THE ART OF TEACHING
A Mulla Nasrudin Teaching Story
Mulla Nasrudin was a teacher, but got bored of the repetitive routine.
One day at the beginning of his fisrt class at the start of the new academic year, he asked his new pupils, “Do you know what I am about to teach you...?”
“No,” they responded.
“Well then,” Nasrudin said, “Since you haven't bothered to find out and do not have the pre-requisite background information, there is no point in me trying to teach you.”
And with that statement, Nasrudin angrily walked out of the classroom.
The next day, he came to the class and asked the students, “Okay – do you know what I am going to teach you, or don’t you...?”
Thinking of the previous day and afraid to annoy him again, the students responded, “Yes, we know.”
“Well then,” Nasrudin replied, “if you already know, there is no point in me telling you...”
And uttering those words, Nasrudin stormed out of the classroom.
The next day, he came to the class and once again he asked the students, “Do you know what I am going to teach you, or don’t you...?”
The students, trying to play safe, replied, “Half of us do, and half of us don’t.”
“Wonderful. That’s fantastic,” Nasrudin exclaimed, “Now the half of you that do know can tell the other half that don’t know... !”
And suddenly, without giving the dumbfounded students a chance to recover their wits, Nasrudin exultantly left the classroom with a flourish.
Wishing You a Happy Teachers Day...
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VIKRAM KARVE educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU and The Lawrence School Lovedale, is an Electronics and Communications Engineer by profession, a Human Resource Manager and Trainer by occupation, a Teacher by vocation, a Creative Writer by inclination and a Foodie by passion. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles in magazines and journals for many years before the advent of blogging. His delicious foodie blogs have been compiled in a book "Appetite for a Stroll". Vikram lives in Pune with his family and pet Doberman girl Sherry, with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.
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