7 Dec 2017

If someone was about to start in your field

I have been a teacher of a high school for about 5 to 6 years. I have gathered enough experience about this profession and how to handle students efficiently and help them in getting a proper education. At the initial stage of this business, I have faced difficulties in working correctly. As per my realisation, a person new in this profession needs to know a lot of things before starting his career. 

Are you very anxious while entering the classroom for the first time? Have no fear at all. Just think of the people who are providing constant support to the teachers and inspiring them all the time. You need to keep in mind certain things to become a successful teacher and avoid any form of hindrances while teaching. 

The 3Cs
The 3Cs that you should consider is clear, consistent and compassionate. You need to be clear on your expectations for behaviour as well as performance. A new teacher must be compassionate enough for their students to show them that he cares for them and has the willingness to help them learn new things and get success in life. Consistency is another factor that you need to take into consideration when you are about to start your career as a new teacher. The students can know that they are getting what they are expecting from their teacher in the classroom. 

Try to grow every day
You should remember that teaching is one of those professions that expects the teachers to be perfect with very less to no on-the-job training. You can change the lives of others, but the first few months of your career comprised of the learning phase and there is only growing. You try to find some strong and positive-minded teachers who are always optimistic about everything and observe them minutely to learn from them. Try to treat every student equally like your kids, whether it is from the junior school or high school. Don’t take any form of unruly behaviour personally. 

It’s good to have fun
As you are a teacher, you should maintain silence in the classroom at the maximum level, but sometimes it is also necessary to laugh and have fun so that the students do not get bored and a good relationship is established between the students and the teacher. Don’t be afraid of laughing in the classroom. I am having a friend who is also a teacher and told me that he was too shy in laughing in the classroom as he is a teacher. But one thing you should keep in mind that if you don’t laugh, the students will not laugh, and a friendly atmosphere will not be created. 

Lashing out will get you nowhere
Just screaming at the students will not help at all and the result will be zero. This might frighten them. This seems that they have gained adequate control and forcing you into desperate hollering. 

Students are not your BFFs
You should keep in mind that you are a professional and should behave in that manner. You will mix freely with your students but maintain a boundary. 

Focus on the positives and not the negatives
You must be optimistic and take the positives out of everything and avoid the negatives. Try to observe and analyse the needs of the students in the school and help them accordingly. 

Develop relationships with school personnel
Many teachers feel that the principal of the school has the maximum power and he is the best person to connect with regularly, it is not always right. Relationships need to be built with other personnel of the school as well. You need to treat all of them with respect so that they can be helpful to you in the school. 

Never say no
Don’t ever say no to anything and try to avoid it as far as possible. The authorities or the administrators of the school always want you to be a part of a team and work accordingly creating a coordination among all. Many students tend to leave schools early, but the teachers stay back and discuss various matters. You need to be a part of the group of teachers and follow what they are doing. 

Find your work-life balance
Always try to keep yourself insane and learn properly when you should step back. Teaching is a profession that keeps you engaged 24X7. You will be discussing with your friends and family about your students. You should not always think about your teaching and students. Instead, keep specific time for your family and maintain a balance between your work and life. Try to engage yourself in some extracurricular activities or get a membership to a gym. 

Take advantage of a new teacher
You might think that being new to something and doing for the first time is a dreadful thing, but try to treat this as an asset. You are not dreaded unlike some veteran teachers and hence try to be open to new ideas and experiences as to how the method of teaching can be improved. 

Remind yourself of your why
On distressing days when the printed material heaps up, a student discusses with you, or everything just is by all accounts turning out badly, you'll begin questioning yourself as a teacher. It's occasions such as these you must remind yourself why you picked this calling in any case. Possibly it was a teacher you had or enthusiasm for helping other people. For me, it notes my students have given to me, the benevolent thanks from guardians at graduation, the espresso and doughnuts a student purchased for me that morning, a compliment from my central and other trivial things. The child hangs out with you on Friday evening when you merely need to go home and rest as the weekend progressed; however, you stay at any rate because your classroom is their place of refuge. It's the selfie demands from every one of your children when you convey them to the craftsmanship exhibition hall. The reality they knew the fine art at the historical centre in any case and were eager to see it. 

Other points that a new teacher should take into consideration before starting his career are described below. 

  • Make friendships with the important people of the school very quickly immediately after joining, not only the principle but also with the other lower level staff members
  • Try to keep every document within folders and be systematic in everything you do
  • Always be yourself so that the students pay respect to you, understand the right and wrong and see the right through you
  • Always stick to the rules of the school and ensure that the students maintain discipline as well
  • You should remember that it is not the way you do things, it is the outcome that everyone is concerned with
  • Try to be explicit about race among the students. Acknowledge any form of discrimination, whether it is any racial or if cultural and take necessary actions to mitigate the issue
  • Never accept any form of invitations from parents
  • Learn the ways other teachers are collaborating with the students so that it becomes easier for you in the classroom

Some of the practical things that you, as a teacher must know.

  • How to efficiently manage time in school for every activity?
  • How to efficiently deliver the lessons to the students coming from diverse religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds so that they can understand correctly?
  • The purpose of the assessments to be done 
  • How to make the educational contents authenticate as well as contextualise?
  • The difference between plain hard, rigorous and complex
  • Planning as to how the curriculum can be followed and finished on time
  • How to motivate students in the class and identify their weak points?
  • How to guide the parents to teach their children effectively
  • To become aware of and respond to the medical conditions of the students
  • Lots of team-building exercises
  • Ways to entertain the students
  • How to become accountable to the students, administrators of the school, colleagues, media, other communities and reliable sources?
  • To know the ways to keep a talkative, disruptive and inattentive student focused 
  • How to entertain the students for the extra-curricular activities like sports, access to library and cafeteria
  • How to help in the coordination as well as execution of the field trip

The first few months of your career as a teacher are vital, and this is the time you should learn adequate things that will help you in the rest of the rest of your career. The future of many students is relying on you, and it needs to be taken into considerations and dealt with severely. I have tried to explain my level best as to how you can succeed as a teacher in your career.

