Sibashis Sir holds a post-graduate degree in Economics from the University of Calcutta and is presently associated with his institution Mentor Classrooms as a faculty member and a part of the core team. In his career as a teacher so far, he’s happy that he could help some of the struggling students do well in their academics solely by making them believe that they could do it.
1. Tell us about yourself. What motivated you to pursue teaching as a career?
What motivated me to pursue this career was the lack of good teachers that became a major problem for me back in my school days. I was weak in a lot of subjects mostly because my teachers couldn’t help me relate the subjects with practical examples. I have seen an increasing tendency amongst some of the teachers to demotivate students with average or below average scores and focus more on students with higher grades, which of course requires less effort by the teachers themselves to help these students (with higher grades) get good marks. I always wanted to help students who faced similar issues.
2. What was your area of interest during graduation? How did you go about developing knowledge in this area?
I did my graduation in Economics with honors from the University of Calcutta and did my post-graduation in the same. Even though my area of expertise lies in Economics, as an individual I am highly inclined towards Mathematics and Statistics as it is used in my domain.
I feel there is not one predefined way to learn a something, but it is important to have an inquisitive mind. If as a student or even as a teacher, you are going to confine yourself within the bounds of a textbook, it is not going to help you develop your knowledge. The access to the internet in today’s world should be used efficiently towards learning. One must read different articles/books on the same topic to gain a better perspective and also explore the various views on the same thing. That certainly widens up your knowledge horizon. Learning requires time and if someone is willing to dedicate that time towards learning, I’m sure developing one’s knowledge base isn’t that hard at all.
3. Would you call your style of teaching unique? How important do you think innovation is in education?
I don’t have a specific approach/style when it comes to teaching. It is extremely important to first assess where the student stands in terms of understanding a particular subject/topic and then go about it. The aim is to make the subject comprehensible to the student’s level of understanding and as a teacher it is my job to ensure that I maintain that level. Once the student is able to understand the basics, going deeper has never been a problem.
Like I said as a teacher you got to adapt and innovate at all times depending upon the requirement of your student. I don’t feel innovation only comes with teaching using high-tech gadgets or projectors, rather a teacher can innovate in the simplest forms even while writing a line on the board which makes the student understand a particular concept in the clearest way possible.
4. Since failure is a part & parcel of life yet not well handled, what is your advice for young adults on facing failure and criticism and building themselves from scratch?
Focus on your abilities and work on what you’re weak at. When your weakness becomes your strength, there is hardly anything that can stop you. Please, do not let anyone demotivate you. Remember, it is a natural human behavior to get attracted towards success and praise them. But we hardly ever realize no one has seen success without a little fall in between. You will see the same people praising you when you reach a better position in your career and that you will! ?.
5. As an inspiration for students, what is the importance you place on pursuing one’s passion? How important is it for children to understand this and parents to encourage it?
Pursue your passion is the last word! If you’re good at something make sure you don’t go off track. I will bring the example of one of my students here. He is in school and is a brilliant cartoonist. He has 42 issues of his own comic which he hid away for many years. I came to know about this from his parents who were at one point really bothered with the way he was performing at school. Later with time as we came to know more about him, he was given the freedom to pursue his passion in arts after his school life was over. He has improved a lot since then. Recently we found out that he has started writing songs, a few of which I have read and all of them were wonderful! It is not just the teacher but it requires combined efforts from friends, family, and mentors to morally uplift someone and lead them in the path of success!
6. With the advent of technology, the increasing use of social media and gadgets is a serious issue with students these days. Do you view this as a problem? If yes, how can teachers/parents mitigate this?
I don’t see the advent of new technologies as a barrier towards the learning process, rather it has opened up the horizon wider than it was. But, that being said, we cannot deny the negative impact that social media has had on our lives. I get on a bus or a metro and I see people looking at their mobile screen at all times. This is also the case when we are at home. Creating a bond within the family and with your close friends is important. The problem is that we use all of these technologies not for our development but as a means of diversion from real life. Use the available technology to your own development and you will see how it helps. Maintaining a balance is of utmost importance in every aspect of life and we should remember that.
As a teacher, I have been able to motivate some of my students away from the issue of misusing technology and directed them towards a better use of it. But is also the responsibility of parents to spend quality time with their kids so as to ensure that kids do not replace the absence of their parents with extensive use of Social media and other platforms.
7. What would be your message to a student who is yet to decide his/her career?
My advice here will be two-fold in nature. First, those of you who have figured out your area of interest, work on those areas. Make sure that you keep learning from each and every encounter with your teachers, your friends, your parents and whosoever it may be. Do not confine yourselves to text books. Read beyond that, buy more books instead of downloading pdf files which is increasingly becoming a habit nowadays and most importantly Love what you Do! That way you can never get tired!
For those who haven’t still figured out your strength, have patience, keep working till you find it in you. Trust me, there will be a point where you will realize what you’re best at. Once you do follow your dreams!
8. How did you come across Pedagoge? What is your take on the services Pedagoge offers?
I am one of the first teachers to have registered on Pedagoge. The team came to meet us at our institution back in 2016 and since then we’ve been like a family. I know quite a few who had previously worked at Pedagoge and I’m still in regular touch with them. The services provided by Pedagoge has been excellent so far. It is convenient for both the teachers and the parents to connect with ease on a well-managed platform. I wish Pedagoge a very good luck and growth in the times to come.
Being one of our first teachers on Pedagoge , you hold a special place in our heart! Thank you for being such an inspiration.
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