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Imparting education is not just giving knowledge but creating a stress free environment wherein students’ imagination is ignited for which the teacher acts as a facilitator. Education should enable the students develop all their faculties and hone their creativity. Hence, the school especially the curriculum should strike a right balance between academics and extracurricular activities and also see that it caters to the needs of all the students.


The class room environment plays a vital role in arousing natural curiosity and intrinsic motivation to learn and excel in all activities. Learning should be an enjoyable process which stimulates the students’ imagination, creativity, ability to think about for oneself and ability to solve problems in innumerable ways. Such type of learning experiences will enable them to become productive members of the society and also to choose good career options in future.

The foremost strategy to be adopted by a teacher is to awaken the love of learning in students. Hence, a number of activities must be taken up by the teachers. Everyone loves games irrespective of age factor because games are usually associated with fun and anything related with fun stimulates human mind. Hence, for teaching certain concepts, wherever possible, a variety of games can be incorporated according to the subject. For example in English, word games to enrich vocabulary, grammar games, dumb shards’ for tenses etc, Secondly, videos and listening programs entails visual and hearing which are the two most important ways with which human process language in their brain. It can be enhanced by making use of the software of the language labs. Also, technology has made the world a global village. One can make use of the internet, download information, videos related to different lessons or concepts in order to make the lessons more interesting. Students are given assignments and projects that can help them think creatively and hone their latent talent. Also, providing ample opportunities for the students to take part in different and a variety of competitive examinations and inter and intra school activities at different levels gives them a great exposure and helps in the holistic development of all the faculties of the students.

Activities like debating on current topics is a great way to develop a student’s critical thinking skills and maximize students’ participation not only in the class rooms as well as in the inter and intra school activities. In order to prepare for activities like debates, one minute talk, declamation, elocution, making power point presentations, planning for multi disciplinary projects etc., students start to research from library database, internet etc. Story telling sessions, dramatization not only caters to their interest but also helps in the development of their emotional and social intelligence which are vital in shaping the youngsters into citizens possessing humanitarian values. Values such as kindness, compassion, integrity, caring for others etc., make youngsters good citizens.

In a nut shell, one thing is evident that the responsibility of modern day’s teachers is to till the soil efficiently and kindling the knowledge to pave way for innovation and thereby making a positive difference in their lives.

Time To Turn It Off






Friends, I think you should all know that I am a TV/screen Nazi. My children think I am quite mean, but I do not allow them to watch much TV at all. They don’t get a lot of screen time on the computer, either. No apps on the phone. No iPad. And while I realize they are falling behind in their computer-ese, I think their brain development is far more important.

I’ve said it before: Every parent wants what is best for their child. Every parent thinks their child is the smartest and has the most potential. Every parent, every once in a while, also wants a 15-minute break from the noise that comes with kids, and using a technological babysitter (i.e. the TV or a computer game) is as easy a solution as any other. But. So is reading a book, or playing with Legos. Or going outside to run and play (and continue being loud). Or coloring and drawing. And the benefits of these non-TV options are many: getting exercise, potentially learning something, creating art, using their imagination to make or build something. Even if your kid draws the same alien/battlefield/bombing airplane scene every single time (mine are in a bit of a rut just now), they are using and developing fine motor skills.

I’m not saying there are no benefits from a good educational game, software program, or television show. But I think the negatives outweigh the positives. Not only is your child just sitting there, not getting any movement time, but they are also not developing the higher levels of their brain. Television doesn’t require any feedback whatsoever. The child doesn’t have to actively do anything; they just sit there passively, and watch. The brain shifts into a different, more sedate and primitive mode. There is no learning going on, except perhaps learning how to sit and not physically interact with the world.

There are many books and articles available on the negative effect of screen time on children, on their brain development and on their understanding of how the world works. I have read a number of them. I think they are on to something.

Now, let’s be real here: there is a time and place for tech-sitting. I have certainly used my fair share of iTouch help when in doctor’s offices. But I also bring along a load of coloring books, stickers and wikistix, because I know what I am comfortable with. If I want to have an actual conversation with a doctor (or any other adult that I know has a limited amount of time so constant interruptions aren’t going to be an option), then I whip out the Secret Weapon. This is what I believe, so this is how we live. Other parents are not going to be this anti-TV. And that’s ok. What’s important is to educate yourself on what info is out there on kids and screen time, and develop your own family plan. You need TV-assist to get dinner on the table? Go for it. You need just 5 minutes to take a shower and be in the bathroom by yourself for once? Please feel free. Kids need meaningful interactions with the family, yes, but mama also need to be able to bathe, right? I can’t tell you how many times I have taken a shower with a kid perched on the potty, chattering away about god only knows what; meanwhile, I am wishing that I had just for once turned on Sesame Street or something else moderately educational. But, alas, no.

School - The place from where you lead






Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. — Albert Einstein

A very personal story of my life, am sharing with the readers, something I always wished to do with someone but never got that someone to understand me from my perspective. School has always had a very special place in my heart. Since the time I have started going to school as a toddler I felt like a complete soul, the knowledge, the freedom of thoughts, the power of the mind, the individuality given to all was always appreciated. Throughout my life have been to high income schools and hence in that age never tried to understand the other part of the same coin.

There are millions of students who probably are not receiving education and there are lots more who are not gaining the right education and leaving everything there are students who cannot afford all the facilities like we did and goes to a low income school where it is all about education and nothing else.

I never knew I will grow up to be a teacher. The twist in the tale happens when I get recruited with “Teach for India” and I am placed in a low income private school last year on June 2013. Never knew how a low income school looks like and how are the infrastructure and specially the stakeholders which include the students and the parents.

