Newsletter, The Amaatra Academy - June 2013


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Newsletter, The Amaatra Academy - June 2013

  1. 1. Copyright © The Amaatra Academy 2013 NEWSLETTER June 2013 !
  2. 2. Copyright © The Amaatra Academy 2013 Welcome students and parents for a brand new year at The Amaatra Academy. The year has some exciting activities planned for the year. One such activity that we have planned our students is called –“Booster Program”. We, at The Amaatra Academy, recognize that we need to enable children for both short term and long term success. When I say short term, it means - success in board exams and success in competitive exams. And when I say long term, I am referring to success in higher education, success at work and eventually success in life. Hence we have created a unique program called the “Booster Program”. Combination of ‘regular syllabus based teaching’ and ‘our unique booster program’ gives children enough ammunition to tackle both short term and long term goals. From 8 AM to 2 PM, which we call as ‘regular hours’ is fundamentally aimed at teaching children based on board guidelines covering the syllabus specified by the board. Here, the aim is to enable children to score well in board exams. Every day, from 2PM to 4PM and full of Saturday, which we call as ‘booster hours’ is aimed at enabling children to tackle competitive exams, higher education and work life thereafter. We are offering 3 levels of booster courses which we call ‘booster basic’, ‘booster lift’ and ‘booster advanced’. These courses are offered in Physics, Chemistry, English, Mathematics and Biology. Totally, there are 5 x 3, 15 courses, each one is about 75 hours. ‘Booster basic’ aims at generating interest in the subject and building very strong fundamentals, ‘booster lift’ builds on the fundamentals and develops the ability to formalize, abstract and apply the concepts. ‘Booster advanced’ deals with advanced topics and also enables children to solve complex problems. We welcome again you to The Amaatra Academy and wish you and our students a great new school year! Prof Shivananda R Koteshwar Director, The Amaatra Academy Editorial from the Director’s desk
  3. 3. Copyright © The Amaatra Academy 2013 Whats so special about Amaatra Booster Program? Some of the unique features of booster method of teaching are: • Firstly, we have weekday classes mostly aimed at teaching and demonstrations by our team of booster teachers (there is a separate team for booster program) and the weekend classes on Saturdays called as ‘super Saturdays’, where children learn through various stimulating and challenging activities. ‘Super Saturdays’ are named as Physics day, Maths day etc., so that we work on a single subject for the whole day (typically 4 hours). Experiments, group study, group problem solving sessions, seminars etc., are some of the activities that happen on Saturdays. We do have some extended Saturday sessions where external resource people are engaged for specific topics. In fact, interested parents can also volunteer and sign-up to participate in this program. • We do conduct a lot of tests and exams but the way we do it is quite different. We believe that, after every exam or a test taken by a student, his/her confidence should increase, NOT plummet. So we conduct various kinds of exams, through these exams, we steer the students towards strength so that they develop liking for exams rather than fear or hate. • A portion of the teaching is also through presentation method, where we have the students come and present a new topic they have learnt to their classmates. This helps encourage public speaking and ability to connect the dots and come up with the large picture. Post the presentation, we conduct an open discussion about the topic where the students are encouraged to ask questions. We conduct marathon problem solving sessions in physics and maths and also conduct quizzes in biology and chemistry • This program is designed and developed at Amaatra with the help of industry experts and academicians • The program is being delivered by some key resource people who has joined us full time from Industry and very strong experienced academicians With prior appointments, parents and siblings of our wards are welcome to attend and experience our program . Prof Shivananda R Koteshwar Director
  4. 4. Copyright © The Amaatra Academy 2013 At The Amaatra Academy, we motivate our students to practice and strive for excellence. Goal-setting is a very powerful motivating force. Having your students fill out goal sheets can serve as a terrific tool for student motivation. Students feel ownership of their learning when they feel they have an impact on the final result. By reading our students’ goals, we have an awareness of their hopes for the program and where they would like to see themselves at the end of the year and by the time they pass out of the college. Once we have this knowledge, we can help them reach these goals and, in some cases, shape their expectations to a more educationally sound foundation. The goal sheet will be an integral document of the overall academic record the school will maintain. The activities for your child will be tailored around this goal sheet. Till your child is a student in our school, this will be a living document, every year there will be milestones achieved in meeting the goal will be recorded and any roadblock or learnings will also be recorded. The goals can be tweaked or changed during the course of stay at school. As a part of the goal setting exercise, we have gotten our students to fill the goal-sheet with SMART goals to meet. The inputs from the goal sheet has already been provided to class and subject teachers to tailor the lesson plans for our students Goal Setting Exercise @ The Amaatra Academy Electronics Club The Amaatra Academy in its quest towards science excellence want our students interested in engineering and technology to improve their practical skills, also want them to gain an appreciation of the technology that allows them to go about their day-to-day business. Enter the “Electronics Club”, which is running for the first time this year. The aim of the Electronics Club is to develop practical skills in building circuits and to help embed a practical understanding of how the basic circuit laws and components work together to allow systems to be designed and constructed. The Electronics Club is organized as a series of 90 minute workshop sessions, once a month, led by technicians and a senior faculty from PES College of Engineering, working through a program of practical exercises starting with simple circuits and finishing with building systems. Students who want to experiment more, or who want help with their circuits have the opportunity to stay on for another hour or more with technical support available to help them. We have had tremendous response for this club. All electronics students in 11th and 12th grade have been mandatory enrolled into this club. Around 30kids have signed-up for this club.
  5. 5. Copyright © The Amaatra Academy 2013 We have sorted our students into houses for the purpose of increasing daily communication, to coordinate services for students and to give House Deans the ability to develop a team approach. Collaboratively they improve student achievement and personal, social and emotional growth. Counsellors assist students in planning, monitoring and managing their academic, personal and career development. The four houses at The Amaatra Academy are – Charaka, Sushruta, Panini and Aryabhata. The house sorting was based on a series of competition held at the school campus during the super Saturday program – 22nd June 2013. We have already communicated to each of you the house your child has opted for during his/her stay at The Amaatra Academy. Amaatra Houses Please feel free to revert to me or staff at The Amaatra Academy in case of any clarifications or to understand the progress we are making on the topics discussed.