Open Mindedness - Neha Sharma, Math Enrichment Teacher

 “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.” - Frank Zappa

Open mindedness is when we receive new ideas, beliefs, values and perspectives with an open mind. Good suggestions are always welcomed. Our mind has always a space for new knowledge and ideas. Over the last few years, I observed that open mindedness creates opportunities to accept innovations and re think assumptions.

I know that I'm an open -minded person, but like most of the people, I do have some strong views about specific topics and find it hard to get away from those opinions, no matter how others might try to influence me. I believe we should stay true to what we believe in, but always be ready to accept new beliefs. Sometimes being open-minded can be really difficult. We are brought up with particular beliefs and values.

We tend to be with people who share the same values and beliefs throughout our lives. It is always difficult to face new ideas and beliefs and therefore we challenge our open mindedness time to time.

I always teach student to never stop learning and adapting. I always tell them that “Do not limit yourself. There is so much to be gained. So, keep door to your mind open and let the new ideas come in.”  We should teach students to take criticism with an open mind and I’m working on it now a days. 

The world will always be changing. I studied chalk talk and lecture methods and now I’m teaching with projects, assignments, AVs, analysis-synthesis, inductive-deductive and many more innovative methods.  Had I use the traditional method, my students wouldn’t have loved me for teaching interactively. They love me because I always try to teach the method which is easy and interesting for them and this is all because I keep myself ready to adapt new teaching methodology, ideas and techniques at any point of time.

I’ve uncovered so many innovative things when I started looking the world around me with an open mind J

-Neha Sharma
Math Enrichment Teacher
MLZS, North Bangalore