Is My Child Being Talkative a Wrong Thing? 226

I have always believed in teaching my daughter to speak freely and not to keep anything in mind or hide matters. For good or worse, she developed this into a habit of telling me everything and she never has secrets or lies to anyone. I know every single thing that happens in school or anywhere else. She readily accepts when she is wrong. While all that is good, it also made her being the most talkative at school, which she reasons as “there is so much to tell”. Likewise, her head is full of stories and ideas and always she is ready to speak her opinion.

The problem was, she was too young to understand as when to speak and when not to. Every parent-teacher interaction(PTM) in the school went something like this – “ Your daughter is really a bright girl and very active. She is excellent in her studies and all other extra-curricular activities. However, she is a bit over talkative in the class. She is always busy talking to someone. But, if I ask her a question, she gives right answers. Maybe, you can tell her a word at home?” Though there were the good things, it was embarrassing to hear the same as “talkative”.

This year PTM, I prepared myself to hear the aforementioned. I met the class teacher Mrs.Shalini and before she could say anything, I said: “ I know, she is very talkative”. The teacher was surprised and asked, “Isn’t that’s a good thing”? You should have seen the shock on my face because that was something new I heard from any teacher. She said “There are so many parents who come to me and tell me that their children never speak a word and that worries them and they cannot understand what is going on in their child’s mind. Talking freely and encouraging children to speak and share their thoughts is really good to them and as a class teacher I always encourage my students to be free in class, though I know how to carefully drag a line on the limits.” The teacher’s encouragement made my daughter build her confidence and be more positive in all her approach in the school activities.

Shalini says “ A brilliant child is locked inside every student and it is the duty of every teacher to find the key. It is very important to make the child feel important”.

Her request to her students is “ Enter your classroom with a smile and a spring in your step”.

Listen to them – says a wonderful teacher.

A good teacher always knows how to turn every child’s weakness into their strength and make them fly with success. Teaching is one hard profession because it requires a plenty of patience and knack for dealing with children. Every child is different and it is in the teacher’s hands, how they mold them. My thanks to Mrs. Shalini and all other wonderfully inspiring teachers for your patience and for your endurance, because it is you who teach our children all the things to be successful in life.

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Simple Mistakes Done by a Teacher in the Classroom 87

We all know that to err is human. There are some teachers in all schools who do simple mistakes, which can cause trouble in a child’s daily routines, or sometimes even health problems. Most parents do not want to take it to the principal or any higher authorities because they fear of any ill consequences that may put their child in difficult situations.

Here are such simple mistakes we regularly notice in teachers.

1. Promising and not delivering

Students are usually driven to perform well in anything when the end result is something they want. Many times teachers make promises of various kind in order to make the children do as they are told. Teachers fail to understand that when children are promised with something it should not be neglected. When it is not delivered it breaks the trust between the teacher and the student.

2. Lacking knowledge

It is very important for a teacher to be knowledgeable and updated relating to the subject. Ignoring or scolding a child’s inquisitive for questions in relation to the subject matter is not the way to teach.

3. Talking to the Board

I remember, in my history class, our teacher used to spend more time facing the board, writing things while she explained. It made me yawn as I could not concentrate on her explanation and every time I took history books I felt like sleeping. Teachers should make eye contact and face her/his students directly while explaining. They should not speak while writing on the board.

4. Not checking the books clearly

Sometimes, the wrong answers are also ticked right by the teachers. We do understand the work-load on them but when children prepare same for exams they lose marks because in truth the answer is wrong. Believe me, it’s very difficult to tell a child that his teacher is wrong. My child proves me wrong but doesn’t want to listen to anything that’s not in favor of his teacher. So, teachers need to be attentive with every book they check.

5. Not making learning a fun

My daughter tells me she never likes to miss her English or History classes because the teacher makes so much fun while explaining, it is like having fun in class. The teacher along with the fun, also explains the chapter. This makes the students understand and remember well. With activities and play way method, the learning can be made super fun. So, teachers must get creative to find ways for the same.

6. Not giving enough breaks

Ever thought why children often ask permission for a washroom break quite often? They are simply bored and want to wander. It’s because, the concentration span of a child much lower than an adult. Maths after history, English after Hindi … Biology after Physics…..etc etc is too much to handle that too in continuation. Since children cannot concentrate continuously and their brain can observe better with little breaks, giving a short break of two minutes to drink water is a good idea that not only helps easy blood circulation but also lets him concentrate.

7. Showing interest in a particular student

“Ma’am does a lot of partiality” a common dialogue with most school going kids. It’s a natural feeling to like someone more than the others. However, we are called as the adults for a reason. Making a show of your liking in a particular student will make the other children lose confidence in you. It increases the dislike towards the teacher as well as the subject.

“A good teacher creates, performs and solves”. Teaching is not an easy job because it needs a lot of dedication, patience, commitment, passion for teaching. Teaching is next to Godliness because what a teacher might teach today can make or break a student’s life.

Do you have any more such simple mistakes made by teachers that you like to bring to notice? Please share your views in comments.