“Teaching is the Mother of all Professions” ―Professor M.S.Rao
“Teaching is a calling too. And I've always thought that teachers in their way are holy - angels leading their flocks out of the darkness.” ― Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses
I have the practice of attending seminars on teaching and training programs to understand the latest tools and techniques and developments. In October 2015, I had the privilege of attending a seminar on the ‘Art of Teaching’ delivered by an experienced educator with 32 years of teaching service. He delivered the seminar for almost two hours with high energy levels. He kept moving all directions during the seminar to connect with entire audiences, and to gauge their body languages. His passion was evident throughout the seminar. He was around 65 years old. It was a post-lunch session. Usually it is tough to arouse and hold the attention of the audiences at this time because post-lunch session is often referred to as a ‘graveyard session’. Additionally, it was weekend and the audiences were eager to pack up rather to listen to the seminar. The participants in the seminar were all experienced academicians who might disagree with the teaching tools and techniques shared by this experienced educator. However, I totally enjoyed his seminar and above all, his passion to share his experiences with his colleagues. I am a passionate learner, and I have the habit of learning from all sources to share my knowledge with my students. Here are my views on teaching.
Teaching is a Calling
Teaching is more than a profession. Teaching is a calling. Teaching is a mother of all professions. It requires immense passion to share knowledge with others. Audiences will be of different mindsets, egos, emotions and feelings; and to reach out to them is a very big challenge for educators.
Teachers must create conducive environment in the classroom to ensure that the transfer of knowledge takes place from one person to another or to a group of persons. They must arouse interest in students, develop curiosity in them, and engage them effectively to accomplish the teaching goals and objectives.
Teaching is a profession but teachers are not professionals. Teaching enhances the abilities of students. Teaching is a transactional way of disciplining the students and transformational way of developing personalities and shaping students as healthy citizens. Teaching profession doesn’t give decent income to the teachers but it gives great respect to the teachers from students.
The world has changed rapidly and the teaching pedagogy and techniques must change with the changing times. Previously it was a faculty-centric education. Presently there is an urgent need for student-centric education. Students respect the teachers who share their knowledge relevant to their expectations and aspirations. Hence, teachers must update their knowledge and innovate their teaching tools and techniques constantly to ensure student-centric education. For me, teaching is more than profession. It is my passion. I am a passionate teacher and learner. I would love to die while sharing my knowledge with my students. If there is a rebirth, I would love to be reborn as a professor.
"A teacher affects eternity he can never tell, where his influence stops." ― Henry Brooks Adams
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