2018 dawned with the hope of a new year with new beginnings and breakthroughs, of peace and harmony and of good health and prosperity. Yet challenges do loom ahead in 2018, especially for children. The increasing onslaught of video games and internet on the children’s mind, the excessive burden of academics, unhealthy competition…all these prove to be major deterrents to the personality development of the child. so yes, raising kids is a challenge for parents in 2018.

Challenges for parents to raise kids in 2018

  1. Limiting internet and social media usage

The internet has become an inevitable part of your kid’s life. Even for school projects, he has to source the internet. But the internet can be intrusive and hazardous through its spam emails, junk pop-ups and random feeds. Censoring social media and internet usage is a major challenge for parents in 2018.

In 2018, the “Blue Whale challenge” claimed lives of many innocent kids. Unknowingly children became hapless victims by downloading this online game. This shocking incident made parents realize how dangerous internet and social media could get.

So parents must learn to censor the children’s social media usage, limit internet usage, block unwanted sites and have access to their online accounts always.

  1. Vetoing violence

Violence has spread like wildfire in the world today. In the US, gunning incidents at schools have become common while back home in India, assaults on female kids are prevalent. Teaching children to steer clear of violence is challenging in 2018 but parents have to take a firm stand.

Children must be made to understand that “violence cannot appease any angry soul, only love can.”  Kids must be taught to handle their tempers better and anger-management sessions must be taken in class to combat stress.

  1. Saying no to suicide

Academic stress and competitive exams like NEET are demoralizing children to a great extent. Suicides of children failing to clear such entrance tests have become quite common. Counselling children against such suicidal thoughts is a major challenge for parents in 2018.

Children must be made to understand that academics alone is not life. And also that failing once in an exam does not make you a zero. They must be taught that suicide is cowardice and it is brave to face failure and try again. Parents must give moral support to such children and guide them carefully towards repeat attempts to gain success.

  1. Overburdening academics

When your child comes to high school, he becomes a book-bearer. It is pathetic to see children struggle with books, guides, worksheets and what not. Plodding through scholastic studies take a toll on children and is a major challenge.

Parents must seek alternate ways like practised learning to make studies easier. They must also help the child indulge in sports activities and hobbies to refresh his mind.

  1. Perfection is painful

These days, there is an over-emphasis on perfection. Parents want their kids to study like an IITian, play football like Ronaldo, sing like Shankar Mahadevan and in short be a perfect possession. This is not challenging but stressful for a child.

After all, a child is a child. Let him be. It is his failings and eccentricities that make him lovable. Do not turn him into a robot by aiming at perfection.

How can practised learning help combat these challenges of 2018?

  1. Practised learning helps children gain confidence in studies. This helps in the overall personality development of the child.
  2. Through practised learning, the child combats stress and depression and bans suicidal thoughts.
  3. Practise learning makes your kid engrossed in studies leaving him no time for idling on social media.
  4. Practised learning sharpens the focus of your child towards his career and life.

Life is full of challenges. Help your child surmount each and every challenge by guiding him rightly and supporting him every step of the way. Connect with Letspractise to gain more useful insights on child development and academic excellence.

The Indian system of education has entered the digital age. Even the Indian government has started initiating proactive measures to promote smart classrooms and digital learning. This is the time when we should focus on empowering educators in schools to meet the challenges of the digital age. Letspractise sheds the spotlight on how to empower educators through digital learning.

Empowering educators through digital learning

1. Using technology to upgrade teaching skills

 

To be a teacher or educator, you must be a good learner first. A skilled educator is one who is always learning, exploring and upgrading his knowledge. The use of the Internet and online resources comes as a boon to empower educators in keeping themselves abreast with the new technological advancements and updated on the latest academic trends.

2. Digital learning for inculcating the thirst for knowledge

Every teacher must not only learn but also teach his students to learn. Yes, the thirst for knowledge must be evoked in students. Students must be taught to explore for knowledge using digital resources. Educators must be equipped with the latest computers or laptops with enabled Wi-Fi to help them embark on a journey of exploration with students.

