OF POTENTIAL AND ENERGY - INCOMPLETE
“During my interview, I was asked why I wanted to be a teacher. Each day, I try to answer this question to them and myself,” – Ms. Meenakshi Batra
Ms. Meenakshi Batra
A teacher supported at our Shikshaantaar program in Delhi (ITEI-EDMC)
Some people have the potential to bring about change. They work differently from the rest of us. They consistently focus their energies on the positives and improve that is lacking. It is for these reasons that MeenakshiBatra is considered an extraordinary teacher.
“During my interview, I was asked why I wanted to be a teacher. Each day, I try to answer this question to them and myself,” remarks the quiet Meenakshi. To that effect, she has had challenges. She saw that students did not know ways to communicate their feelings and emotions without getting aggressive. There were constant fights and arguments. “Often, I have seen students suffer from low levels of motivation and other issues that impact their learning. No two problems are the same; hence, problems of no two children can be addressed in the same manner,” she explains.
From helping her students with meditation techniques to strengthening their communication skills, she coaches them on life skills in addition to helping them with their curricular load. “I am always on the lookout for opportunities to develop and showcase the talents of my students. Events such as talent shows, science fairs give them the opportunities to interact with the subject matter experts and their peers in constructive ways,” she explains.
“Sometimes, problems that appear too big to be resolved vanish when we have the right frame of mind. There is no problem that is impossible to solve if you focus on the solutions,” she speaks of her experiences at the training sessionconducted at ITEI-EDMC.
There has been a massive shift in the attitudes of teachers toward training sessions. Those attitudes are a genuine reflection of the issues in the training process. Hence, it is essential to address them. However, it is not enough to bring changes at the level of sessions. When teachers like Meenakshi speak of the benefits of such sessions, it helps their reluctant peers to give it an honest try!