6 Dec 2017

Reflecting on recent professional development / conference

Teaching considered as a noble profession all over the world. Various avenues are open to the teachers for their development as well as the growth of the business. Some of the ideas have been discussed that will help a teacher to excel in his career and develop the skills of teaching irrespective of experience of teaching. 

There are various types of professional development through which a teacher can develop his skills.


  • Course or workshops regarding the subject matter or the methods which the teacher usually adopts
  • Participation in a network of teachers that is formed mainly for the professional development of the teachers 
  • Proper mentoring and observation of the peers as well as coaching as an integral part of the formal school arrangement 
  • Individual and collaborative research on the topic of professional interest of the teacher 
  • Observation visits other schools
  • Various qualification programs such as degree program



The above chart shows the participation rate of teachers for professional development activity in 2017-18. 

A survey once conducted among the teachers asked them on a four-point scale that ranged from the lowest level of need to high level of need and their needs for development in various aspects of their work. Across 23 countries, the aspects of the work of teachers were most frequently rated by them as an area of development need. It has been observed that one-third of the teachers rated that their need for professional development was very high. 


The above chart shows the various areas for the need of development for the teachers. 

Books on the teaching profession
A simple approach to learning new techniques for lesson planning, association, and making powerful classroom frameworks can be found in books. For instance, the Everything New Teacher Book composed by this writer gives many incredible assets to new teachers. You can likewise read books that provide uplifting and moving stories to help spur you as you instruct. A few cases incorporate Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales and The Courage to Teach by Parker J. Palmer. Take in more of these best motivational books for teachers.

Professional development courses
Proficient advancement courses are an excellent approach to discover the most recent research in instruction. Courses on points like cerebrum research and evaluation, creation can be extremely edifying. Further, subject courses like "History Alive" furnish American History instructors with thoughts for lesson improvements. Some of these can be expensive or require a base number of members. You should approach your speciality head and organization on the off chance that you know about a course that would be awesome to convey to your school locale. Then again, online expert improvement courses are on the ascent and give you greater adaptability as far as when you take the necessary steps.

Additional college courses
School courses give teachers more top to bottom data and in-depth knowledge of the subject that has been chosen. Many states provide teachers impetuses for finishing extra school courses. For instance, in the province of Florida, school courses furnish teachers with a way to be recertified. They may likewise furnish you with money related and impose motivating forces so check with your state's Department of Education.

Reading well-established journals and websites
Established websites give rise to superb thoughts, ideas and motivation to the teachers. Further, proficient and professional journals can help improve lessons all through the educational modules. 

Visiting other schools
You are aware of about on the off chance an excellent teacher at your school, orchestrate to invest a little energy watching them. They don't need to teach in your branch of knowledge. You can get distinctive approaches to manage circumstances and to help with essential housekeeping assignments. Also, going to different schools and perceiving how different teachers display their lessons and manage students can be extremely edifying. Some of the time we get stuck imagining that how we are instructing is the best way to do it. In any case, perceiving how different experts handle the material can be a genuine eye-opener. 

Joining professional organizations
Proficient associations like the National Education Association or the American Federation of Teachers give individuals significant resources to help them all through the classroom. Further, numerous teachers discover affiliations to their topic provide them with an abundance of material to help construct and improve lessons. English, math, science and social investigations are only a couple of cases of subjects that have their affiliations. 
  •      National Council of Teachers of English 
  •      National Council for the Social Studies 
  •      National Science Teachers Association 
  •      National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Attending teaching conferences
Local as well as national conferences on teaching takes place consistently all through the year. Check whether one will be near to you and attempt and attend. Most schools will give you the time-off to turn up on the off chance that you guarantee to show the data. Some may even pay for your participation relying upon the budgetary circumstance. Check with your organisation. The keynote speakers and individual sessions can be genuinely inspirational.

Professional development offers varieties of advantages to the teachers. 

Ongoing instruction
Constant expert advancement gives teachers time to learn and execute new procedures. As indicated by the report, thinks about having reasoned that teachers might require upwards of 50 hours of direction, practice, and training before another showing system is mastered and executed in class.

Support in the implementation stage
As indicated by "Student Achievement Through Staff Development," teachers can take a normal of 20 isolated cases of training to master another expertise, and this number may increase if the ability is particularly perplexing. Offering help tends to the difficulties related to changing a classroom practice.

Active learning opportunities
These exercises can incorporate readings, role-play, open-finished dialogues, live demonstrating, and classroom visits. While many types of dynamic learning enable teachers to decode ideas, speculations, and research-based practices in instructing, displaying the new method has been appeared to allow for teachers to comprehend and apply a concept and stay open to receiving it.

Teachers want PD to make them better
Precisely! It isn't just about some expertise you can utilise quickly, however, more vitally it is about development after some time, growing thick composition, making associations, building a tribe, fortifying attitudes and values and reigniting the flames and energy inside every teacher who takes an interest.

Teachers want practical, not theoretical
This one disturbs me a bit. Teachers are regularly regarded just as they seen as the working class of the academic’s world. The showing calling is viewed as a semi-calling. Why? The reason is we are the ones that do not police its own. That needs to change. 

