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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Ensuring Quality Education

The following parameters should be awarded marks as: 0-poor, 1-satisfactory, 2-good, 3-very good, 4-excellent, and 5-outstanding. They include:

1. Maintenance of infrastructure.

2. Safety and security of students, teaching and non teaching staff.

3. Sticking to the rules and regulations of the government.

4. Quality of lodging and boarding facilities in residential institutes.

5. Administrative and management skills of organization.

6. Achievements in academics.

7. Excellence in non- academic activities.

8. Punctuality of students, teaching, and non- teaching staff.

9. Cleanliness and neatness of class rooms and campus.

10. Upgradation of the latest developments in science and technology.

Many parents are concerned about the safety and security of their wards. There are many reports of school or college bus accidents, students keeping some lethal arms and ammunition with them, threatening the teachers and other students, etc.

If the residential educational institutes can maintain the hostels and dining rooms well, there would be wide spread appreciation. The parents are bothered about the health of their children too.

Only the most accountable teaching and non- teaching staff can achieve the desired results. Action should be taken by the administrative staff based on the reports or feedback from the assistant administrators, teaching staff, academic coordinators, supervisors, wardens, and other related staff.

Direct observations and through the televisions would help in enhancing accountability. The administration can counsel or guide the teachers to improve the quality.

Making Own Collage Art

A collage can be made from any components that can be glued or pasted to one another. To create this kind of collage, you will want a number of visual source material like a magazine or old photographs of you with all your pals or you with the family. When you plan to utilize other material to build your collage art here are a few suggestions newspapers, post cards, wrapping paper and drawings. A different material that’s essential is scissors or a hobby knife, some sort of glue and a cardboard surface on which to assemble your collage. Almost any water-based glue is suitable since it is non-toxic and doesn’t possess a powerful odor. A sturdy cardboard with an even surfaces will do or you can use other different kinds of paper.

Now that you have your resources it is time to create your collage art. Use your scissors or hobby knife and begin trimming your resources into numerous styles. You can cut along the curves of the photographs as well as the other material you wish to add on the collage art. Study the directions of the glue that you simply purchased to guarantee the best results. Some of the water-based glue operates by using some of the glue to the back of a piece of paper and sticking the piece into place. Then overlap the photographs and other materials of your collage in inventive methods to come up with a most interesting collage.

Once you’ve determined design begin and fasten the photographs as well as other materials on the cardboard. Soon after you glue your collage into place, seal the collage by simply brushing on a thin layer of transparent polymer medium to hold on to everything in place. You might observe that some paper elements will buckle after they are in contact with glue. If this describes occurring, use less glue and delicately smooth the paper element using your finger as the glue dries in order to push out air pockets and wrinkles. Don’t let yourself be discouraged should you not get the output completely sleek many creases and bubbles.

Honoring Graduations

First of all, we need to collect graduation booklets and invitations plus other materials in order to honor graduation traditions. It is a tradition for college graduates to have a ceremony that they will remember for the rest of their lives. As parents or relatives of the graduate, we can contribute by presenting a framed display of all the graduate’s documents.

Another way of honoring the occasion is by buying a household gift. It can be anything that is useful like kitchenware, furniture, or any items that we think would help the graduate with his future career. He or she might think of living independently soon, and these items can help him start a new home.

We can accompany the graduate with his graduation ceremony. We can also attend into their parties. There is lots of stop over graduation parties with their fellow graduates, and we can accompany the graduates there. We can meet the parents of the other graduates and it will be a very fun experience.

Take a photo of the traditional cap toss. It is a way to honor the college graduation. Take as many pictures as you can. It will be a forever memory of the graduate which he can recall when he sees these photos. Make sure that your cameras are ready.

Make sure that the graduation gown is all fixed before the graduate gets into the stage. There will be photo sessions when they are on the stage, and we wouldn’t like to see them later with untied gowns, and caps with loosed cords.

