It is during the early developing years that the character building process takes place for a child. It is quite clear to us that educational institutions especially schools play an important role in shaping the personality and character of an individual thus influencing small communities, in turn, influencing the society at large. But is this known fact taken seriously enough to make a change? Let’s look at the current educational system! We are a part of a society that emphasizes on academic excellence and progress which is simply about the end result rather than the journey and it is high time the adults and influential members of the educational institutions actively rise to bring about the change that is needed in our society.

We are often told that it is a ‘big bad world’ out there! Is that the idea we want to instil in the minds of our future professionals and leaders? Instead, we need to create a systematic psychological pattern of behaviour to be developed at an early age to help them face the realities of our world.

1. Emphasis on strong personality development 

Why is this important? Our schools for some reason do not give room for individuality which results in mediocrity. Who would prefer to be a part of a society with a bunch of averaged potential individuals? We strive for excellence and excellence doesn’t necessarily mean it paves a way for unhealthy competition but it allows us to be the best version of ourselves. It is the role of the teacher to embrace each student’s individuality; assist in enhancing their positive aspects and creating activities that best suit their individuality. This, in turn, would result in creating a class of 40 different special individuals with firm personalities which comprise of confidence, a person of moral values and excellence in their areas of expertise. Hence when life throws a curve ball at us we have our character and values to fall back on to make the right decisions.

2. Breaking stereotypical ideologies

Since when did labelling and categorical divisions based on the behaviour of the majorities define a person? Gender differences, caste, and creed, religion or something as simple as one’s own preference gets put into categories thus diminishing the individual’s potential. Breaking these barriers that make these individuals conform to the roles they have been slotted into should be brought down. Thus, when society uses their judgement to label a person these future generations have already mastered the art of breaking down stereotypical barriers and are already on their way to stand out in the society for their true potential and not labels.

3. Mental Health 

There is ample amount of importance given to physical health but have you ever wondered about the need for mental health. There needs to be a balance in schools which give equal importance to academics, physical development, and mental health. Here we simply do not speak of improving the mental health of a student but also a teacher as well. It has been recorded that 300 million of the society has been diagnosed with depression by the WHO out of which according to the National Crime Records Bureau, every hour, one student commits suicide in India and the suicide rate of students has been on a high rise. How do we tackle this situation? Meditation and exercise go hand in hand. It releases a balance of ‘happy chemicals’ in our brain in order to eliminate the slightest signs of mental illness.

4. Emotional Quotient

EQ should be given high importance yet we seldom hear the term. EQ is nothing but the ability to identify, apply, comprehend and handle one’s emotions. With the noticeable rise in mood swings and emotional immaturity among students these days it is essential that educational institution provide students with programs that enhance their EQ levels as it is can be both obtained or acquired with guided programs.

The above points are just the basic strategies in creating a strong survivor of the society. Although the above are important, a teacher plays a major role in the life of an individual. We have vivid memories of how our teachers have contributed to the choices we’ve made in our personality, behaviourisms and even our choices in career.

Educational institutions are making conscious efforts in promoting an all-round development of an individual before he heads off into the world.

The importance of all the above is a subtle part of Letspractise. Overcoming learning difficulties, testing students abilities and areas of weakness, and creating tailormade learning material to best suit their needs is a top priority at this forum.

If you need assistance in areas such as chapter wise assessment, tailormade worksheets, and analysis of teaching methodologies to suit your child, do get in touch with Letspractise and allow us to assist in enhancing your child’s learning experience.

The FIFA fever is on. Come what may, young and old, all are sitting with their eyes hooked on the TV screen watching the World Cup football finals. Children, especially, are addicted to the game and cannot be easily dissuaded from it. Parents have no other choice but to be clever in persuading kids to pursue studies using World Cup resources.  Is it possible? Definitely yes. Let’s practise sheds some light on some innovative ways to teach or learn Maths using the FIFA World Cup.

