On Thursday, September 26, the Institute for Contemporary Education’s Center for Professional Education organized the first in a series of lectures presenting examples of good practice entitled ‘How to Become a Successful Teacher and Student’. The lecturer was Momčilo Stepanović, who holds a master’s degree in education. Momčilo, a member of Mensa, is the author of accredited professional development programs, textbooks and didactic tools, and he is also the founder of the Creative Teachers association.
The goal of the lecture was to present success as a relative and variable category, and highlight the elements of success. Through practical examples and educational advice, the lecturer presented the secrets to student and teacher success in terms of emotional, social, intellectual and professional development.
The lecture, which generated much interest among educators, presented potential obstacles in achieving success and gave constructive advice on how to overcome them. During the lecture, teacher Momčilo answered the question whether anyone can be successful and sent the following strong message: “Success in teaching is not visible immediately; we can see it only once the children have become adults.”
The attendees were delighted with the lecture and full of enthusiasm, motivation and desire to not only convey their knowledge, didactic and methodical abilities to their students, but also to understand their developmental features and learn about the students’ priorities and needs. Momčilo’s message to the attendees was: ‘Academic success is not a case of circumstances and abilities; it comes from commitment.’