Gone are those days when we used to consider our kids as blank slate where we as a teachers were supposed to write our thoughts and ideology. Now the kids are well acquainted with new concepts and ideas. We can be a guide to them to construct a new knowledge based on their previous knowledge. This is what the constructivism is.
It is a pedagogy of teaching where student in the classroom is actively involved and their ideas are well listened and worked upon. There is no rote learning or spoon feeding of subjects while the child learns through exploration and with his own experiences .
Some of the techniques used in this type of learning are
Project based activities
Problem solving techniques
Inquiry based learning
Advantages of this approach
Child is not a passive listener as in lecture method.
Child develops the reasoning skills.
He feels motivated to ask questions.
He tries to make his own theories and verify them.
Learning through this method is long lasting.
Unfortunately in India education means curriculum completion and percentage oriented results, such an innovative approach is not being adopted. There are only handful of schools which are practiing this. Creating such an atmosphere where child could use this cognitive skills can help him to grow better in all perspectives. Now is a time to challenge the education system and at the same time , to come out from percent oriented results and performance.
Irrespective of age or gender,at home or at workplace,we always look for an appreciation by the ones whom we are connected in any way. If we as an adult feel that our work should be appreciated or acknowledged , think about your little monsters who all the time trying New things , discover new challenges for themselves. They go beyond their limits to win . As a part of growth and development, they need to be appreciated.
Few words of appreciation can do magic for your child. There are various psychological reasons for why every child need to be appreciated
It builds confidence.
It motivates the child.
It brings the self satisfaction.
It strengthens the bond between you and your child.
Being a parent it is important to use such phrases. The more you appreciate, the more they will become responsible for their actions.
How do you appreciate your child as a father or mother. Share your experience in comment section.
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Coming in the series, here is an interaction with Shivam Mishra putting up his suggestion that can refine our education system.
1: Tell us something about yourself ) e.g where are you from ? What you do ? What are your dreams and aspirations in the life ?
Ans: I am Shivam Mishra. I come from Ayodhya, UttarPradesh. Currently, I’m working as an engineer. I don’t have dreams or destinations, I believe in enjoying my journey equally.
2 What inspired you to get associated with this Project ?
Ans: Education is the area where a lot of work needs to be done. When I read regarding this project I thought I ought to put out my views on this issue.
3. Why do you feel that there is a need of change in the Education system of India ?
Ans: There are various following reasons why I think there is a sudden need of change in our education system.
1. There is a vast difference between theory and practical.
2. We don’t use most of things we study.
3. In these times when world is changing rapidly, we got to catch up with rest of the world and new emerging technologies.
4.What practical difficulties as a student you are facing or have faced in present education system ? Ans:- I didn’t have good teachers. I spent 9 precious years of my life without a good teacher. When I met them, they truly changed me forever. Besides this I am not a good learner and a lazy one so when I started trying to learn, semester was over. 4-5 months were not enough time for slow learners.
5 . What changes you want to see in Education System in the coming years ? ( It would be nice if you give practical ways to improve our system at any particular level e.g school level , college level etc) Ans:- 1. Reduction of syllabus burden:- There are many redundant things we study for example in mechanical engineering, Students study Manufacturing, Thermodynamics, Machine design etc. but at the end of the day, he ends up making career in only one of these streams. So classification of these streams would not only reduce the burden but student can also use that time working in industries and learning relevant things.
2. Selection of teachers:- A teacher can play vital role in making a child’s career. Teachers should be people who’re passionate about teaching. If somebody is teaching only to survive and to earn his daily lives, he is wasting both his and his student’s time.
Another thing is students between the age of 5-10 years ought to be taught compassionately and without expecting too much. People learn at different rates. Not knowing something, having difficulty in learning something, making mistakes, none of these are punishable.
3. Guidance:- Guidance in making career is also equally very important. Most of the students copy others without knowing their own interest and start fumbling. People lose their interest in their jobs as it’s completely different from what they thought once. Time is precious and life is too short, one can’t spend all it experimenting. That’s why they need guidance. Everybody is an individual entity so they wouldn’t be fit in same frame as a fish can’t climb on a tree. Students should also be encouraged to pursue entrepreneurship.
