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.

Why adopt to Visual Notes and Mind Mapping?

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The categorization is seen up front in all aspects and it is one that drives the human mind as well. As should be the case this article would throw some light on the tuning the minds to achievements.

Most of the learned are seen to follow the general rule and the standardization of ‘More Memory; More Marks’.

How far can it go?

Will it provide significant learning?

Can you analyze what you learned last week and its impact?

The reflection of the learning process is much important and without the element of reflection, the learning would just be an expensive time killing.

The reflection of the learning process is much important and without the element of reflection, the learning would just be an expensive time killing.

Teachers and mentors should encourage the reflective practice to their students in learning and if this reflective practice is missing the purpose of education is not met and what is most missing would be the time invested.

Right in the classroom, the reflection should be imposed on students, in a manner of providing tips to absorb the information and the content with passion, dedication and ultimate retention. Although the teacher takes many measures to structure the lessons and provide the right teaching with examples and sometimes encourage hands-on learning and much more with the activity-based learning. All of these are best methods and yet there is something which is much more effective and essential.

Visual Notes Taking -Absorption of Content

This is the profound way and known as mind mapping which is seen in practice with the intellectuals and this practice helps in reflective learning and knowledge with retention. This is related to art and drawing might be in the mindset of general people but this technique belongs to education. This comes in practice and it is most importantly an encouraging behavior to doodle in the classroom in the sketchbook.

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To bridge the clarification let me give an experience of a high school student who owned a sketch handbook and his style of notes taking would be drawings and I did wonder how it helps but it did wonders. This is the good method to re-cap and it helps to memorize the concepts in a better way.

The complete content-based information is visualized in drawings and it helps to remember not just simple learning but also the high level of understanding. Especially noted is during the time of examination and with the adequate adrenaline rush coupled with the visual notes the quick revision of the content can be obtained in a much shorter span.

Irrespective of the student grades, a shift to the visual learning would help achievement in the long run. Let this serve as an awareness and more of practical observation will be the right strategy to conclude the actual benefits.

Teaching effectively with limited resources!

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Thousands of teachers across the globe teach in very humble classrooms that have nothing except blackboards, chalks, and tables, sometimes nothing at all. Obviously it is, difficult to teach with enthusiasm in such classrooms in this modern age; however, there are teachers who know how to cope with this situation as they have no other option but to devise their own ways and methods to adapt to the situation. Today there are various skills and techniques that can help teachers work effectively without all those materials that “modern classrooms” are equipped with. In this article, we are going to explore some useful tips and ideas that teachers can follow in order to teach well in very traditional settings.

Have friendly rapport with your students

When the teacher is liked and admired by his students’ chances are, his overall teaching practices will effectively work. in a friendly atmosphere, students will surely try their best to interact actively with their teacher and will compete between each other to respond and show their talents; the teacher in this atmosphere is required to give chance to every student to participate without forgetting to respond to their answers with positive feedbacks to encourage them. This will certainly smooth the process of teaching and learning and it can all be done through simple activities like mini-talks and discussions that will enable students to improve their communicative skills.

Among other things that can help teachers create this friendly rapport, we can cite:

  • Warm greetings at the beginning of every session.
  • Eye contact with a smile makes students feel more relaxed and comfortable.
  • An audible clear voice that captures the attention of all the attendants.
  • Addressing pupils by their names and never ever call someone by a name that he/she dislikes.
  • Reward students who excel in tasks, projects, and tests with prizes or extra marks.

These above tips should all be adopted by teachers regardless of what type of classrooms they teach in, but are strongly needed in teachers who lack basic school materials in order to shift the focus of all the class to the teacher’s talk and explanations and to each student’s contributions.

Exploit what’s available in your classroom, maybe just blackboard and chalk!

The truth is that there are students who love to go to the blackboard and write, I have witnessed this type of students myself, whenever I enter the classroom I find them there standing in front of the board writing whatever pops up into their minds, words, sentences, their favorite team clubs…etc. this clearly shows that students are still deeply connected with chalk and the board, teachers should exploit this by integrating “writing in the blackboard by students” in all activities; by doing so, students will become more confident and less stressed and will definitely improve their handwriting. It is also advisable for teachers to use colors to help students differentiate between new vocabulary, structures, quotes and so on.

Conducting contests in the classroom

Teachers can organize small contests of public speaking, writing, and reading in the classroom, these activities do not require any materials and are easy to conduct, they help break the routine of lessons and are much enjoyed by students especially if the winner is rewarded at the end. If time doesn’t allow for extra activities these contests can be integrated within the lessons. When planning these contests teachers should prepare the activities, questions with the same degree of difficulty or simplicity to provide equal opportunity for all the participants and not to be seen as favoring one group or one student over the other.

No photocopiers!

Many schools today lack photocopiers especially in the so-called “third world”; therefore teachers are required to look for other ways to solve this problem, and the best thing to do is to prepare large flip charts and tape them on the blackboard for the whole class to see, students then can copy the exercises or whatever is in the flipchart in their notebooks, It’s like having a worksheet in one’s table and copying from it.

Group work

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This technique can help students interact well with each other with common school materials. But when doing activities with group work teachers should make sure that each individual has an exact role to play in order to prevent the excellent students from doing or dominating all the work and to make it more effective each Group shouldn’t exceed more than five or six students.

To sum up, when facing new environment and tough situations most teachers find ways out to adapt and excel, the reality always defines what approaches and techniques we should follow. The fact is that it’s not all about having internet, library, projectors … in the class, most of all it’s about being willing and determined to work and help students discover and reach new horizons with whatever you have in your hands.

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.