Best Practices - Progressive School, Progressive Teacher - MRS. MEETU TRIPATHI, TGT (COMPUTER SCIENCE)
Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. According to me, the greatest honour for a teacher is to be remembered for her teachings by the students.
I have been into this noble profession of imparting education since 1997. My journey at Bal Bharati Public School, Noida started in the year 2004 as TGT Computer Science. I have spent 12 years of my career in this esteemed institution trying to keep abreast with technological advancements and trying to imbibe in the students a keen to desire to embrace technology. It is my endeavor to empower them to harness the best in the field of Information Technology.
As a person with technological inclination, I think teachers should use technology as a tool in the classroom proceedings to enhance students’ learning ability. It will have a significant positive impact on the student’s achievements in all subject areas, across all levels of school, and in regular classrooms as well as those for special-needs students. Technology makes instructions more student-centered, encourages cooperative learning, and stimulates increased teacher/student interaction.
As my subject is practical oriented, emphasis is laid on acquiring the practical skills and laboratory activities. I ensure that during my theory classes, I equip my students with all the necessary information about the software we will be working on in the computer lab. For this, I demonstrate the topic, its need and relevance. Instead of using the traditional “chalk and talk” method of teaching, I prefer to use the Multimedia Interactive Learning Process where I demonstrate the concepts through the smart board and facilitate entire class discussion. As a teacher my role isn’t limited to curriculum based teaching but it’s my social responsibility to make my students ethically correct and digitally responsible. During the classroom discussions, I explain information security best practices and how to protect oneself and ones information from social engineering tactics, identity theft, fraud, phishing, malware and hackers and how to protect oneself from becoming a victim of cybercrime and cyber bullying. I also tell my students about the different security softwares like Anti-Virus Software, Firewall, Specialized File Deletion Software & Encryption software and how they could use them to safeguard their systems at home.
It gives me immense pride when my students call me, and thank me through social networking sites. The sense of satisfaction cannot be measured when I learn that they have chosen my subject as their career and are doing exceptionally well. Today my students are placed in technological giants like Google, Amazon, IBM, Snapdeal and many more CMM 5 level companies. My heart fills with joy when my students call me and say, “Thank you for teaching the Object Oriented Programming concepts in joyful learning environment and because of you we are able to apply the logic and solve the problem without consulting any material.”
My purpose of teaching is not just to make my students IT literates but to add rationale thinking and make them self-sufficient. When there is a willingness to change, there is hope for progress in any field. I as a teacher always look forward for opportunities to learn new software, innovate and try new things to add to my pedagogical bag of tricks.
Technology can become the “wings” that will allow the educational world to fly farther and faster than ever before – if we will allow it. – Jenny Arledge
As a teacher my responsibility also lies in inculcating leadership qualities which is very much required for an IT Professional. For this, I divide my class into manageable groups. Each student is given a topic he/she is best at and is asked to teach the rest of the students in his/her group, this activity allows the students to plan and organize their topic. Also, they are able to monitor their own work and I provide them consistent feedback upon their progress. Through this kind of peer learning, I was successful in developing the habit of team work, boosting the confidence of the students and developing cooperative learning which enhances the value of student-student interaction.
When I think back of the person who has influenced my life in a positive way and has always propelled me not only to become a good Teacher but also helped me in administering so many things and prepared me in taking initiatives which is required for smooth functioning of a School, the name that comes to my mind is none other than my Philosopher, Guide and a Leader Ms. Asha Prabhakar, School Principal. I have always looked upon her as a source of inspiration. I am proud to be a part of such a loving Parivaar who not only provides clean, well-organized and safe learning environment but also strives to make the teaching faculty creative and well-equipped through in-service trainings.