To Sir, With Love

“Those who educate children well are more to be honoured than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well
― Aristotle

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Yesterday was the Result Day at my kids’ school.

Unlike the Result Days’ that I have faced, my little ones were pretty cool. Thanks to the new education system which ensures all kids are promoted to the next level till class X. Both my angels too got promoted to the next levels. Anu will now be a ‘Senior‘ according to her, as she gets into her IIIrd grade. Lil Love finally finished her Nursery with tears and tantrums all along. She will now be in KG and I wish less tears and lesser tantrums ahead.

Big Girls…Huh!!! 😀 😀 😀

At the end of the meeting, the teacher handed over a feedback form to us.

They go to a Day Boarding School which runs between 9 am to 5 pm owing to my wish to continue to work. Poor kids! 😦

But that was a conscious decision taken by both of us. We felt leaving the kids behind with a domestic help wouldn’t do any good to them. Rather, we preferred them to be with kids of their age and under the supervision of teachers. And thanks to Almighty, we are happy with our decision till now. The kids….??? Well, they are happy for most part barring 1 or 2 reasons which have to be evaluated.

Anyway, back to the feedback form:

These teachers are actually God-sent angels, because I can see the kind of effort and hard-work they put in to get the basics clear in the children. I can proudly boast that my kids are much much smarter than I was at their age. Of course, the kind of exposure they have got is a huge factor. The teachers indeed have a huge task at hand in building the self-confidence in these tiny tots. Anu’s teacher, Ms. Ranjana, is so nice, when she puts it to me during PTM, “I know how difficult it is for working parents to give time to the kids in daily revisions. That’s why I try my best to get them do their revisions in school itself.”. This teacher is so good that I hardly have to make her revise for more than half an hour in her subjects.  I must mention that if it was not for the teachers, my shy baby, Anu, wouldn’t have been what she is today…much confident, assertive, expressive and she believes in her own decisions.

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Similarly in Lil Love’s case, she is the naughty bit at home and a non-stop chatter box. Yeah! Just like Mamma… 😀

But once in school, my Lil Love turned so pale with fear, uncertainty and full of doubts. 😦 😦 😦

One wouldn’t believe me when I say, she didn’t respond to any teacher or student for the first 2-3 months. So much that the teacher and Principal summoned me to check if she was a normal child. I hate that day. That was when I decided I would have the same teacher and the same Principal, correct their statement.

It’s always easier to criticize when you are on the other side. How tough it would have been for the teacher to understand my kid, when she wasn’t conversing at all? How would the teacher know what her strengths and weaknesses are? What her interests are? What her insecurities were? How would she engage with the kid who wasn’t ready to react? It took a lot of effort from the teacher and a little from her Dad, Anu and me to make her feel comfortable with the school atmosphere she was actually thrown into. (She had no preschool experience…only about 2 months). 😦

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It took a lot of stars and smiley faces from the class teacher for Lil Love to get encouraged and start conversing with the teacher and other kids. She now comes and tells us about her classmates, Aaryan, Adit, Vanshika, Shaurya, Rudra, Khushi…. 🙂 🙂 🙂 The teacher took extra pain to make her feel comfortable and feel at ease. All this helped our Lil Love to come out a shining little star at the end of the session. We were surprised to hear from her class teacher that she danced very well on the last class party day of the session. 🙂 😀 🙂

We owe a lot to these teachers for handling our naughty little musketeers so well and helping build their future.

Hats off to their patience, perseverance and persistence!

I take this opportunity to thank all my teachers starting with my Mom and Dad, who have had an enormous contribution to what I am today. I am what I am because of your efforts and confidence in me.

Thanks a ton, Teachers! You are the ‘Mom at School‘ as I tell Lil Love! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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2 thoughts on “To Sir, With Love

    • Absolutely, Jo! I am a daughter of a teacher and can tell you it is the most thankless as well as thankful job. The pride in my Mom’s eyes when her students of yesteryears call her or meet her makes me rethink about my decision of not pursuing teaching. To me it is the most noble profession as you part your knowledge to light the lamp in thousands of lives. I am sure at a given point at least 100 students will be thinking of a teacher from various parts of the world. Like I am thinking of many of my teachers right now! 🙂

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