Lucknow: Each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. A teacher aims to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing a safe environment, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas.
When the teacher’s role is to guide, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information, the student’s search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions. Equally important to self-discovery is having the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to one’s life and interests. Developing a curriculum around student interests fosters intrinsic motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. Helping students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others, and their environment- occurs through an open sharing of ideas and a judicious approach to discipline. When the voice of each student is heard, an environment evolves where students feel free to express themselves.
Children have greater respect for their teachers, their peers, and the lessons presented when they feel safe and sure of what is expected of them. In setting fair and consistent rules initially and stating the importance of every activity, students are shown respect for their presence and time. In turn, they learn to respect themselves, others, and their environment.
The major challenge faced by a teacher today is how to prepare effectively and efficiently in standards and accountability environment while modeling and inspiring their students to develop their higher-order thinking skills of analyzing, evaluating, and creating; besides being self-aware, empathetic and internationally-minded. Instead of blaming teachers for poor learning outcomes in Indian classrooms, NEP 2020 holds these dismal conditions of teacher education, recruitment, deployment, and service conditions responsible for the lack of teacher quality and motivation.It proposes several reforms to empower teachers and ‘restore the high respect and stay’ to this profession hoping that it would eventually attract the best minds and talent to choose teaching as their profession. And at last, it is rightly said that the quality of a student education dependsupon the quality of their teachers to teach them.