4. Inclusion of Technology: Inclusion of technologycan make learning way easier. For example using Apps such as BYJU’s learning App, difficult structures can be understood easily by using Model & Prototypes etc.
5. Personality Development:- Personality development, Human Interaction, Negotiations, Your appearance etc are very important once you enter into working class.
6. Projects:- Projects and experiments help in learning and one can correlate with theory. Fantasy of projects and experiments can ignite intelligent minds and spark the talent. Though it should be assigned naturally not forcibly.
6. Given a chance what is the first thing you will change and why ?
Ans:- There are many important things that need to be done and deciding one thing is really difficult. But if somehow I could push this perception that one should study to know the world better and things he is interested in not to score marks in exams. That would be a fair thing to do. For example a student goes through a lot anxiety during exams and after that he goes on vacation and forgets most of the thing he studied. When I was in 10th standard, I used to wake up at 1a.m. to study not because I wanted to score marks but I was afraid of failing. I did well.
When the time before exams is same as the time after exams, It should be spent with equal importance.
Journey Says : Thank you Shivam Mishra for enlightening us on this topic and being a part of this project. Your voice can motivate others to come forward and share their experiences too. Education should teach us how to live life and earn livelihood and prepare us for real life. Education should come out from books to life.
Get connected with Shivam Mishra @ email@example.com
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If you want to get your interview published on my blog then contact me through the link given below.
Hello to all lovely readers of my blog ! Welcome to the first interaction conducted under the Project – Educational Reforms in India, initiated with the help of blogchatter – A biggest platform for all the Indian bloggers .
I asked few people to express their views regarding the educational reforms as a parent , teacher or as a student on Twitter. Here is what they have suggested.
My first interaction was with Dr Amrita,who is a parent to a six year old girl and a teacher in a Medical College. I asked few question which were popping in my mind since the thought of this project came into my mind.
Here is my interaction with her.
Journeysays – What changes you want to see in present educational system ?
Dr Amrita : I want quality, affordable education with strong practical classes. Practicals like summer internships at various levels to have an idea about how different industries work. The education system is okay but the expectation needs to be balanced. While parents know the practical nature of life ,children and youngsters have no clue . Employability of education makes it useful. Until this gap in knowledge is understood by parents ,children and educators ,we have to face the problem. Education which doesn’t help us to make us financially free does not solve the purpose .
I would also like put more focus onhealthy living and Financial health.
Entrepreneurship mindsets should be incorporated in various ways from middle school onwards. Children are smart but a little guidance helps.
Journeysays– Your expectations from teachers ?
Dr Amrita : Teachers need to be upto date and incorporate the practical aspect of their subject with real examples, for better understanding .
Journeysays – Can you suggest any one or 2 practical ways to achieve your suggestions ?
Dr Amrita : Mindset shift is important. Education must be cherished . But with India’s impossible population number , making quality and affordable education accessible is a challenge. First step population control Second step better early life nutrition Third step mindset shift for both parents and children. For rest of my ideas you can read my blog post on this https://t.co/mAMNgA9m0y
I also interacted with Sakshi who is a teacher and student too. She teaches class 6th , 7th and 8th
According to her : Education should not become some kind of spoon feeding system . Like happening in schools these days . Practical knowledge need to be given, not just grades should be imparted . The class should be full of fun and interesting. There should be enough time for self studying hours for children. Parents should not providing smart phones to school students as it act as hindrance to their studies.
She says– Our education system is still based on age old belief that what is taught in books is the only way to excel in your exams and life which is quite the opposite to what life actually. Emphasis should be given on teaching practical theory . When we enter the society the first thought in our mind normally is what use was of those written exams where we just vomited out our by hearted words.
According to Jai who is a published writer, blogger and father :
I think training should be provided in chores that are neither included in extra-curricular nor academic activities. Small things for teenage children like carpentry, pottery, cooking for both males and females etc would impart life skills.
Dedicating time for aptitude development and extracurricular activities would be very beneficial where mugging up won’t be needed. Approach needs to change from only marks to performance and understanding.
These are the initial thoughts we have come up. Still lots of brain storming on this topic is left.
