Monthly Archives: August 2020

Some thoughts on teaching

If you learn you teach, but if you teach you learn. (Bertrand Russell) Teaching is like gardening. To teach is to teach to learn to think deep. To teach is to uncover a subject or rediscover a subject rather than to finish the syllabus. To teach is to prepare for the uncertain future. To teach is to gradually emerge the potential and motivation of the student. To teach is to impart a love for lifelong learning of the subject. To teach is to impart intellectual clarity. Passion is the key. To teach is to assume that the students are bright, hard working and motivated. To teach is to Kindle curiosity. In my mother tongue it is said the following are the pillars of teaching : prayatna ( to try ), protsahan ( to encourage ), prashansha ( to praise), and pralobhan ( some fantastic tangible motivation). In education, there is a wise quote : we go from the known to the unknown. From darkness to the light of knowledge. Knowledge means understanding not rote memorization of the subject. …To teach is to teach the art of problem solving.


Nalin Pithwa

Wisdom of Yajurveda

As are the crests on the crowns of peacocks,

As are the gems on the hoods of cobras,

So is mathematics at the helm of all Sciences.

— Yajurveda circa 400 BC

Wisdom of Swami Vivekananda

Arise ! Awake ! And stop not till you reach your goal ! — Swami Vivekananda

Wisdom of APJ Abdul Kalam

Dreams are not those which we see in sleep; dreams are those which do not allow us to sleep. APJ Abdul Kalam

Time management — English proverb/ wisdom

Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.

Wisdom of Sir Winston Churchill

Continuous effort, and not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlock our potential. Sir Winston Churchill

Wisdom of Alexander Graham Bell

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the task at hand, the sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. Alexander Graham Bell

Wisdom of Newton or Newton s way

Newton’s patience was limitless. Truth, he often said much later, was the offspring of silence and meditation. And, he said, I keep the subject constantly before me and wait till the first dawnings open slowly, by little and little into a full and clear light.

Wisdom of Benjamin Disraeli

The secret of success is constancy of purpose. Benjamin Disraeli

Wisdom of Bertrand Russell

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of paintings or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show. — Bertrand Russell (1902)