The Peoples Chronicle
(b) Teacher’s Role
The teacher as an academician and facilitator of learning
Th. Babu Singh, Retd. Textbook officer, SCERT
The teacher today has to perform increasingly multi-faced roles. Till yesterday, the teacher’s major role was to assign, interrogate, review, reward and punish, emphasis was placed on memorization of facts and bits of information through rote learning.
Today, the teacher’s role is far more complex. He has to plan his lesson in advance – sometimes as the night before. In the class room phase, decisions are made regarding curriculum content, teaching method, materials and media and classroom management, and some, based on intuitive judgement, are made instantaneously as the teaching- learning is in progress. Outside the classroom, the teacher checks the pupils’ homework; grades papers; attends meetings; fills out records and reports. Confers with parents; guide students; or supervises pupil’s out-of-class activities.
The Teacher as an Academician
The teacher’s role most often associated with teaching is that of an academician or director of learning. As a result of his daily work, professional study, parental and community expectations of him, the teacher tends to stress the cognitive aspects of learning. This is the most important element in the teaching-learning process.
Judging Pupil’s Achievement
As an academician, the teacher is expected to perform a very complicated role. He is to judge pupil’s achievement. The teacher judges pupil’s work and communicates his judgements to them daily. It is not necessary that he should make use of grades while conveying his judgements. He can use such expressions or comments as “very good Tomba” or “Well done, Geeta. I see you know your subject.” These causal evaluations may be supplemented by more formal one by checking homework, grading assignments, quarterly examination, class test and so on.
By evaluating performance, the teacher also establishes certain learning and behavior goals in the classroom. In fact, the academic standards of a classroom are set by the teacher.
The Teacher as the Source of Knowledge
Every teacher is a professional expert or a moving encyclopedia on his subject. He is trained for his profession. As a professionally competent person, the teacher decides what information and skill are important. Accordingly, he selects the desirable items to teach within the curriculum. The teacher acts as the source-head of knowledge to be imparted to. In this regard, the teacher’s own knowledge of the subject-matter is a vital factor for determining what to teach in the classroom.
The Teacher as Facilitator of Learning
Another important role to be played by a teacher is that of a facilitator of learning. The ideal purpose of the teacher’s guidance is to enable his pupils to eventually learn on their own with little or no help from the teacher. In fact, the best teaching, in effect, is one in which the teacher becomes eventually dispensible as soon as possible. This goal requires the teacher to place responsibility and learners and to develop the students’ capacities to work on their own. In this context, the success of the teacher is measured in terms of what students do when the teacher is not present.
A teacher is supposed to discharge numerous duties mentioned as under:-
1. Planning the curricular and co-curricular Programme
2. Organising (implementing) the prorgramme.
3. Supervising and guiding the students
4. Maintenance of cumulative records etc.
5. Evaluating the achievement of the pupils
7. Maintaining relations with pupils, colleagues, principal/headmaster, parents and community for effective education
1. Planning the curricular and Co-curricular Programme. Every teacher is supposed to be incharge of some curricular and co-curricular programme. For effective carrying on this programme, he should plan it well and in advance, divide the syllabus into weekly and monthly units and plan it according to the time available, fix date and time for the co-curricular activities, decide about the students who will take part, the person who will preside etc.
2. Organising the Programme. A teacher has to organize the various activities and programmes for which he is responsible. He has to make proper seating arrangement, arrange the audio-visual aids organize the instructional work, prepare the home-work assignment and arrange their effective checking.
3. Supervision and Guiding the Pupils. The teacher has to ensure regular attendance and regular work, detect irregular and truant pupils. He has to check the practical and written work and supervised study (By Supervised study, it means the supervision by the teacher of a group or a class of pupils as they work at their desks or around their tables) of the pupils and guide them according to their needs. He has to supervise the co-curricular activities and help and guide them in proper selection. He has also to supervise the broaders.
4. Maintenance of Cumulative Records etc. The teacher has to maintain the cumulative records of his wards and keep them up-to-date with all sorts of needed information.
5. Evaluating the Achievement of the Pupils. After all sorts of curricular and co-curricular programmes have been carried on, he must evaluate the achievement of the pupils, diagnosed weaknesses, spot light brightnesses and offer guidance in the light of achievements. For this purpose, he has to conduct weekly, fortnightly, monthly and terminal tests, score papers, tabulate results, help in the determination of policies of promotion and prepare results. The teacher must be fully conversant with the latest technique of evaluation.
