THE JOURNEY OF HOPE
“I like the training sessions at the Institute because they are moulded around my experience. Maybe, I am unlearning a lot of what I already knew, but it is a result of this process that I feel confident about my abilities in the classroom” – Mr. Sumit Parnami
Mr. Sumit Parnami
A teacher supported at our Shikshaantaar program in Delhi (ITEI-EDMC)
The moment SumitParnami’s hiring was finalised, he decided that he would create history. He felt he would use every single thing he ever learnt as a student-teacher in his classroom. Although, he had his doubts, for there were questions, he felt that had not been answered. But, he was sure that there was no way he was not going to fail at this. Unfortunately for him, as he now knows “a primary classroom can test the mettle of a man.”
“To be defeated in my classroom by my students is an experience in itself. However, I knew that there were successful teachers as well; and that I wanted to be successful myself,” talking of his initial days in the system.
“It was with this singular aspiration that he attended the ITEI-EDMC sessions. Frequently, he has returned for feedback and with questions, both of which are deeply appreciated by the Institute,” reports a faculty member. When enthusiastic teachers like Sumit vow to change the status quo, big things happen.
“It is ironical that my experience is the only reason that conceptual knowledge is of any use to me. I like the training sessions at the Institute because they are moulded around my experience. Maybe, I am unlearning a lot of what I already knew, but it is a result of this process that I feel confident about my abilities in the classroom,” declares the young fellow.
In the absence of multiple resources, he feels that there is always a need to innovate. He credits the active Resource Room, which allows teachers to borrow teaching-learning materials for enriching the classroom. Sumit remarks, “Classrooms require an initiative each day so that they remain an active space for learning. However, there is more than one way to enrich the classroom, as I am now learning.”