Krupa Balani [krupa]
What subjects do you teach? What types of students do you have?
I teach English and Social-Science
Age-group- 7 to 15
Student type- Mix bag but i specialize in teaching children with Specific Learning Disorders.
How have your past experiences prepared you for teaching? How did you become interested in education?
I have been teaching since i was in Standard 12th.
the reason is very simple - i just love teaching.
Who was your most influential teacher and why?
My Parents and Circumstances
Each time they have given me the strength and support and circumstances through which one passes - teach you the most.
What is your educational philosophy?
In a class, be the facilitator
Each child is a thinking individual with his/her own line of thought and belief-
Just give them a slope- so they can run.
What is the most challenging aspect of teaching for you?
What kind of relationship do you have with your students?
Mutual trust and respect
Friendly but not friends
What is the secret to instilling interest in knowledge?
Plant the idea- and let it germinate
What is your philosophy on homework and grading?
Daily homework for 20 minutes
Grading and marking - should be done between previous work n current work
Let each student compete with his own self
Is it possible to teach creativity? how?
Yes- upto an extent- you can teach creativity
A student generally imitates a teachers way- so when you are creative in teaching- they become automatically creative in learning
How do you establish authority? What do you do when a discipline problem arises?
One cannot Establish authority-
You set some common rules in the class and have consequnces if they are not followed.
And most importantly- stick to your word.
How do you individualize your teaching? How do you handle the different ability levels of students in classes?
Thorough Lesson Planning.
Each child IS differntly abled- bring out the best in each individual by tapping all the 5 senses
What cooperative learning means to you. How have you used it?
Co-opeative learning between student-teacher and between students.
This is a continuous process which builds a rapport in the class.
What do you expect from your supervisor? What qualities would you like to have in your principal?
A free- hand and trust
What issues in education are of greatest concern to you?
Discipline- is disappearing and spealization in education at junior level might prove harmful in the long run
Would it be a good thing if teachers had economic incentives based on student performance?
Besides more financial resources, what do today's schools lack?
Too much of everything- is what u see everywhere
Moderation in expectation from the child so that he/she stops working under percentage pressure
What are some ways you have incorporated technology into the classroom.
We are kind of behind in this area- but still i try to use computers - preparing slide-shows etc- but this is done as per the availability of the resources
In light of new technologies, do we need to reinvent the school, its methods and objectives?
a lot of undoing and re doing- by both- the management and the teacher - would definately help
If you could create the ideal school, what would it be like?
Ideal situations hardly exist- but to make the existing situation ideal by hard work and sharp mind - would bring results
What do you think schools will be like in 20 years?
I can see technology replacing teachers
What are your professional goals? Where do you want to be in five years?
I want to teach and make a difference
What qualities would you need to see in someone before advising him/her to go into teaching?
I have my twelve commandments- when i enter my class
If you have those- welcome aboard
1.Stay calm. (and collect).
2.Find the cause (deal with the ‘why’ factor) for a particular type of behavior.
3.If a child seems to be stressed out use de-stressing techniques (use your observation skills).
4.Never threaten a child. Severe consequences create a negative and unsafe classroom atmosphere. Always think a 100 times before saying something insensitive.Remember the 3 golden rules
5.Use proactive language. Minimum use of negative words like don’t, no, stop, etc. (remember- the forbidden fruit is always sweeter).
6.Give rewards-like stars, happy-face, Barbie and Pokemon stickers etc. This really motivates them.
7.Give 4 +tive reinforcers for 1 –tive.
8.Constantly give your approval and build their self confidence.
9.Establish a routine which they HAVE to follow. End result-a very organized class.
10.Anticipate and have a contingency plan ready (remember Mrs. Treadgold’s advice)
11. Act as a guide and mentor-never try to force your view on the child. Plant the seed of an idea in the child’s mind and see it germinate and grow on its own.
12.Last but not the least, use your intuition(remember the sixth