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I am a recently active member on SCN. Daily I find many blogs being posted here. On reading those I use to think “I wish I could blog” πŸ™ . At the same time I use to boost myself by saying sooner or later I will come out of this zone and will definitely try blogging. Finally, here I am πŸ™‚

Every one of us has constantly been under the guidance of teachers/mentors be it in school, college, social life, corporate life etc.  I think the main motive of a teacher is to make sure that his students understand the topic that he is speaking about. However every teacher has his own way of approaching this.

Though there is some difference between a mentor, a teacher, a trainer, a tutor or a coach, somehow they all fall under same umbrella. The blog speaks about each of these professions however just to avoid ambiguity I am using a Teacher-Student relation. As a student and by also having a bird eye view, I would like to suggest a few things to the Teachers. So here is my first blog ever which gives summation of my observations and experiences which I have had from my schooling till my corporate learning.  Below are some points which according to me are the “Characteristics of a good Teacher“.


  • Right attitude

Dictionary says that Attitude means “a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something”. When are you teaching always have a settled way of thinking about everything related to it. Take the opportunity of teaching only if you genuinely want to teach. Your attitude while teaching always passes across your students. If you are interested in teaching you can have a very interactive & interesting session however if you are disinterested, this comes across and loses the flavor of the discussion. In either case, the energy (positive or negative) with which you are teaching affects the session. So being a teacher you should always hold a positive feeling with everything related to it.


  • Know your audience and act accordingly

You should know the level of your audience.  By level I mean, you should know, whom you will be teaching. You should know what your student is coming in with. Based on this you should be able to customize your way of explaining the same concept to different audience. Say for example, if you were to explain “What is SAP ERP” to a student of class 10th, the way you will explain will definitely vary to that of explaining it to a Manager in IT Company.  You can’t just read out the definition of SAP ERP in front of a class 10th student and expect him to understand. Similarly, you can’t use a class 10th definition of SAP ERP for a Manager and expect him to appreciate. So, you always need to know who is the audience and at the same time you should be able to customize the way you describe things.


  • Start with building the base

I think the first session of every topic should be about discussing the basic questions around topic. These basic questions exist for any and every topic you can think of.  With basic questions I mean, What, Why, When, Where and hoW. Below is the meaning of each


                                   WHAT                    What is it

                                   WHY                        Purpose

                                   WHEN                     Situation where it can be used

                                   WHERE                   Instances

                                                      HOW                       Procedure


I believe that if a student understands the answers to these 5W’s then he is all set for learning the topic.  So I think a teacher should definitely discuss about these 5W’s before actually starting with the topic.

  • Do not assume

Being a teacher, you should not assume that your student would obviously know some basics of the topic. A teacher’s assumption might skip some very important aspects about the topic. Imagine if you were to assume that a person who has come to learn driving will know the purpose of brakes because brake is a very common known term. This assumption might be very dangerous. So something that might be very obvious according to you might not be the same according to everyone. Hence a teacher should never assume anything.


  • Use analogy

Analogy means “A comparison between two things on the basis of a common base line”. This is one of the best way to teach and easiest way for a student to understand. When you have to explain a topic, try to explain it analogically.

I would like to share a real time example here. A day while being trained for ABAP, our trainer was explaining what is an Internal table, a Work area and the difference between them. We never came across these terms in our previous learned languages like C, CPP, Java.  For explaining this, He took a packet of Biscuits and said, if this packet is an internal table, a single (say first) biscuit is the work area.

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   This was something that we learned analogically and I still remember the example and analogy πŸ™‚ .

  • Give Examples & Demonstrations

Try to give relevant examples wherever possible. Examples help in relating things. Examples help to understand the various scenarios/possibilities that might exist. Along with giving examples try to give demonstrations as much as possible because there is a huge difference between just reading about SAP ERP and visualizing things on screen πŸ™‚ .

  • Be easily approachable

A teacher should set up a friendly environment within the session. A friendly environment will make it easy for the students to come forward with their queries, discussions and views.  A query placed by a student x, might in fact clarify the doubts of rest of the students too.

I have personally experienced the benefits when these things are followed by a teacher and at the same time have seen the consequences too when these aren’t followed. All this experience, observation and understanding is the driving force of this write-up πŸ™‚ .


Thanks for reading the blog πŸ™‚ .

~Arti.

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  1. CH Raman

    First of all congratulations for your blog.

    Very well said about teacher and content which needs get form them(about 5W).

    Thanks

    Raman

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  2. Anshu Lilhori

    Really superb blog.I am startled that this is your first blog,it doesn’t look like 😯 .

    Those cookies are mouth watering.You made the concept cookie walk.

