I have often felt passionately about elements that are fundamental to our being. I believe that education addresses one of these fundamentals. My drive to teach is fueled by my own experiences with fascination and imagination, which stemmed from the knowledge my education provided me with. I want to bring to children the fascination and imagination I experience.
I’m currently pursuing my bachelor’s degree in neurobiology at UC Davis. Although I find myself drawn to a variety of subjects, I love to teach math, science and visual arts. Through my NGO based in Bangalore, India, I taught 150+ children through 25+ workshops visual arts and craft for over 2 years. I learnt the about the extent of power and influence educators have, and the importance of establishing quality relationships with children.
Overall, my goal is to work hand in hand with children by encouraging them to take the wheel, while I diligently guide them towards their destination.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Current Undergrad, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior (NPB)
Painting, Sketching, Craft Making, Fashion Design, Reading, Debate, Peer Counseling, Psychology
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy for teaching is grounded in 2 principles: 1. Catering to personal needs, differences, and individuality. I believe that when we fail to accomplish an academic goal, we often reason with it by attributing it to a low intelligence quotient or poor smartness. Although these aspects might be situational, I believe that its impact is highly exaggerated. I think that every student has a unique way of absorbing, analyzing, processing, evaluating, and synthesizing information. As a teacher, I must identify these mechanisms in a student and formulate my teaching techniques around it. I strongly believe that every student has qualities that can make them successful. These qualities need to be identified and encouraged. In order to achieve an academic goal, the student's strengths should be capitalized on and used to maximize success. 2. Empowering individuality and creativity. What excites me the most are ideas and imagination. Having been in the education system for the most of my life, a critical aspect I would like to address, as an aspiring educator, is empowering individuality and creativity. Through my teaching mechanisms, I would like to encourage children to think outside of the box, develop new applications of topics, and fully engross themselves in the magic of the subjects they learn. I believe that individuality is our greatest asset, and I would like to harness it.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
An important lesson I learnt from my diploma in teaching skills is that children need to be given authority to determine what they want to learn and how. I understand that covering the syllabus and obtaining good grades are important. But, at the same time, I believe that children should not be forced to make unheeded decisions about their education. Therefore, in my first session, I would have an intensive conversation with the child to understand what they love, how they want to learn, and why they want to learn. I would encourage them to take ownership of their education and embark on the journey of learning by collaborating with me.