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New challenges of classroom teaching in Kashmir



[ March 02, 2017 ]

With students back in their schools after two and a half month winter break and six month long unrest the teachers are set to face new challenges to restore the pristine glory of class room teaching in schools across Kashmir . Challenges are high — for students, for parents, for departmental chairs and administrators.


After the last year’s unrest in Kashmir classroom teaching has become a challenge for the teachers who have to offer students extra tutoring. All

In the prevailing situation in Kashmir a teacher has to figure out what works best for making teaching-learning process a success. A teacher has to understand that every student who walks into the classroom is different. Some struggle in class rooms and as such need extra help. Some learn really well when they attend the class and others when they debate a lesson with their teachers. Some students stung big surprises to teachers when they work the problems out on their own but they are only exceptions. There is a built-in way to handle this challenge that all teachers use. It’s called differentiation — meaning to put as many ways of learning into a lesson as a teacher can. Not only do teachers have to ensure that each student in class is learning and engaged, but the students also have to make sure that they are in line with the syllabus prescribed for them by the Board of School Education (BOSE). Most of the time that goal is the same: educate students so that when they enter the “real world,” they will be capable of making good choices. Sometimes, though, there are more things going on with the school than any one teacher knows about. Testing, pep assemblies, student government, and club activities are all important parts of the school experience. As a teacher, it’s important to be flexible in rearranging plans .Good communication and good planning on the teacher’s part is a temptation to ensure that students are getting the full educational and social experience of school. Schools are comprised of the people in the community. As a teacher, it’s important to understand the community of which the students are a part of. A teacher has a professional obligation to make such students understand the scope and importance of higher studies for the reasons that the students enrolled in schools have to pursue higher studies in colleges and universities.
When most of the students for one reason or the other don’t understand the value of education, the teachers are tempted to make them understand the real advantages of education. A teachers has a professional and moral students to make such students aware about their futures and ultimate goals and while guiding them through their education route teachers find students tending to become doctors , engineers, lawyers, teachers, politicians, journalists and corporate players in the contemporary society. Now are the times when teachers find themselves obliged to update the students about different kinds of career opportunities available within and outside the state and in the process students come to know about the ideal ways of education they need to be successful in those careers. So by all standards of understandabilities the teachers have a professional and moral obligation to open different lines of communication with all the students and as well as the parents. By all means the teachers have to explore all possibilities for tutoring and extra help. After the last year’s unrest in Kashmir classroom teaching has become a challenge for the teachers who have to offer students extra tutoring. All depends how seriously the teachers tend to take up the challenges for reviving the ailing educational system.