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Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students


As the famous saying goes “Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students”, my behavior today is mainly due to what role my teachers especially Principal Stephen sir has played.

My first interaction happened with him when I met him for admission. My Dad had just managed a transfer from Assam and he wanted to get me an admit to the best school. Stephen sir talked to me and asked about the experience in Assam for half an hour. For me the whole interaction seemed good but then he asked me to go outside and told my dad that I should first perform well in another school in the city before I come back.

It became an important in my dad’s life and he kept reminding me. Finally after 2 years I managed to get an admit. This time when we met, Stephen sir remembered out last interaction and he asked me how education in the present school was different from past school. Rather than answering his question I asked him “Sir, Will the answer be a decider for my admit”

He smiled and replied back “No” because he had decided to give me an admit. I had a smile and we conversed for half an hour. The remaining school years was an experience in itself.

He interacted with all of us every day during prayers. When we assembled for prayers he passed through all of us glancing. Everybody was frightened. But I never understood the reason till my turn came. One day I was late and tried to sneak around from back. In the process I stood behind the line rather than my assigned spot. He noticed it and pinched me with a smile. All my friends laughed at me. I felt humiliated but I learnt my lesson for the day.

Being on punctual was the first lesson that i was trying to learn from long. However being a lazy chap, I was used to this. I was probably the only chubby chap in the whole school who was famous for the most bashing from principle during morning prayers.  But by the end of 10th standard I had improved a lot in my punctuality & being groomed well for the school. Despite my parent attempts I had plenty of excuses to miss on many parameters. For some reason Stephen sir did not believe in writing my complaint books/logs and he took the task on himself to correct me.

Being famous, I received special attention from my principal. Lot of my talents such as ability to write, act in plays, participate in sports, multitasking and many more were the result of my frequent interactions with my teachers especially Stephen sir. My friends always teased me that probably our school had hired principal just for me. I guess I was lucky that in the process of learning to get disciplined, I found a mentor who helped me identify/develop my strengths & weakness.

After my school days, I have met lot of people. But people who form the base of your future are probably the people you can never forget. The last I met my principal was during an award function in final year of engineering. Here he presented me an award for winning a writing competition. He recognized me instantly and in his speech he told my story to the audience. It was a proud moment for me. Not sure how many students like me he would have trained but for me Stephen sir was second parent who is #madeofgreat


We all come in contact with a fantastically large number of people during the course of our lives. Many we don’t remember and some we do. Only once-every-gazillion years, do we encounter someone who really leaves a lasting impression. Someone who is #madeofgreat. Any such person in your life?

More details about #madeofgreat initiative can be found here http://madeofgreat.tatamotors.com/


6 thoughts on “Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students

  1. Indeed a nicely written post. I wish you good luck for the contest
    Here is my answer
    The association of Tata Motors with Lionel Messi is that of two greats. Lionel Messi has been exceptionally talented who with his hard work, determination and sacrifices has got better and tougher in his chosen sport so is the Image, reputation and quality of TATA Motors that have transformed brilliant ideas into masterpieces of engineering and created a brand and products that we are so proud of as Indians. Lionel Messi has transformed his body and the mind body co-ordination into a masterpiece of precision and excellence it would not be wrong to say that Lionel Messi is the TATA Motors of sports where as TATA Motors is the Lionel Messi of vehicles both giants in their own spheres driven by the drive to excel and lead by example. So Lionel Messi is the best choice for becoming the brand Ambassador for TATA Motors


  2. Your post describes #madeofgreat so well that it has winner written all over it. Good luck for your entry.
    Here is my answer.
    Like minds think and act alike looking at the track record of TATA Motors it has stood the test of time and built a business that was built using bricks of hard work on a foundation of trust. Authenticity, reliability, simplicity, as well as its commitment to innovation are the trademarks of brand TATA Motors. These same qualities are present in Lionel Messi who with his immense talent has made a mark for himself on the international football field .Facing all hardships he has worked hard toiling on the fields and in training sessions facing injuries and pressure to come out trumps and be a winner. Thus these two greats Lionel Messi and TATA Motors are made for each
    other .There association is a bond of two legends
    In case you pick me a winner my email id is : princess09hema@gmail.com
    Fingers crossed 🙂


