Being a teacher can be one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet but have you ever wondered about how teachers pass on valuable skills to their students. GYV has talked to S.N Singh, who is in a teaching job from more than 38 years. S.N Singh teaches English and Social Science in Netaji Subhas Public School, Jamshedpur. He has been working there for more than 30 years. While talking to GYV, the educator opened up about his journey. Take a look below –
Q.From where you have completed your studies?
Answer- I have completed my schooling from Loyola school in Kolkata. I have done my graduation from Seth Anandram Jaipura college, Kolkata. A person of my village motivated me to join the teaching track and thereafter I joined the teaching line and found it interesting.
Q. How were you as a student?
Answer – As a student, I was excellent in English subject. I used to keep myself updated with what Ilearned and accomplished. I used to make sure that I had acquired the skill that I needed for the tests. I had flexibility, compassion, self-discipline, drive and patience to reach my goal. When I was a student, they used to give much pressure in language and social science but now things have changed. Nowadays, students give much pressure in mathematics and science.
Q. How did you start your career as a teacher?
Answer – Since 1982 I have been working as a teacher. Little bird, Jamshedpur was the first school where I joined as a teacher and after working for 4 years I got a better opportunity. I joined Netaji Subhas Public School, Jamshedpur. And till now I am working in the same school.
Q. What role does discipline play in teaching and what is your approach?
Answer- I believe that a teacher can’t be effective without the right disciplinary approach and I prefer to explain what’s expected of my students. Discipline is important for respect and keeping students accountable. I think that the reward system is the best method as it enforces positive behaviour and gives children a goal to strive for.
Q. What are your hobbies and interest?
Answer – I like listening to old film songs and in sports, I like volleyball. Besides this, I also like walking on the street. I can walk for 2 or 3 hours straight. I like being around young minds as their creativity and imagination power is incomparable. I don’t have other interests except teaching and I don’t want to take any other track.
Q.Have you observed any changes from the time you have started till now?
Answer – Yes I have gone through many changes. The time I started, all the schoold were run by the state government and there was no private school of CBSE and ICSE board. But after some years CBSE and ICSE boards found place. Many books have changed and syllabus also changes from time to time. The pattern of studying has also changed.
Q. What do you think of the place for technology in the classroom?
Answer – Technology in the classroom can be a valuable tool in helping students learn as in this pandemic situation e-learning is the only mantra to avoid academic loss. But I think that online classes can’t take the place of face to face learning. Moreover, students need to focus and hard work is required to accomplish their goal.