Empathy, most valued quality in a teacher

Empathy is an emotion which every person goes through. A power to understand one’s situation and react accordingly. It means the power to feel the pain of others, to feel what the person is going through, to reduce his pain by eliminating his problems and making things better. Empathy is basically to understand the pain of others.

Krishna of Class 7, is one of the wonderful student of my class. He is very shy by nature but naughty too.  He is very good in all the activities and studies. Few months ago he lost his mother which is a great loss for anyone. His emotions were shaken by this incident, mother is one who supports her child at any cost and who is next to God.To lose his mother at such an early stage in life was a very big loss for him. Whenever I saw him, I felt bad for him. Post this life changing incident I found him quiet and lost in his own world. He tried to concentrate in his studies and other activities but he couldn’t. One day I found him doing some naughty things in my class. I was so happy and felt he was trying to overcome the situation, but at the same time it was my duty to teach him, what is right and what is wrong and how to behave in a class. I called him and asked  him to please behave properly in a class,  no hard words or punishment.  I did this very politely, with great concern and found him to be understanding and caring. In real life I really want to contribute a bit in his life as a teacher or as a mother so that my inner conscious will be satisfied.

Post by Nidhi Sambyal , a teacher at DBN Amarvilla School in Jammu; you can contact her by email nsl.av@dbntrust.in, please.

Empathy, a real life story

Sunil is a popular student in Class 7th of a school. You may wonder that he must be very good at studies or that he must be a brilliant sports person. He however, just a student who wants to earn a good education. Sunil is a specially abled boy who has lost motor sensation in his legs. As a result, he cannot walk, run or play like his classmates, but still he is a special student, whom the whole class loves. His classmates, who are also his closest friends, are always ready to help him with his day-to-day activities in school. Be it noting down his class work, working on his homework or any special assignments, or moving around in the school campus, he finds a helping hand close by always. Not just his fellow students, but even the teachers and other staff members of the school are quite empathetic towards his condition and they together ensure that he  doesn't find his physical condition a challenge in the pursuit of his education. His classmates want to spend time with him, talk to him, or simply fool around, as is expected of students of that age. Ali-in-all he finds a very friendly and comfortable atmosphere at school, studies are fun for him and not a burden!

Post contributed by Girja Koul, a senior teacher with decades of experience at DBN Amarvilla School in Jammu; you can contact her by email av@dbntrust.in, please.

They Teach Without Bothering About the Child

I want to share a small interaction which happened between me and my class. I love to talk with my students about their life, family, how they spend their time etc. One day I was asking them about their tuitions and they told me that they come late from tuitions and so they have very less time for other activities. Still their parents want them to study more after coming from tuitions (extra paid classes are popularly known as tuitions in Jammu).

So, I asked them, “Do you cross question your teachers?”
They said “No ma’am because in their tuition-class, there are many students."

I asked them, “Do you understand everything they teach you?”
They said, “No.”

I was really shocked!

After few days one of my student remained absent for a long time from class.

I asked him why he was absent! He said, “Ma’am we were having extra classes in tuitions because our syllabus was incomplete. And within a week our syllabus was completed. How is this possible?”

Then I asked him, “What was your parents’ reaction to all this?"

His father had asked him to join other tuitions. He hadn’t understood the problem the child was facing!

From all this I understood that in tuitions nobody cares whether the child understands a concept. They just teach without bothering about the child.

Payal Sharma is a young teacher at DBN Amarvilla School in Jammu. As a curious, sensitive teacher she’s always asking herself questions. She’s seeking answers, insights and knowledge. Kindly help her,  her email is psa.av@dbntrust.in

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