Educative System at Don Bosco Institute of Technology, Okhla

A Motivating Presence

It is a kind of presence that infuses enthusiasm, encouragement and optimism. The presence of the educator infuses in the child a thirst for knowledge through the tactful use of queries, experiments, and exposure to new and educative environments.

A Personal Presence

The presence of the teacher is such that each child feels known, loved and accepted. This is all the more essential when relating to children having different levels of intelligence who are weak, differently abled and underprivileged.

An Incarnational Presence

As explained under the section on ‘rapport’, loving what your students love or ‘getting under their skin’ has an important purpose: seeing the world through their eyes will make them want to experience the world and the values you live by.

A Creative Presence

That is open to the joy of discovery. Life is too rich, too precious, too varied to be experienced between the fine print of cold textbooks or within the walls of classrooms. Being open to discovery means, being ready to try new ways, new solutions, and new ideas. Risk is a necessary ingredient of all creative learning.

A Preventive and Corrective Presence

Students are prone to forget rules. Being there with them would help prevent exposure to harm. Furthermore, timely reminders do help. But these reminders must be respectful of the offender. A presence that instills fear and punishment does more harm than good. In his letter to his Salesians, Don Bosco advised: “My sons, how often in my long career has this great truth come home to me! It is so much easier to get angry than to be patient, to threaten children rather than persuade them. I would even say that usually it is so much more convenient for our own impatience and pride to punish them than to correct them patiently with firmness and gentleness.” (Letters of John Bosco, 201)