I have learned from experience that teaching has got less to do with knowledge and more to do with communication.
In the parlance of Electrical Engineering, it is like perfect impedance matching, the maximum power transfer theorem, and you can experience the classroom rocking with resonance, when all the resistance to the flow of knowledge disappears, the intellectual friction vanishes, the barriers to communication melt away and seamless effortless learning is achieved.
It is not important how much a teacher knows
It is easy to make simple things difficult but difficult to make complicated things easy.
It requires good teaching style, effective communication skills and appropriate soft skills to make difficult things easy and enjoyable to learn.
Yes, learning must be enjoyable, not dry, didactic, boring and painful.
1. Getting knowledge that is inside to move out
The second part of imparting knowledge from outside into the student is comparatively easier, once you’ve got the students interested, eager to learn, and if the teacher is proficient in teaching skills and knowledgeable in the subject and domain specialization.
I trust I have succeeded in achieving this.
I love being in the company of young talented people, full of zeal and enthusiasm, with a zest for living and a passion for learning.
It makes me feel good and youthful, and as always, I “learn” more than I “teach”.
I feel sad, wanting to hold them back, not wanting to part, but I know I have to let them go to their destinies.
My dear students, as I watch you with pride in my heart, swiftly fly away, soaring high above me in the sky, vanish into the distance, to all my dear students, I sincerely wish you from the bottom of my heart: GODSPEED.
Godspeed – a wish for a prosperous journey and good fortune, my dear young friends, as you embark upon your first career, a new phase of your life.
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About Vikram Karve
A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer and blogger. Educated at IIT Delhi, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and an anthology of short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional and academic research papers in journals and edited in-house journals and magazines for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing and blogging. Vikram Karve lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.
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