Tribute to the Teachers

My time at the Union Christian College was very good, and each of the lecturers at the English Department has played a big role in defining me – it is something that I can never forget. I have already written about my days at the college (https://theteacerebration.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/the-college-days-at-ucc/) which won a contest too, and I might come with a detailed tribute later. But for now, I would like to remember those teachers who defined my earlier days of studies at the school level. My memories about that time period remains less clear, but it is worth a try.

Among my favourite teachers, there are two who helped me with my English. One is Aleyamma teacher who was my all-time favourite teacher – I would give her credit for myself scoring very high in English for my tenth board exams. She was strict with her class, and always hesitated to give marks, and the best one could score for the English paper if it was evaluated by her – it was around eighty two out of hundred and sometimes nobody scored an eighty; not really inspiring the students to choose English as the favourite subject, but her level of teaching and valuation compared to the others was clear when the scores reached near cent percent for the board exams while the students who scored high in the local test papers and examinations got low marks.

Just reminding myself that I used to win prizes, even at state level :D

Just reminding myself that I used to win some big prizes, even at state level 😀

I have had the opportunity to stand outside the class during her classes, but that only inspired me to work harder – from the way she managed the classes, it was all so clear to me. I tried to read more and make things work better, and I wished she had taught me English for a longer period of time. No longer being in her classes was the biggest miss for me after the tenth standard. Joseph sir who gave me tutions for English also provided the same, and he played a big role in making the English language and grammar interesting. As long as he taught me, I never had any doubt about which subject to study more than the others. But all subjects other than English were made so boring in comparison.

Another love for a subject goes to History, and the credit for that goes to Laila teacher who could come up with least boring History class that I have ever known. She had a special style of saying “Mao Tse-tung” and “Chiang Kai-shek” which made sure that the Chinese Revolution was never forgotten. I remember that I had once topped History for the first time and she was like “what took you so long?”. I could score high for the subject during the board exams too, and I was actually blessed with the certain fact that she was the one who taught me History throughout high school, a memory that I cherish. I don’t even remember seeing her in anger when teaching or dealing with matters of the class.

Then there was Uma teacher, who made the subject of Geography have any value. She also used to teach some English when there was the need, and I did feel that she made her points so clear with the class. If I have something of the subject remaining inside my brain, it is because she make me relate well with that subject which was never among my stronger areas. It is the base for Geography that she had provided, just like that base for History and English which were established. I managed to do fine with the subject for the tenth board exams, and make Social Science look nice in totality.

A portion of the scanned image - favourite teachers are third from left and first from right.

A portion of the scanned image – favourite teachers are third from left and first from right.

Then there was Martin sir who made an impression for my Plus Two, but the major problem there was that, as a Mathematics teacher, he came too late to make a big impact – there was no love left for me with Maths, and even for the Science subject, the lack of good teachers during the earlier periods of schooling deprived me of any love for those subjects. My favourite subjects were formed due to the presence of some good teachers during the school days, and they were English, History and Geography – those were the three subjects which made me interested due to having the best teachers, the four whom I salute, and my respect for the fifth who tried so hard to make my Maths better, but couldn’t 😀

This blog post is inspired by Sucheta’s writing (https://suchetabiswas.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/we-the-people-and-the-teachers-we-have), and reminds me that I should have carried over the inspiration and knowledge which were provided by these teachers. But unfortunately, I did lose most of it for some time, and could only partially gain a part of it back. It was rather a near-impossible task because of my certain inabilities. ***The images used in this blog post are scanned and cropped photos from my distant past – the schooldays.

TeNy

19 thoughts on “Tribute to the Teachers

  1. Neat post Teny. Which one are you in the old throwback pic?? Of all the teachers you mentioned, Laila ma’am stands out like a gem. Because it is rare to find teachers who can make History come alive. Kudos to her 😀

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  2. Aww… A cute post this is. 🙂 And how did you get good ,marks in English. I like many of my English teachers but I end up getting 60% every single time! Even for both my boards. 😮 :/

    And I must say it was a good decision to write this. i have been meaning to write about my teachers for years but haven’t done that yet. Maybe some time soon. Nice snaps btw. 🙂

    Let me guess, are you the one on the top row, 4th from right? 😛 😛

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    • I was very good at grammar and there was no usage that I hadn’t tried 😀 State syllabus at that time had so much grammar – now I think almost everyone passes the 10th and 12th with Kerala syllabus, so my marks have also become less relevant. At that time, pass percent was around 50 right?

      Thanks 🙂 Did you find this from the photo or read this from the comments? 😛

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      • At that time means? I don’t know. We were CBSE and Normally, everyone in our school passed.
        But CBSE, State etc will not make any difference for me. Because, when it comes to English, I understand the story and poem in one way and the teachers and the kids, in another light. So, you can guess what happens when I read the composition passage and answer. :/ Examiners will be like ‘This kid is kili poi’. 😦

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      • That kind of understanding was usually not allowed in school 😀 But that works with MA English, as you can freely write when doing your PG 🙂

        Gone kili is needed for a higher level of post-graduation. The marks will be in the 60s for most of the better students of MA English, but you can create more than you study 😀

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