Dhirendra Sah

Dhirendra Sah
Dhirendra Sah

Dhirendra Sah
Gurugram Public School, Gurgaon
Birthday: 14 January
Place of Birth: Bhagalpur
Hometown: Gurgaon

The best thing about being a Teacher?

There are hundreds of good things about being a teacher! Of them, I feel the fact that teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of students is the best.

How did you feel on the first day being a School Principal/Leader?

It was a mixed feeling of nervousness and excitement. Nervous because I had a lot on my mind (plans and policies) to implement; and in the meantime, excited to think about my new and bigger responsibility to lead both students and teachers.

The best thing about being a Teacher-Leader?

‘Guardian’ is what I have become after being a teacher-leader. Like a guardian, now I’m ignited with the power to direct a family of teachers nurturing young minds to perfection.

What are the traits of an effective Principal?

Quality leadership, of course, is a basic requirement of an effective principal. In addition, I think there are certain attributes every principal must possess; he or she must inspire love of teaching amongst the teaching staff and inspire motivation for learning among students.

Please describe the role you feel parents should play in the operation of the school?

There must be a free-flow of communication between parents and teachers. Parents must be open to seek help and advice of any kind from teachers to guide their children on the right path. They are as responsible as teachers in educating children.

When you visit a classroom, what are the first things you look for as signs that the classroom is an effective learning place?

Irrespective of its size or decor, a classroom should be a secure place where students must enjoy learning, where teachers must make things interesting and fun-filled.

What is your vision of Special Education?

First of all, we need to discover the sphere where special education is needed. As learning capabilities differ from student to student, special teaching methods must be designed for students who are slow learners or differently-abled.

What is your view on QCT (Quality Circle Time)?

I think QCT is still a new concept in India in our education system. If we can implement it in an effective manner, it will be one of the most useful tools in developing socialization skills among students. QCT provides children the idea of learning from each other.

What is your view on CCE (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation)?

Debate on merits and demerits of CCE is going on; but I go for the merits. CCE unearths the real potential of students by continuously engaging them in learning activities throughout the year. This system is really helpful for teachers to assess skill development of students.

What is your view on the e-learning platform?

We can call e-learning a new charisma of science. Unlike the older days, e-learning makes everything possible today and this technology helps students not only in learning but also in seeing things practically. I appreciate those behind the creation of this smart technology.

How can you make ‘Inclusion’ a reality?

Discrepancy is still there in our society when it comes to dealing with differently-abled people; and so it is in the education system. First of all, we require teachers who are specially trained to handle differently-abled students and special schools with special curriculum.

The most touching things that school children have done for you?

I enjoy taking classes of those teachers who are absent or on leave. In the classrooms, I never project myself as someone special. I always act as a friend with my students and they respond in the same way. I enjoy teaching my students, which is always a touching experience.

Best conference/seminar that you have attended on education?

So far, I have attended a number of conferences and seminars. The best one among them, is perhaps the NPSC’s Annual Conference.

What are the major qualities you seek in a new teacher?

Honesty and punctuality serve all purposes. These two qualities are what I always expect from any teacher in my school.

Your favourite Book?

My Idea of Education by Swami Vivekananda.