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The small pleasures of teaching…

The small pleasures of teaching…

It was a drizzly Saturday morning and I was all set to take class at my centre Karpagavalli Vidyalaya School, Mylapore. I handle a batch of naughty cute juveniles. The class began with an activity where some words would be written out on the blackboard, the kids were supposed to read them aloud and form sentences using each word. This was basically to test if the kids can read words in English. To my surprise the entire bunch was brilliant!!

While the class was going smoothly I noticed a little boy (the tiniest of all) who was trying to imitate me. For a while, I ignored him, but later I had to warn him. Despite my warning, he continued, so I finally had to punish him by sending him out. It is a rule in my class that all those punished will have to remain silent for 15 minutes to rejoin their buddies.

It was past time and I called the little boy inside, but he refused to! When I went to him and explained why he was punished, he did not say a word! I began to worry as I didn’t want him to feel disturbed and develop an aversion towards me, because I knew he always wanted to be in my class. I sent a couple of his friends to convince him but he still stood like a stone. Having known him for nearly five months now, I knew that he sought attention. So, I decided to leave him alone and continued with the class. I noticed that every now and then, he would cutely peep in to see what’s going on and when I’d look he’d hide away. This hide and seek game went on for a while after which I noticed he just sneaked in like a small rat into the class and sat at his place. I was in tears of joy when he told me that he didn’t want to miss the class and the activity that we were doing.

Towards the end of the class he was asked to make a sentence with the word “so” and the sentence he made was “I was talking in the class and so my teacher punished me.” I was in high spirits after hearing that and realised that I am in the right place doing what I love.

I grab this opportunity to thank Bhumi once again for letting me have such wonderful memories. I hope all those passionate about teaching and “Making a Difference” have such motivating experiences in their classes too because the feeling I am undergoing cannot be explained in words! Also my passion towards teaching is burgeoning with such small incidents in class and I am gaining a lot of positive energy, which is in turn helping me give the best! 🙂

– Preethi Shankaran

31 Comments
  • Karthick Vijayakumar
    Posted at 09:13h, 05 November Reply

    Good job ………

  • Karthick Vijayakumar
    Posted at 14:43h, 05 November Reply

    Good job ………

  • Mallieswaran
    Posted at 16:47h, 05 November Reply

    Awesome! Very inspiring to see ur class and the kids 🙂

  • Mallieswaran
    Posted at 22:17h, 05 November Reply

    Awesome! Very inspiring to see ur class and the kids 🙂

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:58h, 05 November Reply

    So cute!! 😀 🙂

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 22:28h, 05 November Reply

    So cute!! 😀 🙂

  • Sadiyazarrin
    Posted at 13:48h, 07 November Reply

    Grt job Preethi !!!

  • Sadiyazarrin
    Posted at 19:18h, 07 November Reply

    Grt job Preethi !!!

  • G.Gopalan
    Posted at 06:19h, 08 November Reply

    Preethi

    This is Gopalan Trsute of the school. First of all congrats to Bhumi and bunch of young volunteers who are devoting your week end at our school.

    As you rightly said and noticed these students look for attention,love and guidance which is lacking at their home. If proper trainning given certainly they will turn out as a good citizen tomorrow and I thank you all for the nice work you carry out. In fact at your age we never had an oppurtunity or even thought about serving the society.

    Regard .G.Gopalan

    • Preethi
      Posted at 10:55h, 08 November Reply

      Dear sir,
      Thanks a lot for your encouraging comment 🙂 Seeing all this I am even more excited to help the kids 🙂 I should also thank you for being very supportive and ready to provide us with anything that we volunteers ask for 🙂 It’s completely my pleasure to be with KV sir 🙂

    • Prahalathan
      Posted at 11:04h, 08 November Reply

      Thank You Gopalan Sir for all your support. We hope through Bhumi many more young men and women would be able to make a meaningful difference to more and more children at your school and at other places.

