World Teachers’ Day: Why teaching is as complex and challenging as medicine, law, or engineering

first_imgEach of us can vouch for the role a teacher has played in shaping our personality and thought process.Yet despite the strong role of a teacher in impacting lives of students, the profession still isn’t accorded the stature that medicine, law, engineering, consulting and many other careers enjoy, not to mention the commercials that accrue on account of pursuing these professions.Ironically, people on the brink of choosing a career are advised to take up teaching oftentimes only for the slightly less working hours that it may offer.(Read: Teachers’ Day: 5 excuses we used to give to our teachers for not completing homework) Challenging career option:The fact, however, remains that teaching is increasingly becoming a complex and challenging (not to mention time-consuming) profession, who’s effective discharge is absolutely imperative for the social, moral and economic health of any countryConventionally, teaching has been seen as a profession that involves dispensing of information followed by setting up of many standardised tests with some childcare thrown in for good measureThe fact, however, is that education isn’t about one way communication with students anymore; the four walls of the classroom is just one of the many places where learning occurs and books of course are just one medium of education.Children too aren’t passive guzzlers of facts any more but are increasingly becoming co-creators of knowledge, what with the enough and more exposure that they routinely get.With information available in bytes and over easy clicks, teachers (or the most respected teachers anyway) are increasingly learning how to ignite the child’s passion through a whole lot of experiential learning.advertisementKindling their curiosity, relating the curriculum to the child’s life and trying to measure their real accomplishments is not a mean job by any stretch of the imagination. Rather than just being subject matter experts, today’s teachers are required to inspire the love for learning in their students. Gone are the days when they would be tyrants in the class, telling their hapless subjects what to do.Today’s teachers are mentors, enablers and even co-learners with their students.Add to this the fact that teachers need to integrate the students intellectual growth with their emotional growth and you realise how a good teacher is a corporate leader, a healing doctor and a meticulous engineer all rolled into one.For what they are doing is not just disseminating information but creating meaningful experiences that enable students to learn big ideas that can be used to solve real world issues.Change in teaching pattern:One of the most powerful things that has changed the role of the educator today – no marks for guessing, is technology.The earlier model of education was based on the fact that there was paucity of information and the teacher, therefore, automatically was the fountainhead of information.However, if there is one thing that is freely available now, it is information.Effective teachers, therefore, have had to evolve their roles from mere information providers to people who can help students develop their ability to think critically and make informed judgments.Overhauling of education system:To give the teachers time and space to fulfill their new roles most effectively, what is really required is an overhauling of the entire system. We need to recognise that teachers need a whole lot of support as they take up many new professional responsibilities.Whether it is being in charge of a host of co-curricular activities or leading sports initiatives or participating in research or even mentoring junior colleagues, they certainly have their hands full. It is important that just as an effective surgeon is supported by a battery of other doctors or how a law firm has a whole lot of junior and senior partners to effectively dispense work, teachers to get back up support to be able to do what they do best- engage the child in the meaningful pursuit of knowledge.While teachers gear up in their new roles, the onus is also on each one of us- parents, school board members, lawmakers and the entire civil society at large.We need to go beyond being just critics of the system to give teachers the much needed support, to help them do the very important task they do (often without much recognition)- that of educating our children in the true sense of the term!For, to support the reinvention of the role of teachers is to ensure that a whole new generation is armed not just with information, but knowledge and empathy.advertisementThis teacher’s day, it will be good if each of us remember to turn to a teacher and express our gratitude.(Authored article by Amita Bhardwaj, Director – Curriculum with Footprints Childcare, a national Play School and Day Care chain that caters to parents looking for world class education and child care for their children)Read: Teachers’ Day/Black Day? Over 60,000 schools across India protest on September 5Read: Happy World Teachers’ Day: Some quotes from famous personalitieslast_img read more

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9 months agoBarcelona winger Malcom wanted by Tottenham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona winger Malcom wanted by Tottenhamby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona winger Malcom is a target for Tottenham.The Daily Star says Spurs are short of firepower with Heung-Min Son joining up with South Korea at the Asian Cup yesterday.He will miss Tottenham’s next five matches if his country goes all the way to the final.Spurs are currently scouring the market for reinforcements up front and are ready to revive their interest in Nou Camp outcast Malcom.The Brazilian, who can play anywhere in a front three, was on their radar last summer before he joined Barca from Bordeaux.But his £36.5m transfer has not worked out and the Spanish giants are willing to let him go this month. last_img read more