6. Reporting. When the achievement of the pupils has been assessed and the position of the child ascertained, the parents must be kept informed.
Maintaining Relations. The teacher has to maintain good relations with the pupils, colleagues, principal/head master, parents and community for effective education of the children.
Thamsing Lamkang, Sports Resource Center, Dmp.
Many love sports; sports have no age limit or any gender restriction. Sports have no limits to cross other boundaries. Through sports one can develop friendships so that change takes place!
Sport is a unique tool and laboratory for the spiritual growth and discipling especially the youngsters. “Sports and Recreation” is an avenue that can bring the biggest number of people together. The Bible says that Jesus was compassionate as He saw the crowd. And today sports attract the biggest number of people to involve, to pull the crowd’s easiest way. What would Jesus do-what would you do?
The sports ministry or mission was BORN to FULFILL JESUS order to ‘GO’ and preach the gospel to all mankind, so that many will ‘COME’ to the knowledge of God. Jesus didn’t tell us just to go, He commanded all the believers to go with the purpose of making Jesus Christ known to others. “It is not about you, it is not about sports or about the church, but it is all about Him, Christ Jesus alone”. The word ‘GO’ is written 1514 times in the whole Bible, 233 times in New Testament, and in gospel of Matthew alone it is written 54 times.
Whenever the expression of Sport Ministry is used, there seems to be wide diversity of opinion over the meaning of that term sport ministry. But for clear clarification and communication, it is imperative that there is an agreement on what is meant by Sport Ministry as the best tool for a change.
The church should realize that we can’t do discipleship and evangelism only from the church pulpit. We should always remind ourselves that only believers and good people come to Church. What about the non-church goers, drug addicts, alcoholics and the other non-believers? They will never come to church unless the church goes out to reach them wherever they are.
How can they hear the gospel, unless someone tells them? And how can anyone tell them without being sent? The scriptures say it is a beautiful sight to see even the feet of someone coming to preach the Good News?” Rom.10:14-15.
The Church is Jesus’ followers called out from the ways of the world to the ways of the Kingdom. His followers have been given the Spirit of Jesus John 20:21-22 to continue the mission of Christ to establish the Kingdom of God on earth in the hearts, lives and through the obedience of his followers (sometimes described as: "to bring heaven to earth!"). “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known …” Eph.3:10.
The church is described as the Bride with Jesus being the Bridegroom. The people in the church are described as the body of Christ 1Cor.12:26-28. Jesus explained to Peter that he would play an important part in Jesus’ work in building his church. “… I will build my church and the gates of hell will not overcome it” Matt.16:18. It is the work of every believer to serve the growth and health of the body of Christ, the church, and the local expression of it. The church is the people of God and not a physical building. While differences over time have led to many denominations, the Bible explains that there is only one worldwide and universal church. In sport ministry, we serve the local church and seek to encourage unity and partnering between them. This reflects Jesus’ prayer for all believers, “That they may be one” John 17:22.
Within the church are many roles: “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” Eph.4:11-13. We seek to hold up the Biblical pattern that all members of the church have an active role to play and are given gifts by God. Indeed all are priests. “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” 1Pet.2:9. It is the role of the whole church to keep each other accountable to the words of Scripture. Part of serving and building up the church is helping keep it true to the words of the Bible. It is the building up of the church, the body of Christ that is at the heart of sport ministry.
Serving In and Through Sports
Sport is loved, played and appreciated by men and women of all ages, across cultures, all over the world. Sport can be enjoyed because of God’s gift of physical bodies, but also because he has created us with the gifts, talents and abilities to play sport. Yet, as with all of his created order, sport has been spoilt by sin and therefore needs to be redeemed; this can only happen with God’s help.
Sport is a way of life for so many people. It shapes their time, activity and focus. Within this world, we seek to serve the needs of sports people as well as their families, helping them to become the people that God created them to be. We recognize that elite sports people in particular face unique challenges and serving them in love is a key aspect of this movement. Sport is a wonderful, universal language that is fun, challenging, competitive and relational. For these reasons, it provides a powerful way of connecting people with one another whatever their age, gender or background. This helps create an environment where evangelism, discipleship, leadership development and even church planting can occur.
