Now let’s talk about identifying a teacher, who can even become a mentor for you.
Most of the great teachers I have come across put in not less than 30 hours a week in practice..and they have been at it relentlessly for at least 20 years!
The teacher is able to chalk out a route and mark the milestones for the student.
The student is clear where he stands at any point of time.
He can look at the big picture and make small tweaks to his curriculum, which make it relevant to changing times and local conditions.
The teacher can also adapt the content and teaching methodology, to suit the individual idiosyncrasies of the student.
A student has to be taught the fundamentals, given an objective and then left alone for some time. He will make some mistakes and do some introspection. That's the organic progression a good teacher will wait to happen, before intervening again.
He always tests the student only after explaining his methodology of testing.
If the student doesn’t make the mark, the true teacher specifically points out the reasons for his verdict.
He even goes further to help him rectify the errors and omissions.
Whenever the student has a doubt, the teacher will refer him back to the basics. This enables the student to get a strong foundation, to build his progress upon.
The teacher gives a clear framework of reference, that works even without his presence.
Everyone have their own priorities..and these priorities also keep changing.
Most of the great teachers manage only a handful of protégés, even after a life time of mentoring.
A student will remember the anger, but forget why he provoked the teacher. So the teacher will be careful not to cloud his criticism with anger or frustration.
If at all he shows his rare anger, it will be only to make a point which he wants the student never to forget, in his entire life time.
A true teacher will use words of praise judiciously. The praise should function as an adrenalin shot and raise the bar for the student.
The teacher will also not appreciate frivolously and frequently, where it becomes a trivial non-event.
He will listen to the student and show him the advantage of doing the lesson in one way and the disadvantages of doing it other ways.
The teacher will even go further, depending on the student's maturity, and show variations of the lesson; but he will be careful not to overload the student, with too many variations.
Every expert I have come across never becomes complacent. He is on the constant lookout for fresh inputs that will enable him to add layers of interpretation; this layering is very important when teaching, since the student can be taught in small components and then all the components can be joined together finally.
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SreeRam has started W.A.H.R (Women against harassment & Rape)an NGO devoted to increase personal safety awareness amongst women and equip them to handle sexual harassment at public and work places.
SreeRam conducts KravMaga personal safety and self-defense workshops at corporates, especially IT/BPO companies where many women work late. He has also conducted workshops, for rural women.
On 8th March 2012 ( International Women's Day) KravMaga SreeRam released a small handy booklet for women titled " 10A-s of Personal Safety for Women"
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