FEATURE
Teaching and Thoughts

We will all come to the party —as early birds, late bloomers or party poopers. Life is a party, where we celebrate our similarities and respect our differences. We are playing different roles so don’t judge by your standards. The issue of self-awareness is something we respond to differently. As a child, I needed a special kind of learning technique and a conducive environment for easy assimilation, but that is a luxury in a country where every student is being kept in the same classroom and giving a standardized test. And that test acts as a basis to measure brilliance.  In saner climes, these issues are so basic. Schooling is aimed at propelling self-confidence, not eroding it.

As a teacher, I know better. I understand that not all will arrive at the party at the same time. That brings into play a level of skill in dealing with students who progress slowly. But I am just one human— one teacher. Not everyone will understand the reason why I apply some unorthodox techniques in my class. The bottom line is that it has proven to be effective.  The principles I use in the classroom works for me even outside the classroom. I have taken into cognizance that I am a far better human being than when I was in school; owing to a rather more practical approach towards life. The real world is very different from how I had imagined it back in school. There is no one way of achieving results, it is all about how effective your methods are.

Getting our acts together is important, and it has never proven to be easy. There is a saying that goes “the end justifies the means”.  Schooling is only one means of education. We will fumble one way or the way but that is just a part of the process to becoming who we will eventually be. Your strengths are what someone wishes to get in order to have a success story— no one has it all figured out. The secret is shielding a weakness and wearing a bold look as a means of reigniting people’s belief in you. Acknowledging a weakness should not give room for complacency but should trigger the right energy to go on a rampage in a bid to better it. A young scholar once confided in me about a problem which was a replica of my issues as a child, so I opened up to him, showing him that his mentor is also human. I told him what worked for me at the time and egged him unto applying it for himself. Later on, he came back; thanking me profusely.

It's lame dishing out advices on issues you know little or nothing about. A textbook is not enough reference. The appearance of a problem shows us how mature or immature we are— our progress or stagnation forms our levels of experiences. I've made it my thing to not judge others; after all, we all have our weaknesses. Be that as it may, it doesn't change the fact that we need to seize control over the circumstances we find ourselves. We have all in one time or the other faltered our principles but chose to keep it a secret — our struggles are secret. And keeping that secret is living a lie... technically. The worse lie is the one told to self. Own up to your weakness and seek for ways to trash it. Perfection is an illusion; let's learn to be factual. By that, we will be able to reduce the pressure we put on ourselves or others. You inspire more when you are showing vulnerability and strength in one breath, rather than just being a page out of a popular textbook.


PS
We are all students, we live to learn.  But today and always, we celebrate Teachers— the agents of light.






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