The relationship between the teacher and the taught is unparalleled and cannot be compared to any other equation whatsoever. This is so because it’s not merely transactional but mutually complementary. The taught defines the teacher and his standing, likewise the teacher ascertains the calibre of the taught. What requires mulling over is the kaleidoscopic connect between the two which has many shades and colours to its name. The relationship talked about has a parent-child dimension along with a friend-friend equation. To add to it, it also has a mentor-apprentice complexion to it. All in all, the teacher is a friend, philosopher and guide for his/ her students.
More often than not, it has been observed that students realize the true value of the teacher and the intensity of the bond after having passed out of school. The care, affection and connect while they are within the portals of the school is termed and comprehended as interference at times. After they move out and are left to fend for themselves, is when they see the equation in a new light but in hind sight. There are certain instances when children who have behavioural issues are distracted or have certain emotional problems, when mentored and counselled by the teacher with whom they enjoy a particular comfort level, come back on track and take care not to let their teacher suffer a loss of face at their hands.
At City Montessori School, Lucknow, the teacher guardian system really works wonders. Under this system every teacher has around 25-30 children under his/ her guardianship whom she/ he visits at home, talks to parents, counsels them as well and subsequently bridges the gap between home and school and in turn brings about an enhancement in the academic performance, conduct and overall confidence level of the children. Needless to say teachers can make or mar the personality of the students taught by them. A damaging statement or remark can kill the child’s enthusiasm and confidence for good since he starts viewing himself as remarked by the teacher and loses faith in himself and his capacities. This can be really disastrous and devastating. Therefore, a teacher needs to be very careful while reprimanding or rectifying students’ behaviour and conduct.
Teachers are mentors, facilitators and catalysts for their students in the teaching learning process. Beyond the parameters of schooling and education, teachers are lifelong role models and a source of inspiration for the taught. Hence, teaching is an ethical responsibility which has to be handled with care. Unless a person is passionate about children and truly understands the magnitude of the responsibility the profession entails, teaching is not something one should opt for. Teachers touch lives, shape them and hone skills and capacities of the taught. They are meant to instill confidence and conviction in their students and prepare them to steer through life with poise and dignity.
Vera Hajela was born in UK (Stoke on Trent). She did her schooling from Mount Carmel School, Dhanbad, her graduation from IT College, Lucknow and her Post Graduation from Lucknow University. She was awarded the Woman of the year Award in IT College, she stood second in her PG in MIH (Modern and Medival Indian History) from Lucknow University. She has awarded a Gold Medal from topping in the DPA course from Lucknow University. She has 24 years of teaching experience and has taught English in the ISC Section in CMS before she was promoted to the post of Principal in the year 2011. She was awarded the Ideal Teachers Award and Mother Teresa Sadbhavana Award for the contribution in the field of education. She has a special interest in Public speaking and writing. She has been a debator throughout her student life. She has been comparing for several events all along. Her passion lies in her mission of shaping the lives of children.