“Mankind would like to live and die a life of a Hero”
The way feet runs holding breathe to see the movie without missing titles from beginning. Why don’t we see students run to attend the classes? The same student run to watch the movie without a blink. Can we relate time to entertainment? Why one needs to get entertained? Perhaps changing paradigm shift call for newer approaches. If one want to live and die a life of Hero, one must become a hero! What does our Hero(ine) do in movies? They act, sing, dance, cry, laugh and so on. Can teachers be like hero(ine)?
What could possibly make one Hero(ine) of a class?
- Subject Knowledge
- Approach towards students
- Good heart
- Achievements (success of past to inspire students)
- Delivery (techniques)
Mark(a magic wand?! nah!)
Let’s now look into components of a movie:
A movie consists of –
Characters, Story, Songs, Dance, Theme, Music and so on.
A class consists of –
Interaction, Group Discussion, Puzzles, Role Plays, Cases, ICT, Humor, Application, Purpose, MCQ, Demo and so on.
A good movie consists of several things, can similar analogy true for a class? I feel possible true! Because the primary objective of a movie is entertain, similarly primary objective of a class is participation (from teachers perspective). In order to see a good participation a structure is vital-
- Break (?!)
- Content 2
- Summary/Assessment/ Reflection
The point 3 might seem out of context but lets not forget Indian movies demand a break too. It’s just about the interval break that leaves the viewers with a suspense/curiosity to return to their chair. It’s als
o break from a prologue. Break To Banta Hai Boss! But, why one does need a break?
‘Words are creation of man but God created sounds and visuals (nature).’
When a series of pine caterpillars are placed in a circle that form end-to-end and each will follow the caterpillar in front of it around the circle indefinitely. Inspite the food being placed in the center of the circle, but the caterpillar continue to circle until they die from starvation.
This story often left me with a thinking, how many a times we lead a life like Pine Caerpillar without imagination? If one continues to lead life without imagination each of us tasting success would be difficult. If this to be believed true, are we adhering to herd instinct?
It would be immense pleasure for any teachers when students come to you to learn. A batch of nine students was something like that. They wanted to learn Group Dynamics with various goal that have set for themselves. Prepare a common module keep those goals into mind is like setting another goal for a teacher.
Trying to know them and questioning of their goal ‘why’ was meant to do self-discovery of each individuals including the teacher. This ‘why’ round did play a trick of thinking than otherwise it was supposed to be in a defined limit.
Often there is/are several communication barriers that existed between teacher and students and among themselves too! As a teacher being aware of it tried to break some of them without mentioning about it. I did this because bringing Group Dynamics consists several hidden layer that often doesn’t yield measurable outcomes because barriers continue to exists at conscious and unconscious levels.
Topics that was chosen keeping students goals into mind. I see that we have goals because we want to seek freedom and love largely; rest of things like toppings to keep it cherry!
A photo towards the end to cheer!
As a school student I have seen people running post to pillar to compete in various events. I wondered if this is making society and culture crumbling. Let us take example of me and my brother. Visibly there existed ambition, comparison, and condemnation by the members of family. After several years I realised through reading, writing and discussing with scholars that this spirit may force people to believe that they belonged to dullard category. If members of family loved both of us, they would need to do something about it. Right? If I look back and see that people often ended up hurting one of them at a cost of comparison through condemnation with a desire of ambition. If this to be believed to be true, then why do still have competition?
How pleasant it seem to talk about others? Most of us seen it happening in coffee and lunch break or any moment of break from tasks. Some are capable of doing it over the task as well. Does gossip offers escape from oneself? Perhaps largely true with the facts that media is able to sell such columns that readers read fervently. Why one would do this? This can be ascertained from the point that as we are concerned about what others think of us, so we are about others. This continuity would lead to restless mind. Does this mean, silence can take away this issue? The question rather is, is silence in denial mode?
What do you think?
Somethings may not have value in the market or it can’t become a commodity that could fetch handsome money, that is something is creative happiness. But how open do we expose ourselves to this happiness? This might seem difficult because it cannot be measured as an achievement and success.
4th semester MCA students were taken through a session to think through what would make a classroom a place of creative happiness. This was lead through discussion, stories and activities to understand the complexity of human nature.
In the end a photo to cheer!
Improving efficiency of people can be theoretically done in three ways: self-esteem, experience with success and behavior of seniors to juniors.
The experiments was conducted with 60 students of MBA I. Self-esteem session involved the reasoning behind their dreams and aspirations coupled with interesting questions such as ‘Why did you choose to do MBA?’, ‘Why do you think a specialisation does matter?’. These were further amplified with specific stories to get some insights to help them align themselves to objectives.
Large part of the session consisted of Experience with success session consisted of Simulation exercise ; team and group activities that were relatively easy that some would certainly succeed.
Conclusion had a story telling approach with sharing success points that helped to give a feeling of confidence in them.