Kindly do share and create awareness among people to share their view point. We are open to all. Share on what’s app , Twitter or Reblog the way you want to share. You are welcomed to express your thoughts through the survey Link , as a guest post or interview. Do contact me through my contact page
Here is the link to survey where you can add you opinion directly-
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Education is a fundamental right for all the citizens of world according to the UN declaration . Hence , in most of the states in India, basic education is provided free to all. But the question is whether the education being given to them achieving the purpose ? Is it having a power to give the citizens which the future world is looking for.
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
The purpose of education can not be defined in few words. It is more than a definition. It has to be specific and goal oriented.
Need for this project ?
Being a teacher , a parent there has always been a great debate on what and how the child should get the education at various levels.
Be on a social media platforms or in family or friends get together I have witnessed the parents so worried for the education of their kids. I remember the incident I witnessed while travelling in a cab , that made me to get more deeper into this project –
Educational Reforms in India.
Ideas and objectives behind this Project :
We all discuss a lot on this topic with others .We share our ideas , shortcomings or better ways to teach children in school, colleges and universities. These discussions remain as discussions only and disappear from our minds soon. What if it could be recorded or entered into somewhere so that we could get a better picture of our expectations and the reforms we are looking for in our education system.
How to take part in this project ?
This project includes a short survey( Link is provided at the end of the post )where you can express your views, ideas and opinion about Indian Education System.
You are also welcomed to send your e-mails( Shadezoflife@gmail.com ) you want to share something more than that. Kindly mention – Educational Reforms in India in the subject.
Through out the month Interviews and Guest Posts will be published . You are welcomed to contact me here.
Spread the word on various social media platforms using #educationalreforms
How will it be benefited ?
The data collected will be complied up. The result will be made public and a copy of it will be sent to the concerned people and organisation. It will bring out what actually is needed to be changed with time.
Education is powerful media to bring a change in the society. Hence a small initiative has been taken to bring a change in the present education system and a small contribution towards better citizens of India.
Better Education means better India.
So ,let’s contribute for better future by giving your valuable suggestions, opinions to bring the change we want to see in our education system.
HERE IS THE LINK FOR SURVEY –
Click on it and be the Educational Reformer
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Looking forward for your support. Do share the post and work together for this noble cause.
KINDLY NOTE – THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN INITIATED WITH THE HELP OF BLOGCHATTER FOR THIS MONTH UNDER THE #BLOGCHATTERPROJECTS SEASON-2. Their efforts must be appreciated as it gives an opportunity to the bloggers to achieve the success in their dream projects.
There are different ways by which we can bring their imagination or world of thoughts out. It can be some writing activities or drawing competitions.
From time to time Google keep on organising such activities for kids where kids get a chance to showcase their talent. Doodle 4 Google Contest is one of them.
Doodle 4 Google Contest :
Here comes Google organising such a contest where children from various classes can participate and show their world of imagination in the form of doodle. They have to draw the doodle and write few lines about it. Check out the contest and few examples of doodles here
The contest is from classes 1 to 10.
There are different categories according to the classes.
National Winner will be awarded with
?An INR 500,000 college scholarship
?An INR 200,000 Technology package for their school
?Certificate / Trophy of achievement
?A trip to Google India Office
There will be five group winners who will be decided through Voting by the public.
Doodles of the winners will be displayed on their website.
You can download the form or send the scan copy or mail on their address.
LAST DATE: 6 oct 2018
Attention Teachers ! You can bring this contest straight to your classroom with these lesson plan and posters. Download here.
Don’t miss this opportunity !
Make your child participate in this wonderful contest. Give them the wings to explore their world.
To know how to enter and the judging criteria visit the website here.
Creative writing plays an important role in the way of learning language. It gives a chance to the learner to explore his imagination and put them into words. At the same time, the learner must get enough exposure forreading the books as reading comes before writing when when we are talking about language i.e. LSRW formula. You can read the complete post about why is important that we inculcate the habit of reading in kids. I have discussed this in my previous post( Read here) and also get tips about choosing the books for younger kids.
Even being a parent you can also do some of these exercises with your kids to enhance their capacities in writing.
Pin it @ Pinterest – Creative writing tools for kids
Keep the following points in mind while carrying out these activities :
These activities are to be done in leisure time.
Proper environment should be provided for writing.
Children should be allowed to use their own imagination .