    I remember someone explaining me the concept of the same with bottle(IT) and its cap(WA).

    Keep up the good work..Congrats indeed

    Regards,

    AL

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  3. cherry goud

    Hi Arti,

    Congratulations to you and you said exact qualities for a better teacher to create best students not only for their education,career for their personnel lifes also.

    Thanks for sharing this blog and share more blogs.

    Best Regards,

    Cherry.

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  4. Priyanka Jain

    Superb Arti πŸ™‚

    So finallly you wrote it .. I am reallly happy to se the effort πŸ™‚

    Its really nice…reminded me of my teachers πŸ™

    The analogy used is awesome

    keep sharing

    Regards,

    Priyanka

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    1. Arti Gurbaxani Post author

      Hi Priyanka,

             Yes, I could finally write it πŸ™‚ . Good to know that the blog reminded you of your teachers πŸ™‚

      Thanks a lot! I appreciate your comments.

      ~Arti.

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  5. Ravi Sankar Venna

    Thanks Arti for such a nice blog.

    I know you are writing your first blog, but, it looks like the blog is coming from experience blogger. πŸ™‚ I am not sure whether I would learn anything about internal table, the cookies are mouthwatering. πŸ˜‰

    It is really a great attempt, keep up your high spirits, with your amazing blogging style, I am sure you would become one of the best bloggers on SCN. πŸ™‚

    All the best.

    Best Regards,

    Ravi

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    1. Arti Gurbaxani Post author

      Hi Ravi,

       

      Thanks a lot for appreciating my attempt. Comments from a Guru definitely mean a lot.

      I don’t know if I can be a very good blogger however I will try giving my best to every blog.

        

      Thanks a lot for encouraging as always πŸ™‚ . 

        

      Regards,

      Arti.

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  6. Chip Rodgers

    Wow, I’m so inspired Arti — welcome to your first blog — and what an amazing first effort!  Well done and congratulations!

    And something else is exciting to me being responsible for SCN.  Here you are a brand new contributor to the community, and 1) you’re already earning points from all the likes and ratings that community colleagues are giving you because of the outstanding quality of your first blog, and 2) your blog actually has popped up to the SCN Homepage because of all the “social love” the community is showing to your effort.  I love it!

    Thank you Arti for your first blog in SCN.  We welcome you as a new contributor and look forward to your next (and next and next!) contributions over the coming months and years!

    Chip

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    1. Arti Gurbaxani Post author

      Hi Chip,

       

      Thanks a lot for your wonderful comments! πŸ™‚ I just wasn’t expecting this and I really don’t know what to reply. 😐

      Before I started blogging, according to me it was the toughest thing to do. However I was so incorrect. 

      Your comments are really inspiring. Thank you for such a warm welcome. πŸ™‚

       

      Superlike your comments!

      Regards,

      Arti.

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  7. SG Sg

    Hi Arti,

    With your first blog only you impressed all SCN Members 😐 😐 , I liked in this blog especially

    WHAT                    What is it

    WHY                        Purpose

    WHEN                     Situation where it can be used

    WHERE                   Instances

    HOW                               Procedure

    These words are really useful in every Situation not only in SCN In Real life also . πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

    Thanks For Sharing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Regards,

    Giri

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    1. Arti Gurbaxani Post author

      Hi Giri,

         Thank you for appreciating my work and Thanks to all SCN members too for their response.

      Good to know that you liked the 5W’s. I agree these are useful in our daily lives too.

      Example(A Father and a Son’s Conversation)

       

      Son: What is a Ghost? πŸ˜›                      [What]

      Dad: A soul of a dead person

       

      Son: What is the purpose of a Ghost?     [Why]

      Dad: To scare People πŸ˜›

       

      Son: When can we see the ghost?          [When]

      Dad: In the dark.

       

      Son: Where do we find ghost?                 [Where]

      Dad: Can be anywhere.

       

      Son: How do I see a ghost?                     [hoW]

      Dad: You can quietly visualize.

        

      After having these answers, Son adds up the details given by his Dad. Now, he has the the complete definition of a ghost.

       

      “A ghost is a soul of a dead person which can be present anywhere. A ghost is to scare people and is found especially in the dark. Whenever you see a ghost you should just quietly visualize.” πŸ˜›

        

      At the end his Dad adds “Ghosts look very weird”  πŸ˜›

      This is can be a possible use of 5W’s to know about Ghosts πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

      ~Arti.

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      1. Suseelan Hari

        Hi Arti,

        Good Day!

        Very nice explanation! I love it very very very much! Keep sharing blogs and documents!

        Its quite interesting to read your blogs and comments. Awesome Work!

        Keep it up! Have a fruitful day!

