Ms. Archana Sharma
A teacher supported at our Shikshaantaar program in Delhi (ITEI-EDMC)
There are numerous stories about people leaving no stone unturned to find what their hearts truly want. Archana’s desire as a child was to grow up to be a teacher. She was in seventh heaven when she turned one!
A rather tiny building that housed thousands of students, children who were excited about learning despite all that was amiss in their life, and the number of roles that teachers were supposed to play: was all that baffled as well as inspired her, simultaneously.
However, the sheer initial excitement disappeared and gave way to reality.
Ensuring individual attention despite the large class and reduced absenteeism amongst children were battles that she fought regularly.
It was then almost by chance that she was invited to join the sessions at ITEI-EDMC. She felt as if she had found answers to all her questions. A methodical guidance helped her find the support to deal with issues in her classroom. She learnt new techniques and understood the changes taking place in the field of education and the ways of linking academic concepts to real-life teaching.
So, if you were to enter Archana’s classroom, you would see a classroom where every detail was paid attention to.”
From discussions on cleanliness to children seating in activity-specific arrangements to classroom walls being adorned by the children, everything had a strong underlying sense of purpose. Mind you, a strong personality such as her would have found some way to impact the lives of children positively. It is because of ITE-EDMC that she found a stable mechanism to help her address the apparent issues in her classroom.
A teacher is the best diagnostician and the doctor rolled in one person. It is entirely for them to recognise their potential and run the classroom the way it is meant to -more like a well-oiled machine.