“Teachers need to take some time out from their busy schedules to learn and innovate. This way they can achieve great heights.” – Jatinder Pal Singh, India
Singh has used activities-based models to great success. He established the first “smart” classroom and math lab in his rural high school, which is the only school of its kind in Punjab. In his classroom, students themselves prepare the working models. He has also developed multiple presentations to help transform the lives of the poor students he works with.
And his work has garnered global recognition. His students have also been very active in science fairs, and have won multiple awards over the past four years, including prizes at the local, district and state level. Singh recently visited the United States as a keynote speaker at a gala event for the American Indian Foundation (AIF). In India, the government of Punjab nominated Singh for a national award for the use of ICT in education. And last year, Singh was the regional winner for Microsoft’s Innovative Teacher Leadership Awards (ITLA).
Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with Jatinder Pal Singh.
Why is education important to you?
Without education, we cannot explore the world.
Can you describe the teacher who most influenced you?
My economics professor from Khalsa College, Mr. Dutta. He had a full command of the subject. The way he taught was very impressive; he used to get involved in his teaching completely. Even today I remember a few of his lectures.
Describe the most inspiring day you’ve experienced as an educator.
When my students participated in the science fair and won prizes. I also participated in the teachers teaching aid competition and won. But this year, my students got first place in the district and I got second place in the district.
How can other educators facing similar challenges implement what you’ve learned?
In my work with other teachers, it is clear that TIME is the main challenge. Teachers need to take some time out from their busy schedules to learn and innovate. This way they can achieve great heights.
If you could change one thing about today’s “system” of education, what would it be?
Make ICT integration compulsory and every teacher should make two assignments on the computer every week. Prepare a school blog where PowerPoints can be posted and shared with students and educators.
What advice would you give a new teacher (or to anyone wanting to make a difference in education)?
Work devotionally and try to implement new ideas into your classroom. Try to be different rather than being a copycat.
What is your greatest hope for the future of education (in your country)?
In India there is a great scope for new technology and I hope to see technology-enabled classrooms and students across India.
- Education: B.A. (HONS), M.A, B.Ed.
- Website I check every day: www.yahoo.com , www.pil-network , www.ssapunjab.org , www.Facebook.com
- Person who inspires me most: Shivendra Singh Virdi, Manager of Microsoft IT Academy.
- Favorite childhood memory: One day I was going to my school. When I reached the roundabout there was a red light, but everybody was ignoring the red light and crossing the road. I stopped the cycle and waited for my light, and when the light turned green, I crossed the road. There was a surprise in the morning assembly when the principal, S. Jagdish Singh, of my school called me on the stage and narrated the whole story about how I obeyed the traffic rules. I then received prize money for that.
- Next travel destination (work or pleasure): Australia for pleasure.
- Favorite book: “You can win” by Shiv Khera
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