How to motivate students?

Tom was an intelligent and sensitive seventh-grader. He was a backbencher who could be called an Outsider. One day, his teacher told the class that his assignment was the best in the class. That day Tom came home and did his homework quietly and told his mom that school was fun.

How did this happen? The teacher who praised him gave him the reason to like school. Sometimes negative messages come out loud and clear and do more harm than can be imagined. E.g. during the rehearsal, the teacher said don’t sing sweetheart…. Just mouth the words. And this made the child clam up.

Joyful Learning

Teachers also send negative non-verbal signals. Eg. Handing back papers in the order of highest to lowest.

A young boy received his paper marked ‘You have a good handwriting”. Suddenly, he realized it was true. He went on to become a professional writer.

Children who have shortcomings around personality, background etc. are sometimes labelled by the teachers as ‘At Risk’. Teachers who believe that circumstances can change, help to build the self-esteem.

A cardinal rule of Medical practitioners says ‘first do no harm’. Is it possible for the teachers to deal with the situation and not the personality so no harm is done.

Instead of you are not getting it  which gives the underlying message that you are not capable of getting it, teachers can just say, Have you looked at it in this way?

Rather than teaching the students to appear for the test can the teacher teach to bring in enjoyable learning?

Extending well – being Conversation Episode 2

The link gives the insight into how to ensure that the well being of the kids in school is taken care off. Dr. Pramila Kudva is interviewed by Tanvi from Carpedium. the talk covers thee following: what is well being? what are the problems faced by the children and the ways to handle them; to empoweeer the counsellors.

A satisfying November 2021

I completed the 7-lecture series with ABEA today December 4, 2021. I covered the following chapters:

Communication, Problem tree to a Solution tree, Project method of learning, Digital story boarding, questioning skills, SEL, Inclusion and Multicultural Education by James Bank. They were enjoyable sessions.

A few pics to remember by;

Here is what they said about my lectures. A glimpse into feedback so I can move forward.

Hampi the Capital of Vijaynagara Empire

I always wanted to visit Hampi. It was on my bucket list. The opportunity came my way this time. I have captured a few main points and uplpoaded the mp4 on youtube. IT is an UNESCO Heritage site. Here is the link for you to enjoy liistening in.

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Teacher Effectiveness in the classroom

Teacher Effectiveeness in the classroom

The talk was very well recieved. Check out the youtube.

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