Innovative ways of learning Maths using FIFA World Cup

1. The CSI Maths Mystery-the Missing FIFA Football  World Cup 2018 Soccer

Kids in primary school are just going to love this game. It involves the mystery of the missing football where students have to narrow down the list of suspects by completing the tasks one by one. Topics covered include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division apart from place value.

2. Year 2 World Cup Maths 2018-All topics- differentiated levels

For kids in class 2, this Maths pack covers it all with differentiated levels called Challenge, Super challenge and Super Super challenge. With an exhaustive set of 30 problems at each level, the kid is made to revise all Maths topics of classes 2 & 3 based on World Cup activities.

3.  World Cup Maths

This interesting Maths pack is just the thing for football fanatics. Ideal for secondary students aged 7-11, it uses statistics and data, word problems and mental Maths to peak up academic skills.

4. World cup Russia 2018 Maths Challenge

This World Cup Maths Challenge is the Best bet for kids in middle school. Right from ratio, fraction and percentages to Mean, Median and Mode, this  Maths Pack covers it all in 5 complete worksheets. Even metric conversions and problems involving the calculation of speed and distance.

5. The World Cup from Oxfam

This useful resource for 9-14 yr olds includes Maths worksheets on Ratio, Probability, Percentages and Fractions. With a colourful slideshow as an added attraction, this cross-curricular resource keeps the student fully occupied with both Maths and the World Cup. Other subjects like English, Geography etc are also covered in this pack.

6. FIFA World Cup Russia Maths Worksheet

Based on the Russia 2018 World Cup, this worksheet aiming at ages 11-14 helps to revise core Maths topic and consolidate them. Covering topics like ratio, fractions, percentages, area, symmetry, sequences etc., this Worksheet is the right tool that keeps kids in key stage 3 or classes 7-9 on the academic track while savouring FIFA football.

7. World Cup 2018 Maths quiz

Slated for the 11-14 age group or even higher, this World Cup Maths quiz can reply get students going with their Maths homework. This free Maths pack covers several topics like map scales, number problems, flag symmetries, statistics and more. All students have to do is print the flags and data sheets and soon they will be engrossed in this Maths activity in no time.

8. World Cup Maths activities

This free downloadable resource is a Maths treasure for students in high school. The topics covered are Probability, Mean & Range, Time, Trigonometry, Angles, Vectors, Plotting graphs etc. All the activities are centred around the World Cup and hence are thoroughly interesting and informative.

The World Cup 2018 is an exhilarating experience. Allow students to enjoy it while shooting their goals for Maths this year using the above World Cup Maths resources recommended by education experts. Look for more such informational content on the Let’s practise site which is an abundant reservoir of knowledge for all students.

Is there any blueprint for success? There is- it is hard work and practice. Believe it or not, if you question the study habits of the toppers at any school, one commonality that emerges is daily practice. State and school toppers have admitted that studying daily had reduced their exam stress by 75%. They also claimed that they allocated specific hours of the day to study consistently and practise question papers.

Let us try to analyze why daily practice is a successful habit which can change your life.

Why daily practice gives success to a student?

  1. Daily practice lessens the load of studies.

Every school day has nearly 8 periods of study. At the end of the day, a substantial amount of portions has been covered up. If the student does not brush up the chapters every day with daily practice, he is sure to struggle on the exam day. This is because the entire portions will start tumbling on his head like a ton of bricks. This causes stress and tension as there is limited time on hand and excessive portions to cover.

But with daily practice, lessons are covered little by little and by the time the exam arrives, the student is thorough in his lessons.

  1.    Helps to keep main points in mind

Sometimes teachers give valuable points, references and tips which might be available in the book. The student jots this down and forgets it later. If he adopts the daily practice routine, he is bound to revise this extra information and make full use of them.

  1.     Clarify doubts immediately

Tough concepts in Maths and Science are difficult to understand in the first instance. When the student adopts a routine of daily practice, several doubts arise which he is able to clarify immediately or the next day in class. If the student keeps a backlog of portions, the doubts will get accumulated and he will never be able to comprehend the chapter fully.

  1.     Helps the student to review and self-analyze

As a result of daily practice, the student is able to identify his strengths and weaknesses in studies. He is able to assess the extent of portions covered and earmark which chapters need more revision and study.

