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Like Stars on the Earth

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 by Educational Innovation | Category: Blog, The Good Teacher Series | Comments: none

bookA good teacher can transform the life of a student.
How many teachers dare to go beyond the ordinary? Today’s post explores the role of a good teacher by drawing parallels from the movie Taare Zameen Par. The movie is an insight into the life of an eight year old boy, Ishaan, and how he comes to form a relationship with his teacher who not only helps him academically but also develops his social skills and helps instill in Ishaan, a sense of self confidence.

Ishaan, who dislikes school, fails exams and tests and is always ridiculed by his teachers. Noticing the tiniest of things in his surroundings and looking at them in wonder, all Ishaan wants to do is paint, explore his surroundings and create things.This wonderful talent that resides within him unfortunately goes unrecognised. Adding to his woes, Ishaan’s elder brother’s academic and co-curricular excellence stands as a constant reminder of his own academic failure. Unfortunately, Ishaan’s inability is mistaken for repetitive bad behavior and he ends up getting admitted in a boarding school. Finding himself in a completely unfamiliar and unfriendly environment, he sinks into depression and fear.

Most of Ishaan’s teachers judged his inability to study as his way of revolting.His art teacher, Nikumbh, was quick to realise that Ishaan’sacademic shortcomings indicated dyslexia. His efforts at trying and explaining this situation to Ishaan’s parents is also taken as an excuse for his poor performance. A good teacher lovesselflessly. Not letting judgment get in the way of their treatment towards the students, a good teacher finds the depth of the problem. S/he is determined to make the student succeed under any circumstances.

This is where a good teacher tries to first understand her/his student and then modifies her/his teaching methodology to suit the student’s needs. Exemplifying this, Nikumbh seeks permission to tutor Ishaan and teaches him using remedial techniques. It is said that a good teacher is a work of art. I say, a good teacher is a work of heart. Very rarely does one find a teacher who understands and believes in a student more than the child’s parents. When everybody is busy blaming the student for her/his incompetence, a good teacher realises the issue and works hard to help her/his student overcome their problems. Persistence and determination go hand in hand for a good teacher. It is her/his belief that keeps her/him going and striving to achieve the best for the student. The love and confidence that a good teacher demonstrates for her/his students is what instills a sense of self-assurance in the student. Very few students are lucky to find that one mentor who will lead them to the path of success.

I, on behalf of EI, would like to thank each and every teacher who has helped us and many more students out there to be what they are today. We surely wouldn’t have made it this far without your support and help.

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