Teachers’ Day Special: Know Your Teacher

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This Teachers’ Day, we start a series wherein every fortnight, we will choose one teacher and ask her/him some random questions. The idea is to discover unknown facts about them and, in the process, understand them better. Our educator for this week is Guneet Ohri, Principal, Ridge Valley School, Haryana.

1. Who has been your favourite teacher 
My history teacher Mrs Purkayascha

2. Why did you opt for this profession?
Love for children. I love being around children

3. One thing that comes to mind when you think of teaching profession
Vibrant environment/ feeling young

4. One thing that you always carry in your handbag?
A book

5. Quote that inspires you
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” –  Albert Einstein

6. Your biggest achievement?
The satisfaction that I have touched a lot of lives. Achievement doesn’t stop. Every day brings with it a new set up of challenges. It is a continuous learning process.

7. Thanks to technological advancement, our world is no longer the same as it used to be two decades ago. What is it that you feel is missing in today’s children?
Ethics of children have taken a beating over time. Parents are giving their children far too much and far too early, thus children take everything for granted. But then, it is not their fault.

8. And how has student-teacher dynamic changed over time?
Earlier, it used to be prescriptive. Now, it is collaborative, open to questions. Now, teachers come to the level of children.

9. Education industry has changed radically in the last few years. The method of teaching that was prevalent, say a decade ago, is now obsolete. You are one of those lucky teachers who have witnessed this change? What was it being a teacher then and now?
Now, teachers are much empowered and progressive. Technology has given them a whole variety of resources to aid in their teaching. This is a good change. However, what makes me unhappy is the fact that library is losing its importance with each passing day.

10. How does it feel as a teacher to watch your students grow over the years?
Happy, proud. It fills me with a sense of pride seeing my students go places. It is a great achievement, satisfaction.

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