3. Technology in evoking academic interest

Classroom sessions can be made more interesting, informative and entertaining to students. This is done by empowering teachers with smart classrooms with the use of projectors, laptops and other devices to help them create multimedia presentations for children.

4. Technology in knowledge-sharing

Teachers find it cumbersome to prepare pages and pages of lesson notes to circulate among students. With the use of digital technology, knowledge-sharing is made easy by circulating notes as email attachments or uploads on drives to be easily accessed.

5. Technology for testing

Preparing multiple question papers for weekly, cycle, monthly and annual tests is another arduous task for educators. Digital learning helps teachers to simplify the process of testing by the use of online practice tests and question papers.

6. Collaboration through technology

Digital Learning offers a great platform for teachers to collaborate with their peers and fellow educators on topics of academic interest.  It helps them to acquire, collate and share information and team up for preparing question papers and model tests.

7. To gain feedback

Feedback from students is the only way for educators to know how productive their teaching is. Digital learning empowers educators to gain feedback from students and improvise their teaching methods based on these findings.

8. The strength of analytics

Digital learning offers analytical tools for educators to assess various student-centric factors like understanding, involvement, interest etc in academic topics. This helps them take policy decisions on the syllabus, pedagogy of the question paper, scoring methodology.

9. For innovation

Technology and digital learning have empowered educators in a big way. It has made them transcend from boring classroom lectures to interactive presentations and animated video sessions that entertain and enlighten students. Educators can now train themselves to make captivating videos that make even tough concepts easy to comprehend. Teachers can now concentrate their creative faculties towards innovating their method of teaching and making their coaching more result-oriented.

10. Enforces teacher-student coordination

The best proof of educator empowerment is reflected only through their effective coordination with students. This is accomplished successfully only through digital learning. Digital learning offers the right platform for teachers to coordinate with students on all fronts- teaching, testing, monitoring and mentoring. It brings proximity between teachers and students by allowing unlimited access to teaching materials, more interactions through online chat sessions and easier ways to clarify doubts and enlist support.

Empowering educators is the right step towards enhancing the level of education and improving the calibre of both teachers and students alike. Digital Learning is a powerful tool that can empower educators to achieve far-reaching results in the field of education and provide enduring results for student welfare. Learn more about empowering educators from Letspractise which is an practised learning platform that connects schools, teachers, parents and children effectively.

Shobha’s son was always excited to go to school. He adored his class teacher. Every day he recounted incidents of how the teacher praised him and other students, corrected mistakes playfully and encouraged them in new activities. Shobha was even surprised to find him taking a deep interest in art. He spent more time painting and his talent flourished. Shobha was very happy.

A year later, Shobha found her son moody and reluctant to go to school. He sulked and moped about, unwilling to pick up his schoolbag. On inquiring she found that his favourite class teacher had been transferred to a different branch. The new teacher had a strict and rigid attitude and did not interact well with the children. No wonder, her son hated school!

Yes, a teacher’s behaviour in the Classroom is a definite predictors of student success. How a teacher interacts with class is what really makes the student attend it. Let us analyze how.

Reasons why Teachers’ Behaviour in the Classroom is a Predictor of Student Success

    1.Rapport with the students

A teacher must develop a friendly attitude and build a good rapport with the children. A teacher with an encouraging and motivating behaviour will definitely be a good friend for the students. The teacher should guide the students clearly, correct them lovingly and mend them patiently. If the teacher is harsh and scolds the students or punishes them often, the students find ways to escape the teacher’s class. Thus a teacher with a friendly attitude is a success in the classroom.

  1. Genuine interest

Every teacher must act as ‘friend, philosopher and guide for the students’. Some teachers just play by the rule, sticking to the books and that’s it. Students can feel the lack of empathy with such teachers. Children often develop special bonding with teachers who develop a genuine interest in their personal lives. Acting as mentors and counselors, teachers must take an active interest in the individual life of each student. Speaking to the child personally, the teacher must encourage the child, point out his mistakes gently and steer him towards the right course. Such teachers who empathize and genuinely care for students are never forgotten by them.