Sport adds to the unique style and strength of sport ministry movement. For example, the knowledge of team sports informs our understanding of the importance of teams in ministry. A champion team is often made up of players working together, serving each other and working in unity with a common purpose. This understanding can help the church live out Kingdom principles with each believer playing their part. On the field of play, all are equal and all are valuable. Sport is active and involves the whole person. This is how we have the potential to live as disciples, loving and serving God with our heart, soul, mind and strength.
Practical Steps Through Sports:
We serve “in” and “through” sport.
We serve “in” the world of sport by:
1. Valuing sport. Since God gave us the abilities to develop sport, we should maximize these abilities with responsibility, elevating each other to higher performance and greater joy for the common good of society and the glory of God!
2. Valuing all sport structures, creating the environment for sport. We pray for them and serve them by getting involved so that the governance of sport will be to the benefit of all.
3. Caring and serving sports people and their families. Our service is based on our love for theperson and not the value of his performance. Wewant to take care of the holistic development ofsport people and would therefore serve them towardsmaturity in Christ.
We serve “through” sport by: Understanding that sport is a powerful global language that enables us to build relationships through playing sport and providing sports opportunities. This creates a great platform to:
1. Proclaim the Gospel
2. Develop Discipleship
3. Take the church outside the 4 walls through sport to impact society.
1. We strive to redeem sport:
Since human beings are sinful, all the creations of our hands and minds are sinful and thus need redemption. We endeavor to redeem sport by
a. Training sport people in having positive relationships with team players and competitors.
b. Creatively developing the quality of sport, sport structures and administration, sport rules and all the different aspects making up the world of sport.
c. Life coaching sport people to represent God in all their behavior and to glorify Him through success and failure and general participation.
2. Sport is about people:
Understand that the people of sport are people! They may be high-performance athletes, elite players, celebrities or completely unknown passionate sports people. They need our love and care. Don’t put them on a pedestal, because God doesn’t. When you are given opportunities to serve, show practical and simple love to them!
In the run up to any elections, to know how a particular party plans to go about fulfilling the aspirations of the people, what are its policies and programmes, what areas and sectors will it emphasize on, is very important for the voter. For this reason parties spend a lot of time and energy in drafting a manifesto, a detailed exposition of its policies and programmes which it intends to carry out once it takes over the reign of governance. It is important for all the parties to be as elaborate as possible, cover every aspect which touches a citizen’s life-political, economic and social. It should make its position clear on issue like women empowerment, environmental degradation, human rights, crimes against women and children, on sustainable and equitable development, besides how it plans to bring about improvement in various important sectors like education, health care basic essential services like drinking water, power supply, road connectivity. How it plans to focus on certain areas so as to strengthen the economy create jobs for the lakhs of educated unemployed youth, among other things. But it is important for the political parties not in indulge in false and empty promises meant only to fool the voters, they should not make any promise which either it has no intention or ability to fulfill. In fact, this time around, the Election commission has made it mandatory for political parties to show the financial viability of any scheme or programme which they promise to take up in their election manifestoes. These elaborately drafted manifestoes, free of false promises will and should become an important document for the voters to compare the parties and see which party is most likely to fulfill the aspiration of the public. True democracy will come about only when we elect our candidates on what he stands for, what he intends to do after getting elected to improve the lot of public and not under other considerations of caste, kin, community and region. At the same time, voters should stand up to coercion to vote this way or that and never allow themselves to be enticed by cash or gifts of any kind. In fact, voters rather than being just an impassive public waiting to be wooed by political parties and leaders with their policies and programmes should become proactive and set the agenda for these political parties, point out areas of focus, schemes and project which should be taken up on a priority basis. In this context, the coming together of several CSOs to bring out a People’s Manifesto’ for the coming Lok Sabha election needs to be commended. It gives a glimpse of the issues many people of the state and the region views as important. These issues should exercise the minds of all the political parties in the state which are in fray for the coming Lok Sabha elections and try to incorporate the same in their party’s policy and programmes. It’s is extremely important for political parties to be sensitive to issues which people hold dear, only then will they be able to win the confidence of the public.
07 March 2014:Day-four of the 24th Governor’s Cup Invitation Polo Tournament saw Tekcham Polo Club (A) get their campaign off to a 5-3 winning start against MPSC-C.
Tekcham’s goals came in the second chukker, after S Abungcha Singh put MPSC-C ahead with his 1.21st-minute goal in the first chukker.
As the game moved on to the second chukker, it took only 36 seconds for Th Kaoba to open the scoring and drew level for Tekcham. He added his second after 1.07 minutes to give his side 2-1 lead.
