Children emulate many people in their growing years, often those who leave a strong impression on their minds. I was quite impressed by my teachers and used to play teacher-student at home with my sister. Another profession I was impressed with was that of vegetable sellers (sabziwalis). After my Dad had brought weekly groceries, I used to pretend to be a vegetable seller and go to each family member to sell my vegetables. Thankfully after doing my B.E. I chose to be a teacher or rather a lecturer as they call in technical field. After more than 3 years, I’m still loving it!! I’ve seen lecturers shake head to toe before their first class ever. But since the day I stepped in to take the first class of my life and to teach a subject like Network Analysis which was one of the scariest subjects during my student life, I felt totally at ease. And after leading a dual life i.e. a student as well as a teacher for a while now, I have been able to observe both sides closely. I have already written about students from teachers’ point of view and the professional hazards of being a lecturer. Time to pass on some more pearls of my wisdom based on my experience. Now I have classified students of a class in some categories. I may have missed one or two categories. A student at a given time may belong to one or more category.
Types of Students:-
# The First Benchers - The daring ones who look into danger’s eyes straight on. Mostly to be in teacher’s good books and sometimes because sitting anywhere else may lead to sleep (That was why I used to sit at front in some lectures in my B.E. time)
# The Third Benchers – They are those students who don’t want to sit right under teacher’s nose and yet don’t want to be the “back benchers” so they sit in between.
# The Outlookers - No no they are not the ones with some radical outlook or any outlook at all. They are the ones who sit by the window seats in class and keep looking outside at God knows what!
# The Legendary Back Benchers – The ones who sit on the last benches in the hope of playing cows and bulls or do other naughty activities during class. Yet once in a while some smart ones also emerge from there.
# The Wise Guys – Those students whose sole purpose in class is to gain girls’ attention by passing comments and getting encouraged by their giggles.
# The Ever Doubtful – The ones who have the hobby of inventing doubts in simplest things and sometimes pursue the teacher from second floor (where classroom is) to ground floor (where staffroom is) holding copy and asking doubts.
# The Flirts – Those who try to get into good books and gain favours by flirting with the teacher of opposite sex. Some even succeed entirely due to the teacher’s lack of integrity.
# The Blank Lookers – Those with a blank expression on their faces always which seems to suggest that they have no idea as to why they are in this field.
# The Yawners - The ones who yawn in class like an anaconda opening its jaw to swallow a big animal, that too not behind teacher’s back and don’t even have the manners to cover their mouths.
# The Moths – Those students whose eyes keep flitting towards the girls’ side while taking down lectures and become very attentive when a girl stands up to ask something.
# The Chicks – The pretty, stylish girls who by their mere presence create a sort of sexual tension in the class. Mostly useless in studies.
# The Stimulators – Those students who grasp the topic, are intelligent in a non-geeky way, ask the right questions and are fun to teach.
# The Extra Curriculars – Those who are very active in sports, seminars, functions and what not..anything except studies.
# The Guest Stars – Those who show up in one class, bunk next 7 classes and again show up and so the game of hide and seek goes on entire session.
# The Amnesiacs – Those students who for every incomplete assignment or practical work give the lamest excuse in history of teaching- “I forgot”.
# The Resourceful – Those who are expert in devising unique ways to cheat in exam and do everything except follow the simple method of clearing exam i.e. study.
# The Defaulters – Those students who remain the black sheep of the class and no amount of cajoling, coaxing, threatening, scolding or punishment makes them amend their ways.
And then there are some like him:-
HAPPY TEACHER’S DAY TO ME!!
P.S. Which category did or do u belong to ? Coming up in some other post-Classification of Lecturers.