Education should make us financially independent and prepare us for life not for marks !

Hello to all lovely readers of my blog ! Welcome to the first interaction conducted under the Project – Educational Reforms in India, initiated with the help of blogchatter – A biggest platform for all the Indian bloggers .

I asked few people to express their views regarding the educational reforms as a parent , teacher or as a student  on Twitter. Here is what they have suggested.

My first interaction was with Dr Amrita,who is a parent to a six year old girl and a teacher in a Medical College. I asked few question which were popping in my mind since the thought of this project came into my mind.

Here is my interaction with her. 

JourneysaysWhat changes you want to see in present educational system ?

Dr Amrita : I want quality, affordable education with strong practical classes. Practicals like summer internships at various levels to have an idea about how different industries work. The education system is okay but the expectation needs to be balanced. While parents know the practical nature of life ,children and youngsters have no clue . Employability of education makes it useful. Until this gap in knowledge is understood by parents ,children and educators ,we have to face the problem. Education which doesn’t help us to make us financially free does  not solve the purpose . 

I would also like put more focus on healthy living  and Financial health.

Entrepreneurship mindsets  should be incorporated in various ways from middle school onwards. Children are smart but a little guidance helps.

Journeysays– Your expectations from teachers ?

Dr Amrita : Teachers need to be upto date and incorporate the practical aspect of their subject with real examples, for better understanding .

JourneysaysCan you suggest any one or 2 practical ways to achieve your suggestions ?

Dr Amrita : Mindset shift is important. Education must be cherished . But with India’s impossible population number , making quality and affordable education accessible is a challenge. First step population control Second step better early life nutrition Third step mindset shift for both parents and children. For rest of my ideas you can read my blog post on this https://t.co/mAMNgA9m0y

I also interacted with Sakshi who is a teacher and student too. She teaches class 6th , 7th and 8th

According to her : Education should not become some kind of spoon feeding system . Like happening in schools these days . Practical knowledge need to be given, not just grades should be imparted . The class should be full of fun and interesting. There should be enough time for self studying hours for children. Parents should not providing smart phones to school students as it act as hindrance to their studies.

As a mother  Alawyerskitchen  put forward her viewpoint –

She saysOur education system is still based on age old belief that what is taught in books is the only way to excel in your exams and life which is quite the opposite to what life actually. Emphasis should be given on teaching practical theory . When we enter the society the first thought in our mind normally is what use was of those written exams where we just vomited out our by hearted words.

According to Jai who is a published writer, blogger and father :

I think training should be provided in chores that are neither included in extra-curricular nor academic activities. Small things for teenage children like carpentry, pottery, cooking for both males and females etc would impart life skills.

According to Varsha bagadia

Dedicating time for aptitude development and extracurricular activities would be very beneficial where mugging up won’t be needed. Approach needs to change from only marks to performance and understanding.

These are the initial thoughts we have come up. Still lots of brain storming on this topic is left.

Kindly do share and create awareness among people to share their view point. We are open to all. Share on what’s app , Twitter or Reblog the way you want to share. You are welcomed to express your thoughts through  the survey Link , as a guest post or interview. Do contact me through my contact page 

Here is the link to survey where you can add you opinion directly-  

https://goo.gl/forms/FndvfCkXRGHtLb692

You can get more information about this project – 

https://education17048.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/educational-reforms-in-india-a-survey-under-the-blogchatterprojects/

Share it for your future, our future and above all our country’s future As Better Education means Better India 

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Creative writing tools for kids-Part 2

Creative writing plays an important role in the way of learning language. It gives a chance to the learner to explore his imagination and put them into words. At the same time, the learner must get enough exposure forreading the books as reading comes before writing when when we are talking about language i.e. LSRW formula. You can read the complete post about why is important  that we inculcate the habit of reading in kids. I have discussed this in my previous post( Read here)    and also get tips about choosing the books for younger kids.

I always get enthralling experience whenever I do creative writing  activities with my students. Creative writing has been proven as a powerful educational tool for teachers .

Even being a parent you can also do some of these exercises with your kids to enhance their capacities in writing.

