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Luminous faces, sparkling eyes,        
Arched smile, energetic movements,
                    Curious lines
Almost flying bundles of questions,   
They are just mine……… 

 Dr Aarti Gutch

 I am a teacher. I ask myself a question – how different it is to teach arts students than it is to teach the Science ones. I want to learn.

Entering a class room of modern youth is a unique experience. I am suddenly pushed back in years when I enter here.  A momentary flash comes to mind to remind me the times when I saw my teachers walking in. We all expected new things from the teacher and most of the times this desire was fulfilled. Now it is different. I am a teacher and my students are already ignited with the knowledge on the internet.  But now my anxiety is of a different type. Do they already know whatever I am going to teach them today?

Yet the fundamentals of teaching and learning remain the same. The students are still carrying the Botanical specimens, in their pockets, bags or in their hands. They come bubbling with inquisitiveness and they get disheartened if their eagerness is not fulfilled. Their eagerness to share the samples with their teachers, showing the unique aspects that they have noticed in them, is almost a discovery.

I must not only write something on those mental slates but my contribution should be worthwhile.

I notice them with intrigue. Whenever they meet each other, they are ready to share their opinions, with innocent hearts. Their questions are deep and versatile. These lovely expressefingertip Aarti Gutch-001ions on their faces motivate me to be a part of them. Is this the way I will achieve my goals of teaching?

These blooming buds, while interacting in their unnoticed assemblies, add energy to my entropy almost perpetually. They depend on a significant tool – asking questions. Science has a special tool that we can use easily and without reservations, that is interaction. Interactive sessions make the learning of Science very effective and interesting.

Students are in formative years. They promptly react to all situations. Their grooming decides how their future will turn out to be. So, what I have learnt over the years is that their learning process can be channelized by introducing three fundamental elements in their daily routine – Listening, Observing and Co-relating things to daily happenings in life. Children are full of energy and they inherently experience these attributes. All that we,  as teachers, should do is to develop and imbibe these attributes in their character. It is a painstaking job.

Listening can be more effective if we add some subject related happenings in the lecture. This ignites as a stimulant to start the learning process in their minds. Once this happens, achieving the second element becomes easier.

efingertip Aarti Gutch-002Observation – the second element, is the backbone of understanding sciences. If a student observes things as a routine and it becomes his second nature, his attitude towards learning changes. And if he fails to observe things, then all that gets recorded in his mind, is merely a rusty impression.

Intelligence gathered after listening and observing, gets converted from the state of being a ray into beams and they automatically move ahead to the third element ie correlation – relating the concept with day-to-day activities. Correlating things is a rather difficult trait. It comes by experience. More difficult is to co-relate cohesively. This is how some students fare better than the others. efingertip Aarti Gutch-003

So if we develop the necessary tools for listening, observing and correlating we could achieve amazing results. Our Science students can become innovative particularly when it comes to examinations. They do not need last-minute preparations. The skills achieved then open the windows for their unrepealed talents.

These results are difficult to achieve and they come slowly. We need to constantly use the concepts of queries, sharing of the experiences, observations and collection of specimens. I make it my habit to use all tools to achieve these skills in students. Some of these are abundantly available in nature – walk, open group discussions, laborefingertip Aarti Gutch-005atory experiments, educational tours and seminars.

My constant aim is to not to see a brighter student perform better in examinations, which of course is required, but to achieve a larger benefit. A student must be able to innovate in different situation in life, based on scientifically applied postulates.

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Dr Aarti Gutchefingertip Aarti Gutch-007efingertip Aarti Gutch-006

 (Ph.D. Botany ,Vikram University Ujjain ,M.P.)
Presently working at Delhi Public School, Pinjore, Haryana

 

 

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21 Comments

  1. mikerana says:

    Great article .. has some insight in it

    Liked by 1 person

  2. mahadevan Pasupathy says:

    Very good article.she has put it in a lucid way for any student to understand.listening..observing..and co relating are the three elements of good learning and innovative learning too. Its all knowledge and common sense with a constant desire to learn further and applying that knowledge in daily life. Well done pretty Dr.Aarti gutch.. Teaching is a continuous process keep it up.India needs Teachers like you

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  3. Anil Kumar Sood says:

    It’s really very nice,informative and thought provoking article. Congrats for writing in a very communicative method.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Such wonderful writing Arthi ! You’ve empathy. .It comes so alive with your phrasing and really loved this !!
    Outstanding stuff !!!

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  5. Meenakshi Mohan says:

    Well done Aarti. .Excellent ..Realty of presentEducation senario

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  6. aartigutch says:

    Thanks meenakshi

    Like

  7. aartigutch says:

    Its the right opportunity for you to invade deeper into the minds of the young taking into cognizance each minute question and psycho of the students….!
    Keep going!!

    Like

  8. Maneet says:

    One of the greatest skill a teacher can develop in a student is the power of observation. It takes a while for a child to learn to focus, observe and draw conclusions. I consider teaching natural sciences not only to be interesting but also a most sensitive and a delicate task. This so because at the end of the day a good teacher would not only have taught the student but would have involved the student with the nature itself. Respect for nature comes only when you get involved with it and this is the most crucial aspect a Natural science teacher can impart to her students. Dr Aarti, your outdoor teaching methods are wonderful and I am sure your students will vouch for that too. All the best.

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  9. I would add two more fundamental elements, particularly for the physical sciences. The first follows the correlation: ask questions such as what could explain this? The second follows once an explanation is found that seems reasonable: extend the explanation, by asking, if this is correct, then what else follows?
    The students may not get answers, but they will get the methodology.

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  10. aartigutch says:

    Very true questioning is the most important part in achieving the target. Although not mentioned here but all three elements are correlated with questions .

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  11. It does me good to see such enthusiasm from an educational professional…inspiring.

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