Since time immemorial, Teaching has been considered as one of the noblest
professions. Teachers have always played the role of catalyst for social
changes in the society.
The mankind has always regarded teachers as a boon to the society because
it�s only a teacher who by making use of his/ her intelligence, patience and
wisdom attempts to not only polish the learner's intellect and aptitude but
also takes steps to shape up a multi-faceted personality.
Teaching has always held a place of pride in Indian social milieu and ethos.
Right from the famous ancient teachers like Vashisht, Dhaumya, Dronacharya,
Kripacharya and Parashurama, religious teachers and preachers like Adi
Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa down to modern
day educationists like Dr.Radhakrishnan, Sir Ashutosh Mukherji, Prof.
Meghnad Saha, Shri J.C. Bose, Dr. Satyendranath Bose, Dr. Amartya Sen (US
resident and Nobel Laureate) not forgetting our former president Dr. A.P.J
Abdul Kalam, teachers have by and large been venerated held in high esteem
by the pupils of all age group s and fields of study. The keynote of our
culture has always been: Acharya Deva Bhava (the teacher is God).
Teaching as professions is divided into many areas of specializations, each
requiring different skill-set and method of training. Some of the major
areas of specialization include teaching at nursery schools, middle schools,
high schools, colleges- universities, institutes, special schools (for
students with specific needs, eg- physically challenged ones etc.
The teaching profession is a highly specialized field, and hence requires
comprehensive training to gain expertise in the field. It has some myths
about it. It is commonly believed that anyone can teach, provided he has
some knowledge for the subject. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Knowledge is just one thing that a teacher should have among other things.
The fundamental qualities required are excellent communication skills, the
ability to hold the attention of young minds, to inspire confidence and
finally, the ability to set an example by word and deed.
To enter schools, you should have a B.Ed degree. Colleges across the country
offer these degrees. Some universities offer B.Ed courses by correspondence
too. One can do the M.Ed later, to add to qualifications. As a matter of
fact, M. Ed is only required to enhance your possibilities of promotion or
getting the next higher grade. Incase you want to specialize as a nursery
teacher only; you must undergo a special nursery teachers' training,
available in various universities. In case an individual plans to be a
games/physical fitness instructor, he/she will require obtaining a
certificate/ degree or diploma from any one of the sports institutes located
around the country.
College and university teaching requires a different approach. After
finishing M.A. in a subject, one can become a specialist by doing M. Phil.
or Ph.D. To become a college lecturer, you will have to clear the NET exam
conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC). One can then apply to
colleges for a job as and when a vacancy arises.
Skills and Attributes
One requires a blend essential attributes like patience, confidence,
liking for and an understanding of children/ students. Teachers must also
have organizing capacity, friendly and helpful natureand skill to
communicate well, to initiate a liking in their students minds even in the
case of most boring subjects. A Teacher has to be a friend, philosopher and
guide to his wards. The candidate should be initiative driven, passionate
about the cause and role of teaching in the society.
As a teacher one can opt for a career with:
Educational research institutes
Self employment by starting institutes/tutorials
Special schools: it deals with children having physical and mental handicap
and learning disabilities. The job involves lot of sensitivity and emotional
attachment towards the students with diasabilities.
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