It is December and another eventful calendar year comes to an end, time is literally flying these days. As I look back at the year gone by, I wonder if I have done justice to the responsibility that I have as an educator.
I am writing this article from Saudi Arabia where I am on a visit to implement School Cinema. I was leading several workshops for educators and students here on the importance of preparing themselves for a life ahead. In one such session a teacher asked me – ‘What is that one thing that I should do before I enter a classroom?’ As a response to that question I shared a practice that I have followed for a long time. I always make it a point to ask myself a question before I enter any class – ‘I have a session for 1 hour with my class of 50 students, what am I going to do with the time they have given me?’ I am always very mindful of the fact that the most precious gift given by God to each one of us is our time.
When we choose to sit through some session/class we choose to give a part of our life away to the teacher/speaker; it is now their responsibility to make the best use of the most precious gift that God has given us. I feel very responsible when I think about this, the children/participants give us their time, time that will never come back to them ever again in their lives. The question in my mind then turns to ‘What can I do to make this time worthwhile for my students/participants?’ This mindfulness brings a sense of responsibility upon me and I have always found my sessions to be a lot more focused and meaningful.
On a similar note, we are now on the threshold of stepping into another new year that is coming to us as a gift. It is time for us to hold back for a while and wonder – How will we make the best use of the most precious gift given to us? What will we do with the time that children will give us in the coming year?
As you plan the year ahead, be mindful of your responsibility. It is essential that you focus your attention to the systems and processes of running schools, the schedules of admissions and exams, the task of recruitment and training. In addition to this I invite you to be mindful of a couple of questions that according to me will make all the difference – How will I make my children happy? What can my school and me do to prepare my children for life?
From all of us at Mentor and EduMedia, I wish you a mindful year ahead!