India has done it. Yes, Hima Das has won India the first Gold Medal in track events at the World’s Junior Athletics championship in 2018.  the reason for this- focus and hard work! Yes, Hima Das, the daughter of an agricultural labourer could scale such great heights because she had a strong focus and toiled relentlessly to achieve this great feat. She has become a model of inspiration to students and has proved that focus and hard work can make the impossible possible.

Another classic example of focus and hard work achieving success is the instance of Croatia in the FIFA WorldCup. Croatia as a country achieved independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Since then,  they have made several appearances at the World Cup race but their best bit was in 1998 when they lost to France in the semi-finals. After this, Croatia has rallied around and with focus and hard work, made it to the World cup Finals. Although they lost to France, their focus and hard work did not go unnoticed as the crowds cheered them on.

These are real-life instances where focus and hard work have really reaped rewards. Students must be motivated and should feel inspired to emulate these examples by consistent practice. Let us see how this can be done.

How can students use focus and hard work to make the impossible possible?

1. Aim high

Students must be always advised to aim high. Setting lofty goals for students is good as this charts the course of their life. If students aim high and have a high ambition, they will also have the vision to achieve it. This will keep them motivated to perform.

2. Plan their course of action

Every missile must have a trajectory. Similarly, every student must have a  clear-cut path defined to reach his goal. For this, the student must analyze the goal, the foundation courses and the framework required to reach the goal. This involves detailed planning and extensive research with a timeline set to the target.

3. Collect course materials

After the target has been fixed and the course of action has been outlined, the student must collect all the course materials and information required to assimilate knowledge to attain the goal.

For instance, if the student wants to become a doctor, he has to prepare for the NEET exam. He/she has to start preparing well in advance honing up his knowledge of life sciences, especially human anatomy and physiology.  This requires exhaustive preparation using worksheets right from class VIII onwards. All these worksheets are easily obtained from the Letspractise site and they offer a complete knowledge base for study.

4. Commence preparation and practice

Practice is the key ingredient of hard work and the sure ticket to success. Students must start preparing for the competitive exams by first building a strong foundation of the basics. This is possible only by continuous practice using different worksheets on the same chapter. The more questions students solve, the stronger their foundation becomes. Letspractise helps students to strengthen their base by offering them question banks pertaining to their syllabus- be it CBSE, ICSE or state board. Armed with this copious reservoir of worksheets and practice questions, students can meet any challenge head-on without hesitation.

Children need the right impetus to motivate them towards their goals. Inspire children by citing real-life examples, equip them with the right study materials from Letspractise and watch them make the impossible possible with focus and hard work.

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.

Are schools preparing students for the real world?

This is an ongoing debate among students, teachers, and school administrators. Certain students claim that the school fails to prepare students for the real world, while teachers defend schools and say they are critical to a child’s development.

How Do Schools Prepare Students for the Real World?

The fact is that schools do indeed play a crucial role in preparing students for the future. Let us see seven reasons why.

1. School is a Microcosm of the World

A school is a miniature replica of the real world outside. Like the outside world, it is an ecosystem with different types of students co-existing with one another. The schools have a cosmopolitan atmosphere where students of different cultures and languages meet and study together. This teaches students how to co-exist harmoniously with people from diverse backgrounds.

2. Atmosphere of Learning and Growth

Like the wide world out there, the school has a bounty of knowledge for those who seek to find it. It has an environment conducive for learning and growth, but like the world, one has to attempt to acquire it. A school teaches you that the ocean of knowledge is limitless like the world outside. However, it can be crossed only by those who dare.

3. Everything in Order

Everything in the school is tired and happens in sequence. For instance, one has to complete kindergarten to move up the school ladder. Life in the outside world too is similar. Everything happens in order in a successive manner. Right from sunrise to sunset, the world moves in a sequential rhythm in order.

From the school, the students learn that one has to learn everything in steps and in order to climb the ladder of success. Schools teach discipline. You wake up at a set time and leave at a set time. They bring structure to an otherwise chaotic life and students can inculcate these habits when they graduate.

4. Competition and Victory

The outside world is “big and bad”. This is because it is a rat race in the real world. Everybody competes for everything- food, shelter, education, opportunities, employment, power, etc. It is survival of the fittest.

Similarly, in school, there is healthy competition among students to outwit each other in studies and talents. There is no one way to ‘win’ at life, but school offers them the tools to succeed. This spirit of healthy competition prepares students to face the challenges of the real world. It teaches them to compete in the right manner and win.

5. Life is Unfair

It is a harsh truth and bitter pill to swallow, but life is not fair. The real world has many disappointments and failures awaiting you. Life in the real world is not a smooth ride and one has to face it.

The school too has a similar atmosphere. Students have to face unfair challenges like sudden changes in syllabus, special reservation of seats, malpractices like exam paper leaks, and so on. Students learn from school that life can be unfair but you still have to face it and move on, surmounting the crises.

6. Hard Work and Truth Triumphs

After all said and done, in the real world, hard work counts and truth triumphs. There may be many hurdles in life but in the end, justice prevails and this is evident in school too.

In school, students can feel the results of hard work. Students may be weak in some subjects but with constant hard work and practise, they manage to master the subject. Consistent hard work always gives results both in school and the outside world.

7. Live and Let Live

The real world may be a big place but the way to live in it is simple. Live and let live. This concept is the same at school too. There are people of many different ages, backgrounds, religions, and beliefs, but everyone gets along. It’s about acceptance and tolerance.

At school, students learn to share and care, work and play together and bond with their peers in spite of all their differences. You may not love everyone or be their friend, but you should at least be tolerant of them. This is the spirit of school life which they should carry into the real world – “to live and let live.”

So the answer is “yes”. School does prepare students for the real world and really well too. With constant hard work and practise, students can excel both at school and in the real world.

When it comes to supplementing your child’s education, no one does it better than LetsPractise. We have a ton of practise papers, mock text, and worksheets on a variety of subjects to help students ace their exams. Take a look at our subscriptions plans and contact us to get started right away!

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.