Durga K Nair – Mathematics Teacher -Nandha Matric. Hr. Sec. School, Erode
Nandha Matric. Hr. Sec. School based in Erode and run by the Sri Nandha Educational Trust established in 1992, with the conscious efforts of Mr. V.SHANMUGAN, an eminent professional cum industrialist and a philanthropist par excellence. The school follows the curriculum of CCE pattern system by Tamil Nadu State Board. Durga K Nair, has been working at the institution since May 2015 as teacher and Head of Department of Mathematics.
The inspiration to become a teacher
Nair says that her 10th standard Social Science teacher Mrs. Maria Shanthi was a major source of inspiration. A soft, lovable and caring, who with her encouraging words, enabled Nair to score a whopping 92 marks in Social Science in the 10th std board exams. Even now, Nair emulates her gestures, teaching style, pronunciation, and style of speaking with students.
The first job as a teacher
Nair started her teaching career with a school named Child Jesus Matric. Primary School in Kulithalai near Trichy, (Tamil Nadu) and worked there for a mere 4 months but the period was highly memorable. She was the class teacher of Std 1. Under the guidance of Sis. Sandhya there, Nair learned to teach Maths well, enhancing children’s problem solving skills and also improved interaction skills.
Favourite Maths Topic
Nair’s favourite branch in Maths is Algebra, since Algebra is the key to advancement and opportunity. It deals with analysis, data entry, decision making, calculating interest rates, etc.
Using calculators in the classroom
Nair says – Arguably one of the most controversial pieces of educational technology to enter the classroom has been the calculator. The calculator seems to evoke all sorts of fears that students’ computational abilities would be ruined, that they wouldn’t learn how to estimate and also learn from their errors too.
Advice to students
• Try to see the bigger picture for what you aim to be.
• Take care of yourself and don’t expect the same from others all the time.
• Ask for advice when you are facing struggles and issues.
• Have a positive rapport with your teachers.
• Assess yourself every now and then to enhance and empower your level in academics.
Nandha Matric. Hr. Sec. School,
Erode – 638052.