Challenges faced by a teacher: “The biggest challenge for a teacher is to be a teacher to all – every student in class and not just look at the best students. Look at the average students as well and give them additional attention. That’s the biggest challenge to see that all students get your time and you actually give them time according to their needs.
Another challenge would be resources of all kinds, which may not be available and as a teacher we have to think of innovative ways of doing things to show them certain concepts. ”
Message to other teachers on Teacher’s Day 2019: “Try and keep up with changes that are going to take place in the next ten years. The use of technology in education like using computers and robotics – I think that’s going to be a major challenge. They should embrace new things happening.
Another thing they should do is spend time reading and not just their subject. Influence your general awareness about everything like reading fiction, articles on current affairs, autobiography, basically widening of the mind. Be aware of things happening.”
Prof. Ashok Misra is currently serving as the Chairman of Intellectual Ventures India, Bangalore. Prior to this, he was the Director of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), from 2000 to 2008. In 1977, he joined IIT Delhi as the Head of the Centre for Polymer Science & Engineering. He is also part of the Board of Directors of Reliance Industries Ltd. and Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd.
Challenges: “In present times, when it comes to higher education, the motivation level of the student is somewhat lower while at class. The students seem unmotivated and are going through routine work rather than getting involved. That is a bit of challenge for teachers because their aspirations and what they are learning may be different. The teachers have to make the classrooms exciting and informative as possible. In this way, the students will get more engaged and their attention span gets better.”
Message: “A very important part of our society at all levels whether it is secondary, higher education or Ph.D., teachers are the ones who are the givers of sharing of knowledge. They have to be very dedicated and sincere . Not only they share knowledge but along with students, they also develop new knowledge. They should be very knowledgeable in their field and impart the same to the best of their abilities.”
Dr. Shayama Chona is the founder-president of Tamana Association, an NGO for multiply challenged and autistic individuals. She was also the former principal of Delhi Public School (DPS), RK Puram. Widely regarded as one of the most accomplished educationists in India, she is a Padma Shri (1999) and Padma Bhushan (2008) awardee.
Challenges: “I’m all for the students and maybe we as teachers are challenge for them. So, the biggest challenge is to be a teacher herself. What we need in the classroom is that to give an opportunity to every student to question and also be ready to accept that some students may know more than you because today’s world is full of information.
I never really had any any challenge in my class because if you are teaching interestingly and you are answering the question of the students and you are giving them an opportunity to learn and bring their learnings to the class in a collaborative manner, I don’t think their is any challenge.
One challenge I can think of is absentism. There’s lots of senior students who are going to coaching classes after they are enrolled into professional courses. Yet, they prefer to learn at coaching centres and thus their attendance tends to be low.”
Message: “Make your classes child centric and not syllabus centric.”
Maya Menon is the founder-director of The Teacher Foundation (TTF), an organisation focused on training teachers. A full time teacher since, she is an Accredited Teacher Trainer for Jenny Mosley Consultancies (UK) and an Accredited Master Trainer for the Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers of the University of Cambridge International Examinations, UK.
Challenges: “Teachers in general face the twin challenge of inadequate personal & professional awareness and limited skills. Of course, there are always remarkable exceptions! The lack of awareness makes them think that one can get by with teaching in mediocre or outdated ways. They do themselves and their students a grave injustice by not constantly honing their craft, seeking professional expertise and help.
The limited skills prevents them from expanding their repertoire of teaching strategies and methods that add rigour, vigour and variety in the classroom. Teachers need to exercise professional autonomy and for that they need a clear sense of professional and personal identity.”
Message: “Make your life matter! Teach with a profound sense of power and purpose. No other job contributes to a nation’s wealth and well-being as much as teaching. Let no one convince you otherwise!”