In modern times, school life has undergone a transformation. The feelings and desires of students and the different modes of cognition have undergone radical change. The mental disciplines are incessantly changing its meaning. Therefore, the existing moral code is not suitable to the modern world. Teaching is a complex process and the teacher has to play multiple roles while trying to increase students’ learning. As an instructional expert a teacher is responsible for planning activities that facilitate learning. The teacher has to guide students in learning activities and evaluate the outcomes of their experience. Such role requires not only subject expertise but also pedagogical content knowledge on the part of the teacher. The teacher is also considered a counsellor. She/he has to be aware of developmental issues and emotional as well as societal stresses of students and be available to assist them directly. It will create a conducive environment in the classroom, in which learning occurs. Teachers ought to remember the saying,
“A good teacher is not a sage on the stage
But rather, a guide on the side”
Teachers must be both competent and inventive. They must be able to use a range of strategies and also be willing and able to break routine when the situation calls for change. The teacher must also remember that children are susceptible to the modern technologies. Previously, society was free from these sort of pressures upon the children. It’s piteous to think of the youngsters. They have to survive the turmoil of technologies. So we teachers have to show motherly care and concern for the students and make them best citizens of our country.
(D.Vijayalakshmi Raja, is an English teacher at Govt. Boys Hr. Sec. School, Kannamangalam, Vellore District.)
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