Teacher of the Week: Simimol Raijo, Amity School DubaiJuly 16, 2017, 7:45 am GMT
Amity School Dubai
Why and how did you get into teaching?
I've known from an early age that helping others grow is where my true passion lies. I have always been grateful to the educational system for implanting values in me and at this juncture, I feel I should contribute what I have learnt and experienced over the years. This way I will be paying back and at the same time can fulfil my desire of enhancing the education system. I can't think of any job as important to society as teaching. Interacting with kids is great. Personally, I am a very enthusiastic learner and a good communicator with a strong zeal to do contribute to the society. I chose this profession to enlighten young minds and drive them for a better life.
How long have you been teaching for? How long have you been in the Middle East?
I have been teaching in the Middle East since 2007.
What is exciting about your role?
No two days are ever the same. Being with children in this digital age keeps me young and ensures that my vocabulary, fashion and music tastes remain current and relevant.
What's the biggest myth about teaching?
The biggest myth about teaching is that someone coming directly from industry will be more capable because of his or her content knowledge. Those are the people who usually flop. Teaching requires much more than content knowledge; it requires passion and skill in working with children, engaging their interests, keeping them motivated, managing a classroom, and much more.
Who has been your inspiration throughout your career? Why?
As a young girl I always dreamed about becoming a teacher because my teachers were able to make learning so interesting. My teachers fostered within me a desire to learn, challenge myself and explore. I wanted to share that same experience with others.
Tell us one way a particular student has impacted your life or teaching philosophy?
I can't say a particular student impacted in my life of teaching philosophy. Each child is a unique individual whose learning style and attitudes may reflect his or her own interests, strengths and challenges, background, beliefs, experiences and personality. Taking the time to talk with my students, to listen to them, and to observe them in the classroom prove invaluable tools for me in evaluating their individual learning styles and attitudes. In turn, the knowledge I gain aids me in reaching them on an individual level.
How do you get students interested in the subject you teach – have you found an innovative way to engage students?
Children are able to get any sort of information on the internet with the click of a mouse. Hence, as a teacher, I face a great challenge in handling students in the current day. We need to really pull up our socks and improve their knowledge and not just rely on text books. Simple techniques like giving small assignments on the subject, conducting quizzes and making presentations, coding, animation programming, etc on the topics helps students to gain interest on the subject.
Are there any specific goals you would like to achieve in your career?
I want my students to achieve to the best of their abilities. I want them to be successful, not just in technology, but in life. I want them to see how digital technology touches every aspect of our lives – how it helps us solve problems, tackle difficult assignments, and think more clearly. I want to be more than just an ICT teacher – I want to be someone who motivates, models, and inspires; someone who makes a difference in both technology as well as everyday life.
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