    3. Inspire by example

Children are impressionable. Their tender minds are influenced more by what they see. Teachers should act as role models for children to follow. They should exhibit an impeccable behaviour with qualities of humility, good habits, punctuality, courtesy and respect. Teachers should inspire by example and make children feel like emulating them.

  1. Enforce discipline gently

Discipline is nothing but following rules and heeding to authority. This can be instilled not by commanding, scolding or punishing. Children will obey teachers whom they respect. If teachers behave in a manner which commands respect, students will automatically obey them. Teachers cannot command or demand respect; they must ‘earn’ respect by their good behaviour. Discipline also involves good habits and manners. All this must be taught to students gently and by illustrating examples. Correcting the bad habits and ill manners should also not be done publicly or harshly.

    5.Practise what you preach

The integrity of character means ‘having thoughts, words and actions in line’. Teachers should ‘practise what they preach’. This demonstrates ‘integrity of character’ and inspires students to follow them. The importance of ‘practice’ is also emphasized here.

    6.Encourage, motivate, collaborate

Teachers must encourage students in their line of interest, motivate them in the right direction and collaborate with them to get the desired results. Student involvement and cooperation should be promoted to develop both team spirit and the quality of leadership in children.

  1. Provide practice opportunities

Teachers should allow students to exhibit their skills by giving practices sessions. Classroom concepts might be hard for children to master. Providing them enough practice opportunities helps them gain confidence. Here the teacher exhibits a behaviour of ‘support’ to students which is highly recommended.

  1. Feedback

Teachers must always give instant feedback on student activities and behaviour at all times. This makes children realize that they are  not only being given the right attention but monitored as well. This  behavioural trait of ‘monitoring’ is an important aspect of a teacher’s attitude towards children.

Teachers are the sculptors who mould the children into successful leaders of tomorrow.

We have seen  how Teachers’ Behaviour in the Classroom are Predictors of Student Success. It is important that teachers practise good teaching and interpersonal skills to achieve this with success. Learn more about how practiced learning can help students by logging on to LetsPractise.

Teachers are like potters. They mould the raw clay of the minds of the children into beautiful pots or figurines that last a lifetime. The effort they take in moulding the mind of the child is reflected in his personality throughout life.

Like artisans chiseling a rock to carve an exquisite sculpture, teachers chisel away unwanted flaws in the mindset of the child to transform him into a creation of art.

The role of the teachers in child development is highly commendable. It is important that we understand why we should appreciate teachers, When children enter school, their minds are like a clean slate – fresh and impressionable. The positive inputs and knowledge fed by the teachers make the child develop into a strong personality.

Not just academics, teachers play a vital role in inculcating moral values, ethics and integrity into the child. One instance of proof is the “conduct certificate” issued by schools and colleges for students. When they issue such a certificate, they must also understand the role they play in shaping the child’s character and conduct.

Eminent personalities like Dr. Abdul Kalam, former President of India have always attributed their success in life to their teachers. Even current celebrities like Bill Gates of Microsoft, Hillary Swank of Hollywood, American Poet Maya Angelou and our own Bipasha Basu of Bollywood have credited their teachers for their fame and status in life. Famous Anchor Oprah Winfrey and Former American President Bill Clinton to do not miss lauding the contribution of their teachers at every interview. In fact, Clinton’s Teacher Mr. Sputlin was the person who identified  Clinton for his leadership qualities and convinced him that he was wholly capable of organizing things.

When you are climbing uphill, you need a stick to hold on; A teacher is that support. If for some reason, you slip and fall, can you, in any way blame the teacher? This is what most of us do. If there is any folly on the part of the student, we blame teachers.

Only a complete comprehension of the role of a teacher can make us realize their value. Let us look at five reasons why we should appreciate teachers.

  1. Teachers educate students.

Academic education is not child’s play. Mastering the rules of grammar for a language or the concepts of science or mathematics is a laborious task. Understanding alone is not sufficient. Trying to explain this information in a simple and easily understandable manner is more Himalayan.  Teachers do all this and more-

  • They teach fundamentals
  • Explain concepts
  • Clarify doubts
  • Formulate and conduct tests
  • Assess performance
  • Review results
  • Summarize the information
  • Improvise teaching techniques

The list is endless.