You have to possess something before you can assess it and before you can give it away to your students. If we cannot discover bliss in a grant if we don't claim the thoughts we are utilising, how would we know they are to the greatest advantage of the students we adore so dear? 

Once more, expertise building (how to utilize Google Docs or an arrangement of math instruments) may not require a profound comprehension of hypothesis behind the apparatus, however, when we are taking a shot at winding up better teachers, that requests you comprehend the hypothesis and confirmation behind what you are doing. As an expert, you should have the capacity to guard your instructive position. Teachers ought to be most proficient about the thoughts, procedures, attitudes and qualities they are consolidating into their training. You don't comprehend On the off chance and are not ready to verbalise the hypothetical underpinnings-then how might you make sure you ought to utilize them with children? 

Professional development should be creative
When you look at What We Believe at the professional development seminars or programs, you can see advancement and inventiveness at the core of what is done. Be that as it may, significantly more essentially, we figure teachers ought to convey development and innovativeness to the learning space with them. Compelling professional development isn't done to you. The student is a dynamic part of what is done and what is found out. The mantra is, "None of us is as shrewd as every one of us." 

In our relationship-driven learning situations, the syllabus is pliant and cooperatively made by teachers as their needs develop. I anticipate that and look forward will be both a student and a teacher in the courses and expert learning encounters in the programs. Furthermore, the aggregate learning methodologies we utilise dependably yield better results. Additionally, teachers turn out more certain about sharing their thoughts and using their voice. They rose as bloggers and online networking clients who see how to associate and learn cooperatively (an expertise that is required in a teacher's toolkit) and gifted at teaching method and the substance secured in general.

The various professional development programs help in the enhancement of skills of the teachers to take care of the students and their curriculum more diligently.

5 Dec 2017

Enhancing social skills one brick at a time

LEGO is a method which is very popular in the building of blocks all over the world. It is defined as a line of construction toys that consists of interlocking blocks of plastic that are manufactured by the LEGO Group which is a privately held company based in Billund. The word LEGO is composed of two Danish terms “leg godt” that means “play well”. 

LEGO is wherever nowadays. The famous block has set up itself in pretty much every frame you can envision, from the great sets of books, swimwear, computer games and amusement parks. The LEGO Batman Movie has netted over $300 million in the cinema world, while the world's biggest LEGO shop, in Leicester Square, London, opened its entryways toward the finish of a year ago. 

The Danish organisation likewise endeavoured to make remarkable advances in instruction, with an assortment of items and instructional classes intended to encourage gaining from the early years to auxiliary level. 

Be that as it may, while the powerful sticker prices may make some of these propelled units and mechanical autonomy sets somewhat excessively rich for a little spending plans, the effortlessness of building a digger, a squad car or a dinosaur has turned into the premise of a gathering treatment activity that all schools can get behind.

What is LEGO therapy?

In 2014, a gathering of analysts co-composed a manual for the utilisation of LEGO-based treatment sessions as a focused on mediation for students with extreme autism spectrum conditions (ASC), Asperger's Syndrome and other uncommon instructive needs. 

The book makes a detailed clarification of the justification of LEGO-based treatment in detail, alluding to the exploration the writers have done to investigate the potential advantages of creating a fun and safe experience for kids who may regularly battle with bunch exercises. 
By cooperating to amass LEGO sets, students have a chance to build up their correspondence, critical thinking and strife determination aptitudes. The undertaking of getting together is partitioned into particular parts: the 'manufacturer' assembles the blocks while the 'architect' organises the fabrication and so on. 

Turning the designation of parts and setting out some straightforward standard procedures (e.g. 'On the off chance that somebody has a piece you need, ask pleasantly') will enable students to cooperate.
How do the sessions work?

Running the sessions requires minimal more than a place to manufacture (which could be a perpetual 'LEGO room' or a brief space), a prepared individual from staff and enough LEGO sets to go around. 
I addressed Alisha Arian, a showing aide (TA) at an elementary school, about her experience of utilising LEGO treatment during the most recent month. 

Alisha 
'I'm a TA in a Year 3 class, however, as of late, I was requested to assume control over the school's new discourse and dialect program, which is presently all PC/webcam-based. All the more as of late, I've begun running LEGO treatment sessions once per week with a little gathering of youngsters, for 30 minutes on end. 

Our SENCO settled on the choice to utilise LEGO-based treatment, and all TAs were prepared to run sessions. The sessions don't require a great deal of arranging: with space, a period and enough blocks; we began pretty effortlessly. Prior to every session, I guarantee that every kid has a full arrangement of LEGO.

The sessions happen in our discourse and dialect room, a genuinely substantial space with enough tables to show all the LEGO plans the students can chip away at. The format of the room isn't especially vital to us, yet we do get a kick out of the chance to guarantee that students have enough space to feel good (and can move effortlessly between tables). 

The format of the room isn't especially essential to us, yet we do jump at the chance to guarantee that students have enough space to feel good 

We have a significant number of taking part students, all at Key Stage 2, so we let them apportion their parts inside the combine. Should any issues emerge, I talk about the parts with the match and guarantee that the two students have a reasonable turn at every section. 

We haven't been running the sessions for long, yet for a couple of EAL youngsters, we have just observed the positive effect of the treatment. The sessions enable them to wind up plainly more unquestionably engaged with dialogues among sets while building their models and this indeed has been taken back to the classroom. 