Standardized Testing Hacks

1. Episodic/Contextual Memory: Why “Where” Is So Important

The first issue to consider is where to administer the test. I understand that, if you are a classroom teacher, you may not have much input on this question. But if your administrator(s) want to schedule the testing, for convenience sake, in a place other than your classroom (such as an auditorium or cafeteria), you need to speak up and see if your students can be tested in your own classroom. Why? It has to do with episodic (contextual) memory.

You see, when we learn facts and ideas (semantic memory), we also process other details about our surroundings (episodic memory) along with that information, and it all becomes part of that same memory trace. And when it comes time to retrieve the facts and ideas, having “cues” around us in our surroundings can help us with that retrieval.

For example, a student might be stuck trying to retrieve a piece of information on the test. If he or she is in the same location where the original learning took place, some little detail about the surroundings (seeing the same poster on the wall, sitting in the same location in the room where the original learning took place, recalling something that happened in the classroom on the day of the initial learning, etc.) can serve as a stimulus to help access the semantic memory of the needed information. For this reason, studies have consistently shown that students score better when tested in the same location where the initial learning took place (Schacter, 1996).

So, if your administrator(s) have scheduled the testing of your students to take place anywhere other than your classroom, have a conversation about what I have just shared. It may be that they are simply unaware of the research. Even if they won’t move the large group testing for everyone, you might be able to have your students exempted and have them tested in your own room (maybe you could sell it as a “research study”). Believe me, this could make a big difference in your students’ scores!

2. Circadian Rhythms: Why “When” Is Also Important

Now, while we’re talking about messing up all of your administrator’s best-laid plans for testing day, let’s talk about the best time for the testing. Most school districts do large-scale testing in the morning, usually starting as soon as the school day gets rolling. For younger students (elementary through pre-adolescents), this schedule is just fine. That’s because the circadian rhythms (daily arousal rhythms) for younger students matches with the rhythms of most adults. That is, once they are fully awake and at school, they are usually good to go until they hit the dreaded mid-day slump when energy drops to lower levels. All of this means that younger students will tend to do their best on tests if tested anytime in the 7 a.m. to noon window.

But teens are a different matter. Research has shown that starting with adolescence and lasting through early adulthood, circadian rhythms shift approximately one hour later (Millman, 2005). This is not news to anyone who has ever tried to teach teens early in the morning, of course. As a result, testing high school students starting at the very beginning of the day is a recipe for under-performance. Starting no earlier than 8 a.m. (and 9 a.m. would probably be even better) and running the testing through about 1 p.m. would be the best schedule for these students. What should you do with that extra time between 8 and 9 a.m.? See Tips 3 and 4, below.

If you teach teenagers, and your administration has not taken the arousal patterns of your students into account when setting up the testing schedule, you should have a discussion with them about circadian rhythms and testing performance. And again, if the testing schedule has already been set for the majority of students, perhaps you can get a waiver to have your students tested when they are fully awake (and, of course, in your own classroom).

3. Before the Test: The Power of the “Brain Dump”

OK, we’ve addressed the two big scheduling questions–where and when–that can radically impact your students’ scores on standardized tests. Now let’s talk about some very effective things you can do with the time right before the test starts to prepare your students to do their best.

One thing you can have students do is a couple of quick, simple writing exercises within the thirty minutes before the test. First of all, one study has shown that having students do a quick (ten minute) expressive free writing about how they feel about the upcoming test can reduce test anxiety and lead to better performance (Ramirez & Beilock, 2011). This study showed that simply having students write about their worries about the test boosted scores by more than 10%!

Another quick writing exercise that can help is called a “brain dump,” which consists of having students write down everything they can think of about the subject matter to be tested. For example, if the testing session is going to cover science content, simply have students write down all of the science facts, formulae, etc. that come to mind, as quickly as they can. They won’t have time to write down all that they know in 5-10 minutes, of course (well, let’s hope not), but this simple writing activity helps them access prior knowledge to prime them for success and can calm students’ fears that they don’t know the material.

These two quick writing exercises serve as great warm-ups to testing and help to put students in a more relaxed mood and positive state of mind–which can go a long way toward better performance.