Then M Manihar and M Doren Singh took charge of the third chukker scoring one goal apiece, while the team kept their opponents at bay and consolidated their lead.
In the final chukker, MPSC were close to regaining their lost ground when S Abung Singh again sprang surprises and slotted two goals in, a few minutes after M Tomba Singh gave Tekcham their fifth goal. But unfortunately for the police team, they could not make further headway to overturn the two-goal deficit as Tekcham wrapped up the match with a 5-3 victory.
Tekcham Polo Club (A) riders: M Vivekananda Singh, Y Binaj Singh, Kh Dinesh Singh, Kh Nongpoknganba, S Abungcha Singh and Th Ranjit.
MPSC-C riders: M Doren Singh, Th Kaoba Singh, M Manihar Singh, Kh Tombi Singh, M Tomba Singh and O Rojer Singh.
07 March 2014:Imphal Volleyball tournaments were conducted by 44 Assam Rifles of 10 Sector AR under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) at Sorde and Phungyar villages of Phungyar Sub Division in Ukhrul District, as part of Op Sadbhavana Programme.
The tournaments were organised for both boys and girls teams divided into different categories from nearby villages of the Kamjong Sub Division and Phungyar Sub Division of Ukhrul District. Sorde Youth Club and Govt School Phungyar were the winners of the tournaments conducted in each place. The tournaments received an overwhelming response with many people witnessing this high adrenalin event at each venue which went down to the wires in nail biting ends in both games as the final set decided the winners, PRO IGAR(S) said in a release.
07 March 2014:In a major boost to the state BJP, Maibam Dhanbir, son of MLA Maibam Kunjo of Manipur Pradesh Trinamool Congress (MPTC) has joined the party. This was announced by BJP Manipur Pradesh President Thounaojam Chaoba, Friday.
Addressing a press conference at BJP office at Nityaipat Chuthek, Chaoba said that son of sitting MLA Maibam Kunjo has joined BJP along with around 5000 workers. Besides him, retired Education Director, Th Samungou from Wangkhei A/c and Chief Advisor of Kom Tribe Union Lalkhopao Kom from Henglep A/c have also joined the party recently.
Welcoming their decision to join the party, Chaoba said that with the joining of such renowned personalities, the party has further gained immense strength and expressed a firm belief that BJP would win both the seats on offer in the state in the ensuing Lok Sabha Election. Chaoba also revealed that besides them, many other renowned persons from the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency will be joining the party in the near future.
Speaking about the ensuing Lok Sabha Election, Chaoba said that there is only a gap of 11 days for Outer poll and 17 days for Inner poll. “Unlike in past elections, this is the shortest time given to candidates for campaign to garner votes from the public”. But he welcomed the decision of ECI and said this would reduce poll related expenditure significantly.
He further stated that the party would cancel its scheduled mass rallies and campaigns, as there is not much time to organise such events. Instead, the party would conduct street corner meetings and road show as a mode of election campaign. Talking about the campaign schedule of the party, he said that the party would organise public meetings at Noney on March 13, Churachandpur on March 14 and Sadar Hills on March 15. Chief Minister of Goa would be joining the public meeting in Churachandpur on March 14, he added.
Meanwhile, an official notification of the party, issued by its President Th Chaoba, has affected change of office bearers of the party. Among the newly appointed office bearers of the party, Th Jadumani from Khangabok and M Rameshwar from Kakching have been appointed as Vice President and State Secretary respectively.
07 March 2014:A 22 years old driver of a Tata Winger, who was abducted by unknown persons after hiring him from North AOC on the pretext of ferrying a patient to a hospital, was found dead at Molvom village under Saikul Police Station at around 10.30 am on Friday.
The victim driver has been identified as Munaf Ali son of Malalim Ali of Sukhanjan village, Bokajan, Assam but presently staying in Uripok. His dead body bore a bullet wound on the right side of his head.
Police source said that villagers informed Kangpokpi PS about the dead body they found at around 10 am. As soon as they got the information, a police team rushed there and found the dead body with the bullet wound on his head. Identity of the dead body was established from the driving license and ID card found in his pocket.
The source further said that he has been missing since February 22 after some unknown persons hired him from Winger parking at North AOC on the pretext of hospitalising a patient. On February 23, Manipur Inter-State Taxi Service Workers Association lodged a complaint at Imphal police station in connection with the missing of Md Muna Ali.