I would state that LEGO-based treatment isn't just a splendid approach to improve youngsters' etymological abilities, yet additionally to implant those centred standards of cooperation and critical thinking in a movement they appreciate. It truly is a beautiful movement, and I appreciate tuning in to the discussions that occur as much as they appear to appreciate the building.'

Most kids find that playing with Lego blocks is sheer fun. For the individuals who battle with relational correspondence, be that as it may, it's diligent work. The Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders is utilising the building hinders as a socialisation instrument. 
Jean Gehricke, an authorised and a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate professor of paediatrics in UCI's School of Medicine is building up an examination based Lego educational programs to enhance the correspondence and social aptitudes of kids with a mental imbalance range issue. 

There was a 45-minute session where a qualified UCI student and a kid with ASD alternate working with the trademarked blocks and giving guidelines. This moderately new type of treatment offers a direct structure in which to examine youngsters with ASD. 

"Children adore Lagos, and building things with pieces is boosting for them," Gehricke says. "They're set to construct and complete it – particularly kids on the range, who locate the normal, dullness and organised play engaging."

In the sessions, students help kids with critical thinking and conduct administration while giving uplifting feedback. "Amid this master social treatment, all members need to verbalise in detail. Occasionally, extremely introverted kids utilise words improperly, and the students will educate them to utilise words suitably," Gehricke says. "We are dealing with the factor of bringing awareness about this conduct by focusing on participation and social as well as motor skills and building confidence."  

Throughout 10 to 12 Lego treatment sessions, guardians rate their kids' advance, watching their conduct and taking note of how their ASD manifestations change. Amid treatment and mediation, Gehricke teams up with the guardians to give a continuum of care at home. "We screen conduct and work intimately with guardians to indicate how the youngster's conduct influences others and how he or she goes over in the family," he says. "Kids who were once socially separated are currently co-operators in a social domain. We're building and retouching connections and helping parents bond with their youngsters." 

The result of an open private association between the Children and Families Commission of Orange County and the William and Nancy Thompson Family Foundation, in a joint effort with the UCI School of Medicine, Chapman University's College of Educational Studies and CHOC Children's Hospital, The Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders grasps chances to investigate imaginative, regularly multidisciplinary treatment approaches with potential to modify the scene for families influenced by ASD and other neurodevelopmental issue. 

Gehrickeobserves an improvement in the conduct of the youngsters' drastically with Lego treatment, which additionally includes psychological treatment, research and working with guardians. "For whatever length of time that mindfulness is there," he says, "change happens. Some of the time, after a drawn-out stretch of time working with a kid, you don't think advance is made, and afterwards, it clicks – there's a leap forward. 

"We had a patient, a young lady, who experienced issues conveying everything that needs to be conveyed. She would react to questions, however never volunteered data. In the wake of acquainting her with Lego treatment, we saw a sudden change. She could convey out of the blue. She adored the structure and anticipated going to the inside. It was unfathomable to perceive how she turned out to be considerably more verbal and energetic about the remedial procedure. She had a spring in her progression that was never there." 

Lego treatment of Gehriskeis getting the support of being funded by a grant from Autism Speaks. 

A mission to provide help and hope 


This Centre for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders started its operation for the children in a new facility. Its mission was to offer help to the individuals and their families who are suffering from autism and various other neurodevelopmental disorders. There is an advantage that the children can meet each other while playing in a group and it is helping them in gaining social skills and gaining a sense of shared identity. This, in turn, is boosting their confidence. Working in a group, meeting new people and completing a task within a timeframe are regarded as tremendous achievements. The construction skills of the kids are developed considerably.

2 Dec 2017

Ideas for collaborating with other schools

According to an African proverb, it says “It takes a village to raise a child”. It can easily be imagined that it would take a community in raising a school. Collaborating with other schools helps to mitigate a lot of issues and the students to accomplish a lot of issues. 

There are five easy as well as engaging ways through which these collaborations can be done.

Mastery Skype
A Mystery Skype unites two classes with each class building up a progression of 'taught' inquiries to help them keenly reason the area of the other school. (If the case is that your school blocks Skype, consider utilizing Google Hangouts efficiently). In this situation, kids get the chance to apply and utilise geological information, essential considering and the expertise of derivation. Students may deliberately ask the other school questions like: "Are you east or west of the Mississippi River?" or "Are you landlocked?" They proceed with this procedure until the point that they have inferred the correct area of the other school. When I was a child, I read about geological ideas and places in a course book, however, I never got the opportunity to apply that figuring out how to a true circumstance like students can do now by means of a Mystery Skype. I have been pushing teachers to think past geological based Mystery Skypes and have a go at applying this drawing in coordinated effort apparatus to their own matter.

Google Docs
SmallGDI feel that most instructors see the incentive in having students in your own class team up on a Google Doc – however, the time has come to think bigger! The time has come to team up with another class from an alternate city, state or even nation. There are some calculated issues to work out with this kind of joint effort; however such hazard brings awesome reward. For instance, Dianne Shapp (@dshapp) had her fifth-grade students cooperatively compose a paper on sugar with a class from Illinois. They finished the undertaking by having a class wrangle about sugar using Skype.

The 100 Word Blog Challenge
This blog challenge is energising and at the same time very exciting since it gives the students a chance to expound on what intrigues them. As a teacher, it is a matter of concern about the possibility that some students are "phoney blogging" (constrained blogging because I allocated it) when they are given a prompt. This helps in mitigating the problem. Giving the children reason in their composition rouses hesitant and propelled students alike. Students have the option of making any 100 words; they need to go with this provokes.
Every week an insight is given, which can be a photo or a progression of individual words and the youngsters can utilise around 100 words to compose an inventive piece. This ought to be posted on a class blog and after that connected to the 100 Word Challenge blog. The connection usually is open from midnight on Wednesdays until midnight the next Tuesday." (taken straightforwardly from 100 Word Challenge Blog). The best part – kids from next to the globe remark on every other site.

