Hyderabad, April 04, 2019: Teaching is a divine responsibility which gives one an opportunity to guide and enlighten an individual. A teacher with the right skills inspires and influences the entire lives of the student. They are instruments who can ignite powerful thoughts in students, helping them unleash their real potential’ said Prof. V.V. Bhanoji Rao, Governing Body Member, GITAM.
The Prof. interacted with GITAM Deemed-to-be University, Hyderabad faculty on a topic ‘Teacher Alone makes the Difference’ on April 4, 2019. Three decades of teaching and research at the National University of Singapore (NUS); and 6 years of research and operational assignments at the World Bank, Washington DC, USA and Jakarta, Indonesia the veteran narrated his personal experiences at School, University and Job role levels.
Teachers should exercise patience along with a deep sense of care and kindness towards their wards. As an empathetic teacher, one can win over the hearts of students by demonstrating sensitivity, especially during student rifts, he advised. An educator's oratory skills coupled with a strong understanding of the subject matter will attract the attention of the students, paving the way for a high level of concentration towards the discussion topic, he added.
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Effective teachers will ensure that their students receive the best education from them. He said three mantras to effective teaching are – the teacher has to love teaching, love the subject and love the students. To be an effective teacher, one must have the potential to motivate and support students so that they are well-equipped to deal with any challenges life throws at them both academically and otherwise, Prof Bhanoji suggested.
Effective time management, precise narrative skills are vital for providing quality education to students while also meeting the specific learning needs of each student, he said.
Good teaching is open to change: it involves continuously trying to find out what the effects of instruction are on learning, and modifying the instruction in the light of the evidence collected, Dr. Bhanoji concluded. He responded spontaneously and with the fun to the quarries raised by the faculty.
Earlier, Prof. N.Siva Prasad, Pro Vice-Chancellor, GITAM, Hyderabad welcome the distinguished guest and he stressed the greater responsibility of a teacher toward the society as well as molding the students.