Sources said, on February 23, two unidentified men called up one Chandrakumar Rai of Khakhati, Assam who is said to be the owner of the Tata Winger van, demanding Rs 50 lakhs for the release of the driver and the van bearing registration number AS-09G-6892. After getting a message from Imphal Police, a joint team of Kangpokpi Police and Saparmeina Police recovered the Winger, which belong to the driver from Mongbung village under Saparmeina PS on February 25. The dead body has been kept at RIMS mortuary for post mortem examination.
Meanwhile, handyman of a truck was killed and the driver injured when a Tata Truck carrying timbers met with an accident near Kwatha Lamkhai along the National Highway 2 under Moreh Police Station.
The incident occurred at around 12.30 pm when the truck bearing registration number MN 04A-4197 came from Kwatha Village carrying timbers. The truck hit the slopes of the hill as its brake was not working. The victim handyman has been identified as one Md Warish (21) son of Nahamei from Irong in Thoubal District. Identity of the injured driver could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report.
07 March 2014:NSCN_IM leaders, Isak Chisi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah who left Nagaland four months ago for the national capital with a hope to make a break-through on the Indo-Naga political stale-mate returned home without any discernible progress.
NSCN-IM chairman Isak Chisi Swu and the outfit's general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah are returning to Nagaland from New Delhi on March 9.
Well-placed sources informed Newmai News Network in Dimapur this evening that Swu and Muivah along with ten other NSCN-IM leaders will be landing at Dimapur Airport coming Sunday as the formal talks between the Government of India and the Naga outfit is not possible now due to the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
"However, series of informal meetings were held including with the Indian political leaders during their four months' stay in Delhi," stated the sources.
The last 'informal meeting' between the NSCN-IM leaders and the Government of India representatives was held as recent as last week, added the sources.
Meanwhile, as usual, the two NSCN-IM leaders are expected to meet Naga civil organisations during their stay at Camp Hebron, off Dimapur. Swu and Muivah are likely to remain in Nagaland till June.
Chisi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah left Nagaland for New Delhi on November 19 last year to resume the talks.
07 March 2014:A male teacher's 'advice' to his female students through mobile phone SMS triggered protest rally in Manipur University today which subsequently prompted the Vice- Chancellor of the varsity to take decision for the termination of the said teacher.
Around 1 pm today, girl students of Manipur University in collaboration with the Manipur University Students Union Revival Demand Committee took out a protest rally inside the varsity campus demanding the termination of Dr Yengkhom Shantikumar, (35) of the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, Manipur University.
According to the protestors, Dr Yengkhom Shantikumar, a resident of Kakching Mayai Leikai, Thoubal district used to send SMS to some of his female students advising them to study hard. This became a routine affair for some months. But later on, Dr Shantikumar started sending obscene messages to the girl students. The students did not disclose this to each other thinking she must be the only student receiving such messages and had not enough courage to complain. But gossip about these SMSs started doing the round and the girls realised what Dr Shantikumar have been upto.
After the rally, the protesting girls met the Vice-Chancellor. The VC assured the students that an order to suspend Dr Shantikumar would be issued by 3 pm today and the termination order on Monday. It was not confirmed whether the suspension was already issued by the Vice-Chancellor's office.
07 March 2014:In the wake of reports that Physics paper for AISSCE were made available a day before the exam schedule, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) following confirmation of the leak has decided to re-conduct the test again and cancel the earlier test. Subsequently, CBSE will hold the test on April 2 as per available reports. In addition, an FIR was lodged at the concerned Police department so as to take actions against those involved in leaking the question paper of the important board exam.
Controller of Examination, MC Sharma has notified that the exam of Physics paper would be held again on April 2 at 10: 30 am.
Earlier on Friday, Education Minister M Okendro discussed the matter with CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi and assured him that the government will not sit idle over the disturbing issue.
However, students who had worked hard for the exam that will ultimately decide the course of their carreer have found the decision to re-hold the exam extremely disturbing.
In fact, the state government discussed the matter of bringing all CBSE affiliated schools under scrutiny and proposed framing a common policy for the affiliated schools in the state.
On the other hand, CBSE Chairman had informed that the leaking of Physics paper should be investigated.
As per reports, students had access to leaked question papers on payment of money ranging between Rs3000- 5000. This has made it necessary to conduct the test for the Physics paper once again. The Chairman also informed that an FIR has been lodged to take over the matter.