  1. They guide students

Teachers have been known to identify and tap the potential of the student. Teachers interact with students regularly and thus are able to assess their strengths and weaknesses. So they are able to easily divert the student into the right path, channel their energy and make them focus on their targets.

  1. They inspire students

Teachers lead by example. Often teachers are living role models for students. Children often imbibe the positive qualities of teachers. Great masters have had even greater teachers. Aristotle- the Father of Science, was taught by Plato. Plato himself was the student of the legendary philosopher Socrates.

  1. Teachers counsel students

Teachers do not limit themselves to the academic field of duty. Instead, they go a step further and take a personal interest in the lives of students. They devote time and patience to listen to children about their personal and family issues and counsel them accordingly. Teachers must have a psychological bent of mind in reading the student, understanding his problems and advising them accordingly.

  1. Teachers motivate their students

It is not enough to just coach, guide or inspires the students. Teachers provide unflinching support and motivate the students when their spirits sag. The faith of the teacher in a student makes him triumph when all else fails.

Teachers are instrumental in identifying the spark of genius or talent in us. They are the winds that fan the fires of passion. They are the light that leads us into the tunnel of life. It is a time we understand why we should appreciate teachers and honour them accordingly.

Our own Teacher-President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was such a living example and inspiration as a teacher that his birthday on September  5th is celebrated as ‘Teacher’s Day in India’. Let’s Practise is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and to enhancing the respect for teachers world wide.

 

Our emotions can have great impact on our behaviour and life skills. Emotional imbalance not only affects adults but also kids. Their academics and overall development can be harmed. Should emotions be taught in schools?

“Nobody ever taught me to manage my emotions, I have learnt it myself, then why not my child?

Does this question arise in your mind?

Parents – you will agree that the scenario of your childhood days and that of your child is completely different. Today’s competitive lifestyle and the influence of technology has increased the threat for children. Unlike earlier, children tend to spend their maximum free time on electronic gadgets or PlayStation and rarely interact with others. The way they socialize, study, play, etc. only reduces the chances of developing social-emotional skills.

Facing the outside world won’t be easy for your child where they must deal with stressful situations. Academic pressure, peer pressure, homework stress, etc. will make him anxious. This situation may lead to unanswered questions that will only complicate the situation. Lack of emotional skills can also develop the feeling of inferiority in him.

“Building emotional awareness, self-control and relationship skills are master skills, when we nurture them, children do better in all areas of their daily lives, including school.” – Mark Greenberg, PhD, director of the Prevention Research Center at Pennsylvania State University.

Lets Pratise Experts recommend that schools should include social-emotional training in the academics, which in turn will help students regulate their emotions. Schools should introduce Social-emotional Learning program that teaches students the following:

Self awareness

Self awareness is knowing yourself completely and this includes your likes, dislikes, behaviours, emotions, etc. Students who are aware of themselves can understand others and socialize better. Children should be taught to analyze their feelings. Meditation and talking about their emotions are great ways to develop self awareness among children.

Self management – Controlling anger and frustration

Once students learn to identify their emotions, the next step is managing them. Self-management is essential for kids to lead a healthy lifestyle and children are usually sensitive and get affected by minor issues. Teachers and parents should help the child in dealing with emotions like anger, frustration, anxiety and fear.

Taking responsibility

Parents and teachers should encourage children to take responsibility for their actions and this also includes accepting your mistakes. Teach children be responsible and ask them to avoid blaming others for their behavior and this will make them turn into a  honest and more responsible individual.  

Managing stress

If a child is stressed, then the parents and teacher should help him overcome the stress. A student may have stress in many forms – homework stress, exam stress, family feud, quarrel with friends, etc. Children should be taught to solve these problem, to relax themselves or share their problems with the one they trust.

Instead of teaching children to suppress their emotions, we should teach them to talk it out and understand them. A child who receives great social-emotional skills training will turn out to be a successful adult with a wonderful personal and professional life.

Experts at Let’s Practise support the idea of including social emotional learning in academics. What do you think? Let us know here.