Teachers are the catalysts of a country’s future. For many of them, teaching is not just a job but an opportunity to make a difference. There is a lot of talk about treating teachers with respect and recognising them on par with other professionals. However, there are almost no opportunities for the best teachers to showcase what truly outstanding teaching actually looks like – and be given recognition for their professional skills. XSEED seeks to bridge this gap by providing a platform to find, nurture, and reward the best of our best teachers.
XSEED has launched the ‘XSEED SuperTeacher’ – a first-of-its-kind talent discovery program to find and reward the best of the best teaching professionals. This competitive search is open to thousands of XSEED teachers across countries.
In its launch year, 2019, this search for the best of the best teachers was open to over 75,000 XSEED teachers across India. Close to 7000 teachers, drawn from schools across India, participated. The process included four rounds of rigorous selection that involved written assessments, personal interviews, and classroom demonstrations. The finale of the contest featured three finalists teaching a LIVE CLASSROOM evaluated by a live audience of over twelve hundred fellow educators and an expert jury.
Cassandra Fernandez from Tamil Nadu in India won the 2019 XSEED Super Teacher India search. She was awarded the glittering XSEED SuperTeacher Trophy by Ashish Rajpal, Founder & CEO, XSEED Education.
“When you teach from the heart, it makes a lasting impression in the mind of a child. Education is my way to make an impact and better the lives of the children.” – Cassandra Fernandez, Winner of the XSEED SuperTeacher India, 2019
So, what does it take to become a professional K-12 teacher in the 21st Century? Ashish Rajpal (Founder & CEO of XSEED Education) decoded three specific skills and mindsets that are ingredients of a modern teaching professional:
First, we need to embrace the importance of the pedagogical process and technique over merely broadcasting content.Second, we must start paying attention to the child. Finally, we need to nurture an investment mindset, rather than a returns mindset, when it comes to developing teaching talent.