Sriram:Can you give me a quick introduction about yourself.
Pavithra: I'm Pavitra Kumar did my MBA in Finance and was graduated from Mysore University. I have a banking experience of 13 years, where I worked as a branch operations manager withICICI, Kotak, and then with Jana Bank.
Later, joined Cuemath 18 months back. So initially, I just took up the foundation classes, and now I'm certified for taking coding and international classes too. So, now I teach both Indian and International and I have about 22 students.
Sriram:What was the transition from banking to Math teacher?
Pavithra: Yeah, that's a common question which everybody asks me. Initially, I wanted to be in a Bank. In the beginning, I was in Finance and later got into banking. Considering the stress level in private corporate jobs, my family demanded my presence at home. So I was looking for some opportunities to work from home.
After searching for many jobs, considering the point that the job I choose should make me happy with what I'm doing and I should also be able to give time for my family. That's when I saw the Cuemath ad on Facebook and applied to it.
Later I got a call from the Cuemath team then that's when it all started. Since math was my favorite subject, it was easy for me to teach math. Later on, I realized that teaching was my real passion.
Sriram:How would you describe the word passion? Can you explain in brief?
Pavithra: Passion is different for each person. Few people find passion in music and others somewhere else. If this question was asked to me before two years, then I would have given you the definition from any one of the dictionary.
After I started teaching math, I realized that teaching is my passion. It’s not that I was not satisfied with my old job. The satisfaction I get after finishing my class is to the core.
Also, to see the spark on the student’s face when they understand what I had taught gives me a feeling that I have achieved some. This feeling is what I call passion, as I can see that I love teaching math to kids.
"The satisfaction I get after finishing my class is to the core"
Sriram:As a Teacher, how does passion influence in teaching?
Pavithra: A teacher's passion plays a vital role in both the teacher and the student.
A passionate teacher would love her job and the way she is working. The explanation from a passionate teacher would be completely different, as she tries only to make the student understand the concept or the logic behind each math question and make them comfortable on the topic.
A passionate teacher would identify each student separately and teach each student differently based on their level of understanding, as each student is different. This approach from a passionate teacher makes the student understand the concept easily. If every student understands the concepts completely when it is taught up to their level individually, it is a win-win situation for both teacher and the student.
"A passionate teacher would identify each student separately and teach each student differently based on their level of understanding."
Sriram: Can you tell us where does passion come from in teaching math? Why teaching math gives you joy or satisfaction?
Pavithra: Passion is important for teaching all the subjects. Why it is important for math is, it is a foundation to learn everything around us. Earlier it used to be one of the subjects, like how we learned math. Nowadays, math is a subject that is approached differently as a life skill for future generations.
When a student understands what the teacher is teaching then that is where the real satisfaction of a teacher lies. Students will love the subject when the teacher is passionate about teaching as it gets retained in the memory of the student’s life forever.
Sriram:What was Cuemath’s role in discovering your passion?
Pavithra: It was Cuemath that made me realize that I have a passion for teaching. As I said, I have a lot of friends who are teachers but had never thought of myself as a teacher.
I like the way and concept of cuemath, in teaching the students. After I started teaching under cuemath, it has created a different environment at my home. Here I get a kind of satisfaction in teaching, so the complete honor goes to Cuemath.
"It was Cuemath that made me realize that I have a passion for teaching."
Sriram:I feel Math and passion seldom go along. Math is more associated with fear and difficulty. How would you advise students to find a passion for math or associated with something more pleasant?
Pavithra: Your question itself has your answer. Preferably, if a subject is easy, you will start liking the subject; else, you will start hating it. The fear of math is developed in students because of the incorrect method of teaching in their formative years. All students can't be passionate about math as every student’s passion is different.
As a teacher, I want all my students to experience the other side of math, which is beautiful.
Sriram: How do you think parents can support their children in building their passion for mathematics?
Pavithra: Parents should give a positive impression to the children about math and show them why math is important in the future. Because most of the parents who I meet come to me in the first place because they don't like math or they're scared of math, so they cannot teach math.
I feel that the feeling of fear of math starts at home. Math has become a practice in daily life. Even small positive thoughts from the parents will help the child.
Sriram:What is the role of a passionate teacher?
Pavithra: If we are passionate teachers, we can make wonderful leaders for the nation. So it's in our hands to make them.
"The future of tomorrow’s leaders are in our hand."