Having realised how different our perspectives are (with regards to teaching), I decided to play the role of a ‘guide in the shadows’. For starters, I knew that my teaching methods were not entirely wrong. But more importantly, I valued different approaches to a task and refused to agree to chores that saw no significance. Needless to say, my ambitions of being an educator were beginning to look bleaker than ever before. Does it irk the seniors that my methods are non-conventional? Have I truly been teaching the students the ‘wrong’ material? Doesn’t my experience in the field account for something worthwhile? The questions ceased to end.
After being a silent faculty at the institute, I was amazed to see how some students still sought my advice and suggestions related to their projects. The discussions were an interesting combination of debates, jokes, and indeed learning. What would often begin as a short enquiry, ended up becoming a an-hour long conversation about smart journalism.
Clearly, I hadn’t failed in its entirety. Teaching had soon become more than a career option. It was my source of joy and satisfaction. The idea – of being able to guide and share your experiences with those who wish to excel in life – gave a sense of completeness.
Soon, I was on the hunt for a few more teaching opportunities whilst continuing my day job. A few had come by my way. Each of them taught me more than the walls of my office could, especially those at Dayanand Sagar University, Bengaluru.
(..to be continued)