  1.     Helps the student to plan better

With daily practice, the student acquires the ability to plan better. He is able to chalk out a study timetable and an exam study plan. this planning ability will give him valuable expertise in the long run.

  1.     Helps the student to manage time better

Time management comes easy for a student who has a routine of daily practice. The student is able to manage time effectively and allocate hours for both study and games.

  1.    Builds consistency and leadership

If daily practice becomes a habit, it builds the quality of consistency. This trait is a leadership quality which will shape the personality of the student in the coming years.

Making daily practice a habit -some tips for students

  • Get up early in the morning. This gives you extra time.
  • Allot hours for study- preferably in the early morning and evening.
  • An hour before school and an hour after school will do.
  • Revise the lessons in the morning
  • Work out practice question papers in the evening. Use online sites like Letspractise to navigate your portions in an easier manner.
  • Give an off during Sunday to relax yourself.
  • Scale up the study hours according to the need like exam time or after a vacation.
  • Never miss the routine.

One in a hundred students may be a born genius but the rest of the 99 can become winners too by daily practice.  Become a winner by making daily practice a habit and by using Letspractise to sharpen your academic skills.

“You just can’t understand! It’s all due to the generation gap!”- Parents face this remark often from children when they don’t agree with their point of view. So what is this generation gap that creates a distance between parents and their offspring?

Generation Gap

Generation gap is a term that refers to the differences in thinking that 2 generations face. It is used commonly to denote the ideological differences that parents and children have with respect to their values, priorities, goals, attitude etc. This generation gap is felt more if the parents are more aged than usual. It is also felt acutely during the period of adolescence when children undergo a difficult face of changing perceptions due to their hormones.

Reasons for  the generation gap

  1. Parents are very old and there is a huge age difference between parents and children due to which their perceptions vary.
  2. Both parents are busy career professionals who cannot devote much time to spend with their children.
  3. Parents have a rigid point of view and exercise strict control over the children.
  4. The attitudes of both the parent and child generations mismatch.

So how to bridge this generation gap between parents and children? Implement these steps and find significant progress in closing this generation gap.

Ways to bridge the generation gap between parents and children

1. Open and constant communication

Parents have to take time out of their busy schedule and devote it by spending time with children. Join them in their activities, interact freely and probe gently to find out what their concerns are. Do this regularly to gain a wonderful difference in your relationship.

2. Keep your mind open 

Children are in the process of growing up and are bound to be influenced by both peers and the outside world. Online media and social networks have crept into the lives of children at a very early age. So parents must keep their mind open and listen to what the children say without being judgmental.

3. Do not criticize or reprimand sharply

Children are like budding flowers, They have their own dignity and self-respect. Do not criticize their opinions or reprimand them sharply. This makes them withdraw themselves into a shell of their own.

4. Do not control rigidly

Parents tend to exercise control rigidly over their children in an effort to discipline them or protect them. Rigid control will only make them rebel more. Learn to let go and allow children to be themselves. Allow them to make mistakes and learn by themselves.

5. Stop being idealistic

Parents tend to be idealistic and expect their children to be the  epitome of perfection. They want their children to be good at studies, sport, hobbies and also be a prodigy! It is time for parents to stop being idealistic and accept the shortcomings of children. It is ok for children to fall short in some areas as long as they are willing to mend their mistakes.

6. Empathize

Those days of schooling that parents had are now gone. Parents should stop being nostalgic about those days and try to enforce the same guidelines on their children. Times have changed and you should evolve. Learn to put yourself in your children’s shoes and empathize with them.

Children have to counter changes in syllabus, heavier coursework and stiffer competition than what you did. So have a heart and give some leverage to children to cope with all this stress.

7. Give some space

Children have a world of their own as they grow up. Give them space to enjoy their world without intruding on each and everything they do. Learn to keep a watchful eye while allowing them to explore their world.

8. An attitude of positivity and balance

The right attitude can help parents bridge the generation gap with their children. Adopt a balanced approach and exude optimism, encouraging children in whatever they do. This will help you become closer to your children and bind you strongly.