Quad blogging
The word “quad blogging” implies that it contains four distinct and significant classes together with one class blogging and at the same time the other three comments. All the classes take turns being the key contributor. This acts as an authorising factor since the kids will have an authentic audience for their blogs. Students often remain fanatical about the analytics about whose blogs are getting more comments.

Get on the same page.

One of the most significant problems in connecting with other schools is to make sure that we are on the same page. Everyone needs to be conscious what is expected of them and become a valued part of a team. It becomes much more comfortable in building relationships with the teachers of other schools and figure out the next possible steps that can be taken to improve the quality of teaching and education that the students receive.

Start a blog

The teachers and students of a school have the option of sharing their thoughts and ideas through the blogs that will be written by them. Every student may also share the blogs outside the school with their teachers.

Create a personal learning community
There is another way of connecting with other schools. The teachers can create a personal learning community where they can chat and share their ideas with other teachers. Nowadays teachers feel isolated from their peers and building an individual community or learning community. This can be composed of the teachers in the school or from various parts of the world. It does not matter whether the teachers spend time sharing, interacting, or collaborating with others regarding the different educational projects.

Schedule weekly get-togethers
A problem is very acute and frequent among the teachers who are the shortage of time. They hardly get any time in a day to sit and interact. Collaboration with other schools can be executed by setting up meetings on a weekly basis so that the teachers can meet with each other and discuss the developments of the education system. They can also talk about the effects of brainstorming and be working in a team together.

Master Skypes
If you have not known about a Mystery Skype yet, try using it as an essential tool for collaboration with other schools. Mystery Skype unites two classes with each class building up a progression of 'instructed' inquiries to help them shrewdly reason the area of the other school. (If your school squares Skype, consider utilising Google Hangouts). In this situation, kids get the opportunity to apply and use geological learning, first thinking and the expertise of finding. Students may deliberately ask the other school questions like: "Are you east or west of the Mississippi River?" or "Are you landlocked?" They proceed with this procedure until the point when they have inferred the correct area of the other school. When I was a child, I read about geological ideas and places in a course reading, yet I never got the chance to apply that figuring out how to a certifiable circumstance like students can do now using a Mystery Skype. I have been pushing teachers to think past geological based Mystery Skypes and have a go at applying this connecting with the coordinated effort apparatus to their particular topic. Shouldn't something be said about secret characters, riddle missions (for those of us in California) puzzle verifiable characters, or even puzzle logical ideas?

YouTube Interaction
Did you think thatYouTube was just for posting videos? It is an excellent medium to collaborate on projects.  Students are prepossessed with Australians – but we can’t always do collaborative projects with Australia due to time-zone constraints. So instead we participate in what I have come to call ‘YouTube Interactions,’ where we send videos back and forth between time-zone challenged classes. We hold debates and build stories together, but instead of blogs, we use YouTube to share our work. Again, the sky is the limit… big and use videos to bridge the time zone gap.

Vimeo can be used if YouTube is blocked in any case. Sometimes, Vimeo makes parents more comfortable in online video postings, and the parents can be given the option of picking a most preferred online platform. I always make sure to discuss the purpose of the project with parents at Back to School Night, I explain the use and safety involved in this type of project.

Don’t wait for others for the first move
On the off chance that you stick around for others to search you out, you might sit tight for quite a while, mainly if your school doesn't have a community-oriented environment. If one is interested in connecting with others of another school, he may be willing to make the first move.

Try co-teaching
Co-teaching can be another good idea for a collaboration with other schools and between teachers. One teacher is good, but two is always better. A teacher can help another one by working with his or her class. A trade-off that makes both of them experienced. They will work on the curriculum together and delivery that may enable both of them to know each other well, both professionally as well as personally.

Adopt a team mentality
Many schools don’t necessarily encourage teachers to work together, instead of sequestering each into classrooms. But that doesn’t mean, that’s the way things have to be. You can start building a more team-focused feeling at your school by encouraging collaboration, talking to other teachers, and holding meetings. You’re all working side by side to give the students an excellent education and no one can do it alone.

All the above ideas can be successfully carried into effect for active collaboration of a school with another. 

1 Dec 2017

Using Tablet Computers to Improve Learning Objectives

There has been a widespread usage of mobile technology due to the advancement of technology in the present era. The leaders of different nations are very much committed to achieving inclusive as well as equitable education that enables an opportunity for lifelong learning for everyone. Tablet computers are useful for learning various kinds of things. There has been an increase in the number of tablet computers all over the world because of its popularity. Many schools in the US and Europe have been reported to the use of tablets during online exams.

Three learning modalities help the students to work through visual, kinesthetic and visual. Kinesthetics is the term that refers to the physical movement that is made out by the teachers to support the learning if the students. Therefore, the term virtual kinaesthetic refers to a more instinctual style of technology for the teachers and the students as well through the use of tablet computers in a classroom. 



The above chart shows the number of tablet users in India from 2013 to 2018. It is depicted that the number of users has increased considerably in the country over the five years. It is projected that in 2018 the number of users is expected to be over 60 million in India. 

Things were not the same till the launching of the tablet computers. Its usage has been found in universities, training centres and schools all over the world. It has become an inevitable source of learning in education. 

Most of the corporations are taking the help of tablet computers for the conduction of their meetings. Tablets not only make the learning enjoyable but also people can get better outcomes. 

