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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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We can be taught!

September 22, 2013 1 comment

What makes a teacher great?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us GREATNESS.

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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) http://rpmas.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/to-mrs-gray-one-great-teacher/
2) http://theclocktowersunset.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/we-can-be-taught/
3) http://soletusknow.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/daily-prompt-challenge-we-can-be-taught/
4) http://vivirquenoespoco.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/daily-prompt-we-can-be-taught/
5) http://wedrinkbecausewerepoets.com/2013/09/21/why-i-believe-teachers-are-the-backbone-of-civilization/
6) http://bulgingbuttons.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/daily-prompt-we-can-be-taught/
7) http://alienorajt.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/inspiration-and-education/
8) http://imagineeratwork.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/dearest-teachers/
9) http://flowersandbreezes.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/a-role-model-to-follow/
10) http://noncitygirl.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/daily-prompt-we-can-be-taught/

 

 

Naked with black socks

September 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why? 
Photographers, artists, poets: show us PUBLIC.

The greatest fear in the world today is the fear of public speaking. I am an introvert by nature and would avoid grand parties etc. but I love speakng in public. I have enjoyed taking part in elocution and debate competitions since  school days. It has helped me a lot to become comfortable and confident.

A toastmasters program is a structured program with a communication and leadership track. It is a great platform to conquer your speaking fears and to be evaluated by peers in your club. You also have an opportunity to develop leadership skills by taking on meeting roles or positions in the Exco of your club. You get to learn to write a good speech, to listen, to evaluate, to mentor, to give a humorous speech and to inspire others to join your club. A typical chapter meeting at a club consists of Prepared speeches, Table topics (Impromptu speeches) and evaluations. There is also a language evaluator who can help you to improve understanding of pronunciation, articulation and grammar. A general evaluator gives tips on how to improve the meetings.

A toastmasters club is a wonderful avenue to meet after work and improve on speaking, listening and leadership skills. It is a great place to network with people of diverse backgrounds and get diverse perspectives on current events, topics of interest and have fun. It also helps to develop our leadership abilities by way of taking up roles at meetings within the club and networking with other clubs.

I joined Toastmasters International 5 years ago and am currently doing my Advanced Project manuals. I would like to take this  interest further by being involved in training and leadership for companies.

I am currently President of Bishan Toastmasters Club located at Bishan CC in Singapore.
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http://storyofmylife1993.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/daily-prompt-hide-me-away/
http://lessthanthreechickens.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/naked-with-socks-in-public-no-cops-bring-it-on/
http://jitterygt.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/overcoming-the-fear-of-public-speaking/
http://alienorajt.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/nude-speaking/
http://amandakho88.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/daily-prompt-naked-with-black-socks/
http://edwardhotspur.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/black-socks-down/
http://noncitygirl.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/daily-prompt-naked-with-black-socks/
http://terry1954.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/daily-prompt-naked-with-black-socks/

How leaders are like conductors!

May 7, 2012 2 comments

Leading a team is much like conducting an orchestra. A good conductor is able to bring about the best in the team.

Just like styles of leadership different conductors have different styles of expression. Some lead the orchestra with authority and with strict control. Others are more involved and the last type of conductors just let go and bring about a great symphony.

In leadership too there are autocratic leaders, there are participative/democratic leaders and there are laissez-faire leaders.

Autocratic leaders provide clear expectations for what needs to be done, when it should be done, and how it should be done. There is also a clear hierarchy between the leader and the followers. Authoritarian leaders make decisions independently with little or no input from the rest of the group.

Participative leaders encourage group members to participate, but retain the final say over the decision-making process. Group members feel engaged in the process and are more motivated and creative.

Delegative leaders offer little or no guidance to group members and leave decision-making up to group members. While this style can be effective in situations where group members are highly qualified in an area of expertise, it often leads to poorly defined roles and a lack of motivation.

Great conductors aren’t those who demonstrate their creativity through skill on an instrument or the beauty of their own performances. Rather, they are judged by their ability to produce an environment in which the artistry of others may emerge and the quality of that performance may be experienced.
Great conductors are swept up in the music. They are passionate. They don’t just play with their head; they also play with their heart. You can read it on their face. You can sense it in their movement. They are fully present and “playing full out.”

The best administrators lead without leading, guide without guiding, and rule without ruling. They trust those around them and inspire trust in themselves in return. In an orchestra, harmony can be destroyed when the voice of the conductor intrudes on the music of the performers

Itay Talgam in this TED talk disusses how we can lead like great conductors:

References:
Jeffrey Buller, Ph.D – How Great Leaders are like Great Conductors – http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/academic-leadership/how-great-leaders-are-like-great-conductors/

Michael Hyatt – 8 things leaders can learn from symphony conductors – http://michaelhyatt.com/8-things-leaders-can-learn-from-symphony-conductors.html

8 Traits of Extraordinary Work Groups

March 25, 2011 1 comment

In their three-year field study of extraordinary work groups across many disciplines, consultants Geoffrey Bellman and Kathleen Ryan found these eight performance indicators that defined group practices:

* Compelling purpose: We are inspired and stretched in making this group’s work our top priority

* Shared leadership: We readily step forward to lead by demonstrating our mutual responsibility for moving our group toward success

* Just enough structure:  We create the minimal structure (systems, plans, roles and tasks)

* Full engagement:  We dive into our work with focus, enthusiasm and passion

* Embracing differences: We value the creative alternatives that result from engaging differing points of view

* Unexpected learning: We are excited by what we learn here and how it applies to other work, other groups and our lives outside of work

* Strengthened relationships:  Our work leads us to greater trust, interdependence and friendship

* Great results:  We work toward and highly value the tangible and intangible outcomes of our work together

 

What does your education mean to you?

March 17, 2011 12 comments

Every time I see a child, I am amazed at their sense of wonder, curiosity and their insatiable thirst for knowledge. Leave a child alone with a toy and he/whe will have a great time…they are so immersed in the moment that nothing else matters. And if you snatch that toy from them, they will scream. Children live with so much energy and vigour that by the end of the day they have a sound sleep.

I think the schools of today make education a boring experience. The rote, bookish knowledge that we gain in schools cannot substitute for life-skills. What use is an education in the classroom if it does not teach us to respect one another, if it cannot teach us basic courtesies, if it does not teach us empathy? What use is such an education if it does not inculcate in us the need to help one another. If all our education is just to get a job and earn a living then I think it does not serve its purpose.

Our education has not found a way of creating a fun environment wherein learning can become an enriching experience. Our classrooms like places of work make it mandatory for children to sit on desks and tables in a classroom. Wouldn’t a colourful place with lot of games, pictures make learning more enriching for children?

Today’s teenagers show total lack of basic courtesies – like offering seats to the elderly or pregnant women. They get involved in gangs and exhibit uncontrollable anger. This can be attributed to the lack of a well-rounded education. Our education has to instill the right values from early childhood. These values have to be reinforced at home too so that it becomes a part and parcel of growing up. If we have not learnt to wish our neighbour, to exchange pleasantries and enjoy living with people of different backgrounds then our education has not served its purpose.

In my view, our education should bring out the leadership quality in us. It should give us

.. the strength to act in accordance with your own values amidst obstacles

.. the sense of what is right

.. confidence and enthusiasm

.. adaptability

True education should bring about social cohesion, communal harmony and entrepreneurship spirit. It should help us to unite for a common cause – like the alleviation of poverty, removing corruption and other social ills like gambling and addiction.

Interesting links:

Ken Robinson on TED talks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY

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