Thursday 31 July 2014

Government to formulate new education policy
NEW DELHI: The government has proposed to formulate a new education policy to meet challenges posed by lack of quality, research and innovation in Indian educational institutions, parliament was told Wednesday. 

"The government proposes to formulate a new education policy aimed at meeting the challenges posed by lack of quality, research and innovation in our educational institutions," Human resource development minister Smriti Irani said in the Rajya Sabha.

She added that the National Policy on Education 1986, as amended in 1992, has been the guiding document for the policies of the central government in the education sector.

The policy provides for national system of education, which envisages a common educational structure of 10+2+3, implying that up to a given level, all students, irrespective of caste, creed, location or sex, have access to education of a comparable quality.

Saturday 26 July 2014

Education Cartoon - 18 - Forms of Punishment

Its a challenge dude!

vishal bhadani

Good education helps learner develop 'faith' (in oneself), 'sensitivity' (for others) and 'expression' (of what one knows/learns). Its just teacher wants learners to speak in 'certain' way and on 'certain' topics, students will not develop the third skill and in any way it is undemocratic way of teaching. A teacher punishing students for talking in the class is like a stopping plants to grow while watering them! Listen to what the speak off the topic and relate it to with the topic, if you can! Its a challenge dude!  

Monday 21 July 2014

Success; Skills or Knowledge
The meaning of success is varied by person to person. Might be, for Teacher, it is success of students, for Saint, it is welfare of society, for Student, it is to earn good rank in examination, for Businessman, it is to get maximum profit, and many more. Success what you are craving, can come to you if you have Goal, and if you work towards it with energetic Dedication and Determination. 
Generally what we believe about the successful people like Bill Gates, Amitab Bachchan, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekanand, and many more that they are successful either they are rich by born or destiny, what we call luck, is more powerful. Is it so? Does it really bring success to them? Not exactly, Their secrets of success is Karma only, achieved something by Hard-work, Dedication, Determination, Self-reliance, at last collaboration of Knowledge + Skills. Top Successful People were faced with numerous obstacles that forced them to work harder and show more determination than others. We seldom get things right the first time we do it. Almost every wonderful achievement in a person’s life begins with the determination to try again and again – to get back up after each failure and give it another go. The more you fail, the more you learn. The more you learn, the closer you’re to where you want to be. If you never failed, you’ve never lived.
Famous Failures who Succeeded:
  • Mahatama Gandhi: What better example can there be? An average student, Mahatma Gandhi passed his matriculation exam with difficulty. After studying law, he failed at establishing his practice in Bombay and was turned down for a part-time job a high school teacher.
  • Amitabh Bachchan applied for an announcer’s job with All India Radio before entering the film industry, but was rejected because his voice was deemed unsuitable.   
  • Albert Einstein: Most of us take Einstein's name as synonymous with Genius, but he didn't always show such promise. Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. It might have taken him a bit longer, but most people would agree that he caught on pretty well in the end, winning the Nobel Prize and changing the face of modern physics.
The simple funda of successful people is they are Crazy about what they are doing. If you can dream it; you can do it. What you are doing is not important; important is how you are doing it, how you imagine it and how you shape it. To achieve success what you should have; Spark relevant Knowledge + Sharpen strategic Skills + Activate appropriate Attitudes. In today’s market Degree what students are accomplishing is kind of entry gate to get a handsome job later on skills and positive attitude towards work is needed. Innovative ideas and your self-confidence will present your personality with dignity.

Yogesh Ramani Published in Souvenir 2012 Gardi Times by Gardi Vidyapith

Yogesh Ramani
Department of Communication Skills

Thursday 10 July 2014

 Lets Be A True Learner..............

With Best Wishes............

Deepali Agravat

Benefits of handheld and mobile learning

The article demonstrate how students and educators can both benefit from using hand held devices in today's various learning environments. Use of handheld devices for teaching students from kindergarten to universities is gaining popularity worldwide especially because students learn faster this way as compared to the traditional methods.
"Handheld learning takes away the walls of the classroom."

 1.An engaging process
Students can gain the traditional knowledge of the world around them through an engaging process, rather than by simply listening to a teacher.
2.Unlocking potential
No longer does learning need to take place within the confines of the four walls of a classroom, or even between the hours of 9am and 3pm, students can learn at any time, and in any situation, and mobile learning is a key way of unlocking this potential. the iPad and iPod allow not only allow students to take learning with them, but it also allows students to take control of their own learning, and gain and develop key employability skills vital the future development of each student.For example, a simple project using wi-fi connected iPods could be to use the Google Mobile application, that allows for traditional Google searches to be made from photographs.So small groups of children, aged between 7 and 9, could be asked to investigate the world around them. Each group of three or four learners would be assigned an area, such as insects, wild flowers or trees, and would be asked to investigate their area in groups and report back to the full cohort of students at the end of the session,  "So one group, perhaps investigating insects, would have to work out and decide amongst themselves various key things, such as what they are looking for, where to find it, how best to work as a team and who does what, and how long they have to do this. They then have to take an image of one of the insects that they have found using the iPod and the Google Mobile application, and understand and interpret the information, before reforming the information and presenting back to their peers."
3. 'Whole reference library in your hand'
These devices are like carrying a whole reference library in your hand.From creating podcasts to using a variety of applications for learning languages, improving mathematics skills or publishing online, handheld learning gives the opportunity for students to personalise learning.

