Robert Frost once said, "I am not a teacher, but an awakener."
These words have always spoken to me on an innate level. Education today is not what it was ten years ago. It is clear that the ethos of modern education need a radical change. I have seen education and educators evolve to match pace with the changing times. Over the years, I have realised that outstanding teachers do not possess special skills, but rather inspire their students and give them enough space to become the best version of themselves.
The standard approach to education has been to grade and try to fit them into boxes. Recent years have seen a shift from this methodology. At APS Akhnoor, we realise that there is no ‘one-size fits all’ mould. Every day, we try to change the rules of the game - if our school is filled with students who are shaped like circles, stars and hearts, we have to build circle, star and heart shaped holes. Our goal is to nurture them, embrace their differences and provide them the tools they need to excel at what they choose.
Edison has taught us that great success is built on perseverance. At APS, we have created a safe space where our students can make mistakes, learn from each other and embrace their vulnerabilities in ways that make them more mature, confident, and strong.
"The questions are always more important than the answers." - Randy Pausch
We teach our students to be curious, to ask questions and seek answers. It is on the quest for answers that they learn the most important life lessons. This gives them the confidence to be better in all aspects of their life. In these uncertain times, it becomes all the more necessary to equip our students with the essential skills not just to succeed academically but to be better human beings - to be responsible citizens. The most rewarding aspect of teaching is to be a witness to the development and growth of our students and watch them blossom from children into brave and successful young adults. Our goal is to change lives and make the world a better place - one student at a time.
"When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind. –
(ARMY PUBLIC SCHOOL AKHNOOR)