Art
In a subject like art, individuals may figure, "How could a tablet be helpful? Is it accurate to say that it isn't about natural materials?" 
It is, yet shouldn't something be said about an application that assists with shading coordinating and mixes, or instruments for inside outline where the youngster can delineate their venture an idea before getting the chance to work? Apparently, there are incredible illustration applications too, and students can utilise a stylus for more accuracy. 
When they are done, they can partake in exhibitions with different students for study and consolation.

Music
Application developers persistently astonish general society with the multifaceted nature of apparatuses they can make for tablets. Students can compose their own music, record a melody with an application like Garage Band or Studio Track, or download music history reference books that give intelligent tunes and data about all the best works of art. 
Music hypothesis is fun when you utilize the utilization of Piano Pro or others that enable students to experiment with an instrument without purchasing a piano.

Presentations
Public speaking is one of the significant skills that students possess for effective learning. The usage of PowerPoint for presentations with little lasers is about to become absolute. The tablets contain various apps that are used for drawing, animation and writing during several types of presentations. 

Money Management
The world's present monetary emergency features a split in instruction; we aren't collecting our kids to oversee cash legitimately. With tablets in the classroom, more established students can utilise securities exchange applications or planning applications to re-enact what it resembles to claim a business or a run a family unit. 

More young kids can utilise recreations that show them how to recognise coins and dollars, as well as how to spend and spare as well. 

Simulation
It may be excessively costly, making it impossible to test fly a fly or scale Mount Everest, yet reproduction recreations have been around quite a while used to prepare specialists, pilots, and military. For a profession unit, for what reason doesn't have every student pick an ability and run a re-enactment diversion? Toward the end of the unit, they can compose a report about the points of interest and detriments. Amusements, when utilised as a part of the balance, can help innovativeness and creative energy.

Social Media
Social media is popular these days, and most of the people are active. Regardless of the proceeded with a negative relationship with online networking as an addictive time waster, there are heaps of advantages to having a smaller than expected "Facebook" stage in the classroom. 
Children can post homework or be composing assignments and get criticism. Students can work on empowering each other with positive help. The educator can likewise screen the computerised "air" of the room and ensure no harassing or inner circles are shaping. These classroom stages help bond students together and give a sheltered approach to share their views. 

Fiscal Savings
Tablets run somewhere in the range of $200-$600 apiece. For a class size of 20, this can be upwards of $12,000.00. That may appear like a ton, however, when you consider the measure of free instruments, assets, and books that are accessible on the iPad (for instance), you will rapidly observe that to buy a similar measure of gear and books would cost thousands more. The camera alone would be about $200.00 per tyke. At that point, there is the cost of replicating, ink, drawing apparatuses, and so on. Tablets are a monetarily dependable choice.

Foreign Language
Need to take in another dialect, however, don't have a teacher who is conversant in a dialect like Dutch or Mandarin? 
There's application for that! Students can have an individualised remote dialect program, with one learning Spanish, and other learning German. Once they have aced a few aptitudes, for what reason not utilise Google Hangouts or Skype to associate with a friend through correspondence over the world?

Current events
A tablet computer helps a person to keep himself updated with the latest news, and he can gain adequate knowledge about a lot of things. Maybe students are watching the news channels or other channels on the television, but the advantage they can enjoy using tablets is the lively discussion. 

Testing
Do you fill in those little air pocket tests for the machine to check and check whether you were shrewd? 
Those testing strategies might be proficient, however, with a tablet, teachers can utilise a wide range of inventive approaches to gauge how well their students are taking in the material. YouTube has a beta style testing device where students answer inquiries amid a video address. Delegated online exams can be gone up against tablets too. These exams make the teacher free to invest more energy educating and less time reviewing. Diagrams, charts, and classroom investigation are simple when test scores are as of now digitised.

Computer Skills
PCs control the world, and the more capable students are at exploring them, the better prepared they will be for this present reality. Having a tablet in the classroom for every student ensures that children will be having the important writing and different abilities fundamental to future occupations. Apart from having excellent computer skills, there are fabulous applications that show PC coding, PC improvement, and other IT aptitudes that can profit them over the long haul.

Personal Responsibility
Tablets compel students to find out about moral duty. Losing a tablet is significantly more expensive than losing a homework task or a book. While some may contend that kids aren't equipped for taking care of such a costly gadget, insofar as schools utilise the mechanical quality spreads, students can without much of a stretch be relied upon to deal with and monitor their tablet computer.

Choices
Psychologically, children have the chances to do better when they are offered some choices. Students who are having various behavioural problems like ADHD or any other issues may get the benefits by using tablet computers. Students also have the option, choosing several types of games from tablets in their spare time. This increases their concentration level. 

Learning is easy
Having a tablet in class implies that you approach helpful apparatuses that simply don't accompany the old pen and paper design. For classes that need extraordinary devices, as logical number crunchers, students would now be able just to get an application for that. 
Tablets likewise help students with extraordinary requirements. With tablets, the student is associated with uncommon administrations and apparatuses, all through the classroom. They likewise demonstrate teachers with instruments that assist them in tracking execution. This enables a teacher to anticipate students with uncommon needs and screen their advance. Not exclusively will this widen access to better instruction, it will likewise make learning simpler and significantly more fun. 

Create PC abilities early 
By utilising tablets, kids are presently creating imperative PC abilities at a beginning period. This incorporates an assortment of sound, visual and development aptitudes. 
Today, even a baby comprehends selecting'. The tablet's swiping developments build up the genuinely necessary engine and deftness abilities for regular day to day existence. 

