Ganga Devi- Principal, KKSM Hr Sec School, Vellore
Established in 2012, KKSM School is a co-educational English Medium school following the State Board. Ganga Devi, previously she was the Principal in Billabong High International School and the current Principal of the KKS school, speaks to School Magazine….
Teaching is my passion. I teach because, for me, it’s the most effective and most enjoyable way to change the world. Teaching allows me to work on hearts and minds, to guide people in becoming empowered, literate, engaged, creative, liberated human beings who want to join in this effort to change the world. I’ve seen it happen.
Teachers – Old versus New
Teachers are the same old or new, their goal in education is to nurture the students. New teachers bring energy and enthusiasm to their classrooms, but also a specific set of needs. It’s about living in different times, in different social structures, with different kind of students, even with different tools, methods and, mostly, dealing with different (and less amount of) knowledge contents. That is not exactly the typical apple/orange comparison, because this is more time/context depending.
Particularly, I think, the main differences are: Today educators are different by their social origin, facing different problems with different, less homogeneous groups of students, teaching mostly different contents.
Teaching Tools – Old versus New
The students of this generation are technological learners. They are very interactive and technology is what helps them do that.
A traditional blackboard limits collaboration as only one individual can realistically use the board effectively at any given time.
I’ll prefer Visualization, technology tools, and active learning in the classrooms.
Learning through technologies can enable students to grasp concepts more quickly and they can better stay focused and learn faster.
Using Calculators in the Classroom
The use of calculators does not supplant the need for students to develop proficiency with efficient, accurate methods of mental and pencil-and-paper calculation and in making reasonable estimations.
Student learning of mathematical concepts, processes, operations, and procedures is advanced. The use of calculator should be implemented strategically in ways that support the development of problem-solving skills.
Tips and tricks of the trade
Ganga says that we should be proactive in setting goals, as well as establishing the timelines and deadlines necessary to keep yourself and your teams on track.
Prioritize by focusing on doing the most important tasks that only you can do.
Practicing saying no and finding ways to do so with tact and professionalism are important.
Turning down work that’s not part of your role helps keep you focused.
Advice to Students
• Chase your dreams without justifying it to anyone.
• Be brave and bold and do not wait to regret it.
• Be the person that you want to be and do not listen to the masses.
• Love yourself and your life for what it is and change it every time it doesn’t feel right.
• Let go of whatever keeps you bound or restricted so that you keep that freedom alive that you have and use it.
• Do not blame others for what your life turns out to be. It is your responsibility, not theirs.
• Make mistakes, fail, laugh about it, stand back up, and try once more. And never, ever, give up on what matters to you.
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