January 2012 Volume 6, Issue 1 Inspiring Teachers Driving educational change through excellence in teaching Editor’s Comments We have entered a new calendar year and Send in your ideas for our my greetings to you all! But years are just projects numbers, aren’t they? And every year, it’s the same story. Resolutions, hope, routine, What would you like us to do this year? reviews and count down to another year, Training? Seminars? Conferences onArticles this month: and zero hour!!! We need to see what teaching? Student awareness? ParentFaculty of the Month……………..….2 impact we are having, how we like to be Awareness? Teachers’ placements? remembered, how we live our life. In fact, Showcasing great teachers? Publish books?Paradigm Shift …..3 I have been reflecting a lot for the past few Anything else? Do write to us and find yourCaption Contest weeks on what is the direction of the name in the project.……………….3 Academy! See article on these pictures on page 3Must Watch Websites I will uncover these as the year goes, but……………….4 will be happy if my readers can send someClassroom Humour possible activities for the Academy this……………….4 year.Open Source Teacher’s This month’s faculty is Dr Arundhati Handbook……………… 5 Sardesai, called Maya Tai by everyone. I met her at Sholapur and saw her energy and enthusiasm. Was surprised to see her age in the profile! Apart from formal degrees, she has learnt a lot from her hobbies and she shares with all her students. In this issue, we have our fare of useful links, picture caption contest and invitation to contribute to an open source teacher’s handbook. And do get a new view of the world and life in 2012! Read page 3. Happy reading ☺ Uma Garimella
Inspiring Teachers Page 2 of 6 Faculty of the month Dr Arundhati Sardesai, Manavya, Pune (Read full interview at carving a good teacher’s Chinese-Inca-Mayan and www.theprofessor.in) impression on them. It was many local civilizations. I How did you get carved on the tender minds have the capsule issues of initiated into teaching? of my students, that their It was the third quarter of Times of India (1838 achievements will be valued an academic year in one of onwards) and the issues of along with the higher the very reputed Delhi journals of American achievers of the whole class. Freedom. Though I am a schools when I joined it as a I never encouraged an total atheist I have teacher of Mathematics, in excellence of a single personDr Mrs Arundhati Sardesai place of a young person who wonderful miniature idolsis a well known educationist better than the rest when was getting married. I had of gods and goddesses. I amand writer. She is on board the class was showingof several educational and typical regional accents in a regular trekker and doresearch institutions and is average performance. those days. My students cycling and walking to keepcurrently actively engaged According to me, it is a dutyin Manavya - a residential were not very happy as the me fit.care and rehabilitation of the highest achiever to image of their previous What kind ofcenter of HIV/AIDS affected make others come on par teacher was not matching innovations do you dodestitute/orphaned childrenand women. with him to fight a tough me. I was trying my best to in teaching?The reason she is profiled competition with the rest. please them. At the end of All my treasure is usedhere is that she has been ateacher all her life, in My own sons were also that academic year I could while teaching or givingschools and colleges. And taught the same thing. That not promote two of my class lectures on any academicshe led some teacher gave wonderful results. Alleducation institutes like students which made me subject or on social issues. IRaja Shree Shivaraya my students realised the extremely sad. Even in like to use maps whilePratishthan and Meenatai value of sharing andThakre D. Ed.College, those days, I was a believer teaching so that people getPune and worked for adult genuine competition in all of a Spearman’s theory, that exact idea about the placesliteracy too. fields.She delivers many talks on 95% students must they are taken to! The mapsAIR Pune, varied public What are your other understand 95% of your can be used in languages,functions and has written interests?articles in Hindi, English teaching, to be a teacher. I am having a good History, Geography,and Marathi in journals & My truthful tears with those collection of fossils Sociology etc. My trekkingmagazines.She has varied educational students and their parents (Himalayan and other), expeditions, photos anddegrees in Maths to changed the picture about coins (right from Mughal- videos provide them newPhilosophy and Law, ofcourse always at the top of me amongst students and Shivaji period to the latest inspiration. When I take myher class. She has received fellow teachers. When commemorative coins made students/enthusiast, toseveral awards for her workin education and social Indian Air Force posted us by RBI), I am having First different forts in Sahyadriwork. out of Delhi after three Day covers and Stamps and we clean water tanks, years, I could not erase the printed by Indian Post roads and environment, picture of the previous Office, crystals and stones I they feel proud to be teacher from students’ mind like to gather, I have associated with the hard but I was successful in collected remains of Indus- work.
