Back to basics
My favourite teaching tool is a book, if I remember to take it. I think it is important to able to relate to what one says. As a teacher of literature, I have to keep referring to the text on and off. Also, it is important to check if what I say in the class stands or not. Hence, there is no alternative to a book.
Amlan Dasgupta, professor, Jadavpur University, Calcutta
I would go for blackboard and chalk. Though there are quite a few modern teaching tools available in the market today, I believe that using the blackboard and chalk is the best way to flesh out the basic concepts for the student. Moreover, modern teaching tools, with their infographics and demonstration, is actually a source of distraction for the student who pays more attention to the tools than to what the teacher is teaching.
Amrit Sen, associate professor, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan
For me, my favourite teaching tool is my hand written notes. While there are many other aids that I use to give lectures in class, I always carry my extensive notes. I keep updating them from time to time. These notes are my whetstones as the more I write them, the more concepts become clearer and take shape. So, they help me teach better.
Ashok Mohapatra, professor, Sambalpur University, Orissa
As told to Moumita Chakrabarti