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18 days ago​Liverpool attacker Shaqiri explains changes from Bayern Munich days

first_img​Liverpool attacker Shaqiri explains changes from Bayern Munich daysby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has spoken about how he’s changed since his days at Bayern Munich.The Swiss star failed to make the grade at Bayern as a youngster.He eventually moved to Stoke City in the Premier League. Their relegation prompted a cut price move to Liverpool last summer.”Over the years I have become calmer and more patient,” he told Schweizer Illustrierte.”I would probably last longer in Munich today and waited for my chance. I know that I have to give myself more time for my career steps now.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Softball No 21 Ohio State remains on road for Texas Invitational

Second basemen Emily Clark makes an off-foot throw to first during the Sep. 24 gameagainst Wright State. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternAfter returning home with three of four possible wins in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Raleigh, North Carolina, the No. 21 Ohio State softball team will hit the road again when it heads to Austin, Texas, for four games in the Texas Invitational. The Buckeyes will take on Wichita State, Virginia Tech and Texas.Ohio State enters as the team with the best record (8-1) with Texas sitting at 4-4, Wichita State at 5-4 and Virginia Tech at 6-2. Despite the early success, neither the team nor head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly are reading into these records too much.“As much as we will talk about the opponents, we try not to focus on the opponents,” Kovach Schoenly said, “Regardless of their record, they’re going to come out and try to beat Ohio State.”This weekend will be another full one with four games. The Buckeyes have already played four extra-inning games this season, three of which took place last weekend. Ohio State won two of those extra-inning games.“I just think it shows what we’ll be able to do throughout the season,” sophomore outfielder Spencer Sansom said. “It shows our energy. We want to compete, we want to be out there. We never give up.”The Buckeyes found success over the weekend based on contributions from all members of their team stepping up. Knowing that another long weekend lies ahead, Ohio State needs to have that happen again to come away with four wins.“The whole weekend, it was a new person every single time that stepped up and I think that’s what our advantage is,” junior catcher Emily Clark said. “We have a strong lineup, a strong nine.” Kovach Schoenly said Ohio State must watch out for Virginia Tech’s pitchers. Not only do they possess high strikeout rates, but she said they are also great hitters. As a team, Virginia Tech has struck out 58 batters in 54.1 innings. The team’s second-most effective pitcher, Carrie Eberle, also has been a potent hitter, batting .313 with one home run in seven games.The Buckeyes also will face a Texas team playing in front of its home crowd, one that Kovach Schoenly said can get the stands filled and create quite an atmosphere. But she thinks her team is ready and excited to spoil the game for the Longhorn fans. The only team Ohio State plays twice this weekend is Wichita State. The Shockers have struggled offensively, but has won five games on the strength of their pitching staff. The Shockers have been shut out in three losses — all to the only ranked opponents they have faced this season  — but have held opponents to just 10 combined runs in the five wins. Wichita State is hitting just .222 as a team, but has a team ERA of 3.66.Ohio State opens the series against Virginia Tech at 10 a.m. Friday before playing Wichita State at 3 p.m. later that day. It will play Texas at 6:30 p.m. and Wichita State at 9 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Michel Platini thinks VAR is unjust

first_imgThe former UEFA president has opposed to Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology from a long time; he also has doubts about Ronald in JuventusFormer UEFA president Michel Platini believes the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is not just in football.The ex-French footballer believes that VAR is only an interpretation and now a good way to decide for referees.“It’s a video that’s impossible to conclude on. You take a moment that lasts a millisecond and stretch it out to 15 seconds,” he told L’Equipe as quoted by Gianluca Di Marzio.gareth southgate, englandEngland and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“Take the World Cup final, was there a handball on Croatia? At normal speed, and with even a normal replay, definitely no.”“But with the super slow motion, the referee sees something and awards the penalty. Where is the justice? It is simply an interpretation.”He also took a time to talk about Cristiano Ronaldo going to Juventus, saying he “found it odd that at 33 years old he would leave ‘his’ Real Madrid, which has won three Champions League, to start a new challenge.”“But was it Juventus who went after him, or his agent Mendes who pursued Juventus? I am not able to fully understand this deal,” he concluded.last_img read more

