Amity Institute of Education, New Delhi organized a day long Seminar on the theme “The Teachers in the Current and Future Scenario:Through the Lens of Adolescents” at Amity Campus, Saket.
Over 36 teams participated in the Seminar from schools across Delhi/ NCR including DPS, R K Puram, Bhatnagar International School, Vasant Kunj, Suncity School,Gurgaon, Ramjas, R K Puram, Khaitan Public School,Ghaziabad, Indus Valley School, Noida, Ahlcon International School, Mayur Vihar, Amity International Schools and presented their views on the topic
Welcoming the gathering and distinguished guests, Dr. Ranjana Bhatia-Prof. &Principal,Amity Institute of Education, New Delhi highlighted the achievements of Amity Institute of Education, it students and faculty members.Talking about the Seminar, she said that the Seminar aims to seek a perspective about what adolescents feel about their teachers, what do they expect from their teachers and what measures can be taken to strengthen the student-teacher bond.
Sharing her views, Mrs. Anita Satia, Director, SCERT said “adolescents are very turbulent in heart and soul. The role of teachers has always remained important; they have been accorded highest status in the society since times immemorial. A teacher has a lot of influence on students and parents expect a lot from them but one should not forget that after all, they are also human beings, prone to mistakes and shortcomings.” Advising the teachers, she said that teachers should treat students especially adolescents as their own children and understand that if they will respect students then only the students will respect them. They should not discourage the students and try and kindle in them the fire of inquisitiveness and curiosity.
Sharing her views,Prof (Dr)Abha Singh- Director, Amity Institute of Psychology and Allied Sciences outlined the importance of a teacher in a students life. She emphasized that itis extremely important to go back to the roots and follow the traditional approach of Education ie Guru- “Shishya Parampara” which is a Positive model of Education and ensures Academics and Holistic development of students. The traditional approach could resolve many problems in the society such as increasing cases of Depression and suicides amongst the youth. Quoting Dalai Lama, she said that he also mentioned during the World Conference on education that we all need to have teachers with Solid compassion and that calls for training on Compassion. She remarked that Adolescence is traditionally considered a stage of ‘Storm’ but actually it is a stage of ‘Positive challenge’. The main issue with adolescents is that they are not understood well by teachers and parents. So it is the need of the hour that trainings should be undertaken for both parents and teachers to acquaint them with their needs.
Sharing her views on the topic, Mitali Gupta- a student participant from Manasthali School said that Gen X is changing at a rapid pace and adolescents have very different attitudes and needs. They find rote learning boring and therefore, teachers have to go beyond books, adopt interactive ways of teaching like ICT, E- learning Power point Presentations, Filmstrips to grab the attention and interest of the adolescents. She opined that teaching and teachers have to merge with latest and modern pedagogy skills.
Shirin Kaushik from GD Goenka School, Dwarka, while sharing her views,said that only those teachers who love teaching could make students love learning.Talking about the adolescents and their expectations from the teachers, she implored the teachers to accept and appreciate the uniqueness and diversity of adolescents. She stressed that adolescents have short attention span, therefore teachers should help them to concentrate longer. She opined that teachers should lead by example and practice what they teach and averred that teaching is a work of heart and teachers should let adolescents feel loved.
Sharing her views, Shristi Choudhary from Red Roses Public School said that teaching has become a mere time pass for few teachers who have entered the profession by default and not by choice. With the tuition service becoming an endemic, teachers have been reduced a service provider rather than a mentor or a friend. She suggested that teachers must learn to communicate in the language of Next-Gen and they are not expected to cut out jungles but irrigate deserts.