How to Develop yourself as a Teacher

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The task of a UHV teacher is of great responsibility. What you communicate is not just some information, but most importantly, your feelings. So you have to develop yourself into a competent teacher, concerned about the student's life, and able to provide both direction as well as guidance for self-development of the student, where the student is the focus or the relationship is of prime importance. In contrast, an instructor is concerned about delivery of information related to one subject, where the subject is the focus.

To be in relationship with the student or to 'maintain distance' from students? To control the class by domination or to conduct the class on the basis of relationship? These and such other questions will have to be handled eventually by you.
The good thing for you is that you have an opportunity to teach, and that can accelerate your self- exploration, and therefore, your self-development. There are three benefits of teaching UHV:
1. You come to know what you know and what you don't know
2. While preparing or delivering the proposals in the class, many things become clear in a flash
3. Your commitment is strengthened.

The main effort is to be done within your own self (24x7x365)
Self-exploration | please refer to the home work
Self-awareness – every moment | given at the end of
Self-evaluation | the FDP

To facilitate this self-exploration leading to self-evolution, you can:
Read the textbook | to refresh yourself of the
Watch the workshop video | proposals

Weekly Meeting: Meet with other self-explorers weekly - share & discuss one proposal per week. Teach the course as a co-explorer with adequate preparation – please see the presentation on 'how to share values'
Conduct evening workshops for interested people, particularly your family members.
Attend the higher level workshops (particularly level 2 & 3).

You may also like to join the 1-year Post Graduate Diploma in Universal Human Values & Ethics. For teachers of technical subjects, there is an M. Tech. course in Holistic Development – Systems & Technologies. Both these programs are currently available at IKG-Punjab Technical University at Kapurthala. For details, please visit the IKG-PTU web-sitewww.uhv.ac.in.

Please do read the orientational guidelines for teachers (reproduced below from the Teachers Manual).

Orientational Guidelines for Teachers

This course has to be conducted in a highly interactive mode - in the form of a meaningful dialogue through which the students are encouraged to probe, in their own right, into the propositions being made by the teacher as well as their present beliefs and assumptions. The role of the teacher is primarily that of a facilitator, systematically presenting the facts and facets of reality as propositions, enabling the students to analyze these propositions and verify these on the basis of their natural acceptance. Perseverance on the part of the teacher is required to facilitate this process. There is no need of argumentation, imposition or sermonization to convince the students.

This course deals with the most fundamental issues concerning all human beings, namely, happiness and prosperity. The central theme of the course is to draw attention to the fact that right understanding about oneself and the rest of the existence and living in accordance with this understanding is the key to sustained human happiness and prosperity. There is an inherent interconnectedness, self-regulation and harmony at all levels of existence and this needs to be discovered by each individual. In fact, the whole existence is co-existence, of which the human beings are a constituent part. Care should be taken to correlate all the points of discussion to this central theme. Accordingly, there has to be a clear running thread which needs to be repeatedly pointed out to the students during the whole course. Basically, all human beings need to understand harmony in themselves, harmony with other human beings and harmony with the rest of the nature. All our thoughts, behavior and work are to be guided by this understanding.

It may be pointed out that human beings are being governed mostly by their pre-conditionings and sensory experiences and one is generally very hesitant to re-look at them. Usually, there is a strong effort to justify or defend this stand. Thus, it requires a little effort in the beginning to screen through one's beliefs and assumptions. However, once a breakthrough is achieved, the subsequent journey is very pleasant and relieving.

Whenever a new concept is presented, there is normally a lot of apprehension in the minds of the audience about its workability, feasibility etc. In fact, even without grasping the essence of the concept, one tends to seek readymade solutions of the prevailing problems with the new concept. The right way to approach is to carefully grasp the complete concept, then verify it on the basis of natural acceptance and experience. Only after that, it is possible to work for its implementation in specific life situations.

The prime emphasis of this course lies in enabling the student to refer to natural acceptance which is innate and invariant in every human being and forms the key to self-exploration.

It needs always to be kept in mind that all the discussions are finally correlated with our real life and need to get reflected in our thought, behaviour and work. This needs to be illustrated sufficiently through examples from our life and profession.

To sum up, the triggering of the process of self-exploration, indications of perceptional transformation, decrease in confusion and contradictions, and increase in self-confidence through practice based on the right understanding depict the real success of the course.