  • G.Gopalan
    Posted at 11:49h, 08 November Reply

    Preethi

    This is Gopalan Trsute of the school. First of all congrats to Bhumi and bunch of young volunteers who are devoting your week end at our school.

    As you rightly said and noticed these students look for attention,love and guidance which is lacking at their home. If proper trainning given certainly they will turn out as a good citizen tomorrow and I thank you all for the nice work you carry out. In fact at your age we never had an oppurtunity or even thought about serving the society.

    Regard .G.Gopalan

    • Preethi
      Posted at 16:25h, 08 November Reply

      Dear sir,
      Thanks a lot for your encouraging comment 🙂 Seeing all this I am even more excited to help the kids 🙂 I should also thank you for being very supportive and ready to provide us with anything that we volunteers ask for 🙂 It’s completely my pleasure to be with KV sir 🙂

    • Prahalathan
      Posted at 16:34h, 08 November Reply

      Thank You Gopalan Sir for all your support. We hope through Bhumi many more young men and women would be able to make a meaningful difference to more and more children at your school and at other places.

  • Dheeraj Kumar
    Posted at 10:36h, 08 November Reply

    Good Job preethi 🙂

  • Dheeraj Kumar
    Posted at 16:06h, 08 November Reply

    Good Job preethi 🙂

  • Syed Mudassar
    Posted at 11:44h, 08 November Reply

    🙂

  • Syed Mudassar
    Posted at 17:14h, 08 November Reply

    🙂

  • S Sabareesan
    Posted at 11:52h, 08 November Reply

    Great Job Preethi…Way to go..!!

  • S Sabareesan
    Posted at 17:22h, 08 November Reply

    Great Job Preethi…Way to go..!!

  • Anbuphy
    Posted at 14:33h, 08 November Reply

    nice

  • Anbuphy
    Posted at 20:03h, 08 November Reply

    nice

  • Sivani
    Posted at 03:57h, 09 November Reply

    hi preethi… the way u ‘ve narrated hw u feel is awesome… reading this i was able to imagine hw the naugthy boy behavied… am sure when ppl read this they will get inspired by ur words… and would definitely want/wish to ‘ve such experience…

    • Preethi
      Posted at 12:16h, 09 November Reply

      Thanks shivani . I guess you’re a new volunteer I wish you all the very best to have a MADexperience here 😀

  • Sivani
    Posted at 09:27h, 09 November Reply

    hi preethi… the way u ‘ve narrated hw u feel is awesome… reading this i was able to imagine hw the naugthy boy behavied… am sure when ppl read this they will get inspired by ur words… and would definitely want/wish to ‘ve such experience…

    • Preethi
      Posted at 17:46h, 09 November Reply

      Thanks shivani . I guess you’re a new volunteer I wish you all the very best to have a MADexperience here 😀

  • haripriya Ramesh
    Posted at 12:50h, 10 November Reply

    good job preethi!!!!

  • haripriya Ramesh
    Posted at 18:20h, 10 November Reply

    good job preethi!!!!

  • Sudhindra Naidu
    Posted at 10:50h, 13 November Reply

    Hey this is really cute. Well what can i say, kids are the real angels of joy that god has sent from above…….what they do is something out of this world and makes us feel that “Its all not lost……there is hope”. Miss Preethi Shankaran…..Good job. Keep up the good will and keep posting things about “Making a Difference”………and as of now ……you are…..bye

  • Sudhindra Naidu
    Posted at 16:20h, 13 November Reply

    Hey this is really cute. Well what can i say, kids are the real angels of joy that god has sent from above…….what they do is something out of this world and makes us feel that “Its all not lost……there is hope”. Miss Preethi Shankaran…..Good job. Keep up the good will and keep posting things about “Making a Difference”………and as of now ……you are…..bye

  • sujiths
    Posted at 16:10h, 30 July Reply

    “I was talking in the class and so my teacher punished me”.

    Now thats the proof you have for your achievement.. all the best 🙂

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