Building Value Education and Character Education at Schools!

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The achievements at schools would certainly be linked to the later outcomes experienced in life. Character strength should be substantially built-in with the academics and the school achievement would be assessed along with the conduct certification. The grades and the marks are not the ultimate while the primary strength learned and earned should be the character.

Most schools have the system of self-report to measure the level of the 24 character strengths and along with the acknowledgment of their teacher and tutor, it would proceed. So much to discuss over the positive character traits and one thing stormed out and cleared is the initiation to build the positive character building and the efforts to inherit these qualities with the support of the qualified mentors and psychologist.

The character building and positive psychology mean a long way that is been carried in live and they are closely linked to the aspiration and intelligence as well.

The strategies should inline to the development of the character strengths and the components.

The core strength on which these 24-character traits are categorized.
Wisdom:

This directly relates to the knowledge and the cognitive strength which helps in the acquisition of the knowledge and the skill development. The components of character which comes into this category are:

Creativity

Curiosity

Judgement

Love for Learning

Perspective

The strategy and building these skills should rightly start at the early childhood and keep the pace of learning to step up as the child grows. More of living examples and specific skill enhancement have to be inculcated in children.

Courage:

This paves a good establishment to the emotional strengths and it involves ample exercising over the goal accomplishments and meeting the challenges both internal and external to an individual. The components of character which underlies in this category are:

Bravery

Perseverance

Honesty

Zest

Courage can be taught as a foundation which is underlying in most of the stories and handling situations the best manner should be the lesson. This cannot be an emotion but is broadly the reciprocation of all the virtues.

Humanity:

The interpersonal strengths which seek to be empathic and supportive make the most for this category. The various categories in character are:

Empathy

Kindness

Social Intelligence

Humanity is the one essential value to be cultivated in all children. It is the methodical effort and the tendency to be empathetic makes the most. Serving the society can be amplified with the virtue of this value.

Justice:

This shows the civic strength and perfect go for the community. An individual should certainly be well equipped with this character trait. The following are the categories of this segment:

Teamwork

Fair play

Leadership

The unbiased and the judgmental ability makes it most for the life skills in children. This will keep them grow as a good team player, fair enough in all aspects and well bound with the leadership skills.

Temperance:

The extremes need to be handled and the strength to protect comes in the category. The various components that include here are as follows.

Mercy

Modesty

Prudence

Self-regulation

Temperance is much to be trained in the situational behavior and it should clearly be with the modesty in the thoughts and actions. With much self-regulation and being mercy for others which cannot be made in a day but to be taught with role models.

Transcendence:

It shows the strength to connect with the larger universe and to find oneself in it. The components included here are:

Appreciation

Gratitude

Hope

Humour

Religious

Spirituality

The transcendence is the virtue which keeps the individual going far and wide, they would be inherited from the mentors when trained to think with great appreciation and admiration. It also defines to build better hope and zest.

Schools along with the family and the communities are much responsible for building the virtues in the children. Prominently, the most of it to be taught in schools and should be modified and amplified when with families and the community. This is something which cannot be assessed or evaluated but should be observed practically. This is something once learnt is ever learnt and will be possessed with the child as an excellent credit.

Teach kids to overcome procrastination!

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Before we proceed, I am sure you could be a parent or a mentor reading this article. Let us first understand procrastination. It is in each of us and it is a part of human tendency. The underlying reason why we procrastinate the tasks, as we hear from kids saying,

"It has time till next week…so not doing it now"
"Let me shower after an hour or later"
"No…no… I will not do it now, why the hurry"
"So what? let me do it later"

Hmm… the list is on-going and the killing reason of such procrastination is that they are not interested in the tasks, they are not enthusiastic and procure carelessness, avoidance, waiting to get it done by others, sometimes the ignorance too.

Most of them define it to be handled psychologically, yes… that is true but would the self-realization and helping kids realize their potential and providing them a concrete solution would certainly help and it is powerful too.

So, let me present another point that it all depends on the parenting and the skills of the parents to present the task. In simple words, if the child has to do Mathematics, then say do your sums now… instead of complete your homework. The burden of homework sounds huge compared to when you just say complete sums. Well again we expect the fullest from the children but even if the child reaches the above average the child has to be rewarded.

