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Teachers Newsletter June 2011

  1. 1. June 2011 Volume 5, Issue 6 Inspiring Teachers Driving educational change through excellence in teaching Editor’s Comments first generation learners In the past we have done Facebook is a powerful forms the third item in this free sessions. But let’s do medium for getting quick issue. And of course a nice something really BIG this responses – we got several inspiring story forwarded by time. captions for our picture. DoArticles this month: e-mail is the tail piece. visit our page on FacebookFaculty of the Month……………..….2 and like it, so that you too can Come July and we will beGurus as parents participate in discussions.………………..3 celebrating the fourth Excerpts from Dr Giri anniversary of Teacher’sMust Watch Videos Tiruvuri’s interview are given……………….4 Academy. Do send in ideas here, do visit our site to read for what to do to mark thisCaption Contest full text. The role of teachers……………….5 event. in educating children who areStory - Fwd - KV Jayakumar……………….6 Summer ’11 at Teacher’s Academy 1. Faculty Development at NMREC, On the Road in search of Excellence Hyderabad: One week each for In the first week of July, Teacher’s Academy three batches. May-June. will launch a monthly road trip to colleges 2. One-day workshop at KIT’s College and schools with a team who will interview, of Engg at Kolhapur, as part of a video graph and showcase talents and efforts STTP approved by ISTE – 25th May. of existing inspiring teachers. 3. Summer Batch of CIT Teacher This is a pioneering project and will certainly Training program at EnhanceEdu, bring out the stories of many ‘unsung heroes’ IIIT-Hyderabad May-June-July. of our education system. We are quite sure 4. Classroom Management and ICT in this will also make our Inspiring Teacher education – Academic Staff College, Awards a bigger draw. JNTU, Hyderabad Please write to us if you want us to visit your 5. Training at Adam’s High School, college or school. info@theprofessor.in June
  2. 2. Inspiring Teachers Page 2 of 6 Faculty of the month Dr Giri Tiruvuri, Aditya Group, Kakinada (Read full interview at 4)By empowering that is relevant to its www.theprofessor.in) (enhancing the society. What needs to be done consciousness as well as the How do your colleagues in our colleges? capabilities) both faculty react to your ideas and 1) The learning and the and students, we need to initiatives? performance are largely bring joy back to the learners responsibilities. process of learning. Schools, Varied is the right word While the colleges also have colleges and universities that describes their a huge responsibility to have to be comfort zones in response. About a third are provide the right a broader sense. strongly supportive, putting environment (facilities and 5)I dont know how, but the extra effort to make a faculty) for learning, their more TRUST should be difference. Some of them responsibility for academic inducted into the system. are working really diligently performance is before the Unfortunately, the more to make the learning exams, not after. Similarly, councils, the more process more joyful, the responsibility for regulatory authorities we experiential and learner- recruitment is to the extent have, the more corrupt centric. I am competing of bringing reputed everything is becoming. constantly to catch up withGiri Tiruvuri Ph.D.,PMP holds a PhD from companies to the campus And, this is a chicken and them. Some others areMichigan State (by building their ownUniversity, East egg situation. The education working on softwareLansing, USA in reputation and may be some system today is an integral development andAlgorithms for VLSI, relationship) and not forprior to which he part, victim and a culprit of improvements in the labscompleted M.Tech. in negotiating with companies the deep-rooted corruption (towards experientialAI & Robotics, Central to recruit more numbers.University, Hyderabad in the country. learning). A second thirdand B.E. in Computer 2)The students should have 6)The colleges have to be are kind of ok with it andScience, AU, Vizag more freedom (from seen as more than factories starting to believe slowly.He has over eighteen parents) to choose what of employable graduates. I The other third (mostlyyears of experience in career they want to pursueindustry and is understand and respect the seniors) are either verycurrently Dean of and more freedom (from importance of education as indifferent or showComputer Science, at colleges) in terms ofAditya Engineering an instrument for contempt as a defense toColleges, where he is attendance, special interests livelihood. No two ways indifference. Some of theseworking with students 3)Faculty shouldand teachers to build about it. While ensuring may genuinely disagreeteaching-learning understand learner-centric this in a positive and with the ideas, but theymaterial and methods. process of learning and be constructive manner, we believe disagreement is equipped with better levels need to ensure that disrespect and hence dont of knowledge to facilitate education is producing the show it. active learning. right intellectual capital
  3. 3. Page 3 of 6 Inspiring TeachersLet the guru be like the parents Uma GarimellaMy daughter and I were our Sunday school at “important” questions tohaving dinner at an Udupi Sainikpuri. pass their exams (withrestaurant on a Saturday The parents of these flying colors).night, and due to the crowd, children are not educated They wouldn’t know thethe waiter seated a young but are very keen on their answers if the questionscouple with a three-year old childrens education. They were changed in any way.son at our table. The boy pay high fees and admit As a college teacher, I knowstarted looking at the menu their children in even adult students still in Caption describing picture or graphic.card and spelling out all the reasonably good schools, that state.items. I-D-L-Y, S-A-M-B-A- but teachers can’t pay As education becomes moreR etc. He didnt have to be attention to every single accessible (which is veryprompted and he wasnt child in school and private good) we have students Above: Teachers at Sevalayadoing this to show off! The tutors aren’t doing any coming from diverse primarily deal with firstmoment he saw a book it better. backgrounds, many of them generation schoolers and theywas his natural instinct to Initially when I looked at first generation schoolers take extra effort to motivate andread from it. The parents their school books I was in the family. These reach these children. Some children stay on campus butlooked embarrassed since shocked that these children have no support many are say scholars. Thisthe child was loud, but children couldn’t read during their homework or school has been getting 100%inside I am sure, they were individual alphabets anyone to check their school results for the past many years.proud. They told us that quickly and didn’t work. So they end upwhen they