“Youngsters have an enormous potential, teachers have the responsibility to channelise their potential in the right direction. Therefore a teacher needs to be effective in shaping students” opined Dr Prahallada, retired, Associate Professor in Education from RIE recently.
He was speaking after inaugurating a lecture on ‘Teachers’ effectiveness in shaping students’ organised by the Total Quality Management — HRD Cell of SBRR Mahajana First Grade College.
Dwelling on the concept of a teacher’s effectiveness, Dr Prahallada, defined a teacher as one who wields a large influence on the student and therefore to be effective, the requisite qualities are capability, knowledge updating and preparedness. It is a combination of interest and effort that leads to teacher effectiveness. A teacher should also be self motivated and inspired to perform better in the class added the speaker.
Drawing attention to the changing picture of the role of a teacher and a classroom, the educationalist said that though the concept of a teacher has changed from teaching to facilitating learning in the present millennium, the concept of classroom has not changed. Even today it is in the ratio of one is to many. Classroom is no longer a knowledge shop where students are buyers and teachers are sellers.
Today’s scenario requires a more constructive approach in this context Dr Prahallada suggested strategies for a teacher to perform effectively in the class. The speaker said it is essential to have a democratic approach in the classroom. Thus there is freedom to ask questions. A good teacher is one who can develop an inquisitiveness in students.
Principal Prof K V Prabhakara, convener of TQMHRD cell Prof Mary Eapen, faculty and students were present.