The maturity and the regulations should come from the parents and the monitoring of the parents’ behavior towards the children is far more important than setting to correct the child. If you wish to set out being supportive to overcome procrastination then think of doing the following.

  • You should reward the child, not always rewards should also mean punishments and so henceforth, forget the punishments.
  • Keep your expectation realistic and do not set expectations based on the peer child.
  • Keep changing the strategies based on the age of the child.
  • Train kids to handle independently
  • Teach them to achieve on their own
  • Rescue your child when experiencing failure
  • Set yourself as a model

It does not end here as you may have to teach them with much of realization and it is proved the habit of procrastination is nothing to do with gene while it is purely a habit that comes out of practice.

Teach the children to foresee literally the time traveling to future and make them wonder the anxiety experienced for not completing and on the other hand, the happiness cherished on the completion. This will keep them changing to the betterment.

Teach them how to get started and make them realize they need not worry about the complete staircase but only take one step at a time. This will encourage them to initiate and move towards the goals and completions.

The handling of children should be different for different age groups. For older children, few other tips may help. For example teach them to eat the frog first, which means the toughest task to be completed at first. Attach each of their tasks to a goal setting, make them accountable for their performance.

It would also work if you try to make them understand the 2-minutes rule which is the quick task when handled instantly can provide more completions and hence would motivate. Help them in reviewing and target setting which could be an anchor for long-term performance. Let’s eradicate the procrastination and move the new generation brighter and successful.

 

 

What is M-Learning?

M-Learning

The trend evidently shows that E-Learning has matured to M-Learning which is Mobile Learning, such modernization of the e-learning and with the popular adoption to smart phones have opened its horizons to the convenience of M-Learning. At the most recent times, the smartphones are the best fit to the ultimate collaboration and they do wonders in the palm. Just as we dive into the topic let us discuss over the education transformation.

We have just conceded through the various digital learning materials which include the eBook, eLearning and even the virtual classroom. The technology has transformed these to a greater extent and now it is seen as the power in our hands and we are able to gather the required information at the fingertips.

Why should it be called Smart Phones any more…when it can do much more in knowledge and learning? Ponder!

Mobile learning in simple terms is accessing the materials in mobile and learning on the go, it is highly personalized and just don’t judge it in general, for eg. When you access a website in mobile you would see the content structured to the device size and keeps it feasible enough to click and go but at the same time the mobile learning content is designed with great website responsive structural management which allows the learner to gather the information in a short span and keep up the desire of serving with the great understanding. This is a strong edge over the e-learning.

Should we call it just-in-time knowledge? May be still better…

Most people access it for the quick learning and instant information. Students seem to utilize in a better way while the corporates and executives would go for a quick refresh of the same. Particularly, for students, it works wonders as it is easier for them to adapt to their knowledge gaps and by focusing on the chapters that have challenged them makes it productive.

Real time interactions to the huge group!

It is interesting to know the experience of each other student, finding the strategy of the group members of the same age, attempting to crack the concept and derive the solution. When there are more interactions over the topic, it becomes better for the retention and does take better participation for the complete understanding.

We have known the disadvantages of technology and innovation, but now when you see the students outsmart due to better technology, should we take back the uttered statement.

How good is the M-Learning structured?

An effective and the best M-learning creation includes the videos, some textual data, and the images. It provided the best knowledge and we do provide the feature to be able to read, repeat, record, list, and mind-map. The comprehensive learning can be achieved with tests, assessments and detailed questions. Some innovative platform has also simulations and the listens to the role playing and evaluations through games and animations. These are supported to demonstrate and illustrate the concept and teach them how to interpret and apply.

It is important for us to create and push learning to people and not push people to learn.

The future of M-Learning is predictable as we see the complete revolutionary change in the cloud technology. The best of all is the learning engagement in M-Learning, it cuts through the mundane of learning as it has engagement booster coming up new and trendy each time. The technology is beyond the normal web page and it steps ahead with innovation. Few of the interesting engagements are pop-up challenges which set count-down time to crack the answer, one to one challenge to the peer, reward, and points to gain and accumulate for recognition.

The future of M-Learning:

Getting so fond over the engagement and the interaction with the mobile learning is the first step to overlook desktops. You can see the trend jump to the wearable learning, as we see the wearable technology to boost. Secondly, the personalized learning gets into the highlight as it delivers the exact search of the learner. The innovations are endless, while it may to more to speak about right the next day, add to the comments session and let’s discuss more.

