Pedagogy is an art. It has to come from within like any art. Gone are the days when the pupils sat in dumb astonishment and nervous reverence in front of a ‘Guru’. Now, a new era of intrapersonal relationship between the teacher and the taught has been ushered in; where at times even the teacher becomes the learner. The ‘tunnel vision’ does not exist anymore. With the advent of the computer technology this task has been made even easier than ever, but at the same time, demanding a great deal of work and perseverance.
A class room situation should be a situation where there is a healthy conversation that is carried on between the teacher and the taught, a participatory method of teaching. Each day would then add a new dimension to the child’s profile giving him an opportunity to meet and accomplish new challenges. Teachers are expected to therefore, equip themselves with energy, integrity, creativity, enthusiasm and most importantly an openness of mind, which is vital for the development of the school in general and the child in particular.
The participation does not stop with the teacher and the taught but goes beyond the class room. An extended relationship is being established with the parents, who are now considered partners in the bringing up of the children. To comprehend correctly, the complexity and the composition of teaching is the name of the game. The term “Flipped class room” applies to the extended learning that happens at home. When a child goes up on to a podium or goes up to receive a prize, more often than not, the hard work of a parent behind the scene is what is evident.
Quotes of Great Leaders
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
"Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher that will be the biggest honour for me."
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."
We here at the Sharjah Indian School, would like to therefore foster this relationship and find new ways and means with which to aid the children in their journey towards scaling dizzier heights. Teaching and learning is indeed a process and one cannot hope for immediate effects. It should be a learning process not only for the children but also for the teachers and the parents in general. We very often make the mistake of measuring the children with our yard stick. When this is done, the children are seen to fall short generally. But if we were to measure the children with their own yard sticks, we will find that they have over shot our expectations.
It has been the clarion call of the President, the Gen. Secretary, the Treasurer and the Managing Committee Members of the Indian Association Sharjah who manage the school, to provide the best in education to our children and to be known as one of the best schools in the region. We are indeed grateful to the parents of the school, for the trust and the faith that they have bestowed upon us and for having given us the honour and the privilege to serve children.
It has been and will always be our earnest endeavour to provide a conducive atmosphere for learning. Education in the real sense of the word is to foster a wholesome development in a child. When the children pass through the portals of this institution, we will ensure that they do so as harmoniously developed individuals ready to deal with any situation that this world may deem to throw before them.
I look forward to our interaction with the parents as partners in the bringing up of the children.
With every good wish,