Anthony J.1 D’Angelo once said, “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” Prashant Dhanokar, Assistant Teacher of Rajmata Jijau Shikshan Prasarak Mandal’s Arts, Commerce & Science College, utterly understands the importance of quote and teaches us the responsibility of a teacher to deliver the best to his/her students.
Let’s read how the educational influencer steps into the shoes of students to help them realize their full potential. Below are the excerpts of the interview.
Please introduce yourself and your journey as a successful Assistant Teacher. Also, tell us what inspired you to pursue this career path?
Hello, I am Prashant Pralhad Dhanokar (M. A.M ed). Since 2005, I have been working as an Assistant Teacher of English in the Junior College Department of Rajmata Jijau Shikshan Prasarak Mandal’s Arts, Commerce & Science College, Bhosari Pune.
The journey of imparting education has been so colorful and joyful. Being a teacher, I try to transform all my ideas into the tender minds of pupils. I always focus on giving my student joy of learning; hence I try to create a fun learning experiences in my class. Activity-based learning is also well focused on the class.
My awesome teachers, such as Kumar Iyer, Doctor Madhuri Gokhale Professor Mandavgane, have motivated me to become a teacher.
Brief us about different walks of life you have witnessed in your teaching experience of 16 years.
To be a better teacher, you have to be a better student first, and then only a teacher can know a student’s way of thinking, their understanding level, etc. Many students are more brilliant than teachers; some of them are dull; some are average teaching them has always been challenging for me. Students are the same everywhere; it’s a teacher’s job to teach them, mold them to create tomorrow’s world-class leaders, responsible citizens. I always keep it mind while teaching them.
Kindly share with us your opinion on our current education system.
The current education system is very innovative and based on activities. But at the same time, it is more theoretical than real. It has failed to create a certain level of maturity among students.
According to you, what is the vital quality that a teacher must possess?
Teaching is the greatest tool in the hand of the teacher to cultivate students. We can avoid ineffective ways of teaching and adopting some more effective ways so that we will have high-quality, responsible citizens in the future.
What obstacles have you faced in your career as an entrepreneur and trainer?
There were several obstacles like the speed of speech clear voice body language, explaining the topic, and taking the right feedback from the students, solving students’ problems, and the last one was really challenging that going down at the level of student and transforming my thoughts to them.
What advice would you give to those who aspire to become teachers in the field of education?
Always keep yourself fit and fine, never forget to go down to the level of students. Try to become a friend of students than a teacher. Try to guide them properly to solve all sorts of problems with pupils .
What have you envisioned for yourself and your organization in the near future?
I see myself improving as much as I can and giving my best potential. I will always look for innovative ways of teaching and guiding students to form their bright career.