“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”, said Helen Keller and this is the basic foundation of teamwork.

What is teamwork?

Teamwork is defined as “a joint and coordinated effort taken by a set of individuals with a common goal in mind”. All the individuals of the team are interdependent on each other and require the cooperation of their fellow participants to achieve this goal. Teamwork is the key to success in both education and sports. How? Take a look.

Teamwork in education

School offers the best platform for teamwork. Group projects, assignments and discussions are advocated at school to promote the team spirit. Teamwork is considered to be a vital quality in a student to succeed in life.  Look at the ways in which teamwork helps students at the school.

1. Creates synergy

When students function together as a team, they realize the importance of focussing towards the goal.  Each student may have his individual talent to promote but keeping in mind the objective of the task on hand, he/she interacts with others to achieve the geol. Here the students focus on the combined effort rather than individual performance. Thus teamwork teaches them the concept of “synergy” where “their combined effort or sum is greater than the individual parts or performances.”

2. Teaches troubleshooting

When working as a team on a project, the students delegate responsibilities to themselves and finally combine their efforts to realize the project’s goal. If the ultimate result is not favourable, they work towards identifying the bottlenecks or constraints that prevent them from achieving their goal. Thus teamwork helps to learn the art of “troubleshooting”.

3. Induces flexibility

Students working as a team have to learn to adapt to situations. Supposing they are assigned a group project by the teacher and suddenly the topic is changed.  The students have no choice but to work on the new topic. When they work as a team, they learn to adjust and adapt better as they have the strength of their teammates to fall upon and so have the confidence of handling any topic. Thus teamwork flexibility in students.

4. Inculcates crisis-management skills

Opinions differ even among students. Students operating as individuals or as groups tend to look at conflicting opinions as problems. But when the students work together as a team, they listen to the conflicting opinions and look at them as opportunities for learning and growth. Team members tend to resolve conflicts better and manage crises efficiently as their ultimate aim is realizing the team’s objective.

5. Promotes leadership

Students tend to gain leadership qualities while working as a team. The leadership traits they learn are sharing, respecting the opinions of others, acknowledging the contribution of their peers, motivating others, resolving conflicts and guiding the team. Teamwork thus promotes these leadership qualities in each and every member of the team to transform them into a better individual.

Teamwork is an integral part of education as it is implemented in group activities at school. Let us now see how teamwork is vital for sport.

Teamwork in sport

1. Coordination

Sports like football and basketball are team activities which require a coordinated effort. All the players in football have their own individual positions like striker, winger, midfielder, defender, goalkeeper etc. But only when they all play with coordination, can they strike the goal.

2. Sportsmanship

In games like cricket, sportsmanship is an admirable trait. The Captain of the team has to spearhead the team and work towards propelling the team to win the watch. The Captain pays more attention to providing opportunities for the right players at the right time rather than promoting his individual performance. This is the essence of sportsmanship taught by team spirit.

Using teamwork for practice

Students can work as teams and prepare for exams. They can exchange practice questions from Letspractise and discuss the problems and solve them together. Using teamwork for practice creates a positive learning environ for the child.

Be it education or sports, Teamwork is the element that helps students scale the ladder of success as better individuals.

August 15 is here. Schools often celebrate our nation’s Independence day by hoisting the tricolour flag, singing patriotic songs and delivering speeches on the nation’s struggle for freedom. If your child is going to be one of the speakers on Independence Day, you have every reason to be proud of him/her. But surely, your child might require some help here. So it’s time to help your child to prepare an Independence day speech and here are some tips.

Preparing your child for the Independence Day Speech

  1. A sense of pride and honour

First, instil a sense of pride and honour in your child. Yes, the very fact that he is going to deliver a speech on our nation on Independence day shows his contribution to the national spirit.  Appreciate this heartily and ask your child to look upon this speech as an honourable task. Your child will then take extra effort in ensuring a perfect delivery of the Independence day address.

  1. Recall history

Independence day is the occasion to celebrate our sovereignty as a nation and the freedom we gained through non-violence. The uniqueness of our freedom struggle in the Pacific path we tread, adhering to Mahatma Gandhi’s code of ahimsa and non-violence. Recall all the historical moments like the Sepoy Mutiny, the Non-Cooperation Movement, Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Civil Disobedience Movement and Quit India movement to trace the timeline of our freedom’s history. This will help the child to recall the main points while delivering his speech.

  1. Outline the facts

Our nation’s independence was won with great hardships and the united efforts of many leaders. Teach your child the facts about the freedom struggle like the names of the leaders, the important places of protest, the preamble of our constitution, the meaning of our national anthem etc. Learning this would make your child deliver an enthusiastic speech with an emotional overtone.

