My understanding of my life’s purpose


1. Who  are you?

My name’s Gyaneshwaran.

2. What do you do?

I teach physics. I like trying to understand the working of the world and help others to understand it too.

3. Who do you do it for?

I do it for my students. I meet them at school.

4. What do they want or need?

They need to understand the subject curriculum and remember it all and apply it to ace the assessments to get into their dream universities.

They need to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open –minded, caring, courageous, balanced and reflective.

They need to develop their communication skills, social skills, research skills, self-management skills, and thinking skills.

5. How do they change as a result?

All my students don’t change to the same extent. I believe I’ve made a positive influence on many of my students. Most students benefited from me when I was teaching in fiitjee. The main reason must be because those students were more receptive to me.

But as a teacher, now I’m thinking that my effectiveness should not be so dependent on the receptiveness of the student. I must make a positive impact on EVERY student irrespective of their state of receptiveness. If they’re not receptive initially, I must find ways to make them more receptive and I should give them what they NEED whether they WANT it or not. If they don’t WANT what they NEED, I must help them to realize their NEEDS so that they will WANT it and then I should help them to fulfil their NEEDS.

They will develop into better individuals and become more proficient in the subject that I teach and do better in the assessments and get into their dream universities and start their promising careers.

I think my students can tell me how they’ve changed as a result of their interaction with me. That will be more authentic and revealing than me trying to guess.

I invite my students to write in the comments, how they’ve changed as a result of my teaching.


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