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Like Stars on the Earth

A 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 [...]

Read More » | September 15, 2014 | Category: Blog, The Good Teacher Series | Comments: none

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To Sir with Love

Good teachers are born, not made. –Anonymous Today’s blog on the good teacher takes cue from E. R. Braithwaite’s autobiographical note, To Sir, With Love, written in 1959. Basing his story on true events that occurred in his school, Braithwaite talks about his journey as an accidental teacher and how he comes to form a [...]

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My take on a Good Teacher: Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers Diary

Writing is powerful. Whether it’s a little girl hiding from the Nazis in an attic, or Amnesty International writing letters on behalf of political prisoners, the power of telling stories is usually what causes change.—Erin Gruwell This article takes inspiration from Erin Gruwell, a first year teacher who dared to change her class curriculum radically. [...]

Read More » | July 16, 2014 | Category: Blog, The Good Teacher Series | Comments: none

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Innovation and Instruction – A Good Teacher

A good teacher is a spontaneous innovator. He often puts in new devices and techniques of formal and informal instruction. He also realises the importance of individual attention and invests time to engage himself in personal conversations with his pupils.

Read More » | April 2, 2014 | Category: Blog, The Good Teacher Series | Comments: none

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Knower of Reality

A good teacher knows reality and is able to distinguish between appearances and reality. Having known reality he should wish to uplift those who still live in the bondage of ignorance. A good teacher seeks pupils, even as a good pupil seeks a good teacher.

Read More » | March 26, 2014 | Category: The Good Teacher Series | Comments: none

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Learning is Recollection – A Good Teacher

The pupil has an inherent drive in his being and it is the task of the teacher to allow the pupil the freedom to grow and develop at his own pace. For a good teacher, there is no such thing as teaching, only recollection. MENO: I see, Socrates. But what do you mean when you [...]

Read More » | March 18, 2014 | Category: Blog, The Good Teacher Series | Comments: none

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Good Teacher Series – VI

A good teacher trains his pupils in all things good, teaches them to hold knowledge fast, speaks well of them to their friends and companions and guards his pupils from danger. I now will turn the wheel of the excellent Law, For this purpose I am going to that city if Varanasi, To give light [...]

Read More » | March 11, 2014 | Category: Blog, The Good Teacher Series | Comments: none

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The Seeker and the Teacher – A Good Teacher

A good teacher never tries to impose his ideas; he adapts his teachings and guides his students towards the discovery of truth. He also gains the confidence of his pupil. Buddha says: “As the wise test gold by burning, cutting and rubbing it on a piece of touchstone, so are you to accept my words [...]

Read More » | March 4, 2014 | Category: Blog, The Good Teacher Series | Comments: none

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The Human Disciple – A Good Teacher

A good teacher knows his student’s temperament intimately and at no stage does he become impatient; on the contrary he allows his student to question him critically. During the war of Mahabharata, Krishna drives Arjuna to the battlefield on a chariot. While viewing the various formations, Arjuna is overpowered by the killings and goes into [...]

Read More » | February 26, 2014 | Category: Blog, The Good Teacher Series | Comments: none

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Good Teacher Series – III

The good teacher as conceived in the ancient system of India interweaves his own life with the life of his pupils. He aspires and prays not for himself alone but also for his pupils. Togetherness is the watchword of the good teacher. He prays Together may He protect us, Together may He posses us, Together [...]

Read More » | February 19, 2014 | Category: Blog, The Good Teacher Series | Comments: none