Master, as one of my vibrant colleagues at IMT Nagpur defined, is one who makes complex problems look really simple. In his presence students get a feeling that the subject/topic under discussion is extremely easy to learn. He is one who makes them feel confident and composed. This trait is what makes a ‘master’ special in the eyes of his pupils. They begin to adore him because when they try to do the same problem solving on their own, the subject suddenly starts looking difficult. This makes them say, “Oh! look how a tough subject like this has been made simple by our master. Left to ourselves we would have never managed to grasp it!”
My faculty colleague went on to give an example from the game of chess. According to him when Bobby Fischer’s plays his game, he makes his audience feel that chess is one game which they all can master. He gives them hope and courage. But when people try to compete in complex games of chess themselves, they end up praising the ‘master’ because it’s not as easy as it looked. That’s precisely the reason why Micheal Jacksons, Bob Marleys, Sachin Tendulkars become icons. They make difficult things look easy despite of the fact that their acts are impossible to emulate. Truth is that there can’t be many heroes. Yet the real ones create an urge for others to try and be like them.
Valuable nuggets for teachers, Prof. T. K. C!