Don’t interrupt and point out any mistake.
Do help , If asked for spellings or any word to be translated.
Don’t emphasise on good handwriting .
Creative writing activities for kids:
PICTURE COMPOSITION: This is the easiest tool that you can start with. Give a child any picture and ask him or her to describe. For younger kids , it can be few short sentences with same sentence structure. Children from the age group 10 – 12 years can write a short paragraph too.
STORY WRITING : There are different ways to make the children write a story.
Developing a story with outline– The children will write the story with the help of given hints using their own sentence structure.
Developing the story using the given beginning– In this case , children will develop the story using the given beginning lines of the story. This is an interesting activity as they can develop any plot using their own imagination.
Story writing by filling the blanks using the given hints: In this case the child has to just fill in the blanks. He or she will use the given hints or words. This exercise is good for age group 6- 8 years. years.Check out the few ideas here
3. DIALOGUE WRITING: This activity is liked by most of the kids. Some cartoons or pictures or a scene is given to them and they have to write few dialogue in the speech bubbles. Check out this activity sheet.
4. ACROSTIC : Children love trying new things. Give them an example of an Acrostic in the class or at home and tell them to write an Acrostic by their own. It can be on their favourite cartoon , flower or toy too. See the Acrostic written by me Harmony
5. RHYME TIME: This is an another activity which the kids love to do. You may go short of words but they will not stop writing. In this , provide them with some rhyming words like cat -bat – hat – rat. Now they will be come up many interesting rhymes.
The purpose of all these activities are to inculcate the habit of writing . This feeling of achievement something apart from curriculum will develop their interesting in language too. At the younger age , these few exercises will prove a mile stone in the future.
Don’t forget to give them a star ( think about yourself as blogger when we get one like as star , how would we feel ) as a mark of appreciation. Pin up their write ups so that other could also get a chance to read and appreciate each other’s work.
Have you ever tried any of this exercise with your kids ? Do you have some other idea ? Do share in the comment section .
“Learning a language and mastering a language are two different aspects.”
Learning a language is easy process and this can be summarised by LSRW formula i.e. listening, speaking, reading and writing. When a child listens the language in his surroundings , he or she starts babbling and then start speaking slowly. This is a simple way to learn any language.
Mastering a language is toatlly a diferent phenomenon.It requires more of reading than listening and speaking. Comprehensive reading plays an important role in it. It enhances your depth of knowledge about that particular language . This leads to the improvement in your expression.
Now a days , lots of books are available in the market and online too for the kids to read.I personally prefer paperback as it has its own charm. New publishers are coming up with new creative ideas. Book fairs in the school also create an interest in kids to read and encourage them to buys books. Parents also feel good when the child buys a book but later in many of the cases the books keep on lying on the shelf or in one corner of the house.
It is very easy to buy a book for a child but is difficult to create an interest at times.The attractive covers , freebies can be a good reason to buy but can not be a reason for inculcating reading habit.
For this you have to put some effort initially. Take a book , read in front of the child. Remember , children are copycats . When they will see you reading , they will also try to ac like yout. That is pretty good. This is the first step. Now, you can look at your child”s book and give few happy , interesting remark. This is a second step as you evoked the curiosity in your child. Now, start reading together and you are done !!!!
Benefits of reading :
Reading stimulates the brain
It increases the retention power.
It increases the vocabulary.
It reduces the stress .
It refreshes the mind.
It makes the child happy.
It builds the decision making power.
It makes the child happy.
It improves focus and concentration.
Keep these points in your mind when you are buying a book for your child
Buying a book for a child is an art. You should be aware the need of your child. The book should fulfil the need of a child otherwise the child will loose interest in reading. Right choice at right time can do wonders for your child.
Pay attention on the language used in it.
Start with a book having interesting pictures.
Font and size of the letters should be according to the age of the child.
Check The difficulty level of the language.
Keep the purpose of the book in your mind.
Keep the interest of the child in your mind.
Do not get fascinated by the cover and free gifts.
Go through few pages before you buy.
Now, take your child and go to book store, buy a book for yourself and see your little going through the books. Ask him if he also want a one.
Happy Reading and have a wonderful weekend.
Do share your reading experience with you kids ! Recommend any one book !