Challenges: Bittersweet Life Lessons by Punitha Selvi

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This article is one of the shortlisted stories/essays submitted for Reflections (a writing contest for teachers).

It was the second Saturday of the month of October in the year 2004. This fine day was our open house for parents after the Quarterly Exam. I had parents of 6th to 9th Standard waiting to see me. There was a parent of 9th Standard girl in front of me with my student in tears and with her head down. She has scored 33% in Mathematics, but she is an average student in other subjects. Her father shared her difficulty in Maths while she was in tears and silent.

She was in my remedial class, which was once a week. And I found out that her grasping power was extremely low; so, I started to explain all concepts to her two or three times. Every Friday, she would come to me interested to learn, I would talk to her and give her extra sums. She is a hard worker! In the following tests and exams, she scored 40% to 50% in that class.

In the next academic year (2005 to 2006) she was in 10th Standard but she was not in my remedial class but, I would talk to her often and clear her doubts, give her instructions, appreciate her for her hard work and improvement. Her Mom told me that she used to solve sums day and night and that she got interested because of me. I feel proud to be a teacher. I use to only talk to her whenever she wanted and she needed my help. She got my blessings for her 10th Board exams (very few come for our blessings!) and done. Her marks were amazing and she scored an average of 95% in Math I and II. That was the happiest day for me in my life, next to my both children’s birthdays.

The next academic year in 11th Standard, she took Business Math and did well. Though she was not in my class, she used to see me and I helped her clear her doubts. And in 12th Standard Final exams, she scored 196 out of 200! School Topper in Business Math! She came to see me at my place on May 10th 2008 as soon as the results were out. She gave me a greeting card, which I still have displayed in my hall showcase. I have scanned that card and sent with this mail.
There are some more cases in my life like this, but not as this one. I would still like to adopt any such student every year and do my best to bring out the best in that child. I thank GOD for making me a teacher and pray to continue my services as a teacher.

There are some more cases in my life like this, but not as this one. I would still like to adopt any such student every year and do my best to bring out the best in that child. I thank GOD for making me a teacher and pray to continue my services as a teacher.
One lesson I

One lesson I learnt from my above story is that only hard working people succeed in life, always, rather than intelligent people.
Conclusion:
* Hard work leads to success always.
* Even a remedial student can become an achiever (with good guidance).
* Teachers’ commitment and dedication can produce hard working and good humans.
* All teachers can adopt a handful of students yearly and do our best by giving them extra help in all areas.
“TO TEACH IS TO TOUCH A LIFE FOREVER…”

 

 

Mrs Punitha Selvi

Mrs Punitha Selvi

Mrs Punitha Selvi teaches Mathematics in AMM Matriculation Secondary School, Chennai, TN. 

 

Reflections 2015 Poster

Reflections 2015 Poster

To know more about Reflections, visit http://reflections.reportbee.com/

One thought on “Challenges: Bittersweet Life Lessons by Punitha Selvi”

  1. Jackson says:

    Proud of you mam. Inspired by the two stories

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