$1 Million to celebrate one ‘Outstanding Teacher’ GEMS EDUCATION

September 2nd, 2014 -- Posted in General | No Comments »

The UNESCO Institute of Statistics finds that India will need 20 lakh new teachers by 2015. A generation ago, teaching in schools was still an attractive profession, with some of the best students opting for it but with job opportunities mushrooming across sectors, it is now one of the last choices of a job seeker. In India, teaching is not seen as a high status profession and toppers tend to avoid seeking a career in it.

 

We are heading into an age in which jobs are likely to be invented and made obsolete faster and faster. The chances of today’s college kids working in the same job for the same company for their whole careers are close to zero. In such an age, the greatest survival skill you can have is the ability to learn how to adapt and the best way to learn is to have great teachers who inspire a generation and the best way to ensure we have teachers who inspire their students is if we recognize and reward those who have clearly done so. In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for an entire lifetime.

GEMS Education, a leading and the largest K12 provider in the world has instituted a ‘Global Teacher Prize’, an initiative to honour the Teacher. This groundbreaking award will recognize and celebrate the importance of teaching as a profession and the grand impact of teachers on the lives of their students, and the wider society. The Global Teacher Award seeks to do for education what the Nobel Prize has done for science, literature, peace and others.. For classroom teachers, this is the largest prize of its kind ever to be announced.

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Education needs to change!!!

March 10th, 2014 -- Posted in General | No Comments »

With the world changing rapidly it is creating unknown challenges, opportunity and unpredictability. We as educators are trying to educate a generation without being aware of the different kind of jobs which will be available 10 years hence, what are the skills needed to survive in the globalized world yet we are trying to reform, improve and work on an attainable solution. We are well aware that these challenges will require new thinking and collective action.

Schools of tomorrow need to be different… even at the present moment one can see students struggling at school, though we have progressed but still the focus in schools of student excellence is by  what a child scores in his tests/exams.

If I look back at my own school days and the teaching style that existed then and compare it to now not much has changed except the fact that the classrooms are swankier with smart boards/projectors/computers/tablets etc continue reading »

I have a Dream….

March 26th, 2012 -- Posted in Teachers | 4 Comments »

As an educationist I want to write about my dream about that little child who walks in with hopes and dreams in his eyes, my dream to make him a happy human being and successful in whatever he ventures in life.

Education is incomplete if it does not enable a child to have faith in himself, to dream big, to work hard to realize that dream. I still get tears in my eyes when I recall what I went through when I was in school for almost 6 years. I, as a child was extremely shy and a feeling of insecurity was there since I was always a plump child… I was nicknamed Fatty by all and how it use to hurt, I am sure you can imagine But My Mom gave me the courage and supported me throughout, taught me how important it is to face the world and listen to one’s heart.

There are hundreds of examples of people in this world who have believed what others have said about them and failed and there are just as many people who have refused to be influenced by the opinion of others and have been successful. Whatever I am today I owe it to my Mom… continue reading »

Teachers who are worst than criminals…

April 19th, 2009 -- Posted in Teachers | 8 Comments »

Shano dies on Friday morning; sister says she asked for water, but teacher poured it on her instead… Eleven-year-old Shano Ayub passed away in the early hours of Friday, her frail body unable to survive the inhuman punishment in school two days ago…

This incident has come up thanks to the media but there’s a shano dyeing every day in some classrooms. not Death in the literal sense but some criminal teachers with their attitude make them incapable of doing anything in the future… which in itself is worse than death… because teachers with their callous attitude covert children into lifeless human beings who cannot question and just listen to what is being told… it happens everyday in some classrooms all over the world.
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A token of Appreciation for Teachers!!

September 6th, 2008 -- Posted in Teachers | 20 Comments »

On this Teacher’s day, when the role of the teacher is recognized as a noble and honorable profession, it is important to remember how easily we affect the lives of our children. I know that a teacher meets a challenge each and everyday in his or her classroom. Please accept this small token of appreciation for your significant contribution to the lives of the children.
The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth.”

We are heading into an age in which jobs are likely to be invented and made obsolete faster and faster. The chances of today’s college kids working in the same jobs for the same companies for their whole careers are about zero. In such an age, the greatest survival skill you can have is the ability to learn how to learn. The best way to learn how to learn is to love to learn, and the best way to love to learn is to have great teachers who inspire. continue reading »

Are You Stressed Out?

March 7th, 2008 -- Posted in General | 3 Comments »

‘How can You do it , taking your child for a movie , when there is a science exam the next day?’ This was the question asked to me by a parent during my son’s board exams ..Well, I as a mother have always felt that the children need to relax and enjoy during exams. It’s not the number of hours put in that makes a difference in the scores but the quality of hours put in. Once again the board exams are around the corner and one can see the stress atmosphere all around.

I strongly feel the most essential thing needed is to teach Stress Management.

Right from the early age, a child falls prey to the pressures and expectations by the outside world. As he grows old, the expectations amplify and the level of pressure on a growing child increases. A stage comes where the stress becomes a crucial part of life and dealing with the mounting stress becomes almost impossible. This leads to several mental, physical and emotional problems.

Examination stress has become a favourite subject of everyday conversation. It is not unusual to hear friends, family members and even children talking about the difficulties faced in managing stress. Stress plays havoc with exam productivity and has become a concern for parents. But many of us need to realize that stress is a very natural and an important part of life. Without stress there would be no life at all! continue reading »

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