went to a friends understand the words in memorizing.house for dinner, he asked the sentences. For Educated parents play afor the book to order! example, they said major role in the child’s “Kashmir is in the north of learning – explicitlyI contrasted this scene with India” but didn’t through tracking progress Farther from home, SEEDthe one I used to have every understand the meaning of and homework, but more Foundation, founded by RajSunday. Two children in Vinnakota and Eric Adler started any word in it. They had significantly implicitly4th and 6th standards, and 24-hr schools in the US, for division in mathematics through creating the children who are at a high risk ofwho have scored good but didn’t know even environment of reading, dropping out. They set very highgrades and double subtraction. They were talking, visiting places, expectations, motivated thepromotions in their school, literally at nursery level listening and learning at children constantly and enabledstruggle to identify these children to achieve but studying in higher home.alphabets or understand dramatic results through their classes. And they were In fact, it is precisely for hard work and commitment.words, while they can reel completely relying on this reason that Read more about theiroff answers from memory some pattern matching residential schools haveor even write them down. been started for technique combined withThese two were the sincere underprivileged students, teachers giving so that they don’tstudents who used to attend unlearn everything at
  4. 4. Inspiring Teachers Page 4 of 6 Let the guru be like parents… Understanding is the suddenly when it becomes forced to memorize because naturally accepted and clear to you – what a the teacher gives them enjoyed process. pleasure you got! ‘important question-answers’ Memorizing huge Understanding brings without making them learn, amounts of information joy. That joy can never we are making them rote without knowing the be experienced by rote learners for life and only meaning is a very stressful learning. much later in life, they might process. Recall any event In fact, according to discover the joy of reading, in your life when you did Bloom’s taxonomy, understanding, analyzingChildren of Sevalaya’sMahakavi Bharathiyar not understand understanding is only the and creating! High School, something clearly. You first step towards higher So teachers, especially of Thirunindravur may have felt very uneasy. order thinking. And when students who have no And after a long trial when children lack academic support at home, you crack that topic or understanding or they are please ensure they Must watch videos understand, enjoy and learn! Put yourself in the role of that caring parent! A physics class using interactive teaching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQra4baNwP8 How to give an interactive lecture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzoloVpNNxc&feature=related Eric Mazur’s Physics lecture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBYrKPoVFwg&playnext=1&list=PL718EB1C25F38B6C5 What is peer instruction? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbBpMDVc7yA&feature=related Three parts of a video about engaging students in higher order thinking and about writing objectives: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMZA80XpP6Y&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPLNmeAM7sE&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6rx-GBBwVg&feature=related Five parts of a short film on a teacher who starts as a struggling teacher and grows into an excellent teacher. Never ceases to entertain and teach our trainees. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lVleH3f1BA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjIFImPrRgY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_mrwIa5guk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TDU-uBARdo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uY48IN00YY
  5. 5. Page 5 of 6 Inspiring Teachers Captions received on Facebook: Shalini Nahata: Udan Khatola Arpita Bose Das: saat samundar paar by Air Edukatola Gita Ramanan: Broadening your horizons... one book at a time! Chhaya A Mehrotra: "Booked up there!";) Sujatha Sharma: booked out by knowledge Marianne Furtado De Nazareth: Knowledge: The wind beneath my wings! Vernita Verma Sarkar: keep flying: by hook or by book Apeksha Goel: Time to be a pheonix - 2020 Shilpi Khandelwal: I am booked! Help!! Ratna Manjari: Totally bound by the book.. Neha Dugar Chhaochharia: FLY HIGH TAKE ME HGH
  6. 6. Inspiring Teachers Page 6 of 6 Teacher’s Academy e-mail fwd KV Jayakumar Once upon a time there was a painter who had just completed his course. He took 3 days Hyderabad and painted beautiful scenery. He wanted peoples opinion about his caliber and painting skills. PHONE: 97011 41118 E-MAIL:info@inspiring-teachers.com Or He put his creation at a busy street-crossing. And just down below aboard which read -"I have painted this piece. Since Im new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes in my strokes etc. Please put a cross wherever you see a mistake." While he came back in the evening to collect his painting he was completely shattered to see that whole canvass was filled with Xs (crosses) and some people had even written their comments on the painting. Disheartened and broken completely he ran to his masters place and burst into tears. This young artist was breathing heavily and master heard him saying "Im useless and if this is what I have learnt to paint Im not worth becoming a painter. People have rejected me completely. I feel like dying" The Master smiled and suggested "My Son, I will prove that you are a great artist and have See us at: learnt flawless painting. Do as I say without questioning it. It WILL work." www.teachersacademy.co www.theprofessor.in The Young artist reluctantly agreed and two days later early morning he presented a replica of his earlier painting to his master. Master took that gracefully and smiled. "Come with me." the master said. They reached the same street-square early morning and displayed the same painting exactly at the same place. Now the master took out another board which read -"Gentlemen, I have painted this piece. Since Im new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes in my strokes etc. I have put a box with colors and brushes just below. Please do a favor. If you see a mistake, kindly pick up the brush and correct it." Master and disciple walked back home. They both visited the place same evening. The Young painter was surprised to see that actually there was not a single correction done so far. Next day again they visited and found painting remained untouched. They say the painting was kept there for a month for no correction came in! Help us reach more people… Do read the blog and leave your comments on-line http://www.theprofessor.in/blog/ Click on like http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Professor/203174356365130