  3. Your post defines #madeofgreat to the hilt.Very well written and interesting post indeed.
    My Answer
    Tata Motors is a brand that makes durable vehicles, with its MADE IN INDIA mark makes every Indian proud. It is a brand seen globally as Trusted, Reliable, Innovative and at the forefront of technology. In its journey since inception it has overcome all odds, competition, and adversities with grit and determination. These same qualities are associated with Lionel Messi who was very talented and hardworking from a very early age. With each game that he played he kept improving his skills and built a career to become one of the best player of professional football. There qualities make both TATA Motors and Lionel Messi giants who perfectly compliment each other and Lionel Messi the right and perfect Ambassador who stands for the same values that TATA Motors does.
    Contact : bhuwan198grover@gmail.com


  4. Your post defines #madeofgreat to the hilt. Goodluck for the contest
    My answer is:
    Authenticity, reliability, simplicity, as well as its commitment to innovation are the pillars of strength on which TATA have built a brand that has put India on the global map. It is a brand that has stood the test of time just like Lionel Messi who tackles opposition on the field with his skill,agility,strategy,brilliance and raw power to reach and score a goal so has been the track record of TATA motors who has become a brand leader and a global giant. These qualities make TATA Motors and Lionel Messi perfect partners who stand for the same set of values thus Lionel Messi is the perfect brand ambassador to represent TATA Motors.
    Hope my best to be a winner here; do contact me for the prize at mahima2014j@gmail.com
    fingers crossed


  5. I like to believe that teachers are the reason a child has a strong foundation. I should know . I am one…albeit on a sabbatical.
    Nicely done…
    All the best.

    To answer the question… both Tata Motors and Lionel Messi have built a solid reputation. This foundation is built on the sheer perseverance and self belief and the ability to not resting till they achieve what they had planned to. And once they reach that stage… its so easy for both to say Veni Vidi Vici and then move on…to higher and more difficult to achieve aims. They both have set very high standards, and if anyone does want to surpass them they’ll have to work very hard indeed.
    Cheers to greatness. – See more at: http://baketitude.blogspot.in/2015/11/following-in-your-footsteps.html


  6. Excellent post! I do have certain thoughts on this partnership too!

    These are not mere words but a part of our soul. Not just the ones that we carry around in our individual bodies but that supreme soul that binds us all together in this universe. That is why we teach our children values and morals so that these little pockets of our souls do not die away. But when we look around at our modern day lifestyle and society,it leaves a lot to be desired, right? Wrong 🙂 I would say,as long as we have even 1 shred of humanity left,there is a ray of sunshine and that is what we see here.

    I am inspired by your story just as I am inspired by the stories of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi. As I said above about humanity and ray of sunshine, it is very few icons left in this world who make me feel that way. Both Tata and Messi definitely make it to this short list.

    When we talk about Tata Motors,we talk about the pride that every Indian feels because this is our truly global brand, a brand with a soul, with every product made to help us fly. This is a corporate behemoth that has not amassed its fortunes at the cost of the little man but by being a part of the very grassroots. The legacy of excellence and giving back to the society selflessly is so ingrained in Tata DNA that it has become part of folklore. Even today,in any Indian home, the moment a son/daughter gains employment in a Tata company, nobody talks about salary or CTC, they just thank their lucky stars that they are a part of Tata family. The very soul of India resides in Tata. Tata Motors has taken these very same values global, making Indians proud of what they represent. ‘Look,we represent excellence, with a dollop of old world values, with love and respect’ !

    When we look at Messi, we see a boy with dreams in his eyes and a man who has put everything he had in making them come true, and he did! With singleminded focus,dedication and hardwork, he has managed to outdo every obstacle he faced since his birth personally, healthwise and family financial situation wise. Every obstacle became just another step for him to grow and reach up the sky. And still, every time he walks out on the field, he plays with the same agility, alarcity and a a hunger to prove himself as if it is his first game! He hasn’t achieved his demi-God status without superhuman efforts.

    When these two demi-Gods of their respective fields come together, there are bound to be fireworks and that is exactly what it is! Purely from a corporate point of view, there are rare instances when we see such a perfect fit form. It can be called a divine sign that a symbol of vibrancy and dynamism like no other has taken shape with the partnership of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi. More than a mere advertising gambit,it is an amalgamation of those perhaps ‘lost’ values that the world needs more of,now more than ever. Maybe the Gods are finally happy!

    Prajakta Sinha


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