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United to join City in battle for Portuguese youngster

first_imgManchester United are planning to join Manchester City in the race to sign Ruben Neves from Wolverhampton Wanderers, according to Metro.The Premier League giants are monitoring their rivals’ interest in the young Portuguese midfielder and will make an offer for the player should City submit a bid for him in the next transfer window.Pep Guardiola is a keen admirer of the Wolves star and he is believed to be interested in bringing him to the Etihad stadium in January, especially after missing out on the signing of Jorginho.The former Barcelona manager is keen to sign a long-term replacement for Fernandinho and has been impressed with Neves’ distribution at the base of a midfield three for Wolves.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.However, Neves shares the same agent as Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and the Portuguese tactician could use that to his advantage in the race for the 21-year-old’s services.Neves is just one year into his five-year deal at Molineux and Wolves’ Chinese owners are under no pressure to cash in on the Portugal international following his £15.8m move from Porto. However, Mendes’ influence at the club is strong and it’s unlikely that one of his clients would be denied such a move to one of the Manchester clubs given it could compromise Wolves’ relationship with the super-agent.United’s interest in Neves is likely to raise further question marks over Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford. The Frenchman has refused to commit his long-term future to the club and raised the possibility of leaving United in the ‘coming months’ in an interview this week.last_img read more

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Ranieri Fulham fans love my playing style

first_imgClaudio Ranieri is certain he has the Fulham supporter’s confidence with his new style of football, despite his low-key start at the clubThe Italian coach was brought in to replace Slavisa Jokanovic in the dugout following a dreadful start to life back in the Premier League for Fulham.Under Jokanovic, the Cottagers had only managed a single win and were on a seven-match losing streak at the time of his dismissal.The Serbian’s attacking possessive style of football had served them well in gaining promotion to the English top-flight, but club owner Shahid Khan felt that it just wasn’t enough anymore.So in came Ranieri, who famously led underdogs Leicester City to the 2015/16 Premier League title with his counter-attacking style of football that emphasised more on the defensive side of things compared to Jokanovic’s.Although, with just one win in seven matches so far, results suggest that things at Craven Cottage haven’t really changed.But Ranieri is certain that his methods will help Fulham.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I think they love this kind of football,” he told Sky Sports on what Fulham fans think of his playing style.“To stay together, to stay tight and try to make our [attacks] when we get the ball.“I am always happy and satisfied. I think this system [five at the back] is much better for my players.“Yes, I think [I am settled on it]. But, of course, we can change during the match. It’s important the players understand the shape, the system and what we have to do.“I think we have to improve our fitness. Because now we are used to pressing, which means you need a high level of fitness.“I have my style of training. My assistant Scott Parker follows me. In Scott, I’ve met a very good friend, a very good assistant.”Fulham will take on bottom-placed Huddersfield Town on Saturday hoping to kick-start their bid to move out of the relegation zone with victory.last_img read more

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Pochettino hails Spurs heroes after 31 win

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino heaped praise on his players following today’s 3-1 win over Leicester City.Davinson Sanchez netted an early opener for Spurs after being set-up by Christian Eriksen with the Danish playmaker later getting on the scoresheet himself in the 33rd-minute of the match.Son Heung-min then scored a stoppage-time third goal after Jaime Vardy had briefly put Leicester back into contention.The 3-1 win moves Spurs back to within five points of leaders Manchester City in third-place in the Premier League.“It’s a good time with the circumstances [to win]. I think my players are heroes. I repeat because our effort was amazing,” said Pochettino, according to Sky Sports.“Again we are there, we are fighting and showing great character. Like this afternoon it maybe wasn’t our best performance, and it’s impossible during 10 minutes to be at the same level, but we’re still in it.”The Argentine coach insists Son was unfairly booked as he didn’t dive in the area from Harry Maguire’s challenge.He added: “It wasn’t simulation first of all. It was a little bit unlucky.“During the game the referee was good but we didn’t have luck in that situation because that was a clear penalty.“Son, when he scored the third goal, he showed how he is with his character, personality and capacity to run more than 90 minutes.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It was a fantastic effort from him, great quality finishing and I was so happy for him because it was the key moment to feel a big relief after the whole game.”Pochettino also provided an update on Eriksen’s future at Spurs following another superb performance today.“We’ve spoken a lot about that, now we need to keep going, for him to continue performing in his best and of course I told you before he’s such an important player for us,” He added on Football London.“We’ll see what happens. I think I’ve used a few metaphors in the past about Christian, remember related with my family and my dog.“He needs to feel freedom to take his decisions. I think keeping going, so happy with him and we’ll see what happens in the end.”Spurs will next host German giants Borussia Dortmund at Wembley for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash.Another huge three points in the bag! 💪#COYS pic.twitter.com/oSBjLa9gL5— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 10, 2019last_img read more

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