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We can be taught

What makes a teacher great?

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Teachers are our role models. Some of my teachers made learning fun and the 45 minutes of their class was truly riching and fun.

One of my teachers had such a passion for maths and science that he transmitted the passion to his students. It was a joy to watch as he nurtured in us a love for these subjects. He taught us how to go out there and get our goal in life. He had strong ethics and values and led by example. He had a passion to make us worldly wise and not just bookish.

On the last day of school my teacher who taught us Leadership & Public speaking- wrote something in my notebook that I will never forget to this day –He wrote “Self conquest leads to world conquest”. I feel that these are the little things that teachers can inculcate in their children – a love of the subject, values and leadership.

In a classroom you find all types of students – some focussed and others easily distracted and hyperactive. A good teacher is able to engage the children in activities that bring out their unique nature and kindle the interest in the subject. A teacher enables the children to look at a problem from different perspectives so as to develop creativity and out of  the box thinking.

With too much focus on maths and science and use of logic these days a teacher can help develop an enthusiasm in art  and craft to balance the use of intuition with logic.

Teaching is not about reading from a book or writing words on the board. It does not promote rote learning. A teacher does not have to teach everything. He or she is more of a facilitator who builds a solid foundation and develops keen interest and curiosity so that the students are spurred by a desire to find out more.

Teaching is a noble profession as the foundations, ethics, morals and values that are built up during our primary years go on to define our character and leadership skills later on in life!

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) https://thecrookedmind.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/we-can-be-taught-daily-prompt/
2) http://geekergosum.com/2015/03/08/my-best-teachers-or-we-can-be-taught/
3) http://laissezfairelife.com/2015/03/08/the-daily-prompt-12-we-can-be-taught/
4) http://teepee12.com/2013/09/21/1110218051/
5) http://nananoyz5forme.com/tag/we-can-be-taught/
6) http://kattermonran.com/2013/09/21/daily-prompt-we-can-be-taught/
7) http://lifebeinggirly.com/2013/09/21/dr-emmett-doc-brown-we-can-be-taught/
8) http://teepee12.com/2015/03/08/to-love-learning-we-need-great-teachers/

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It builds Character

November 5, 2013 2 comments

Tell us about a favorite character from film, theater, or literature, with whom you’d like to have a heart-to-heart. What would you talk about?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us a CHARACTER.

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One of my favourite characters with whom I would like to have a heart-to-heart is Jeeves.  I would love to learn how he comes up with solutions to save his employer in the nick of time and yet serves with humility and purpose!

Jeeves is a fictional character created by P.G. Wodehouse.  He is a brilliant valet firmly in control of his rich and foppish young employer’s life.  Jeeves invariably comes up with great plans to save his bumbling employer  Bertie Wooster from trouble and inevitable misunderstandings.

Jeeves frequently displays mastery over a vast range of subjects, from philosophy (his favourite philosopher is Spinoza he finds Nietzsche “fundamentally unsound”) through an encyclopaedic knowledge of poetry, science, history, psychology, geography, politics, and literature. He is also a “bit of a whizz” in all matters pertaining to gambling, car maintenance, etiquette, and women. However, his most impressive feats are a flawless knowledge of the British aristocracy and making antidotes (especially for hangovers). His mental prowess is attributed to eating fish, according to Bertie, who often offers the dish to Jeeves.

Jeeves is known for his convoluted yet precise speech and for quoting from Shakespeare and famous romantic poets. In his free time, he likes to relax with “improving” books such as the complete works of Spinoza, or to read “Dostoyevsky and the great Russians”. He “glides” or “shimmers” in and out of rooms and may appear or disappear suddenly and without warning. His potable concoctions, both of the alcoholic and the morning-after variety, are legendary.

Jeeves’ propensity for wisdom and knowledge is so well known that it inspired the original name of the Internet search website Ask.com (called “AskJeeves” from 1996 to 2006). In the twenty-first century, a “Jeeves” is a generic term (in the fashion of “a Johan”) for any useful and reliable person, found in dictionaries such as the Oxford English Dictionary or the Encarta World English Dictionary.

Jeeves and Wooster are two great literary characters immortalised by P G Wodehouse.  Jeeves is a complex and interesting character who is intelligent and at the same time dedicated to serve his master.  That is why he still appeals to readers worldwide.

(Reference: Wikipedia)

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://jacquelinebrinkman.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/character-a-memoir-of-jane-austen/
2) http://noncitygirl.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/cinderella-wake-up-and-smell-the-damn-roses-already/
3) http://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/alice-in-wonderland/
4) http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/daily-prompt-it-builds-character/
5) http://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2013/11/04/daily-prompts-it-builds-character/
6) http://crookedeyebrows.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/better-person/
7) http://geanieroake.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/daily-prompt-why-we-love-jane-eyre/
8) http://teepee12.com/2013/11/04/daily-prompt-star-struck/
9) http://didntjustwakeup.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/the-making-of-an-awesome-character/
10) http://jamescollettphotography.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/daily-prompt-it-builds-character/

Imperfectly perfect

May 26, 2011 4 comments

Right from childhood, comparing and contrasting is the favourite pastime of parents.  They seek  perfection in their children – perfect in studies, in arts, in sports and ‘second best’ will just not do.  I shudder to think  what would this world be like if we were all perfect?

Those little quirks, mistakes, strange behaviours are what makes us so unique and beautiful.  So why are we in an endless quest for perfection?

Does a perfect 100/100 mean your child is a genius?  It is not wrong to be ambitious but in that quest to get perfection are we not destroying their creativity?

Can we mess up things a bit?  Do things differently without offending anyone.  Be a little clumsy, crazy once a while.  That imperfection, that chaos is so much fun in this world .  If not things would be too orderly and routine.

It is our mistakes our flaws that give us strength to try harder.  If we were perfect  we would be lethargic – we wouldn’t feel the need to work.  Imperfection is what builds our character.

We are humans – we are born with flaws and each of us has our own strange mannerisms and behaviours.  That is what makes us stand out from the crowd.  That is the beauty in us.  So, let us celebrate our imperfections.  Let us seek to be imperfectly perfect.

Here is Alex Lambert singing ‘Imperfectly Perfect”:

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