Mrs.Amrita Sudheesh [amritasudheesh]
What subjects do you teach? What types of students do you have?
Before starting my answering, i would like to say that I LOVE TO TEACH and I am enjoying it. I teach ICT for Primary Students, that is upto Grade 6 in my School. I am also doing tutoring for higher grade kids by handling subjects like Numeracy, Literacy and Science.
Can you provide a link to a site where we can see something about what you do or the center where you work?
I am on a preparation to create a new blog for ICT for kids.
Here are some of my recently done Blogs
How have your past experiences prepared you for teaching? How did you become interested in education?
I think, teaching experience had started from my childhood. My brother was my first student. i used to help him in his studies. gradually I gave education for my younger cousins also. Also my Mother is a Teacher. May be.. all these factors makes an interest in Education.
Who was your most influential teacher and why?
This is quite a good question, because almost all the teachers who had taught me influenced me alot. Everyone have their own Teaching style. I used to watch them eagerly.
What is your educational philosophy?
Strive to create a nurturing, secure and happy environment in which all children can explore ideas and experience success in a learning situation thus enhancing self-esteem.
What is the most challenging aspect of teaching for you?
-develop a positive attitude towards their own learning and that of others, learn from mistakes and value others’ contributions
-take responsibility for their actions and prepare themselves in becoming responsible for their own learning as a self-motivated and disciplined individual
I think this was littile bit a challenging aspect for me.
What kind of relationship do you have with your students?
Friendly, Loving and Caring ...
What is the secret to instilling interest in knowledge?
Our passion and affection towards them..Also show them that what we are teaching is essential to the well being for their future.
What is your philosophy on homework and grading?
Homework is good to a limit. But dont give it as a burden to them.
Especially for Literacy and Numeracy, homework helps to improve their ideas.
Grading is very important bcoz it helps them to know how good they are in their studies.
Also it helps them to boost their studies.
Is it possible to teach creativity? how?
Yes, it is..
By identifying children's individual and collective learning needs and planning, preparing and delivering instruction that caters for the full ability range within the class.
How do you establish authority? What do you do when a discipline problem arises?
Establish an authority is the main factor for this profession.We can make rules at the very first day and show them the policies they need to follow. It should be followed very strictly so that they will get an idea of a disciplined behaviour. What I am doing is to make up for those who are the best should be honoured with small rewards like stickers of stars.Also if necessary punish the undisciplined student.
How do you individualize your teaching? How do you handle the different ability levels of students in classes?
I used to prepare the lessons at home. It helps me to coordinate all the classes easily with best resources and activities for students.
I pay more attention to the weakest students and help them to achieve progress in their studies.
What cooperative learning means to you. How have you used it?
I think it is a learning technique, which I used to try in my classes and it works fine. Because if they work in pairs or groups, they will get a good ability to cooperate with each other and how to share their ideas in a sensible way.
What do you expect from your supervisor? What qualities would you like to have in your principal?
Honest, Good Judgment, Impartial, Cooperative and Well mannered.
What issues in education are of greatest concern to you?
Bullying between the students.
Disrespect shown towards the Teacher from parents and students
Would it be a good thing if teachers had economic incentives based on student performance?
Its a tricky Question...I think the Teachers may work hard for to get it.. I dont know whether it works fine or not.
Besides more financial resources, what do today's schools lack?
Good teaching personnels
What are some ways you have incorporated technology into the classroom.
As my subject is ICT, I used some of the good softwares for to improve their typing skill.
Also I used to give them the site of BBC , which contains a lot of resources for to improve their abilities in subjects as well as in computer.
In light of new technologies, do we need to reinvent the school, its methods and objectives?
Yes . absolutley. Because new technologies are inventing day by day which helps the education more easier.
But I wont appreciate it, if the technologies spoil the relationship between a teacher and a student.
If you could create the ideal school, what would it be like?
Oh! Thats a stunning question.
Th ideal school would be a place where students and teachers will be in a good relation. It would take the policy GIVE RESPECT AND TAKE RESPECT !
It would include all the facilities like big classrooms with all the resources, good tables and chairs, cupboards, healthy food serving canteen, swimming pool, clean toilets, indoor play ground....
What do you think schools will be like in 20 years?
May be we can imagine the world after 20 years will be fully controlled by robotes and remotes. No Teacher, No Note book, No pencils and erasers. The kids would come with a pocket pc which they can feed all the datas and information...etc..
What are your professional goals? Where do you want to be in five years?
This is my fifth year in this field.. I will work hard to be a good teaching professional where I can utilize my technical knowledge and talents , which will help me to improve and provides me with personal achievement along with career development.
I am thinking only about TODAY..Each morning,when I wake up, I used to think,how much I can make this day better and good which gets 100% result and satisfaction for me.
What qualities would you need to see in someone before advising him/her to go into teaching?
Patient, Hardworking, Creative, Resourcefulness, Tolerant, Determined,...
and adore children as well as teaching.