Friday, September 23, 2011

.“Most students can find joy in learning if teachers find joy in teaching-Dr.K.Govindaraju

Joyful learning atmosphere in SSMHSS.
Mrs.P.Chitra, Principal of SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary school says the kind of teaching she aspires to is a collaborative ‘joyful dialogue’. “Simply put, my teaching strategies start with students, evolve with students, and, I hope, continue with students, because I see students as the key to their own education. Principal Mrs.P.Chitra says, “ “I want everyone to know SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary school 's students make teaching possible; recognition, however prestigious, are not the motivation that gets teachers out the door to work in the morning, but looking forward to a lively class session with engaged students is appealing every day.” Getting out the door each morning doesn’t always come as easy to Mrs.P.Chitra as it does for most people. However challenging days can be, Mrs.P.Chita doesn’t let her overload work get in the way of doing what she loves best — teaching.  Her commitment and dedication to her students does not go unnoticed.  “One thing that I really appreciate about Mrs.P.Chitra is her commitment to making every student feel intelligent so that they in turn will stay committed to learning,” said Priyanka, XII Standard SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary school student. ‘Mrs.Chitra’s class is not just about her teaching us, it's about us teaching each other and ourselves. Learning becomes a collaborative effort.” Mrs.Chitra doesn’t believe teaching is something done to or for students, but an enjoyable, challenging experience shared with students.“Most students can find joy in learning if teachers find joy in teaching and engage them as partners in the collaborative project of education,” said Mrs.Chitra. “Teaching, in other words, is joyful dialogue.”  When asked what this actually means, Mrs.Chitra said it does not mean ignoring the responsibilities of the academic context by “mindless enthusiastic gushing, non-stop fun and games, or giving A grades like biscuits.”She says achieving a joyful dialogue with students happens by creating a collaborative environment of authenticity and empathy so that students in return are willing to make the effort necessary for achievement.  “I think students learn more effectively when they experience the enjoyment that comes not from watching, but from investing in and claiming ownership of their own education.” Claims Mrs.P.Chitra.Kinoj says Mrs.Chitra’s interest and excitement for the subject matter she is teaching is truly infectious. “She really does make learning fun,” said Kinoj. “One of her clear strengths is explaining difficult concepts in a way that is easy to understand. Whether this is by comparing themes in the novels to current events, pop culture, or her own experiences, Mrs.Chitra makes the supplementary readers relatable to her students.”Govin

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