Get Inspired and Change To Be That Better Teacher
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Nothing can be truer than these words.
We Athenas have been trending about inspiring change.
What is life without change?
All of us find ourselves at crossroads during various moments in our life. The question always remains. Do I take the path that is well trodden or the path that is less travelled?
I would like to share with you all one such crossroad that I faced in my life.
I am sure many of you would have found yourself in such if not similar situations.
I found myself the mother of two children who were becoming independent of me as days went by. Where I never had time now I found myself with hours at hand and did not know what to do. The friends with whom I lost contact as I was busy being a mother were also busy with their lives. I did not get back to my old career. An idle mind is a devil’s workshop. I never really understood it before.
My children go to a Montessori school and I landed myself in a elementary course that was offered there. The first day during the orientation when I came to know about the grueling work schedule (If I had invested in the same kind of effort that I invested for this course, during my school and college days may be I would have become an IAS officer), I wanted to quit, but better sense prevailed and I decided to give it a shot.
The first session of the course I met Carla, one of the faculties who had come down from all the way from Norway to train us. She ignited that spark in me, inspired me. The secrets of universe revealed themselves to me through her voice, volcanoes erupted in the class, Algebra was no more a cobra and the nuances of English pranced around me. The passion and interest that she brought into every single lesson inspired me to finish the course and be like her —A person who finds happiness when her students succeed, a guide who travels the path with you but lets you make the discoveries and revels in it.
She inspired me and changed me. No more do I walk by a flower without wondering whether it is a monocot or dicot or wonder at the marvel of squaring. The spark was ignited but to keep that spark alive and to keep it burning was in my hands. There are days when there are thirty two energetic eleven and twelve year old jumping around me and when everything that could go wrong goes wrong. I work hard at keeping that spark alive so that I can bring the same joy, which I discovered in learning with Carla, to the children whom I work with and who look up to me.
That spark alone was not enough; I had to keep it alive by feeding that spark through my drive. In life many incidents, people inspire you to change but it’s up to you to make that change meaningful.
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Amelia Earhart