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Work Life balance

Work Life Balance Tips For Teachers

“Always take some of the play, fun, freedom, and wonder of the weekend into your week and your work.” -Rasheed Ogunlaru Me: “How was your day, Ma’am?” Teacher: “It’s been very hectic. I have had no free time today during the school hours. And have to carry work home as have a submission due tomorrow.” […]

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Digital adoption

The World at Your Fingertips: Technology Opens Doors!

Have you ever heard people (especially the smarter, tech-savvy generation) say, “Don’t move your legs…rather, your fingers!” Gone are the days when we had to go places to get things done…visit a bank to make a transaction or visit a doctor to get medication, holiday in a foreign country or party with friends. Technology makes […]

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Connection between happiness and learning

We know that whenever we fight with someone more powerful than us or some time when there is turbulence in the flight, we feel threatened. We go into survival mode when threatened by something or someone. We either put up our dukes (literally or metaphorically) or start running in such situation. Students often go into […]

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Wanna keep yourself up to date and bring joy to your online learning setting?

Wanna keep yourself up to date and bring joy to your online learning setting?

There is a 360˚shift in teaching paradigm from traditional classes to online classes. It is quite challenging, to keep the spirit of your students up right from preserving student attendance to bringing lessons to life in the virtual classroom. But hats off to the teachers and students around the world for having shown extraordinary resilience […]

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Art of Convincing Others

“ YOU CANNOT CONVINCE ANYONE FOR ANYTHING. YOU CAN ONLY GIVE THEM THE RIGHT INFORMATION, SO THAT THEY CONVINCE THEMSELVES….”                                                                 By Even Pagan At a bus stop, two men were having some discussion, a while later it turns into an argument and finally ends up in a fight. Reminiscent of your school days? The […]

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Managing The New Normal

I recently came across this video which I found fascinating. It is a 24-minute talk by Cathy O’Dowd. Cathy is the first woman mountaineer to summit Everest from both South (1996) and North (1999) and in 2003 tried one of the great unclimbed routes of the Himalaya, the Fantasy Ridge on Everest Kangshung Face. She […]

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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

Lockdown has changed lives of all age groups. It has revolutionized the teaching-learning process. Teachers and students have embraced this change and are making the most of these times. But, concentration on academics alone with no recreation tends to make a student dull and unsociable. Furthermore, a relaxed mind is a rejuvenated one. It retrieves […]

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Digital adoption

Digital Adoption in Pandemic Times

“We went from being the Flintstones to the Jetsons in nine months.” Dan Schulman, PayPal It’s been over three months since life as we know it has changed for India and the global landscape. Video calling and datapacks have taken on a new form of necessity beyond our endless skype chats and Netflix streaming. Zoom […]

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Professional Development for Educators and Teachers

You’re Always On: Your Career ….Growing as Teacher It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge’  – Albert Einstein As teachers and educators, we need to be on the edge to explore new learning experiences for our students. Exploration of new learning opportunities not only helps also […]

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Improving emotional control in children

Emotional control is the ability to manage emotions to achieve goals, complete tasks, or control and direct your behavior. If this is a strength for you, you’re not only able to handle the daily ups and downs of life easily but can maintain your cool in more emotionally charged situations as well- whether its confrontation […]

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WHY YOUR SCHOOL NEEDS A SCHOOL RADIO STATION

Content is key for any successful marketing strategy. If your content is effective, then you are far more likely to get the engagement and reach your desire output. If your content is not good, it will eventually end up being a waste of time. Now questions are, where and when we should post this good […]

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Do we still require brick and mortar schools/universities?

With the evolution of technology, the mode of teaching and its delivery has to be re-defined and re-oriented. We have discovered more efficient ways of teaching with the development of learning sciences. Also, we need to constantly figure out and identify improved outcomes with the application of technology on education. A more tailored and well-defined […]

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Time to Pause -Think – Teach – Repeat

Hi, if you have read my first blog, you all are aware of my accidental entry into the teaching world. However, in a couple of days, I learned that being a teacher demanded much more than teaching. Imparting textbook knowledge caters only to half of the job. Would like to quote Mr Abraham Lincoln here […]

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Some Ideas on Effective Strategies to Teach Math

Math is the most debated subject with almost everyone giving their opinion on how it needs to be taught. Most people believe that mathematics is about computation. You find them arguing not only for its place in the school curriculum but also emphasizing on the use of traditional methods of instruction in computation. Teachers goals […]

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Swar Or Vyanjan – What Should Be Taught First?

While English is known to be a funny language, Hindi is certainly not. Hindi is phonetic, it’s read the way it’s written. If this is so, then what could be the reason that despite spending nearly an entire academic year on learning generally a total of 47 ‘swar’ (vowels) and ‘vyanjan’ (consonants), most children struggle […]

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My Experience with Education in the Non-Profit Sector

About 20% of people in India still live in slums with minimal means and an even lesser motivation to pursue education. This blog is about my experience with an NGO, the Robin Hood Army where we took up the challenge to reach out to the underprivileged and pave a way for them to a better […]

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Online teaching – a need of the hour

With the recent pandemic due to the spread of the Coronavirus, classroom learning has taken a jolt. Millions of students have been affected by theschool closures but a great part of them never stopped learning – Thanks to the technology. Though all the teachers and students are locked up at their homes, the teaching-learning process […]

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5 changes for the educator to adapt to in the new world and 5 tools to facilitate this change

“Life is Uncertain. Eat Dessert First.” This popular quote attributed to an unknown Ernestine Ulmer captures the essence of the scenario we find ourselves. Life is Certainly Uncertain. We are treading unchartered territory as large sections of humanity plunge deep into the dual crisis of COVID-19 and an economic recession. As educators, we find ourselves […]

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Let’s Celebrate The Profession Of Teaching!

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” A powerful, inspirational quote by Rita Pierson about teachers changing lives.  Teachers, did I just say? Rather…Educational Rockstars! Right from the basics […]

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Stimulating Autonomy In children

I was a wonderful parent before I had children. I was an expert on why everyone else was having problems with their children. Then I had two of my own!!! Living with children can be humbling yet dealing with them is challenging. At some point, to some degree, all children struggle in getting organised, exercising […]

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Visual Communication of information

The information has always been the key to knowledge and visually communicating them is among the best practices. In today’s world, a lot of information is gathered through the digital or rather electronic media through mobile phones, tablets, laptops, television etc. Information is plenty in the form of data and we have multiple sources to […]

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Post Coronavirus: How Important is Social Interactions for Student Learning?

Social interactions in schools, also generally known as “peer effects,” is considered to have a significant impact on individual students’ academic achievement. This is especially true in the Indian context where social bonds play a major role not only in emotional transactions but also in economic transactions between people. Traditionally, it is schools that provide […]

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Finding the gems in a minefield

“Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated.” –Robert McNamara, Fmr. American Secretary of Defense Any good and fair system to reward people looks at the schooling system as a whole based on results and perceptions. For Orchids The International School which is always looking at ways to ensure a fair and transparent rewards program […]

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LEARNING WITH VISUALS: KNOW WHY

Significance of Visuals: Ever heard of a theory, where a person asks you not to think about an elephant, and instantly an elephant image pops up in your mind? Not only does this prove our rebellious nature, but also that we think in images. We think, memorize and remember in visuals, even while reading a […]

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Rigor in Academics

Rigor in academics means describes the result of work that challenges students’ thinking in new and interesting ways. Promoting rigor in the classroom requires expectations and experiences that are academically, intellectually, and personally challenging. Let us see how to cultivate rigor in Academics Start by Building Strong Relationships The relationships teachers have with students play […]

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