LET’S SPREAD THE LOVE
Quality is a very relative term. It refers to the standard of work delivered either by an individual or by an organisation. This can include the quality of task completion, interactions and deliverables. It is important for every individual to get a clear picture of his quality – only then will he be able to surpass himself.
Quality Management ensures that a person is in constant pursuit of excellence. In all sectors, it is important for people in key positions to continually develop themselves. This development needs to have a positive implementation – only then will the subordinates follow. Replicating this in the scenario of a classroom, the teacher is the undisputed pivot. He/she continues to enjoy this key position in the teaching-learning process. Thus it is of paramount importance that a teacher must demonstrate a work of a certain standard and strive to be better with each passing day.
Acquiring academic skills is the most important quality of the student. Ability to read comprehensively, to write effectively, to speak fluently, and to communicate clearly are the key areas in which a student must be proficient. However, a good student would want to look beyond that. He should draw inspiration from his educator and collect regular feedback on his quality of work. A student, if able to take constructive criticism in a positive way, will be able to evolve and mature with time.
In this regard, it will be pertinent to share the experience of an Economics teacher who has chosen to teach in an interesting way during the period of Lockdown. She assigns several thought-provoking activities to her students and by chalking out hypothetical scenarios and asks for feedback
The children came up with humane solutions thus emphasizing the importance of important value systems which makes us human. This session was indeed a life-skill learning experience which is what Quality Education refers to in its true sense.
For the educational experience to be premium, the bond between an educator and a learner is very important. Teachers have to don many roles – that of a parent, a guide or even a friend. In the words of Brad Henry, a good teacher is one who can "inspire hope, ignite inspiration, and instil a love of learning". The love expressed by a teacher towards her students is powerful enough to gain a lot of respect. It creates an everlasting relationship that remains throughout their whole lifetime.
One day Arnav, a student of Grade 6, came to his Grade 1 teacher and told that he is leaving the school. His sight triggered a wave of nostalgia - she remembered that he used to sit on the first bench as he was very slow in writing. Though a naughty child, he used to listen to the teacher. Years passed by and he grew up and went to different grades. Despite having a new teacher, he used to come and meet her during recess and share his tales. Hearing this news, she became sad. After a few days, he returned to her and gave a card that he had made for her. It read, “Ma’am even though I am joining another school, I will always miss you and can never forget you. Thank You for everything!” Both became very emotional – the teacher hugged him and couldn’t stop her tears. She still has the note with her and they are in touch.
Such tender and lovely relationships are most cherishable – these keep a teacher going. It also happens that the students prove to be the ones inspiring a teacher - they are the ones who follow their dreams and make a teacher beam with pride and comfort. A teacher who loves her students receives respect, admiration, care and, most importantly, love in return. Let us all choose to spread a little love.
Super 7 @ Billabong High International School, Thane
- Sayantani Mukherjee, Dimple Awasthi, Ritu Chitnis, Manjusha Saji, Jyoti Ramdhave, Vijaylaxmi Ramesh & Sumati Muthukumar