  1. Introduce sayings of leaders

“Swaraj is our birthright,” said Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Quotations like these had a great impact on the freedom struggle. Introduce quotations like these as part of your child’s speech to make it more relevant and convincing.

  1. Nurture values

Illustrate real-life incidents as examples of the values of honesty, truth, and patriotism from the lives of leaders like Gandhi, Nehru, Netaji etc.  Build a sense of patriotism by inspiring your child with their determination, courage and integrity of character.

Make your child understand that the independence we gained was not won easily. So the freedom should be exercised judiciously without harming others. Teach your child the qualities of equality and justice and how they play a major role in current society.

  1. Prepare rich content

A speech for Independence day must be power-packed with rich content consisting of historical facts, quotations, dates, statistics etc. The content should not only be informative but interactive and engaging. Create a unique and stylized content that impresses the audience.

  1.  Offer an easy flow of content

Help your child compile a speech in a simple and lucid language that is easy for him. Avoid using tough and bombastic words that are hard to pronounce. Using too much mathematical data in the speech also makes the speech boring. Allow your child to enjoy each and every word he speaks.

  1. Encourage inputs from the child

Welcome your child’s inputs and suggestions on the speech. Allow him/her to unleash their creativity and express in their own words. This builds their confidence and morale.

  1. Practise

Every child will be nervous when he/she faces the audience. Get your child to practise the speech in front of your family members and encourage the child to speak boldly. Practice makes the child perfect in the rendition of the speech.

  1. Motivate

Encourage your child to participate and perform in such public activities. Emphasize that participation is more important than winning and also underline the fact that with practice, anything can be achieved.

Prepare your child for the Independence day speech using the above tips and watch him/her emerge a sure winner, wishes from Letspractise

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.

The first day of school is all about the students marching back into the beginning of the academic year, excited to be back after the long break in their freshly pressed uniforms and brand new accessories. Has it ever occurred to you that this is one of the most prominent reasons why these kids love first days? How should a teacher handle students on the first day of school in keeping the excitement alive throughout the academic year?

Before we go on to look at the to-do list let us first understand the situation here. Whether the party under discussion is a first grader or a twelfth grader mixed emotions will be a part of getting back to school after the long summer vacation. There would be excitement in a few minds about their return and dread in some other minds about the confinement in a classroom. There is no right or wrong reaction to school, every child has the freedom to have his or her opinion about school and the system. This is where the school and the teacher come in. It is their responsibility to create an environment where kids long to wake up every morning simply to get to school and begin learning because the 7 to 8 hours are not sufficient to satisfy their desire to learn.

1. Starting the academic year on a positive note

Just like first impressions, the teacher ought to make a  welcoming head-start to the year. Beginning on a positive note is important because this sets the mood for the students for the rest of the year. Imagine this, the first day of school, everybody settles in and the teacher walks into the class demanding to check the completion of the holiday homework. It is an immediate buzz-kill. It immediately ruins it is for these children, instead, a better way to handle this new start is to build a rapport and a connection with the class holistically yet also influencing and making an impact on each individual. An exchange of self-introductory activities wherein both teacher and students discuss themselves and their preferences. This bridges the gap and enhances the teacher-student relationship.

2. Discussion of academic structure

Most educational institutions and teachers practice authoritative methods of teaching. Education has now reached a stage where the most effective way to handle students is through democratic leadership. This gives room for mutual respect and understanding. By giving the students the break-up or the plan for the year they are in a state of mental readiness which allows them to perform to their best potential. This also shows that the teacher consents with the students, in turn, giving them a voice.

3. Analysis of students’ learning styles

At this point, it is quite clear to us every individual has various modes of learning such as kinesthetic, visual and auditory every student requires specified activities in order to allow effective learning to take place. The first day of school is the best time to evaluate students. How does a teacher have access to evaluating students in a few hours? We are not talking about a complete analysis of studying the students MRIs and brain function but we are trying to simply learn their dominating learning styles.

Kinesthetic – hands-on craft activities

Auditory – answering to comprehensive audio passages

Visual – interpretation of images and visuals

Don’t forget to add a few games in there every now and then. Who doesn’t love a little entertainment with a bit of laughter and movement? Try the above activities it doesn’t just bridge the teacher-student gap but also keeps the students on their toes to know education can be a lot more fun than it seems.

The main aim with which LetsPractise has been designed is to bridge the gap between teaching and learning and to make learning a fun process. Here the overall development and child-friendly learning is of importance.

Take a look at the available options to best suit your child and check here for free trial .

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.