Treat children as “little adults” and give them the due respect they deserve. Do not preach to children but lead by example and practice. Gain such valuable insights from Lets practise to bring you closer to your children than ever before.

“Education is not the learning of facts but the training of minds to think.” – said Albert Einstein.

But in India, children carry 2 things – a tote on their backs and rote on their minds. Yes, children are trained to learn things by rote and memorize lessons by repetition. This has had harmful effects on real education with far-reaching effects.

What is Rote Learning?

Rote Learning is the technique of learning subjects by repetition of the content several times. It is solely a memorization technique with no scope for understanding or analysis. Indian schools prescribe this technique to students to master subjects easily and score well in the exam.

Colloquially called as the “mug and vomit” system, Rote Learning focus only on scoring marks and not on the comprehension of the subject.  Rote Learning closes a child’s mind, diminishing his/her capacity to think. It lessens the interest and enthusiasm of the child is attending school and fosters mere bookish knowledge.

Statistics to support rejection of Rote Learning

  • An EZVidya survey reveals that 80% of the school principals feel that rote learning is eroding the quality of the education system.
  • A survey of 200 Indian and foreign companies revealed that only 14% of the Indian graduates were eligible as workforce; the rest lacked problem-solving skills.
  • 40% of the first year medical students in Tamilnadu failed in the first year.
  • 75% of the engineering students of Chennai failed in at least 1 subject in the third semester.
  • A Wipro -EI study on “Students learning in Metros”   conducted across the 5 metro cities of India-Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai & Bangalore revealed that even top schools exhibit rote learning.

 

Why Rote Learning is harmful to a child’s education?

Rote Learning is detrimental to a child’s holistic education because of it

 

  • Does not focus on understanding

 

Since Rote Learning is all about memorization, it has nothing to do with understanding. As a child moves on to the high school level,  Maths and Science have a lot of concepts to understand. Without comprehension of the subject, the child will find it difficult to move on to the next chapter or solve problems and sums.

 

  • Dissuades the child from thinking

 

A child who practises Roe Learning seldom thinks. Applying the mind to the subject, asking questions, looking for alternatives- all these are unknown to the child. All the child knows is to mug and repeat the answers.

In curriculums where Higher Order Thinking Skills – HOTS- are essential, these students who practise rote-learning suffer. This is because HOTS questions are totally different from those in the book and require individual thinking. The child then finds it difficult to answer such concept-based questions that require the fundamental understanding of the subject.

 

  • Dilutes the interest of the child in studies

 

“When anyone can score marks merely by rote, what is the need to study and attend classes?” This is what a child feels.

When the basic intelligence of the child goes unappreciated due to rote learning, the child loses the interest in studying or scoring well. Thus Rote learning hampers the progress of a child in studies.

 

  • Destroys the child’s enthusiasm

 

When a brainy child who understands the concepts well, scores the same as an average kid who is great at rote, the brainy child feels demoralized. His enthusiasm for excelling in studies vaporizes.

 

  • Prevents children with learning disabilities from progressing

 

Children with dyslexia or memory issues find it difficult to memorize lessons. For such children, the rote system of education is a nightmare.

Anti-Rote Campaign

Dell India stood up against rote-Learning calling it a “virus that should be eradicated from the education system”. It declared June 10 as Anti Rote Day and called for all educational institutions to stop recommending Rote Learning.

Dell advises the use of PC-based learning as the right alternative to rote. PC-based learning is interactive, informative and easily understood. Its initiative of using PC technology in transforming the education of children is called Aarambh and has been implemented on a pan-India scale.  

Dell’s Anti-Rote Campaign on social media makes use of creative visuals and videos that enlighten us on the perils of Rote Learning and the positives of PC learning.

Let us give our children a head start in this competitive world by saying goodbye to rote and welcoming the option of concept-oriented education using PC technology. Enhance your child’s interest in academics through the use of Practiced Learning using computers that will help him/her to understand, analyze and assimilate concepts better.