        Regards,

        Hari Suseelan

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        1. Arti Gurbaxani Post author

          Hi Hari,

          Thank you so much for your comments. Pleased to know that you liked the explanation.

          Thanks for encouraging!

          Appreciate your time.

          ~Arti.

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          1. Suseelan Hari

            Hi Arti,

            Good Day!

            You are welcome! I was waiting from you some good blogs & documents. If you have anything I request you to share with us! I liked the way you write.

            Keep Thinking ! Definitely you can come up with great ideas! πŸ™‚

            All the best ! We all are there to support you.

            Regards,

            Hari Suseelan

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            1. Arti Gurbaxani Post author

              Hi Hari,

              Thank You for these wonderful comments! It’s indeed motivating to know that you were waiting for some blogs from me.

              Even I wish to write coz since many days I haven’t done that. Writing is a great exercise for the mind.

              I will surely work on making- up my next write-up πŸ™‚ & hopefully soon πŸ˜›

              Thanks for appreciating my work!

              ~Arti

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              1. Suseelan Hari

                Hi Arti,

                You’re A Great Example For Others!

                You posted only one blog and it reaches many SCN Members. If you start writing interesting blogs with good contents. Definitely many freshers & new comers in SCN will be benefited. I request you to post some more blogs in SAP Career, About SCN, BIF ! I think you can show your best in that.All the best for your future blogs & documents.

                Also try to participate in discussion and SAP ideas. If you require any help anytime, please contact me. I am here to help you forever.

                Regards,

                Hari Suseelan

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  8. Julie Barrier

    Nice blog, Arti! Thanks for taking the plunge and sharing your perspectives with us. Sometimes (Often) the simplest concepts are in fact the most memorable and inspiring.

    Julie.

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  9. ' MoazzaM '

    I really like the example πŸ˜€ and this is very nice effort done by you. This is the way how we write blog and since your fear of blogging is vanished now so you can post more blogs about your experiences with SAP and clients and about other knowledge you got from SCN or your work place.

    Thank$

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    1. Arti Gurbaxani Post author

      Hi Moazzam,

      Thank You! Glad to know that you liked the example.

      I agree that after writing this blog, the fear is gone πŸ™‚ . I will try writing more blogs.

      Appreciate your comments.

      Regards,

      Arti.

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  10. SAURABH GHULE

    Hey hi Arti,

    Firstly,Congrats for your first blog.

    Secondly,Keep on writing in future you have gather new followers now.

    All the best.

    Regards,

    Saurabh.

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  11. Jeanne Carboni

    Hi Arti,

    I’m so glad that you “came out of your zone” to write a blog. Very well written with relavent stories as well.

    I love that you start with “The Right Attitude”. It’s important that teachers, coaches and managers take the attitude of helping others to learn, in an environment that is encouraging, where people are not afraid to make mistakes.

    Sometimes teachers can become arrogant, meaning that they feel so much smarter than the student that they constantly critique vs. coach and encourage. It is so important to guide students positively to help them learn and improve as they go forward.

    Thank you for sharing this!  Please keep blogging.

    Jeanne

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    1. Arti Gurbaxani Post author

      Hi Jeanne,

            Thank you! I am glad that you liked the blog.

           I agree to what all you said about Teachers,Students and the Attitude. Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts. πŸ™‚

      Appreciate your time.

      ~Arti.

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  12. Paulo Carvalho

    Hi Arti,

    You remind me of a quote: Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

    I really appreciated your thoughts πŸ™‚

    Regards,

    Paulo

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  13. Khushi Mughal

    Hi

    Congrats on your first blog on SCN really well made one.

    Appreciate your style of writing.

    Great job Arti.

    Thanks for sharing…

    Kind regards,

    Khushi

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  14. Nitin Jinagal

    Hi Arti,

    ‘Do not assume’ part is great. It is applicable everywhere and for everyone, not just teachers I believe. The day we stop assuming, lots of things will get right so easily πŸ™‚

    ntn

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    1. Arti Gurbaxani Post author

      Hi Nitin,

      Thank You for your comments!

      I agree to your view. Its very true that “The day we stop assuming, lots of things will get right so easily” πŸ™‚

      Appreciate your time.

      ~Arti

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  15. Sastry Duvvuri

    Hi Arti,

    Thanks for your detailed blog on 5W’s (teaching), because we are good at implementing technical stuff but not at teaching (most of software engineers).

    -Sastry

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    1. Arti Gurbaxani Post author

      Hi Sastry,

      Thanks for your comments!

      Agree to what you said.

      Also many a times we aren’t aware of the basic details of the things we are working on. Which isn’t a good approach. 😐 Hence I think these 5W’s are needed.

      Appreciate your time in reading my blog.