Teachers be armed with skills of non-verbal Communication!

Non-verbal communication

Communication is an integral part of the teaching process and teachers are classroom managers. The impact on the learning and the behavior of the students are deliberated over the behavior of the teachers. This could be the motivational message conversion and be keeping the students attentive based on the non-verbal behavior.

The use of non-verbal communication improves the relationship and efficiency of the students with the teachers. The results of most experimental implication show that the non-verbal communication is the best to express the feeling, most preferred for motivation, cognitive development, gaining extensive attention.

What is it all about?

We know communication as a transfer of a message in any form and when it is non-verbal it is mostly unintentional and is done without conscious at most times. It includes the expression, gestures, movements, eye contact and even the attire of the person. Everything speaks and communicates to the observer. This becomes the most stable part and influences better.

At places where the non-verbal communication is neglected, it shows a mundane environment and the social behavior does effect to a wider extent. The communication does not get effective and the right intentions cannot be delivered. So, to answer the question of types of non-verbal communication are facial expressions, the hand gestures, body movement, postures, voice modulations and the overall swiftness of expression. It is the non-verbal communication which develops and creates great interest to the audience and keeps them curious. Studies have concluded that the energy level of the students who attend to the teaching with the non-verbal communication is high and they are proactive. Such manner of communication makes the concepts clearer and would be able to stick to deliver excellence in the examination.

When the success of the students matters the most and so is the value that is enhanced with the teachers who out-perform in non-verbal communication.

This may not be a new strategy but it is a welcoming one in the recent days. The attributes and the attitudes of the teachers are highly influential among the students in this kind of teaching.

Get keen on ‘Why?’

Why don’t we take a moment to think of our verbal classroom teaching, most of us would remember the experience with lack of proper language communication, the missing focus on grammar and the boring lectures? The presence of mind gets absent in this case and would be provoked to end the class and leave them at the earliest. So, was the reason the experts identified the non-verbal communication which is lively and energizing.

The success of the learner can be enhanced in the practical application of this technique. With the advanced teaching methodology, this technique serves the purpose. As the attention of the students is enhanced, the understanding improves, it also improves the students to remember the concept and overall the spirit in the class is noted to be high.

The Practical Application on ‘How?’

A gentle smile, the encouraging behavior, cheerful eyes, enthusiastic gestures are effective for teachers to start their teaching session which proves a wonderful start of non-verbal communication. So, how would you work to create positive signals in teaching and avoid the negative that affects. Here the communication gets natural and cannot be pretended.

Yes, Right! It should be both ways and the teacher should know to accept and be aware of the non-verbal communication of the students. In the next step, he should be able to respond to it with positive signals and reciprocate with behavioral answers good and encouraging.

Body language: This is the Kinetic way of communicating and it leads to the effective way of teaching. It includes the hand or head shaking, gestures and postures as well.

Expressions: Of course, they widely denote the facial expressions and the smile is the most desirable expression which creates warmth between both the teachers and students. Generally, the classroom session would have to show the right, wrong, happy, disappointment, appreciation, that gets sub-consciously expressed in the face.

The eye contact is yet another great means of communication which helps you control the attention of the group on whole.

Gestures and Postures: Another interesting aspect of non-verbal communication is gestures with the movement of the hand and arm, it could be as you appreciate sub-consciously by an applause, show the frustration with the snapping of the arm, patting the shoulders and much more. This also implies for posters which need a stern appearance and steady to win the attention of the students. The lethetic and casual standing shows the less interest in the subject and the happening.

Further, along with these comes the voice and tone modulations which are again a sort of non-verbal communication and that happens unconsciously. The tone of the communicator plays a key role and it adds to the emotional expression of the communicator.

Verdict:

Overall, the non-verbal communication is a skill that needs to be practiced consciously. The teacher should acquire this methodology to succeed in teaching. It is primarily a desirable quality as for example an eye contact grab the attention of the learner to the fullest. To make the learning interesting and effective the teachers should learn to equip and implement this non-verbal expertise.

 

Content and language Integrated learning (CLIL) Methodology at Schools!

CLIL Method at Schools A Welcoming Approach Internationally

The Content and Language Integrated Learning refers to the overall development of the students. The focus is on both the context and the language and when the subject is specifically in a different language which gets excelled and both the language and the content gets accommodated giving a better and beneficial platform to the students.

