Uniqueness of a 'TEACHER' as a life long learner is a bliss.

Sumeet Puri

Director /Principal, Modern Jagat Jyoti Sr.Sec.School, Amritsar /Punjab

Learning and teaching go hand in hand It is through learning that one realized the value of teaching, and through teaching I realized the value of learning. We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn. the best teachers are learning from their students. all the time. You have something to learn from everyone you meet. The more you learn about others, the more you learn about yourself. The values of teaching, the power to touch and change lives is uniqueness of being a teacher. As teacher, we too learn as we teach.

This uniqueness where we blend ourselves to the changing needs of society and students at large is gifted and inborn in teachers. Time has changed: methods of teaching-learning have Metamorphosed. The earlier chalk and talk dogma, I teach you learn, the docile kids’ is fading away taken over by newer variations where the learner is not passive. They are certainly more knowledgeable, more vibrant, alert and alive. As teachers, we too learn as we teach. This uniqueness where we blend ourselves to the changing needs of society students at large is gifted and inborn teacher. With the changing world and globalization, the learning needs of the society around us are also changing. The society is no longer the traditional learning society but has emerged as a “lifelong learning society”. The world today realizes the fact that learning occurs at all stages of life, in different forms and in variety of arenas. Learning never ceases and continues till death, hence the concept of ‘cradle-to-grave’ for lifelong learning gains prominence in the present day world and work environment. Thus we can say that the present society around us is a knowledge society; it is a human society in which thrust is on knowledge for justice, solidarity, democracy and peace. This is a society in which knowledge is a force for changing society.

Life long education covers “formal, non-formal and informal patterns of learning throughout the life cycle of an individual for the conscious and continuous enhancement of the quality of life, his own and that of society”. Lifelong learning is the provision or use of both formal and informal learning opportunities throughout people’s lives in order to foster the continuous development and improvement of the knowledge and skills needed for employment and personal fulfilment.

In this context UNESCO has highlighted the following four pillars of lifelong learning for the 21st Century: learning to know by mastering cognitive skills & collaboration; learning to do by mastering skills & production; learning to be by admitting multiple intelligent (MI) and sustainable human development and learning to live together by dialogue and tolerance. These four pillars of knowledge cannot be anchored solely in one phase in a person’s life or in a single place. There is a need to re-think when in people’s lives education should be provided, and the fields that such education should cover. The periods and fields should complement each other and be interrelated in such a way that all people can get the most out of their own specific education. As teacher, we always come across a spectrum of behaviours and we cater to the needs of everyone. The blessings and uniqueness of being a teacher lies in the fact that you blend yourself to make a difference in the lives of the little kids. Education does not end in good grades . It culminates in the overall growth of the child to gift him outside world for a better living. Here lies the role and uniqueness of a TEACHER. 

Sumeet Puri

Director /Principal, Modern Jagat Jyoti Sr.Sec.School, Amritsar /Punjab