      ~Arti

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  16. Ranjit Kumar

    Hi Arti,

    Welcome to SCN Blog.

    Your thinking is appreciable. I am impressed with example about environment. Environment matters in learning.

    Thanks,

    Ranjit K.

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      1. Dibyendu Patra

        But some times the right attitude becomes a wrong attitude, its depend on time to time…

        And most of all guys lost their attitude, when they faced a difficulties in organization.

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          1. lakshmi p

            Hi Arti,

            First of all thanks and congrats for your frist Blog. Very informative and realizable for how to teach and think.

            Nice to read your blog keep it up and expecting more blogs in SCN from your side.

            Thanks

            Lakshmi

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    1. Arti Gurbaxani Post author

      Hi Dhvip,

      I am doing good. How about You?

      Thanks for your comments. I am glad to know that you liked the blog.

      Appreciate your time!

      Regards,

      Arti

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  17. Nikhil Ghadge

    Wow Arti,

    First of all, Congrats for your first blog. This is one of the impressive blog I have read after a long time.

    The best part of the blog is the way (example of Internal table & work area with which) you have described Analogy.

    Good work. Appreciated your efforts.

    waiting for your next blog.

    Regards,

    Niks πŸ™‚

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    1. Arti Gurbaxani Post author

      Hi Nikhil,

      Thank You so much for your cheerful comments! I am glad that you liked the blog.

      Will work on writing my next blog & will post it on SCN(hopefully soon πŸ˜‰ )

      Appreciate your time!

      Regards,

      Arti

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  18. Barkha Agrawal

    Hi Arti,

    There are a lot many new and creative stuff to learn from your blog! πŸ˜€

    If this is your first blog, I am sure next ones are going to be more and more interesting πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for sharing.

    Regards,

    Barkha

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  19. Rajesh Chary

    Hi Arti,


    To start with Congratulation for ur first blog on SCN πŸ™‚ .


    Secondly the way u presented the entire blog with nice examples was remarkable & the applause receiving by ur blog itself says. (Getting feedback from Ravi Sankar sir & Other SAP Guru’s for first blog is a sensation.)


    The 5W’s method remembers me my own experience with my boss. He told me this theory in little different way that is 4Wifes & 1Husband 😏 .


    Looking forward for many more blogs from u.

    Keep going

    Regards,

    Rajesh Chary

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    1. Arti Gurbaxani Post author

      Hi Rajesh,

      I completely agree that getting feedback from Ravi Sankar Venna & other SAP Guru’s for the first blog is definitely a sensation πŸ™‚ I feel honored πŸ™‚

      4Wifes & 1Husband sounds funny but yes a good way to remember πŸ˜‰

      Thank You for encouraging me.

      Appreciate your valuable comments!

      Regards,

      Arti

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  20. Ajay Maheshwari SAP Trainer

    Hi Arti

    Congrats on your first blog!! Surely, it will come handy to the Sr consultants while mentoring new bees

    While teaching or training, I just keep one thing in mind, the famous lines said by Swami Vivekananda… “Education is the manifestation of Talent already inside you”.. While I train people, I break the concept into logical business requirements, which is pure common sense and then people themselves come up with answers..

    I feel the logical way of imparting any training is that at the end of it, the trainee feels “I already knew this, it was lying somewhere inside me, the trainer just brought it to Surface”

    Taking it to a psychological level, The word “education” is derived from Latin / Greek word “Educe”, which means to bring out from inside..  however, today’s education system is madly after feeding the gamut of information from outside, inside a mind

    And Taking it to a Spiritual level, the Soul has all the knowledge inside it.. Only thing is that it resides in Sub-consciously… One awakening, can change the Situation, and may be the whole world πŸ™‚

    Br. Ajay M

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    1. Arti Gurbaxani Post author

      Hi Ajay,

      Thank You!

      Receiving comments from a “Trainer” on the topic of  “Teaching” feels delighted.

      The way you opt to train your trainees, sounds amazing. The breakdown of a concept into smaller logical chucks would really help trainees to understand the topic in a crystal clear form.

      Your attachment and love towards your profession is clearly visible in the lines you mentioned πŸ™‚

      Thank You so much for sharing your insights on education and training.

      Regards,

      Arti

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  21. satish kandimalla

    Hi Arti,

    Congratualtions on writing your First Blog!!

    Nice Blog, I liked the 5 W’s concept. Very well explained.

    Inspired me to start with my first blog. πŸ™‚

    Thanks

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    1. Arti Gurbaxani Post author

      Thank You Satish for your cheerful words πŸ™‚

      Glad to know that my write-up has inspired you to start with your first blog. Wish you all the best for the same.

      Appreciate your comments!

      ~Arti

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