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March-2009-issue

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Saved by Shyam Sharma
on February 22, 2009 at 1:12:44 pm
 

 

Dear All

     Thank you for reading the past two issues of the choutari (forum). We are grateful to those who shared their views and provided constructive comments. This issue comes with a simple but quite useful element for professional development i.e. sharing of stories of the classroom/teaching among teachers.

     All teachers have some sorts of experiences and stories that will have inspired to do better teaching or encumbered for professional development. When an intellectual interacts with 10, 20, 50, 100 or more intelligent youngsters everyday, there is a lot going on than first meets the eye--the 'routine' of teaching. Now, if we pause to reflect on a striking incident in the process of that interaction, we will have things to tell that are as serious and important as we find in scholarly articles or books. A teacher-story may be based on very ordinary things of the classroom like trying to get students' attention, ot it may be about some serious difference of perception on how to approach teaching a lesson with colleagues. Apparently insignificant incidents might become the basis for innovative approaches or philosophical ideas of great significance. It means we all have faced some kinds of complications to establish ourselves as a teacher in general and teacher of English in specific in our workplace i.e. schools, colleges, universities or private instituitions.  I think some of us also have a bitter experience of not being able to get any appriciation as other teachers are being appricted by both studnets and auhtority. And at some point we have also regreted of being a teacher and may have thoguht to abondon the profession of teaching. Most of such stories are often unheard and greats no value in literary writing and language teaching. Thus they are undervalued. However, such stories may be a significant pathfinder and source of inspiration for the teachers.

 

This issue contains the following materials:  

Teacher's Anecdote

 

Scholarly Articles

 

Teacher's Humour

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