In conclusion, children figure out how to take after guidelines by following the visual or sound prompts that are utilised as a part of the tablets, something that proves to be useful as they age. They can concentrate more in the classroom with the help of tablets.

29 Nov 2017

The efficiency of classroom management in reducing student stress

A lot of researchers have shown that unremitting stress is leading to the enhanced levels of infection and illness, cuts of years from the lives of people and cutting down their happiness. If the students in the high school can deal with the stress efficiently and can carry the skills into adulthood, it will be able to create ripple effects throughout their entire lives. These emphasise within the children arise naturally from both the act of growing up as a human being and the structure of the education system. Some of the noticeable sources of this tension are the grades in exams, peer pressure, homework assignments, and self-confidence and so on. It becomes immaterial to teach the students without relieving the stress in the classroom. 
A teacher will not be able to mitigate the problems of the external sources but can solve some of the issues related to the classroom. There are specific stress-reduction techniques for students that practice in schools and help them with education. 

These methods are very efficient in reducing the stress of the children in the classroom and guide them in learning.

Psychological Theories of Humor
Freud was one of the earliest writers to classify humour as a coping device. He was one of the proposers of the Relief Theory that was one of the three psychological theories developed to focus on liberating effects of humour. This method depends on the psychological explanations for the useful function of the future. 

Another Theory was the Arousal Theory that explains the laughter’s function as a part of the reduction of built-up tension and energy. This assists with accounting for the stress-reducing effects of humour. If stress gives rise to increase in pressure, laughter function and humour for the reduction of such tension, it must be followed that humour can reduce the accumulated effects of stress. 

On the other hand, the Superiority Theory focuses on the heightened sense of self-esteem, reduced threat and confidence that are coupled with a humorous response to a stressful situation. All of these theories can present physiological as well as psychological explanations for the significance of one’s health to cope up with stress. Humour can produce significant effects in three important domains like appraisal, problem-focused and emotion. Laughter can provide a cathartic effect by discharging any built-up tension and emotions. 

Stress-Reduction Techniques
One of the most important and famous techniques is the deep breathing technique. This defines that the students need to breathe very slowly for a count of four and do the same for out in a slow manner for the count of four as well. It is a fantastic thing that acts as mindfulness and can help slow things down.  It also creates a sense of calmness and ease. 

Another noticeable technique is the visualisation. The students are in general asked to think about a place which is relaxing to them so that they can imagine themselves. There is a tendency of the students to think about some quiet place like a forest or a beach, and they can use this visualisation technique to transport themselves in that spot any time when they feel they are stressed out. 

Progressive relaxation is another essential technique where student are asked to clear off their desks and are asked to sit comfortably in their positions. A recording is played so that the students can relax. The setting of tone is important as a student is enough to disrupt the whole thing with a laugh. Sometimes, some teaching about positive mental as well as emotional health is regarded as a luxury or extravagance. 

Tips for reducing stress in the classroom

  •      Posting on a daily schedule so that uncertainty can be reduced to a greater extent
  •      Respond to any form of disruption in a calm and composed manner and privately
  •      Keeping the classroom clean and organised so that the students get the motivation to take part in learning
  •      Maintenance of a positive as well as a safe learning environment in the classroom
  •      The teachers must make sure that the students are given “brain breaks” to process learning
  •      Teach and create models in the classroom regarding stress management

The teachers can talk to students about extending the use of stress management in other areas of life as well. Stress management acts as a lifelong skill that can help to solve a wide range of problems from health to relationships between family members. 

5. Other Ways to Reduce Student Stress

There are five different ways through which teachers can help the students in the classroom to relieve stress.

  •      Monitor the Physical surroundings

The teachers need to avoid the clutter that can include too much visual stimulation in the form of bright colours as well as other visual distracters. It will be great if there are some decorations and be displaying student work is a must.


  •      Allow for Movement and Fidgeting 

Sitting still will not work for the students. Some teachers have gained success while experimenting with exercise balls instead of fidget toys, disc cushions or seats. 

  •      Reduce Extraneous Noise

Some noises are useful and productive for the sake of development. But some extraneous sounds need to be reduced to relieve the stress of the students. The teacher has the option of switching on some light music at the corner of the classroom that can keep the focus of the students from getting diverted from noises. 

  •      Build in Time for Transitions

Most teachers are aware of this and take the help of intuition. The teachers must build time for the students for transitions from lighter activity to something that requires more focus. 

  •      Make Students Aware of Their Mindset

Some tools like The Alert Program help in the encouragement of students to become aware of the readiness to learn. Young kids need continuous guidance that helps them in self-regulation. This will assist in the management of classroom issues.

9 Nov 2017

Does your professional learning have purpose?

The idea of improving the quality of education in the schools through the development of the professional learning communities is presently in vogue. My professional learning helps in underpinning the professional update process. Proper knowledge and evidence of the impact of learning of my thinking and professional actions are the critical part of the professional update process. Planning as well as a review of the result of professional education based on self-evaluation process is an integral part of the process.

The model of professional learning community assumes that the primary mission of the formal education is not only to ensure that the students are given proper education but also to ensure that students can learn. Professional learning helps in the enhancement of the quality of education that gives rise to improved outcomes. There has been a shift of focus from teaching to learning. A teacher teaches a chapter or a unit in the class and most of the cases it is observed that students are not able to master that chapter properly. I have faced the same problem while attending some of the classes in school. Sometimes, teachers have told the students, including me to get transferred to a less rigorous course or participate in special classes. The moment a school starts to function like a professional learning community, teachers become aware of the incongruity between the lack of a coordinated strategy for responding to students when they are unable to learn and the commitment of the teachers to ensure that every student can learn. This helped me in proper learning of the subjects and clear my doubts. The school has become very systematic, and it helped me in gaining proper knowledge and access other facilities.

