The qualities of a great teacher - The Daily Guardian
Connect with us

Lifestyle & Entertainment

The qualities of a great teacher

Noor Anand Chawla

Published

on

Though Teachers’ Day was most relevant during our formative years, there is merit in celebrating everyone who has taught us a skill, imparted knowledge, gifted experiences or added value to us in any capacity, throughout our lives. I stopped paying attention to the peculiar Indian celebration of Teachers’ Day, which also marks the birth anniversary of India’s erstwhile President, Dr S. Radhakrishnan, when I graduated from university. However, now that I have donned my teacher’s hat to assist with my child’s online home-schooling, I often reflect on the qualities of great teachers.

• THEY MUST BE PATIENT
Teachers deal with different levels of intellect and interest in their class- rooms. The only way to correctly serve each individual is by being as patient as possible. No question is ever too stupid, no problem without a solution, and no situation worth losing one’s temper without assessment. Great teachers impart knowledge by patiently encouraging their students to think, rather than dictating terms of learning.

• THEY MUST TEMPER THEIR EXPECTATIONS
While a lot is expected of teachers, they must not entertain excessive expectations from their students. This applies to academic or other performances, as well as to appreciation of their efforts. If appreciation of their teaching skill is received without expectation, it is a welcome bonus!

• THEY MUST ACCEPT CRITICISM & RIDICULE
No teacher escapes ridicule and criticism, whether from students or parents of the students. It is natural for teachers to be blamed for failures, even if they are not credited for accomplishments. Further, bored and rebellious students are bound to target their teachers and make fun of them. What sets a great teacher apart from others is their ability to take it in their stride and continue onward.

• THEY MUST CONTINUOUSLY KEEP LEARNING
Good teachers study their textbooks and teach them diligently, but great teachers study the latest developments in their fields and generously add them to the existing curricula. Further, great teachers stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and methodologies of teaching their disciplines, by attending webinars and conferences and through continuous reading.

• THEY MUST BE GOOD PERFORMERS
Whether a pre-school teacher or someone with a doctoral degree, every great teacher has one thing in common — they are born performers. A healthy imagination, good oratorical skills and a penchant for drama keep their audience, or students in this case, enthralled despite the tedium of the subjects!

• THEY MUST BE FRIENDLY, YET COMMAND RESPECT
There are many teachers with whom one forms friendly connections, but they are likely to be forgotten if they do not command respect. A great teacher should be approachable and relatable but never lose their authority, if they are to be taken seriously.

• THEY MUST BE ADAPTABLE
The pandemic has shown us the many failings of a traditional educational system. It became clear that some teachers were not equipped for online schooling, despite clear indications of technological systems being the way forward. In order for teachers to be termed great, they must be willing to accept the challenges they face in their professions, and adapt to the situation so they can guide their students to do the same.

• THEY MUST BE CREATIVE
In addition to being performers and sympathetic listeners, great teachers must be creative in their teaching methods, so their classes can appeal to a wide range of personalities and situations.

• THEY MUST HAVE A HARD EXTERIOR WITH A SOFT CORE

Encapsulating all the qualities mentioned above, great teachers must be tough on the outside and soft and pliable on the inside. This allows them to effectively impart knowledge, impact growing personalities and permanently remain etched in the minds of their students.

There is no course or programme that teachers can follow to be excel- lent at teaching. Great teachers are simply gifted with this ability. Most of us have had the pleasure of learning from a few great teachers in our lifetime, but have we been great students? With low standards of payment and a growing restlessness with formalised education, the world is losing amazing teachers to more outwardly rewarding career paths. It is high time we changed this mindset by according due respect to the oldest and most noble of professions.

The writer is a lawyer who pens lifestyle articles on her successful blog www. nooranandchawla.com. She can be found on Instagram @nooranandchawla.

The Daily Guardian is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@thedailyguardian) and stay updated with the latest headlines.

For the latest news Download The Daily Guardian App.

Lifestyle & Entertainment

SHAWN DROPS EMOTIONAL SONG AFTER BREAK UP WITH CAMILA

Published

on

WASHINGTON: On the heels of his breakup from singer Camila Cabello, singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes dropped a slow, heart-rending track.

Shawn released the emotional breakup ballad titled ‘It’ll Be Okay’ on Wednesday, exactly two weeks after he and Cabello called it quits following two years of dating. Mendes informed his fans and followers about the song release on his Instagram account, writing, “it’ll be okay out now.” Mendes’ latest single, which fans are already speculating is about the couple’s recent separation, included lyrics: “Are we gonna make it?/ Is this gonna hurt?” and “I start to imagine a world where we don’t collide/ It’s making me sick but we’ll heal and the sun will rise.” In the soft, piano-backed melancholic track, Mendes detailed the end of a turbulent relationship as he sings, “the future we dreamed of is fading to black.” He sings going into the chorus, “We don’t have to stay/ I will love you either way / It’ll be OK.”

Continue Reading

Lifestyle & Entertainment

DHVANI’S SONG ‘MERA YAAR’ OUT

Published

on

DhVani’s sonG ‘MeRa yaaR’ out MUMBAI: Dhvani Bhanushali’s latest song ‘Mera Yaar’, which marks the pop singer’s debut as composer and lyricist, has finally been unveiled on Wednesday.

