Changing your attitude if you don’t already have the right one is essential, especially when you’re a teacher. This article narrates an incident that took place when I delivered personality development classes at Subharti University, Meerut. It shows how having a positive attitude can impact your students and also, you as a teacher.
It was 2010.
A private software-training company based out of Noida hired me to conduct personality development classes for B. Tech students in Subharti Institute of Technology and Engineering (SITE), Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.
10th March: I was on my way to the college along with one female teacher in the cab.
She asked me, “Sir, it’s your first day, what do you have in mind? I mean, what will you teach today?”
“I would like to meet my students first, and only then can I create my strategy.”
“Well, it’s your first day, and I have been teaching them for the last four months. Believe me when I say it’s no use putting much effort with these students.”
“How could you say that?” I was curious.
“Sir, these kids are impossible. You see, they come from rural areas, their IQ is quite low, and they have no respect for teachers. No matter how much money their parents spend on their education, they will ultimately do ‘kheti-baadi’ (agriculture work) only. I suggest you somehow pass the time with them.”
Her attitude was shocking.
I smiled and replied “That does not mean I should pass the time. As a teacher, I need to help my students by sharing some useful information in the best way possible.”
“But Sir, Why Put So Much of Effort?”
“The very first thing to understand is that I am not doing them any favour. The students are paying me, and so it is my responsibility to train them in personality development and help them improve their soft-skills.”
“I am not interested in commuting daily for about 75 kilometres all the way from Delhi to Meerut to pass the time. Had passing time been my motto, I would have done that in a park in Delhi. There are so many of them in my neighbourhood.”
“I’ll leave no stone unturned to see my students grow as confident individuals. And please excuse me for being so blunt, but you need to change your attitude. With this kind of attitude, I doubt if you’re doing any good to the students or yourself.”
Then after several days, she requested me to accompany me to one of my personality development classes.
The following is what she always used to say:
“How do you pass time sir? What do you teach them for 50 minutes? I get restless after merely 20 minutes.”
She was curious about how I was managing to “pass” time. I took her to one of my classes. She was there the whole time. Eventually, She found out I wasn’t passing the time.
Want to change the world around you? Change your attitude.