Page 3 of 6 Inspiring TeachersParadigm Shift - a new way of looking at the world Uma Garimella terms of paradigms or mapsAre you wondering what Earth. With the traditional emerging out of theirthe pictures on page 1 are? (Mercator) map Greenland experience and conditioning,Well, one is a ‘down under’ and China look to be the same these maps are not themap made in Australia. And size but in reality China is territory. They are a ‘subjectivethe other a “Pacific centred” almost 4 times larger! So reality’ only an attempt tomap. much for geography! describe the reality – he goesEver wondered why we I saw this map when I was in on to write. What an aptshould always have north France in 1995. metaphor! We mistake the mapon top? Aren’t North, Perhaps most of you have for the reality, whereas it is Caption describingSouth, East and West grown up with digital clocks picture or graphic. only a representation of reality.purely arbitrary choices we and actually wonder about the And does anyone know thehumans have made to have origin of the word ‘clockwise’, reality? Even science hasa frame of reference? Yes, for us – well the clock has accepted that quantum physicsand any other choice would always been ‘that way’. So it is not objective but changeshave been equally ‘right’. was a pleasant surprise to see with the observer! Sharath Chandra: AnBut the downside (pun an ‘anti-clockwise’ clock engineering student proving Dr Wayne Dyer also writesintended) of any frame of which my friend made. It it to the professor. about giving up black andreference is that it puts us takes a while to read the time white thinking in his Ratna Manjari: Simplein only one frame. After a from this clock since we are “Erroneous Zones”. Thinking question, mind bogglingwhile (like a few decades) so used to ‘clockwise’ clock. that there is only your way of solution.we start to believe that the (see more left handed stuff at http://www.anythingleft- thinking or doing something isframe is the reality. Nalini Marthi: We are an handed.co.uk/) a sure way to unhappiness. We awesome twosome!The reason the second map Stephen Covey in his Seven need to cultivate this openlooks a little ‘distorted’ by mind. For example, Original: In an increasinglyour standards is yet another Habits of Highly Effective try to do things with your non- complex world, sometimesnew perspective. All map People talks about Paradigm old questions require new Shift that happens when dominant hand, followprojections distort the answers suddenly you get to know the different routes whereversurface of earth in some situation from another angle. possible, read a different Shantaram: Stuck up withfashion because we are newspaper etc 2? Let me help you?moving from a 3-d sphere He gives an example of a noisy family entering the Another safe and sound way is(oblate spheroid for those train much to everyone’s to become good listeners. Itswho want to be accurate) to annoyance until the father amazing how listening toa 2-d map. The pacific reveals that the children had another person with yourcentred map given here is just lost their mother. What 100% attention opens up newan ‘equal area map’ which an astounding paradigm- vistas for you, to look at theDr. Arno Peters created as a shift! To quote Covey: While world from the speaker’s pointnew projection method that individuals may look at their of view. Contd on p 6dramatically improves theaccuracy of how we see the own lives and interactions in
Inspiring Teachers Page 4 of 6 Son to father: My teacher pointed at me with a ruler & said: TEACHER: In this box, I have a 10- “At the End of this Ruler is an Idiot” I still foot snake. don’t get why I got rusticated. SAMMY: You cant fool me, Teacher... I only asked him, “Which End Sir?” snakes dont have feet. Announcement in University: "The students who have parked their cars Physics Teacher: "Isaac Newton was on the driveway, please move them" sitting under a tree when an apple fell Another announcement after 20 minutes on his head and he discovered gravity. Classroom Humour Isnt that wonderful?" "The 200 students who went to move 9 cars please return to their respective Student: "Yes sir, if he had been sitting classes" in class looking at books like us, he Master: How Old is ur father? wouldnt have discovered anything." Pappu: As old as I am. Master: How is it possible? Pappu: He became father only after I was born.Must watch websites available at http://www.theprofessor.in/blog/must-read-links/jan-2012/ 1. Academically adrift! A study finds that college grads don’t learn much because of low expectations of faculty! http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/01/18/study_finds_large_numbers_of_college_students_don_t_learn_much 2. Assessment of graduating students http://www.collegiatelearningassessment.org/ 3. Earn a master’s degree in teaching http://mat.usc.edu/ 4. IBM predicts future technologies http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/post/ibm-five-in-five-company-makes-tech-future- predictions/2011/12/19/gIQAvGKl4O_blog.html 5. Save the earth http://www.youtube.com/embed/nGeXdv-uPaw 6. Hand Shadowgraphy by Amar Sen On Calcutta http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=H9LBHwlAeOU 7. MIT adds assessment to its OCW to offer certificates/degrees online http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/19/education/mit-expands-free-online-courses-offering-certificates.html?_r=2 8. Computer science is beyond just using IT – curriculum needs a reboot http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/computing-in-class-needs-reboot-6268889.html 9. Google and Pearson team up for free LMS http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/pearson-and-google-jump-into-learning-management- systems/33636?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+chronicle%2Fwiredcampus+ %28The+Chronicle%3A+Wired+Campus%29
