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  • The classroom of 21st century

    The relationship between a student and a teacher is organic and an ever-evolving process. Since its focus remains on how an ideal student should be or how he should behave. We use the example of Eklavya as an ideal student however we need to have a 360° view of the circumstances. It is high time that we introspect about the kind of environment needed for the evolution of an ideal student or the expectations an ideal student has from a school or an institute.

    When I look at myself and my school and the milieu that we have created at KPS, for me which is one of the top 10 schools in Ghaziabad and in-fact is one of the best international schools in Ghaziabad. I certainly feel a sense of fulfillment because I believe that there exists an ideology which I am sure is missing in majority of the institutes, many of which are established brands. It is or as I call it ‘Two Way Expectation Setting’ rather than the traditional ‘One Way Expectation Setting’ around the walls of the institute.

    The Blog is not about me or how I feel about the place however it’s about a broader spectrum that I want to touch upon.

    Dronacharya and Eklavya, I believe were two understanding individuals who strived hard to understand each other beyond a teacher and a student relationship, this tradition however got diluted in the times that followed them, however now in the 21st century where a 13 year old is smarter, more aware and interactive, he/she feels more, does more, expects more and realizes a lot more from his/her teachers.

    In such circumstances, I believe that a school has a very crucial role in setting expectations of both its teachers and students and must be forthcoming in doing so, and along with setting the expectations between teachers and students and vice versa. An understanding of the expectations that the new age student from classroom of the 21st century has from the school is also extremely important and critical.

    a. The Guru – As I earlier mentioned that the student now feels more, and realizes much more, a teacher should look at the student not just as a student but as a personality, who not only looks at the teacher as a body of knowledge but also as someone who can be his best friend, mentor and a counselor because that’s how the expectations have now evolved.
    b. Imbibing modernity and tradition – long gone are the days, when the interaction of a student was limited to his teacher and a few friends whom he only met within the walls of the class. Now, technology is deep rooted in our lives and hence our daily life which has taken our interaction beyond the walls of the school and also has made it wider. We use mobile phones, I- Pads, computers, laptops andinternet on a daily basis and luckily none of them are any longer considered to be luxury however have become necessities.
    Stopping the use of the same, can never be the solution, a student today expects that the school understands how important and necessary it has become for the students to be hands on with it (technology), only when this understanding results into co-operation a student can grow through the usage of the same in a more informative and beneficial way as stopping/banning only results in the generation of a ego which then becomes difficult to handle.

    c. Looking beyond the extra co-curricular activity- We have always been pushed and asked to be more participative in the extra activities that take place in the school because it definitely helps in giving us the “Ideal personality development” but now is the time where we understand the importance of social activities. The students have changed their thinking ability and their behavior patterns have also evolved. It is the time where the school should understand the important of social circle that even a 13 year old holds, because 21st century classrooms have become more social and the same needs to be respected.

    It is very important for the schools to introduce social activities so that its students realize the importance of code of conduct that one must carry in different social environments.

    Last but not the least , a student of the 21st century classroom has become technologically more advanced, hence blackboards should now be e- boards, books must be e- books, and class should be e- class, because learning should not happen only between 7-3 but should be a continuous process; a 24*7 activity.

    Children are no more interested in mugging up, rote learning is no more the fashion, We must look beyond the learning factor and learn not just books but much more than that, and who better than the schools who can fulfill this!

    I am sure, that each student and teacher can be a perfect duo like Eklavya and Dronacharya, if the expectations are understood with utmost cooperation and treated as a two way activity!
    Happy learning!

    A student from the classroom of the 21st century,
    Araf Saifi
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