We spoken about the gifts that children can give their teachers, we have discussed what important life lessons teachers can impart to your children and we have even discussed the many ways to celebrate teachers day this year. But all this is only from a parent’s point of view. What about how the most important person on Teacher’s day celebrates – the teacher herself? So, this year we spoke to a teacher to young children to find out how she celebrates this special day, and what inspired her to become a teacher in the first place! Sneha Kathpal, a grade 1 teacher from a well known international school in Mumbai spoke to us, about the kind of lessons she hopes to impart to the children she teaches and how she tries to instil a sense of confidence and joy in learning something new everyday!
Here are some excerpts from that conversation:
1. What inspired you to become a teacher?
My passion for teaching young minds inspired me to become a teacher. I love making a difference in the lives of my students. Making them realize the importance of being a life long learner and instilling in them a love for learning is a magical feeling. I enjoy the fact that I am responsible for shaping them into thinkers who will be ready to face anything that comes their way.
2.How do you typically celebrate teacher’s day?
I celebrate teachers day doing what I love- teaching! I also reflect on the role my teachers played in my life. I use this day to talk to my kids about how our parents are our biggest teachers and how our own mistakes teach us so much.
3. What are some of the special moments you have had on teacher’s day?
Teacher’s Day is a very special day for me. My students and their parents use this day to shower love, blessings and appreciation on me, which only strengthens my passion and love for teaching. It helps me feel more assured about my goals.
4. What makes teachers day special for you?
By celebrating my achievements on teacher’s day, I become more and more determined about teaching my little ones and making a difference in the lives of as many as I can.
5. A message for children on teacher’s day
Each one of you is special! Love yourself and remember that your teacher is a teacher only because she loves teaching you!