In love with the noble profession of teacher, our protagonist has been more than 10 years practicing as a teacher in countries such as India, the United Kingdom, and Spain. We talk about Mr. Richard Michael, our G7 Homeroom Teacher and social studies expert who has been with us for 2 years. In that time, he has amply demonstrated his professionalism, his passion for this profession, and his quality as a teacher and person. One more pillar of our fantastic team of teachers that we would like you to know a little more
Why did you want to be a teacher?
Having more than a decade now that I have worked overseas in three different countries like India, United Kingdom and Spain, and I think human life is in constant oscillation and deeply involved in communicating experiences through our stories and presence. In some ways that makes us all lifelong learners because every moment we are experiencing something that results in awareness or observation. I observed this tool constantly in my life happening and I wanted to transmit this learning tool to students in the schools. That’s the spark which led me to become a teacher. As you can see in my email signature that says ¨ teaching, educating & learning pursuits you to happiness¨.
How important is it in your methodology to let the students learn by doing?
I teach social studies which involves quite practical exposures apart from theory oriented classes. Students who physically experience scientific concepts understand them more deeply and score better on tests. The question that I ask myself is, what and how they have learnt it? Those students who experience/ face difficult science concepts learn them better, perform better in class after project work and games, and on quizzes, as well. I believe cent percent in model type projects and practical exposures.
You work teaching students, but what have you learned working with them?
Yes, definitely if you ask this question to any teacher in this profession they would say a big YES. My make belief quote is that teaching, educating and learning prevails in this noble profession. I am in this profession of teaching for about 7 long years now, and every time when I go to teach a class I am learning also. I am trying consistently and how to represent, interpret, summarize and rethink about the whole concept. I wish to teach or rather inspire my students in a specific period of time assigned to me.
What would you highlight about the education given at Gresol?
The children that we teach in our international school often go on to live successful lives and in helping them recognize the values of seeing the bigger picture that is our planet and what they can do to help will hopefully guide them in making the right choices later in life. From a personal perspective, I know these children can have much more of an impact than what I can ever have. Right now the education here in Gresol has a clear cut vision and mission for the students.
If you have to explain to parents why they should bring their children to Gresol, what would you say?
Education is the base platform for Gresol or for any other schools, but Gresol will stand one step ahead in this place that when a young children who grow with a secure and healthy attachment to their teachers stand a better chance of developing happy and content relationships with others in their life. Definitely our students get this attachment in their families, and in Gresol we cultivate them to make sure they get the right balance.