It is with great pleasure and a sense of challenge that I stand before this esteemed gathering of learned teachers, education experts, and other luminaries. Although I have not been a full-time or professional teacher, my experience as a corporate professional and post-retirement as a Faculty Professor of Business Management has allowed me to engage in motivational talks.
Today, I am here to share certain valuable ideas that I believe teachers can incorporate into their practices. While my views may not be flawless, they address critical aspects of education in today's world.
Embracing Change: The Evolving Role of Teachers
Friends, let us ponder upon the question: Who is the most respected teacher or Guru in today's age? Is it the "Google Mama" or "Chacha" or any other online source? Undoubtedly, the availability of information on Google and social media has reshaped the learning landscape. As students become increasingly knowledgeable, teachers must be two steps ahead, both in subject matter expertise and skill development. Today, teachers are expected to possess up-to-date knowledge across various domains, ensuring their students receive accurate and relevant information. Moreover, they must possess the ability to captivate their students' attention, fostering an engaging learning environment.
Shaping the Leaders of Tomorrow: The Teacher's Responsibility
The role of teachers extends beyond imparting knowledge; they have the power to shape the careers and characters of their students. It is crucial to instill confidence, knowledge, and qualities that transform students into nation-builders. Effective handling of students requires a diplomatic and cordial approach, fostering positive relationships. Additionally, teachers who work with differently-abled students must develop subtle strategies to cater to their needs and facilitate their growth.
Simplifying Communication: Building Strong Foundations
Encourage students to write simple sentences that effectively convey meaning and messages.
Highlight the importance of appropriate word usage in sentence construction to ensure clear communication.
Grammar: The Backbone of Language
Emphasize the value of grammar in language, despite the declining emphasis on grammatically formed sentences.
Explain that while practical usage is essential, an understanding of grammar remains vital for effective communication.
Developing Conversational and Writing Skills
Help students comprehend the demands of oral and written communication in today's world.
Focus on developing conversational abilities, allowing students to express their ideas confidently in debates.
Teach the correct presentation and phrasing of sentences in written communication, reinforcing the importance of grammar.
Empowering Expressional Abilities
Encourage students to express their views and ideas with confidence, fostering a sense of being heard and valued.
Cultivate an environment where students feel comfortable contributing meaningfully to discussions.
Continuous Learning: Teachers as Students
Remind teachers that they are also lifelong learners, continuously refining their teaching skills.
Encourage educators to embrace professional development opportunities to stay updated with the evolving educational landscape.
In conclusion, the concept of grammar as we traditionally understand it has evolved. Today, the focus is on practical application and correct usage. Teachers must emphasize the significance of reading and listening as essential inputs to cultivate strong speaking and writing abilities in students. Only through providing the right inputs can teachers expect high-quality outputs. Ultimately, teachers play a vital role in nurturing students, guiding them toward their goals, and shaping their lives as they contribute to the progress of the nation.
About the Speakerr: S. Krishna Kumar (67) is a retired Vice President from an IT company and a former Faculty Professor for Business Management students. With over 45 years of experience, he has made significant contributions as a media writer, actor, and activist. As an editor of nine anthologies, he has been widely interviewed by various newspapers and featured as a speaker on Talk Shows and English TV channels. He is also a motivational speaker for students and serves as a judge for numerous debate events. In his free time, he indulges in his passion for music.