Along with Dhvani, the song is also sung by Ash King and the music video of the track features actor Aditya Seal. From an underwater sequence that sees Aditya and Dhvani floating in love to a breathtaking fire sequence, the catchy, foot-tapping number also has magnanimous visualisation, directed by Piyush-Shazia.

Speaking about debuting as a composer and lyricist with ‘Mera Yaar’, singer Dhvani said, “’Mera Yaar’ is a song that will remain the closest to my heart. Not only have I donned four different looks in this fabulous video, but this is the first time I am releasing my own composition. It was a while ago I started working on the song but it was my father who encouraged me to go ahead and complete the song and I am super excited to finally release it.” About the video, she added, “Piyush and Shazia both are young and super talented duo and what a concept they have given for the song. They have done an amazing job.”

Continue Reading

Lifestyle & Entertainment

‘MY PRIDE, MY SON’: BIG B AHEAD OF ABHISHEK’S ‘BOB BISWAS’ RELEASE

Published

on

MUMBAI: On Thursday, megastar Amitabh Bachchan took to his Instagram and shared a video of him reciting a poem for his son Abhishek Bachchan’s new film ‘Bob Biswas’.

Abhishek Bachchan’s look in Bob Biswas

For the post’s caption, Big B used his father and late legendary poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s Hindi couplet. “My sons will not become my inheritors just because we share the same surname. They will be called my sons because they will justify their legacy. meraa bettaa, meraa uttraadhikaarii .. My pride, my son, my inheritor. Video Poem Courtesy: EF P. Ahuja,” he wrote. Big B’s gesture made Abhishek “speechless.” Reacting to the post, Abhishek commented, “Speechless. Thank you Pa. This means the world to me.” Directed by Diya Annapurna Ghosh, Abhishek-starrer ‘Bob Biswas’ is scheduled to release on ZEE5 on December 3.

Continue Reading

Lifestyle & Entertainment

SONG ‘MEHRAM’ FROM SHAHID’S ‘JERSEY’ UNVEILED

Published

on

MUMBAI: A soulful track ‘Mehram’ from Shahid Kapoor’s upcoming film ‘Jersey’ has been released. Sung by Sachet Tandon, ‘Mehram’ is a soulful song. The track’s sequence sees Shahid manifesting his desire of turning cricketer once again for the love of his son.

Sharing the link of the song on Twitter, Shahid wrote, “#Mehram… the loving comforter. The heart of our film. Hope you feel the depth of its emotion. Presenting our first song from #Jersey.”

Sachet has also expressed his happiness of working on the song. “We have made Mehram with all our love and passion. It’s a song that you listen to when you’re having a bad day but still have your go-getter spirit fuelled with adrenaline. We hope you enjoy the song as much as we loved making it for you,” he said. 

Continue Reading

Lifestyle & Entertainment

GUL, VINAY, RANVIR STARRER ‘420 IPC’ TRAILER OUT

Published

on

MUMBAI: The makers of ‘420 IPC’, an intriguing courtroom drama about an economic offence, have unveiled an intriguing trailer on Wednesday. The film stars veteran actors Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Gul Panag and promising actor Rohan Vinod Mehra.

Directed by Manish Gupta and produced by ZEE Studios and Rajesh Kejriwal and Gurpal Sachar under their banner Kyoorius Digital P.L, the film centres on a chartered accountant Bansi Keswani (Pathak), who is arrested for an economic offence. Mehra plays the part of Pathak’s defence lawyer, while Shorey will be seen essaying the role of an eccentric Parsi public prosecutor with Panag playing the wife of Pathak’s character.

The nearly two-minute-long trailer shows Vinay Pathak as a simple Chartered Accountant who has influential clients like the Deputy Director of MMRDA. When this client is arrested by the CBI for a 1200 crore scam and when another client accuses Keswani (Pathak) of stealing and forging 3 blank cheques of Rs 50 Lakhs each, Keswani’s life turns upside down as he fights the grave accusations of theft, forgery, and attempted bank fraud. 

Continue Reading

Lifestyle & Entertainment

RANVEER EXPRESSES GRATITUDE POST ‘83’ TRAILER RELEASE

Published

on

MUMBAI: After receiving huge praises for the ‘83’ trailer, actor Ranveer Singh thanked everyone for showering the film’s cast with loads of love and best wishes.

“Thank you to movie fans all over the country and beyond, our film fraternity, the press…people from all walks of life and generations have appreciated the movie’s trailer, and we are filled with gratitude and gladness,” Ranveer wrote on Instagram.

Helmed by Kabir Khan, ‘83’ is based on the Indian cricket team’s 1983 World Cup win. In the film, Ranveer will be seen essaying the role of Kapil Dev.

According to Ranveer, ‘83’ is more than a film. “This is not just a movie – it’s a glorious tribute to that moment in Indian history that changed it all! It’s about the great achievement of the Indian Cricket Team of 1983 – ‘Kapil’s Devils’! These men are legends, and it’s an honour to be a part of the cinematic telling of their iconic story on the big screen! Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generous and loving messages! Kaptaan Kabir Khan, it’s everything you dreamed of! Take a bow,” he added. ‘83’ is scheduled to release on December 24. 

Continue Reading

Trending