/Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best

profile.jpgHaving spent a substantial part of my life in Pathways World School, Aravali,  I can only say that I am what I am, because of who we all are.

Being a part of this institution has given me a lot in terms of my confidence, professional ability, creature comforts and dignity. I came to this school with a  firm grounding in the National Curriculum,and then I dismantled my ideas, tweaked them a bit, revamped my strategies and transformed my transaction of the subject, only to realize that Areas of Knowledge or Subjects never change, but they are understood and shared in different ways in varying curricula in an ever-changing spatial and temporal context.  I  am able to now appreciate the relevance of plurality and acknowledge the voice of dissent. I am able to look at issues objectively yet understand that models never fit reality. I do make instructional plans which are standardized knowing fully well that each of my student will have an impact on my plan, only to turn it into a customized one. Being a  role model, team player and leading my team here at Pathways  has earned me goodwill, for a lifetime.

My own children  have gained tremendously in terms of receiving a fine education, warmth,  care and coaching  from a formidable team of educators, who make this profession, a rather proud one. At Pathways, as teachers, we have been blessed with  a rigorous training  program which is on-the-job, independence for creative thought and the wherewithal to execute the same. In my tenure of almost 12 years here,  what I  have received has  exceeded my expectations in terms of the mere  remuneration.  It  has included the country-side ride to work each day, the sumptuous meals we received each day, the  seamless  services provided by our Support Staff, the creature comforts of the infrastructure, the camaraderie and healthy competition from meritorious colleagues. The management of the school has been  truly visionary in terms of taking  on the initial wave of the International Baccalaureate Program  in this part of the world, and  none can take away, this accolade  from us. It is now for us to sustain this and be proud of our institution.  Great Educational Institutions are truly made from  the contribution of the faculty and  the supporting staff steered by the vision of the Management  and eventually how our Parent community  spread the good  word and our Alumni  give back to the society.  We as Schools,  are special, and we are meant for the tough times, that we are facing collectively as humankind today. 

If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.

We are not mere teachers, who transact curricula within the walls of a classroom. We open up minds, we guide, we watch from the side, we are omnipresent, we are accessible,   we are important for the system,  for the nation. We are the game changers, and we have to believe so, irrespective of the curricula, the cohort of students  and the institutionwhere we teach. Our results will make us proud, years from now when we would have created happy young individuals who are grounded yet forward looking,  strong individuals yet belong to the Society the world, at large.

And for all our dear students , I would only like to say….

Don’t study to earn, study to learn. What you learn today is what you will become tomorrow.

Eternally grateful to PATHWAYS WORLD SCHOOL ARAVALI from 2004 till date, and thankful to all the forces of this habitat which helped me flourish  and perhaps, give back a little, in return.

“Mrs Bhagirathy Jhingran is both – a faculty member and a parent herself at Pathways World School”