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Good teachers teach, great teachers inspire and the best ones bring out the best in us, alive. A teacher is one, who kindles the spirit, with the magic of her words and the gleam of her smile. Such a teacher is a dream of many, which comes true for a few, as passionate teachers are increasingly becoming a rarity in our times. It is one of the few professions, which provides an opportunity to peep into the minds of young ones, which challenges one to the very core, to come to the level of the recipient and then start a dialogue.
The challenge even gets tougher, when one has to deal with a tiny human being, who has just begun the journey of life. Language development is in the formative stage, which bundles up unexpressed emotions and leads to frustrations. At this stage, a child generally communicates with eyes, facial expressions and bodily movements. Ever wondered, what magic a teacher can create, who can speak with her eyes, can give the loveliest facial expressions and top it up all with fun, laughter and merriment? What kind of school will that be, where children are more than happy, in going to it daily? It takes a lot of hard-work, grit and determination to tend such a loving atmosphere of happiness over a long period of twenty five plus years. Isn’t it?
During the course of my pre-school hunt, for my daughter, I came to know about this fabulous teacher, Shilpa ma’am. I visited the school, went straight into her office and finalised it, just by meeting her. I was so mesmerised by her warm yet energetic personality, that I considered it futile to pander to other formalities like taking a tour of the school or viewing the facilities. In the hindsight, I was more than delighted by my decision when I saw my daughter happily going to school day after day. I think all the difference comes from the human connect which Shilpa ma’am offers to every kid and to every parent. Every morning and afternoon, one would find her greeting and meeting kids and parents, at the gate and welcoming them with her beautiful smile. Shunning the cosy comforts of AC office, one would always find this principal, on the field, with her students, giggling and laughing. Such energy, joy for life and exuberance comes from a lady who is also a proud grandmother of two.
Once I got an opportunity to share a few things with this wonderful lady and I popped out the question that from where she gets such huge loads of un-interrupted energy and she answered with her endearing smile. She said that joy is infectious and who can be more joyful than an innocent kid? So she absorbs a little joy from everyone and radiates it back to the world. What a wonderful thought! A teacher student bond is a two way process. A teacher can also learn from her students. Great teachers don’t treat their students as their disciple, but as their equals. They reprimand less, they reward more. They don’t discourage, but say “let’s do it together”. They don’t break confidence, they bring out the hidden potential of an individual to the fore.
In the initial years of life, academics don’t matter so much. They can be learnt later on, in life, but what matters is the attitude that gets built, during these formative years. Research has proven that Emotional development of the child should be given more importance over IQ. Children who can handle emotions better, can handle any problem in life. On the other hand, an academically brilliant student with low EQ can crumble down in the face of day to day problems of life.
I can’t thank ma’am enough, for the solid foundation she has laid and will continue to lay for thousands of students, who will be lucky enough to be blessed by the Midas touch of this great human being. It’s true that parting is always painful and so it was, for us as well. It will be difficult to find a new Shilpa ma’am in a formal school set-up but her love and tender care are timeless memories, etched in our hearts. As for myself, I will continue to take inspiration from her radiance and journey, for I am myself a teacher.
Hello ma'am. I am Himani. Varrija'a mom. I have written an article featuring you, for MyCityforKids, for a contest. Title is "A teacher, with a difference. Hope you'll like it 🙂
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