Teacher’s Diary: ‘She used to cry at school gate due to fear but today she tops her class’
As part of the recently launched ‘Teacher Connection’ which is Gaon Connection’s long term project, we invite teachers to share their fond memories and unforgettable experiences. Here’s the memory of Lalita Singh, a teacher who witnessed her student’s giant leap from crying at the gate out of fear for school to being the brightest child in her class.
Lalita Singh 23 Jan 2023 1:29 PM GMT
I am a private school teacher in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district and teach at Parmeshwar College in Belhara town.
I have seen Princey evolve as a child. The sight of tears rolling down her innocent face as she stood at the school’s gate refusing to enter is still a fresh memory to me. Her elder sister was already studying in this school and she used to help her fight her fears. However, deep inside, I knew Princey was going to be a professional challenge to me.
But today, five years later, this girl studies in class 5 and not only excels academically and scores the highest marks in her class but is also amongst the most confident pupils at the school.
Princey had lost her father at a veryyoung age. Her mother has taken up the responsibility of her upbringing single-handedly and works as an assistant at an anganwadi centre.
I remember Princey’s initial struggles at the school. She used to live in constant fear of being reprimanded. Whenever some of her classmates used to get scolded by the teachers she used to shiver in terror. She constantly waited for the opportunity to sneak out of the class and go to her elder sister.
I tried to make Princey comfortable in the school environment. Toffees and biscuits became vital tools to help her become friendly in the school. I used to take her for a walk and get her something to eat.
Also, in order to make her develop interest in her class, we teachers used to organise some activities like games during the lunch which made her shed some of her fear.
Today, five years later, I am the proud teacher of a student who is in command of her personality and is not afraid or shy of participating in group activities. She is my single biggest professional achievement and it feels really good to see her excel.