Nikita Gurung: Sikkimese Teacher introduces an Inspired Teaching Model for Child Psychology

The whole purpose of knowledge, in its true essence, is “understanding”. Kids have been, by the education system programmed to mug up knowledge and then put that knowledge into use till now. The same system used for all of the students, all of them, which can be seen by observation, unique individuals. In Sikkim, this knowledge of personal uniqueness can be seen in cognizance with the teachers and students of the state, in recent years.

Though not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, Sikkimese education system, in recent years has seen a gradual change in the approach to teaching methods, for the better, an observer would say. Understanding that learning doesn’t just come from one place heeding the fact that academics also holds equal gravitas in a personality’s development and in a teacher’s case, the development of a child’s mind, has been key cornerstones in any academic setting to become exceptional, take Japan’s case for an instance. Japan has been known to be one of the best in education.

Understanding the students and their behaviour, understanding the psychology behind teaching has been the pillar of being a good teacher; one such teacher is Nikita Gurung from Sikkim. A government teacher of Sumin Lingzey Secondary School, Nikita Gurung is helping students express their deepest insecurities and problems through an effective model.

Knowing the fact that there are students that mostly keep to themselves, that they don’t speak up about their problems, wherever they might be from; Nikita has set up a “concern box” where students can write about what they are feeling troubled about. Nikita is a primary teacher who has been teaching at Sumin Linzey Secondary School for about more than a year now, and she introduced the model after three months of her arrival.

Nikita encourages kids to write their concerns in a piece of paper and then put it in a bare minimum dropbox that she set up. Kids are instructed to write it anonymously, to encourage them to be able to write without the burden of getting the feeling of being judged for their issues.  

After sowing the seeds of the model with the dropbox, a weekly exercise of writing their concerns, rather than just leaving it for only ones interested Nikita has taken an affirmative step of nudging the deepest concerns, which might be of serious issues, out of the children. Nikita and her fellow colleagues have formed a discipline committee of four since the school was supportive towards the young teacher’s endeavour; they also hold counselling classes in a week for the students and find out rarities, who are more concerning among the children, and call them individually for more counselling and then tend to their psychological needs.

“This model is indeed very useful and can help encourage the kids who don’t speak up often to open up about their problems and I am happy that students are expressing minor cases and also cases of rarities, and I hope more schools exercise this model of teaching the kids to express,” says Nikita.