Owing to the COVID Pandemic – there is no classroom teaching – and all teaching is being conducted online via internet.
I wonder if this story is relevant for online teaching and remote learning.
Dear Reader – you tell me...
TEACHERS’ DAY MUSINGS
“The Art of Teaching” or “How to Teach” By Vikram Karve
Today – the 5th of September – is Teachers’ Day.
Let me delve into my creative writing archives and re-post for you some of my Teachers’ Day Musings I had written and posted on my blog a few years ago on the occasion of Teachers Day.
Firstly – let me wish a Very Happy Teachers’ Day to all Teachers – and – of course – to all Students too – for – without students there would be no teachers.
Well – once upon a time – I used to be a Teacher too.
Let me tell you that humor is an important aspect of good teaching – and a good teacher always has a witty sense of humor.
So – on the occasion of Teachers’ Day – let us start with a bit of wit and humor.
As a part of my Teachers’ Day Musings – a hilarious Mulla Nasrudin Story on “The Art of Teaching” – or “How to Teach” – which I am sure will cheer you up – and – also give you food for thought.
THE ART OF TEACHING or HOW TO TEACH
(A Mulla Nasrudin Teaching Story)
Mulla Nasrudin was a teacher, but got bored of the repetitive routine.
One day at the beginning of his first 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...” all the students responded, “We don’t know what you are about to teach us...”
On hearing this – Nasrudin said to the students:
“Since you have not even bothered to find out what I am going to teach you – and hence you do not have the prerequisite background information – there is no point in me trying to teach you...”
And – after uttering this statement – Nasrudin angrily walked out of the classroom.
The next day – Nasrudin came to the class and asked the students:
“Okay – tell me – do you know what I am going to teach you...?”
Thinking of the previous day – and afraid to annoy him again – the students responded:
“Yes – we know what you are going to teach us...”
On hearing this – Nasrudin replied to the students:
“if you already know what I am going to teach you – then there is no point in me wasting my time and your time teaching you what you already know...”
And after uttering those words – Nasrudin stormed out of the classroom.
On the next day – Nasrudin again came to the classroom – and once again he asked the students:
“Do you know what I am going to teach you...?”
The students – trying to play safe – replied:
“Half of us do – and – half of us don’t...”
On hearing this – Nasrudin exclaimed:
“Wonderful. That’s fantastic. Now the half of you that know can please teach the other half of the class 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.
The subject was deemed to have been taught.
This – in a nutshell – is the art of teaching – a teaching style which many teachers follow – especially in higher education.
Wish You a Happy Teachers’ Day...
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This is a repost of my article HOW TO TEACH posted by online earlier at url: http://karvediat.blogspot.com/2016/09/teachers-day-musings-part-1-how-to-teach.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2014/09/teachers-day-musings-part-1-art-of.html
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