Having examined over the concept the dual focus instruction is meant to be a revolutionary change as it develops additional skills in the students. To be clearer on this concept, the classroom teaching is generally implied in the first language of the learners but here it is learning a foreign language. It is not all about learning language but along with the learning of language they work on the content and make sure all the subjects are taught and learnt in the new language. This is the factual reason for the success of the both.

This CLIL (Content and language integrated learning) paves the way to the learning of additional language and not mere sticking to the first language medium of learning. This focus becomes exceedingly accommodative and when the language is being learned with the subject specification it shows great improvements. The recompenses over it are that the language competency been developed. Improves multi-lingual communication skills, the subject gets more interesting to learn it in a different language, advances the students confident level and enriches the motivation. When learning the subject in a different language the ability to think, analyze and reproduce develops right from the beginning.

CLIL develops a welcoming approach!

This concept gradually spread across the globe and many countries internationally adhere this trend to the benefit of the students. This system of education becomes suitable for all grades and in simple the knowledge enhancement is dual in the span of learning one subject. The power of learning a new language comes naturally with no different or dedicated time for it, for the simple reason when the subject must be learned for understanding, learning and reproducing the language must be made familiar and hence the learning process seems to be quick and easy. There are schools which adapt the concept partially and when the school is backed with the right teachers and mentors it is all the simpler.

More specifically the benefits of CLIL is that it prepares the students for the internationalization which is important for higher studies and work life as well, creates and develops a unique interest in the multilingual and henceforth stays motivated. All these ultimately accelerate the school profile and takes pride in the success of each student.

The Role of Teachers and Mentors:

At this point in CLIL concept, the subjects and the curriculum serves as a tool for learning the new language. As the target of teachers been to prepare the teaching in the new language means much of strategies involved and the right side by side exposure is obligatory. The class lesson plan should also be planned way in advance in the target language, to improve the vocabulary, the provide the complete learning skills. To this implementation, the right meaning of the works in different contextual is much more required. In most cases, they then to work on their skills of language reading, writing, speaking and presenting. The cultural enhancements with the interconnectivity are been experienced.

What as Teachers need to understand?

Teachers involved in the CLIL should aim to distinguish their teaching from the conventional methods. It is not about schools or regulations, it works best on passion.

The teachers should understand:

  • It is not any kind of scheme or rules in CLIL.
  • It is also not all about language.
  • CLIL is not about aiming the learner to be fluent in the language.
  • CLIL is entirely about Dual-focused education as deliberated above.
  • It works best in Team Efforts.
  • CLIL is not something impossible.
  • CLIL can do wonders when applied innovatively.
The Challenges:

Primarily English is the extensively chosen medium and the instruction methodology is been existing for years while the new era system CLIL getting popular would be difficult in meeting the possibilities and the parameters. The language teacher would not be strong in the context subjects while the subject teachers will not be efficient enough in the language. So, this method calls for the integration and the blend of both the subject and the language teachers to make it successful. Still, the adoption of English the universal language teaching cannot be forgone and needs to be in practice as the new language teaching being in many socio, cultural issues.

Another controversy experienced is that the certified subject teachers, when handled the CLIL methodology, does not reach the expectations as they are not skilled in the language meticulously and the vice versa also face the efficiency issue. The teacher’s skill enhancement becomes primary while adopting the CLIL methodology.

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How Schools Practice CLIL!

CLIL is effectively practiced in Germany, Italy and they show the professional development in everyday teaching and learning. As this concept was promoted by the European Union with the inspiration of introducing innovative teaching with a foreign language together with the effective content learning.

Schools need to implement the 4C’s – the Content, the Communication, the Cognitive ability and the Culture.

The content is the depth of the subjects to learn like History, Geography, Science, Math’s, etc.

The communication involves the familiarity and the use of language in both the oral and written form.

The cognitive ability is the mental aptitude where the students are trained to think and respond in other language.

The culture is the exploration of the other languages and their experience.

Schools essential is to support and train teachers to learn strategies, they need to approach using ICT, teachers should be provided with the guidance of partnering for teaching.

Inference:

Constant motivation and encouragement make CLIL implementation a success and an overall progress is experienced with all the stack holders-the school, teachers, and the students. Criticism must be eliminated if the schools wish to globalize and perform distinguished.