 Best Wishes,
Sneha S. Patel

An Amazing Video

A must watch video for every teacher.

If you are not able to play the video, you can also watch it on youtube.

Here is the link :


Jigar Abhani

Wednesday 9 July 2014

Education Cartoon - 17 - Forms of Punishment

Long live ring masters!! 

vishal bhadani

Two out of three school going children in India are physically abused says the national report on child abuse by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2007. Boys are marginally more likely to face physical abuse (73 per cent) than girls (65 percent). Corporal punishment in both government as well as private schools is deeply ingrained as a tool to discipline children and as a normal action. But most children do not report or confide about the matter to anyone and suffer silently. Long live ring masters (oops!! I mean teachers)!!! 

Tuesday 8 July 2014

Exploring poetry as a strong option in the Language classroom

Most of the time literature is mainly related to reading and writing, but it may play the same meaningful role in teaching speaking and listening if we design creative activities. Teachers can use literature in the classroom for different purposes such as reading aloud and dramatizing a poem, teaching pronunciation, and many other activities.There are many advantages of using literature in the Language classroom. To talk about the general advantages of literature can be a broad approach thus; we will not focus on them. Instead, we will have a look at the benefits from three different perspectives: literature as genuine and authentic material, as a good language source and as a bridge to get the learner interested and also, we will mention poetry as a strong option to develop students’ skills.
Literature is authentic material which keeps our students motivated and promotes favorable attitude toward learning.Poems, novels, and stories can bring powerful emotional responses to the classroom. Furthermore, students can relate their own real lives to the stories they read.Literary texts help students to improve language learning. However, literature by itself is not enough; teachers need to use imaginative techniques for integrating literature work with language teaching. It is also necessary to bring motivating methodology and to choose the right material to keep students interested.
As they use literature they learn about language structure without even noticing, this helps to develop their communicative competence, what as we know, is the ultimate aim of English learning.
Literature can be seen as the bridge between the learner and the culture of the people whose language they are studying; in order to get the learners interested in the culture, we have to carefully select the literary texts according to their interests and level of comprehension.
Poetry is a short piece of imaginative writing, of a personal nature and laid out in lines. In this sense, poetry is a product of the language and a tool to teach it, a tool to teach grammatical clues and a product when students make a composition of any topic.
Most of the poems include metaphors. Students can use cognitive skills by making comparisons between two different things and finding their similarities. The figures of speech used in poetry such as metaphors, similes and personifications help students to have a better understanding of the use of language in an unconscious way.
Poetry is a way for teaching and learning basic skills. It can be used as an enjoyable and a rewarding tool with the properties of rhyming and rhythm. It helps students to easily learn with the supra-segmental aspect of the target language, such as stress, pitch, intonation.
Using poetry while teaching English can have many benefits:
§  It encourages creative writing.
§  It helps students appreciate sounds words and patterns.
§  It develops phonic skills.
§  It makes students express feelings and opinions.
§  It provides a great opportunity to play with language.
§  It reinforces the ability to think and to experiment with students’ understanding of the world.
§  It helps to acquire vocabulary, creativity and imagination.
§  it reveals, restates, reinforces and affirms those things which we think are true.
§  It gives the chance to discover and explore the use of the language.
§  It generates collaborative activities (pair and group work). 

Best Wishes.... 

Nikita Gadani

Thursday 3 July 2014

To Build a Bridge

Obstacles, ask any one whether he would love to face obstacles, 95% would say "No", Why should I be the one to face obstacles? Some even feel that it is only they who face obstacles. But the reality is different. All of us face obstacles in our day to day life. It is only the magnitude of the obstacle that varies, depending on the activity. Brooklyn Bridge, The Inside story, showcases that obstacles can be overcome with determination and persistence.
The Brooklyn Bridge that spans the river tying Manhattan Island to Brooklyn is truly a miracle bridge. In 1863, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea for this spectacular bridge. However, bridge-building experts throughout the world told him to forget it; it could not be done.
Roebling convinced his son, Washington, who was a young up and coming engineer, that the bridge could be built. The two of them developed the concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With un harnessed excitement and inspiration, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge.
The project was only a few months under construction when a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling and severely injured his son, Washington. Washington was left with permanent brain damage and was unable to talk or walk. Everyone felt that the project would have to be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how the bridge could be built.
Even though Washington was unable to move or talk, his mind was as sharp as ever, and he still had a burning desire to complete the bridge. An idea hit him as he lay in his hospital bed, and he developed a code for communication. All he could move was one finger, so he touched the arm of his wife with that finger, tapping out the code to communicate to her what to tell the engineers who were building the bridge. For thirteen years, Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger until the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge was finally completed.
Brooklyn Bridge stands as a spectacular land mark and an Inspirational True Life Story for people who face obstacles. Never allow circumstances to overpower you. There are lot of things to be learnt from this inspirational true life story, such as love, dedication, commitment, faith, vision Intuition and more importantly NEVER GIVE UP.
Everything Is Possible....
 With Best Wishes...........

Gazal Pasnani