What do you love about teaching?
What I love about teaching is the ingenuity as well as simplicity of the field. Every single day is an opportunity to make a difference in your own as well as another’s life which goes far beyond knowledge. Teaching is to inspire, support, mentor, discover, and share some of the best parts of ourselves as human beings.
Tell us about some of your achievements
In 2019 two of my students received the Cambridge International Award for “Top in UAE Sociology”. We had some of the most outstanding results in the whole school as well as we beat other established schools to the title of the top in UAE. Because of Coronavirus, the Board Exams were canceled in the later years. In 2021 I was voted “Best teacher – Department of Psychology” by the IBDP Batch of 2021 – 22. I was listed as a “Fantastic Practitioner” for the NEASC Accreditation that took place on 23rd February 2022.
Tell us about some of the challenges you face in your job.
In the field of teaching, there are a considerable number of challenges. In a human-centric field, we have to Understand the different learning challenges amongst students as all of them come to your class with different abilities, strengths, and limitations. Many Students face family problems and Discipline issues. Endless paperwork & extended working hours are a staple of the teaching field. A particular challenge highlighted by the Coronavirus was encouraging and motivating under challenging times. because during the virus phase a lot of change took place overnight and to be there for others while facing similar problems yourself was a considerable challenge to surmount.
Teaching is to inspire, support, mentor, discover, and share some of the best parts of ourselves as human beings.-Tasniiem Chandraa
What inspires you?
The students. I can proudly say that I have had the honor of teaching some really brilliant minds in my classes. But I have to also admit that although not all brilliant many were talented artists, performers, collaborators, inventors, and most of all just Sweethearts. the students every day make me realize that it’s not all about the grades. because some of the wonderful students who I have kept in contact with even 7 years later did not have a high IQ but a very high EQ. their social skills are beyond compare. and they are doing wondrously well in life which makes me so happy to see them succeed.
What would you like to tell someone who is new or trying to be a teacher?
Look beyond the low salary and high workload. Teaching requires a lot of patience and perseverance. The best and most productive feedback of teaching you will get from the students themselves. They are your first point of contact. If you persevere to be the wonderful teacher that you are then success will automatically follow.