Are we unleashing the potential of the child?
Nothing can be taught until there is a curiosity in the child’s mind and this is the responsibility of the educators who can make this happen. Let’s see how.
Children by instinct have the ability to learn more and receive immensely. If the same mind can be channelized in a particular direction, it will have multidimensional thinking, which can remove all the barriers.
Anil Kumar Patnaik is an enthusiastic educator with a flair for writing on topics related to innovative and engaging educational methods. He is known for his creative skills, story writing, dramatic and mimicry abilities, disciplined lifestyle, and contributions as a community worker. Gearing young people to their fullest potential, comes naturally to Patnaik, the motivator, owing to his genuine communication skills.
Nothing can be taught until and unless a condition is created for the child to learn, and the condition can be created only by arousing curiosity in the child’s mind. Here a question arises: How to create curiosity in the child’s mind? What has to be done, so that the child will think in a particular direction? When will be the right time to do this? Where the condition will be created? Who will do this?
Of course, this is the responsibility of we the educators who can make this happen. But the educator must not feel that it is her/his responsibility. This must happen spontaneously because spontaneity is a terrific stimulant. For this, the educator must be herself/himself. The person has to be an evolved human being so far as pedagogy is concerned because she/he is dealing with someone who is extraordinarily sensitive – the child.
The educator has to be a joyful human being. Only a joyful person can inspire because she/he experiences happiness, which comes from within. She/he should not derive pleasure while dealing with children which is absolutely an outward experience. The educator with such a pleasant state of experience can transform the child. A charged mind can achieve the impossible. Children by instinct have the ability to learn more and receive immensely. If the same mind can be channelized in a particular direction, it will have multidimensional thinking, which can remove all the barriers.
When it is said the educator must be herself/himself, it means she/he must not impart information but must be a storehouse of information. She/he should not be knowledgeable but share knowledge. Gone are the days when the educator who was a storehouse of subject knowledge was at the top of the hierarchy. Presently the educator must be an intelligent human being. An intelligent person can only derive the intelligence of a child and ignite a spark within. The educator must think beyond the syllabus and subject, she/he should not cultivate the subject but cultivate the mind of the child. To achieve this, the educator has to remain prepared always, the learner within must be awakened eternally. Awakened means the educator must be a down to earth, a grounded person so far as children are concerned.
She/he not a know-all in front of his children, but questions them, try to find answers from them, answer their questions, make them learn, learn from their innocence.
This process conveys a message where children feel secure, comfortable, calm, and surrender themselves to learn more. This is the creativity of the teacher which is immeasurable and intrinsic by nature. Under such conditions, children excel themselves, their perceptions are enlarged, moreover, they remain in present. Therefore, an educator of this caliber must always remain in the present, they must not keep any preconceptions about any child, they must avoid keeping any past image which would force them to be judgmental, there exists no experience that comes between the child and the educator.
The role of the educator is of extraordinary importance, they must be free from past experience of the child, simultaneously have to be intelligent and be tremendously sensitive to unfurl the strength of the child to make them an evolved human being who can make a difference to the society.
A child can metamorphose at any time, at times it happens just by asking a typical question, and at others answering a silly question. In a few cases, it is a friendly conversation or a little care. Sometimes it is just a glimpse of a smile or a nod. Every so often it is a heart-touching appreciation or a stimulating narration. Mean to say, children’s sensitivity is their intelligence. They are sensitive to the condition when they are free to think. Their freedom to think is the cynosure of their intellect.
Einstein quoted, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” The simple explanations hide a powerful understanding behind it. The more is the understanding of the educator the more well-balanced and sensible she/he is. The role of the educator is of extraordinary importance, they must be free from past experience of the child, simultaneously have to be intelligent and be tremendously sensitive to unfurl the strength of the child to make them an evolved human being who can make a difference to the society.