Creative writing tools, kids activities

Pin it @ Pinterest – Creative writing tools for kids

Keep the following points in mind while carrying out these activities :

  • These activities are to be done in leisure time.
  • Proper environment should be provided for writing.
  • Children should be allowed to use their own imagination .
  • Don’t interrupt and point out any mistake.
  • Do help , If asked for spellings or any word to be translated.
  • Don’t emphasise on good handwriting .

Creative writing activities  for kids:

  1. PICTURE COMPOSITION: This is the easiest tool that you can start with. Give a child any picture and ask him or her to describe. For younger kids , it can be few short sentences with same sentence structure.  Children from the age group 10 – 12 years can write a short paragraph too.
  2. STORY WRITING : There are different ways to make the children write a story.
  • Developing a story with outline – The children will write the story with the help of given hints using their own sentence structure.
  • Developing the story using the given beginning – In this case , children will develop the story using the given beginning lines of the story. This is an interesting activity as they can develop any plot using their own imagination.
  • Story writing by filling the blanks using the given hints: In this case the child has to just fill in  the blanks. He or she will use the given hints or words. This exercise is good for age group 6- 8 years. years.Check out the few ideas here

3. DIALOGUE WRITING:  This activity is liked by most of the kids. Some cartoons or pictures or a scene is given to them and they have to write few dialogue in the speech bubbles. Check out this activity sheet.

4. ACROSTIC : Children love trying new things. Give them an example of an Acrostic in the class or at home and tell them to write an Acrostic by their own. It can be on their favourite cartoon , flower or toy too. See the Acrostic written by me  Harmony

5. RHYME TIME : This is an another activity which the kids love to do. You may go short of words but they will not stop writing. In this , provide them with some rhyming words like cat -bat – hat – rat. Now they will be come up many interesting rhymes.

The purpose of all these activities are to inculcate the habit of writing . This feeling of achievement something apart from curriculum will develop their interesting in language too. At the younger age , these few exercises will prove a mile stone in the future.

Don’t forget to give them a star ( think about yourself as blogger when we get one like as star , how would we feel ) as a mark of appreciation. Pin up their write ups so that other could also get a chance to read and appreciate each other’s work.

Have you ever tried any of this exercise with your kids ? Do you have some other idea ? Do share in the comment section .

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Creative writing as a powerful educational tool for teachers

Creative writing

Every day is a challenge for a teacher. The moment you enter in the class, your students are always ready to blow you up with their queries and complaints. The situation get worse when you have prepared a lesson to teach them and they  are not in a mood to continue.  You can’t bring them back from their world to yours.

So it’s sometimes good to flow with the present situation  but with a different approach.

This is what happened with in the class last week and I  found a wonderful solution. At the same time the results were mind blowing and I couldn’t stop myself sharing this wonderful feeling with you.

They were noisy and not ready to listen to me. I was also tired and didn’t want to speak. I couldn’t leave the class too. I  got up from my chair and wrote few lines on the blackboard and  told them to complete the story beginning with these lines.I encouraged them to open the doors of their imagination.

Silence…a perfect silence!!!

The bell rang and I collected their notebooks.
I went to the staff room and started reading their masterpieces.

I found that every child has his own way of writing. I could feel the connection between their writing and their personal lives through their creative writings. The way they created characters in their writings unfolded many stories and their experiences in life.

Some showed their love for nature while others were not been able to give words for their thoughts…thus leaving their stories incomplete.

Some showed the humorous part of their  personality and brought a smile on my face.

Few took me to an imaginative land with lots of surprises and few added a flavour suspense and horror.

I found something common in all and that was the eagerness to show what all was there in their minds. There was no limitation, no boudations… they were free !!!

They poured their heart, mind and soul on the paper , leaving so many questions for Readers.

This was first time I  realised how creative writing can prove an excellent tool in teaching learning process and their physical and mental growth too.

Creative writing prompts can be in any form. Do try once in a week or month with your kids. You will come to know the other aspects of their personality…..!

 

As a teacher,what would you do in this kind of situation? 

As a student what would you like to do ?

Creative writing ideas for young kids – Next post coming soon !!!