The professional learning community helped in the timely identification of the students who are in urgent need of extra time and support from the teachers. This has been one of the primary purposes of professional learning that helped me in some way or the other. The professional learning has taught me to devote more time for studies and get additional assistance from the teachers. Firstly, the teachers can talk to me in person and individually to know my problems regarding academics and solve them at the earliest. The school authorities have contacted my parents to let them know about the problems that I am facing, and this was a grave concern. My parents also guided me at home in my studies. After the implementation of the professional learning community, the parents of the students are called for monthly meetings that helped in monitoring the progress of the students. I can assess my progress and perform accordingly.

Professional learning also focuses on better outcomes. It has helped me to work together as a team so that every one of us can get the achievement and it has become a routine in the school days. The teachers identify the present level of success, establish a goal for the further improvement of the current level, working together to achieve that objective and provision for periodic evidence of the progress. The purpose of this professional learning is to teach the students to work together as a team and share the resources of the school. I have learnt to work as a like-minded individual who can share the opinions and develop a passion for developing myself and my learning as well as teaching skills in school. The professional learning helped in the creation of a strong network between the head teacher and the senior staffs and also between the teachers and the students.

Other purposes of professional learning include:
  • The advantages of sharing several types of information and assisting in the promotion of best practices across the schools 
  • The significant economies of scale that can be achieved when the resources of the school are shared
  •  The elevated level of priority that the schools will be given to the students for the development of their literacy skills so that they can succeed in their workplace in the future and the academics as well throughout the entire curriculum and get ambitious standards. 
This learning also focuses on the various aspects of the improvement of schools such as assessment of learning, improving the investigation of science works, developments in curriculum, play time projects and increasing the use of the outdoor environment. Thus, professional learning communities have urged the employees of the school who have always tried to try something new concerning approaches and ways of working.

Schools and the teachers tend to suffer from DRIP (Data Rich/Information Poor) syndrome.
The community of professionals who are result oriented invites data and information as well as transforms information into helpful and applicable data for staff. Educators have never experienced an absence of information. Indeed, even a teacher who works in detachment can go without much of a stretch set up the mean, mode, middle, standard deviation, and level of student who showed capability each time he or she regulates a test. Be that as it may, information will turn into an impetus for improved teacher practice just if the teacher has a premise of correlation.

This professional learning also helps the teachers in some way or the other. The teachers can develop formative assessments that are common throughout the academic year. The teachers can identify how the students are performing. The teacher has access to varieties of materials, strategies, ideas and talents of the team of which he is a part.

There is some evidence of professional learning that has been discussed below.
  •  Critical reflections of individuals to practice, including reflective journals
  •  Analysis of the works of students, individuals or group
  •  Reflections on professional dialogues with parents, peers, colleagues and learners
  •  Analysis of visual data and artefacts
  •  Analysis of the quantitative and statistical data sets
  •  Analysis of the group discussion and interviews with students
  •  Analysis of the teacher talk by students through the various mediums like audio and video recording
  • Reflections on as well as summary of lessons and discussions with learners
  • Review of student talk (individually or in group)
Hard work and commitment
Indeed, even the most terrific outline, in the end, converts into diligent work. The expert learning group show is a stupendous outline—an intense better approach for cooperating that significantly influences the acts of tutoring. Be that as it may, starting and maintaining the idea requires diligent work. It needs the school staff to concentrate on adapting as opposed to educating, work cooperatively on issues identified with learning, and consider itself responsible for the sort of results that fuel ceaseless change.

At the point when instructors do the diligent work essential to execute these standards, their aggregate capacity to enable all students to learn will rise. On the off chance that they neglect to exhibit the train to start and maintain this work, at that point their school is probably not going to wind up plainly more powerful, regardless of the possibility that those inside it claim to be an expert learning group. The ascent or fall of the expert learning group idea depends not on the benefits of the concept itself, but rather on the most central component in the change of any school—the dedication and determination of the teachers inside it.

The learning group individuals have figured out what they have to realise with a specific end goal to guarantee their sowing produces effective learning for their students. Along these lines, students are the prime supporters of the expert taking in group's strong information think about and focused on proficient learning.

Notwithstanding ending up more successful teachers and conveying higher-quality instructing for their students, these teachers advantage of the main's and other area chairmen's sharing and supporting the administration with skilled learning group individuals. Note the number and criticalness of the choices that the expert learning group individuals make. They have been given shared power, specialist, and basic leadership to direct the craft by their expert learning group.

Through a reliable examination of various sources of student and framework information, the expert learning group tracks the execution of its students. At the point when information demonstrate that students are not figuring out how to desires, the individuals look at all factors that could add to these outcomes and recognise the difficulties. Their subsequent stage is to make new result articulations for their students that address their low execution.

I, as a student, feel that this professional learning is very significant for students and teachers. In a PLC (Professional Learning Community) school, the teachers get the opportunity to work as a team together with the students that helps the students to concentrate on their studies by writing common assessments, identifying at-risk students, planning curriculum and solving problems for students. Teachers can share their concerns that reflect on their strategies of teaching. Students can learn properly from a collaborative planning and pacing of instruction. Through the common assessments, progress monitoring and grade-level expectations indirectly help the students in achieving success. The progress is monitored for each student. PLCs also empowers the administration and the faculty in working collectively to provide instruction of high quality.