Teaching Profession - A Challenge

Saroj Achra

Principal, Salwan Boys Sr. Sec. School, Rajendra Nagar, New Delhi

Every child is unique in his own way, he is a winner who is born to do something special. Right practice in the right direction, definitely increases the rate of success and student achievement. The diversity and requirement of each student must be respected. So, the educators have to examine what works and what does not, before embarking on anything new. As educators, we must establish and maintain healthy relationship with our students in a positive, supportive and engaging learning environment. The students should know that their teachers are always there to help them. This faith in teacher will encourage inquisitiveness, innovation and risk taking abilities in the students.

For a modern day teacher retaining enthusiasm in students is a challenge. For this the educators should embrace new methods and techniques in contemporary classroom. Since children are exposed to technology at a very young age, incorporating ICT tools into lesson plans can stimulate their creativity, increase engagement and help students succeed. The primary goal of a teacher is not only to empower the students to succeed academically, socially and emotionally but also to ensure that they take ownership of their own learning and remain independent learners lifelong.

In the environment, where students feel safe, respected and motivated, they reach their highest potential. The key to achieve this goal requires a teacher to be passionate about teaching, joyously motivated and enthusiastic to teach students. An educator needs to find out the factors that motivate the students, keeping in view their interests. Today’s students have a very short attention span, therefore variation needs to be included in teaching methods based on individual interests & needs of students, as we all know that – ‘a bird cannot swim in water and a fish cannot climb a tree’.

While we focus on educational achievements, social skills, improved behavior, sense of personal competence and efficacy of learning, we need to understand the challenges our students may face in future and for that our teachers need to be equipped with ideas and ways to prepare our students for tomorrow. The growing technology is the biggest challenge for today’s teacher. Whether we like it or not, it is a fact that we need to accept it in this fast-growing-world. Today’s classroom has computers, smart boards etc. to facilitate the teaching learning process and in this digitalized world, we all must evolve as per the changing scenario.

The digitalization of education system has tremendously helped students in their study and research. It is essential that the teachers are skilled enough to assist their students in learning through technology. The veteran teachers must learn to adjust to these new changes. The teachers can be the best mentors helping the present generation students to know the most beneficial ways of technology with proper understanding of ways to misuse it.

The students are a mirror of future nation - it is important that school development plan aligns with social and emotional wellbeing of students, allowing them to pursue their passion. Preparedness, passion for doing something, peace of mind and purpose of life are the four Ps which play important role in a student’s life. Classroom transaction is a dynamic process which defines the efficacy of learning outcomes. It is vital that a teacher is enthusiastic, passionate, sensitive to the needs of different learners and takes initiative to assist them in knowledge construction through enriching experiences.

Saroj Achra

Principal, Salwan Boys Sr. Sec. School, Rajendra Nagar, New Delhi