September 5 is Teacher’s Day. This is a day to honour your teachers and thank them for all that they have done for you. It is also a day to remember one of the greatest teachers of India Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. Students from all over the country tell us about teachers who made a difference in their lives

Inspiring

My favourite teacher is Ms. Sreeja. She teaches Social Science. Though it is a difficult subject she makes it seem easy. She has been teaching us for the past three years. But this year, she is not teaching us and this makes me sad. The teacher who inspires me is Ms. Vidhya. She teaches us English. She has been teaching us from the beginning of this academic year. She teaches in an interesting way, giving meaning to every line.

Megha Murali. P., IX B, Arya Central School, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Congratulations

I had participated in the National Cyber Olympiad and secured the first rank in my school. After a few days I got the medal and a nice T-shirt with the SOF logo on it. I was happy that day. When I entered the class, Renuka Ma’am asked everybody to clap for me. She made me feel really special that day! Thank you Renuka Ma’am, Happy Teacher’s Day!

Prajeet Pulliyil, IV A, Navy Children School, Visakhapatnam

Memories of a good teacher

Do you think it’s possible to like a person so much that you can’t see a single flaw in them? Is it possible to admire a person to such an extent that whatever they do, it just seems perfect? Why yes, without doubt, one can say that she knows a person who is perfect in everything they do, say or think. I too knew someone who made an impact on me. A few years back... to be exact, 12 years ago, I knew a young lady who is still dear to me. She was quite short and had a very pretty face with eyes that looked like almonds, and the most striking feature was her smile! A smile that could brighten your day. She was exactly the kind of person whom children would love to see on their first day in class at a new school. I’m talking about my teacher. She knew how to make people feel special. We were in Kenya at that time. New school, new people, an altogether new life. I was feeling lost amidst all the happy chattering children. That’s when Rose Ma’am came and talked to me. But the problem was I didn’t know to speak in English properly. That was the most embarrassing moment on the first day at a new school. I somehow managed to stutter and stammer and talk to her. I was sure I made a bad impression on her. But she found it rather amusing. She just smiled and said, “I hope you have a fun year in my class. I know you are feeling a bit low at the moment. But don’t worry; you’ll make friends in two days. Just be happy with how things are going on. Keep that sweet smile of yours on and everyone would want to talk to you.” And yes, she was right! By the end of the first day, two girls came up to me and asked me if I wanted to be their friend. And I obviously agreed. This was just one of the many instances that made me like Rose Ma’am.

Days passed. Classes were going on fine. Since I used to reach early to class, I used to talk to her. We bonded fast. There was not a single day that I would go home without saying ‘bye’ to her. She helped improve my English. We used have a creative writing period. She was impressed with my writing and encouraged me to write more. And little by little she built up my English and made me confident.

Whatever I’m today, I owe it all to her. I really miss her. I tried to get in touch with her a couple of years ago only to learn that she had been suffering from cancer and had passed away. I was shocked. How I wish I could spend more days with her, just to let her know how she changed my life, how she influenced me. I’m sure I’m not only one whose heart she touched. She must’ve touched hundreds of childrens’ hearts. She’s that one teacher who can be best described with the quote: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” - William Arthur Ward.

Apoorva S., XII D,Chinmaya Vidyalaya,Tripunithura

From the heart

Mrs. Liza D Cruz, my class teacher when I was in Std IV, inspired me to discover my hidden talent. I was fascinated by her. Any lesson that she took in class was not taught but narrated. She taught us from her heart and encouraged us by giving us gifts when we got good ranks.

R. Farhath Khaalida, St.Columbans A.I.H.S. School, Chennai

Goodness personified

Years ago I studied in RIA. A good school owned by Christine. She was characterised by a lot of good things. She never shouted at children. She was good to all. She never insulted or teased children. She loved me immensely. She encouraged me to read a lot of books. She is special to me. It is with pleasure I look back on the days we shared together. I miss you Christine. You are a mother turned into a teacher.