Page 5 of 6 Inspiring Teachers Open Source Teachers’ Handbook Many people understand what is Open Source in software – a philosophy which gives access to the product’s source material. It is also a philosophy where people contribute and cooperate to build a product. Bhagirathi Behera, a teacher with more than 10 yrs experience and now working as a principal has initiated a book compilation project with the help of the community of teachers. He has partnered with Teacher’s Academy to bring out this compilation of experiences, opinions, ideas and expertise and make it available to all teachers. Your contributions will appear with your name in the book. Involving Parents DeadlinesWhat do you need to do? 1. What role have parents played (and are playing) in shaping 30 March 2012- Last date toPlease respond to the following today’s education system? receive responses forquestions and send to us along questionnaire. 2. What are some ways youwith your picture and brief profile involve parents in your 30 April 2012- Announcing(include information about highschool, college, activities, honors, student development editorial team and title of the bookwork experience, why you have strategy?chosen teaching as a career, what 3. How do you approach a 5 September 2012 -are your strengths as a teacher, parent who is upset and Inauguration of the book atyour career goals in next 1, 3, 5 and/or angry? Hyderabadand 10 yrs ) Teaching If you want to be on the 4. Explain how you structure theQUESTIONS editorial team 40/45 minutes of a classYour philosophy of teaching period? Any educator interested to be a1. Think of your best teachers. 5. How much effort do you put part of the team can contact What positive characteristics in planning this lesson? (in personally on 8084125247, or do you believe these teachers terms of subject, method, 9440607287 had? Which of these aids) Mail us at characteristics do you believe 6. How do you cater to the firstname.lastname@example.org/rediffma you have? different needs of students in il.com2. Think of your worst teachers. your class? email@example.com What mistakes did they make 7. How do you incorporate or qualities did they have? technology into your Project Coordinator: instructions? BHAGIRATHI BEHERA How are you avoiding those PRINCIPAL mistakes/qualities? Classroom management 1. How do you handle disruptive GREEN VALLEY3. What three words would your INTERNATIONAL students use to describe you? students in the classroom? SCHOOL,MALINAGAR4. Define student and school Any special strategies for the SAMASTIPUR ,BIHAR-848125 according to you. occasional and for the5. How do you see the teacher’s repetitive behavior? status and role in society 2. How do you create an change in the recent past? atmosphere of tolerance andBeyond class friendship among students in6. What is the purpose of your class? homework / projects? What is your typical homework / project?
Inspiring Teachers Page 6 of 6 Teacher’s Academy Paradigm Shift – cont’d from page 3 Hyderabad On a more serious note, I work with an NGO and have come across many differently abled people. It is truly a humbling experience to see them perform routine tasks in a PHONE: 97011 41118 completely different way from my thinking. Paraplegics getting into a chair effortlessly, blind persons adept at computers and mobiles, deaf and dumb persons E-MAIL: having a lively chat using sign language, polio affected persons driving vehicles –firstname.lastname@example.org there is really no end to this list. I have realised that ‘differently abled’ is not just a politically correct version for physically challenged but it is actually true. For example, if I don’t know how to ride a bicycle or drive a car or stitch clothes – is someone who can do that ‘more able’ than me? Am I not challenged as far as these tasks are concerned? Come to think of it, there are millions of tasks and skills one can have. But we probably have a hundred or thousand of them. So by all means, we are challenged for the remaining skills. While every living being has a tremendous potential for adaptation (to circumstances and to disability), all of us need to always keep the ‘other view’ in mind and not have a fixed map! Sometimes just looking at the world with a ‘shirshaasan’ may help. See us at: Help us make the website better www.teachersacademy.co www.theprofessor.in • Do read the blog and leave your comments on-line http://www.theprofessor.in/blog/ • Caption contest and other discussions are being posted on this page http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Professor/203174356365130 • Post your questions on www.theprofessor.in and get answers from experts • Suggest a faculty to be profiled as FoM – the person should be dedicated to the teaching career, doing something innovative and must be a source of inspiration Help us reach more people • Forward this newsletter • Ask your friends to sign up, it’s FREE • Click on like http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Professor/203174356365130