With an open mind I stepped the school. A small ground and a 2 levelled building of British architecture and instantly I recollected my school and such a stark difference. I put a step back to think that how lucky I was or maybe how lucky these kids are compared to those who probably never saw a school. Days passed by, months passed by and gradually I felt the need, the need for urgency, the need to work even more harder not me for the kids who in these months have made me feel am at home, who has made me feel loved and cared for, who has made me feel that am no new and someone of their own.

I realized the differences again where in high income schools, students probably never cared for the teachers, never appreciated of their existence as teachers, as gurus but here when I was sitting on the other side as a teacher I realized how genuine the smile is, the compliments are, the support is when these students extend their hands. A economically low schools are a place to start from to realize that “It is not just money which can make a difference but it’s the heart of a newly blossomed flower which makes the difference”.

Education - A Powerful Weapon







The process of receiving or giving systematic knowledge at a school or university is called as education. The word “education” is derived from the Latin “Educatus” which means breeding, bringing up or rearing.

Education existed in the earliest pre-history. During the Early Middle Ages, the monasteries of the Roman Catholic Church were the centres of education and literacy. Education was widespread for elite young men in the 18th century with schools in most regions of our country. The subjects taught included Reading, Writing, Theology, Law, Astronomy, Meta Physics, Ethics, Medical Science and Religion. The current system of education, with its western style and content, was introduced and founded by the British during the British Raj, following recommendations by Lord Macaulay.

Aristotle a famous Greek philosopher said, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet”. Now-a-days education is compulsory to all people in most countries. Due to population growth and compulsory education, UNESCO has calculated that in the next thirty years more people will receive formal education than in all of human history in the past. Systems of formal education involve Pre School, Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Vocational education. Pre Schools and Primary education are very important in the formative years of the child. Teachers with special skills and training are needed at this time to nurture the children to develop their potentials.

Secondary and Post-Secondary education occurs mainly during the teenage years. The purpose of this education is to give knowledge or to train directly in a profession. Tertiary education is normally undergraduate and post graduate education. Colleges and Universities are the main institutions that provide tertiary education. Vocational education is often referred to as technical education which develops a trainee expertize in a particular group of techniques.

While speaking about education American President Barack Obama rightly said that, “In an economy where knowledge is the most valuable commodity a person and a country have to offer, the best jobs will go to the best educated whether they live in the United States or India or China”. Education broadens our vision and gives us a better understanding of the world around us. A civilized and structured society is formed on the basis of education. Education helps people to think rationally and avoid illusions in life. Education gives scope for technical advancements in fields of science and technology. Educated people have higher self-esteem and respected everywhere. They have better problem solving skills. Education is a means of reducing poverty in the society.

As Nelson Mandela rightly said, “Education is a powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Brigham Young encourages women’s education by saying that, “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”

It states clearly that education of women build healthier families. Educated women can recognize the importance of healthcare, family and gain confidence in their lives. The knowledge and empowerment of women can bring about a change in a family and in the society. A person becomes perfect with education not only gains for himself but also he serves the nation. So we must realize the importance of education and ensure that each citizen of our nation is educated and helpful to the society.

School Life - Memories Cherished






School life is an essential stage of our life which proves to be a great opportunity for gaining knowledge, experience study and discipline. Apart from these it is also a preparatory stage for handling social life.

The second home of any child is School which plays a vital role to enhance the out­look of students. Virtues such as Determination, Honesty, Truth, Patience, Discipline and Respect are being incorporated in the child. Schools also provides great opportunity to the students to enhance their knowledge and even learn sharing.

The unity and the integrity among the students and teachers takes place in school. The active participation and the inter-action starts from here, a student learns all the essentials of discipline and life skills.

The school life is generally experienced in one’s stage of life which is youth. Schools make the students live lively with the spirit of togetherness. They almost forget their joys and sorrows. We see children spending time together by reading, playing and helping each other. It is clear that schools are the provider space to dream their future and also realize their dreams as they grow.

Well, we can also call it as the right place for the fulfillment of the youthful desires. Schools also encourages the competitive spirit by conducting various intellectual and sports competitions round the year. They are the right foundation for the various professions like the scientists, writers, doctors, engineers, painters, musicians and much more artists and scientist. It is in school that the students enjoy the compassion and guidance of their teachers.

Teachers act as the guides and guardians to guide them on the right path. At the right age, when the mind is filled with seeds of good qualities, which results in positive energy with good inspiration to fellow students.

Much more exposure are gained In library, debate class and in competitions which gets the students get proper scope to improve their knowledge and style. Above all, in examinations they try to show their brilliant performance. Thus, they get opportunity to expand and explore their talents through their various activities. Schools has definitely a healthy influence upon students.

School is the stepping stone to success. Where in a lot of un-polished diamonds are cut in shapes & sizes by the distinguished teachers, which in-turn results in accomplishment of win-win students. Our young students carry the baggage of each experience, devotion, accomplishments, learning, achievements and every memories of school, shall be cherished for the entire life time.

I would add on saying…

When you grow up, you will have many different lives. However, school life is the best time in human life. During this time, we experience physical development, emotions, friendships, relationships, and especially knowledge.

Because school life only happens one time in your life it is very precious. It marks a dramatic change in your whole life. Firstly, the faster physically you grow, the more you develop in mental. It marks your developing time to become a teenager. You are innocent and carefree. Materialistic is none of your concerns. You also have wild imagination, big dreams and ambitions to chase. But as a teenager, you will want to be always.