The kid was just learning to answer subjective questions in his third language class. There were spelling mistakes in every other word in the answer; even in the words that were in the question itself. I tried to help him saying that it’s just like Fill in the Blanks; half the answer is already there in the question… just fill in the missing parts.
For example Q: भारत के पहले प्रधानमंत्री कौन थे ? (Who was the first Prime Minister of India?)
A: भारत के पहले प्रधानमंत्री …….. थे|(The first Prime Minister of India was ………)
I am positive that he didn’t listen to a word I said.😏
A month down, he comes back from school and announces “My teacher taught us an easy trick to answer questions.” 👦
“What trick?” I ask
He says “She told us that…..half the answer is already there in the question….see”!!
I protest saying ” But, I told you this ages ago…”
“No, you didn’t. My teacher told me this.”
Why argue? Such is the power of a teacher. 🤷♀️There are many such instances, here’s another one…
When the kid started writing with a pen, I kept telling him to use a pencil for his drawings. He would’t change, it was less time consuming for him to draw with the pen. On one Maths test, as I was looking over the answer sheet the teacher sent home, I saw a red circle around a number line that he had drawn and marked in ink. I asked him what mistake he had made?
He answered sheepishly “No mistake; the teacher cut marks for drawing the number line with a pen, she wanted me to do the drawings in pencil.”
And never again has he resorted to a pen for drawings; he always reaches out for the pencil ✏️.
Once bitten, twice shy !!
5 September is the birthday of Dr. S Radhakrishnan, India’s 1st Vice-President and 2nd President; but he is arguably more famous on account of Teachers’ Day being celebrated on his birthday.
A big Thank you to all the teachers and Happy Teachers’ Day 🎉
Till next post, take care !!