When I saw Mr. Basu for the first time in my Literature class, my instant reaction was, “who appointed him as a teacher?” You see, it’s about the way he sheepishly found his way to his desk; tired and uninterested in the charms of the youth there. I was confirmed that the next one hour is going to be pallid. So, I started doing my favorite thing; writing my name in different fonts and sizes. I paid only an impulsive attention to him. Yes, he did make sense but I guess I was really put-off by his slouched and underprivileged presentation by now. I remember it was the 3rd or the 4th class that I realized that he, in fact, is enlightening!
In my second job as a teacher, I went through a train-the-teacher program. The concepts that instantly made me nostalgic:
- Enter the class like a lion would. Believe that you own the territory. They made everybody practice this over and over!
- Have an expression of chic confidence. Captivate them with your elegance.
- Greet them the way you are welcomed at a five star hotel.
- If meeting for the first time, design an engaging platform for introductions.
- Introduce the objective(s) of the session so plainly that the results are easily envisioned.
Mr. Basu is still one of my most favorite teachers.