As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How close or far are you from that vision?
When I was eight, I became interested to know how my siblings were learning the new language Urdu. I discovered very quickly the teacher knew nothing about teaching. He let my siblings repeat the words in the book after him without looking at the words in their book. On close examination I became aware they didn’t even know the alphabets of the language they were learning. How can anyone learn to read without knowing the alphabets.
This was my first encounter with teaching, I didn’t think at that time I’d be a teacher or anything else. I had no goal in mind.
I was a happy child. I sometimes sat with my mom and watched her cooking. Once I saw my mother baking a cake, she was getting the ingredients ready while I watched her. I was so interested I asked my mom if I could bake a small cake, mom agreed , I got a round tin, measured the ingredients and baked my miniature cake.
The thought I’d be a professional Chef never crossed my mind.
My only aim was to go to school, do the tasks while I was there, come home finish my homework and go to sleep. This was my schedule in school and college , but I changed my outlook when I stepped on the university campus.
Suddenly I began to think what was I going to do after I graduate from the university. I thought of teaching I knew I needed an education degree to do that. I registered in a college to get my degree. After I got the degree I applied for a teaching job in a school in my home town, Comilla, Bangladesh. I was lucky I got the job.I always loved children and it motivated me to be a school teacher. This is how things worked out for me.