Neerada S., Aadarsh Charitable Trust Special School, Autism section

She transformed me

She is an angel who transformed my life from that of a sulking, sad child to that of a sparkling, active kid. She was my first grade class teacher. Those were hard times, when my mother, a first generation entrepreneur was struggling to stabilise her business. She would be immersed in work in her office and I, her only daughter, would be immersed in self-pity. When all my classmates would leave with their darling mothers at the stroke of the evening bell, I would have to wait for my mother to pick me up after all her official meetings were over. Priya Aunty, as she was affectionately called by us would watch me mope. She would call me near her and give me a lot of work, as she corrected our workbooks. She believed that an idle mind was a devil’s workshop. She would engage me in a conversation, and would keep on telling me that parents are great, all sacrificing, especially when they do a lot for the future of the kids, often casually hinting at my mom and dad. She soon made me realise the worth of my parents and kicked self-pity out of me. She encouraged my curricular and extracurricular activities, and honed my talents. I cherish the memories of her classes because I deem that education is not filling up of a pail, it is the kindling of a fire. I am ever indebted to her for helping me develop my virtues and discard my vices.

Rakshaa Vigneshwari, X B, Sri Vidya Mandir MHSS, Uthangarai, Krishnagiri District, Tamil Nadu

Road to discovery

My teacher taught me to speak. My teacher taught me to learn. My teacher taught me good and bad. My teacher taught me to write. My teacher taught me discipline. My teacher gave me advice and helped solve my problems. This teacher is Mrs. Pawany. She teaches us a lot of new things. I thank you for guiding us, for improving our knowledge and giving us an opportunity to get to know about our skills.

M. Aravind, X, St. Francis English Medium High School, Vijayawada

Total dedication

Whenever I hear the word teacher, the first person that comes to my mind is Miss Lilian — my Std. X Social Science teacher. Among all the teachers I have seen and listened to she is by far the most inspiring and dedicated. She is a unique and radiant lady. She never showed any special care or consideration to me or to anyone, but the way she behaves makes her special. Positive energy sparkles as she walks by. Whenever I see her she is energetic and responsible, doing the work assigned to her with high speed and accuracy. Her teaching is marvellous and she never scolds us. But the fact is that we never disturb her in class and one look is enough to make any naughty child sit quietly. She was the one who said that I have a different handwriting, (even now others comment that it's so weird) which resembles calligraphy. And once she helped me in my speech. She is has a rich vocabulary and speaks well.

Irene Rose Mathew, XI, Mary Mount Public School and Junior College, Kattachira, Kottayam.

Truly special

The teacher who makes me feel special is my school principal Sudha Ramanan. She makes children understand how they should behave and the qualities necessary in life. In the Assembly Hall she communicates with all children and tells us important things about being respectful to our teachers, being friendly with everyone, showing an interest in others and many more things. She says the main point is to study well.

She also tells us that besides studies we should participate in co-curricular activities. During the Assembly she asks us questions related to meanings of certain words and also corrects our grammar mistakes. She visits our classes and watches how a child is learning and also where he/she is facing problems /difficulties. She appreciates and encourages us whenever we do good things.

She makes me feel special because she is a teacher who understands the child well.

Nirmiti Dighe, VIII A, International School, Shaikpet, Hyderabad

Cool, yet strict

I have studied in Hansraj Public School, Panchkula since Nursery. I have met many teachers who I feel are special. Their way of teaching is unique and different. But my favourite teacher is Deepa ma’am. She is my class teacher as well as my Maths teacher. She teaches well. Her way of teaching is fun. She makes us learn more easily by asking questions and giving frequent tests. She is like a friend to me and is always there to help me. She is a cool attitude yet strict.

Vrinda Yadav, VII C, Hansraj Public School, Panchkula

Ideal

In my school there are many good teachers. But the teacher I like the most is my Science teacher. Her name is Naga Pramila. She is an ideal teacher. She has all those qualities, which a good teacher is expected to have.

I like her because she is one of the best. She teaches Science well. She makes us understand not only the easy lesson but also the difficult ones. She teaches with ease and enthusiasm. She encourages us to ask questions so that we may be able to understand the subject well. She makes me love going to school. I always look forward to my Science class. She does not merely read from the text book but gives us a concrete picture of everything, so that we see them before us.

She is an ideal teacher and provides students with a good role model.

Ch A. L. Vyshnavi, III, Cbse, Secunderabad Public School, Hyderabad