#3: Teachers’ Perspective & The Challenges In The Path Towards Holistic Learning

As per Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2015 (an annual survey done by Pearson, the World’s leading learning company, that aims to voice the opinion of the teaching community in India), teachers seek changes to the traditional ways of teaching to adapt to the changing dynamics in the learning ecosystem:

–  57% teachers believe that students are not adequately prepared for employment.

–  There’s a collective call by teachers (75%) for industry collaborated curriculum restructuring.

– They urge for industrial training of teachers (44%) to impact employability of Indian students.

– Majority (66%) support technology adoption across levels; school teachers, specifically, consider installation of smart boards (77%) and bundled multimedia content (51%) as the key initiatives.

– Majority (52%) believe that India’s Education Assessment Framework lacks specific action points for teachers and parents to enable holistic education.

This clearly depicts that trainers, just like parents and students of today, are seeking progressive changes.

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The Challenges In The Path To Holistic Learning

According to a primary research done by Pearson that collated information from Indian schools on the basic challenges they faced in creating a holistic network for learning were as follows:

–   Lack of integrated tools inside the classroom which leads to reduction in the overall efficacy of the classroom teaching and learning.

–   Absence of an inter-disciplinary approach that helps builds stronger concepts and skills that last for life.

–     Learning tends to stop when the school gets over.

–     Parents are inquisitive to know what is happening inside the classrooms.

–     Assessment is still at a level of ‘Do more. Work hard.’

To tackle these challenges, with MyPedia, teachers are armed with a digital content & complete assessment/activity kit, so they can conduct activities smoothly, and measure the learning outcomes accurately.

Accepting New Methods of Learning & Teaching

The current education styles are mainly guided by the principle that passing a grade ensures complete learning of that level. A deeper introspection of what really fulfils the learning experience of a child is required. It is important to understand the nuances of the learning curve taken by each child. Any system that compels students to belong to a certain dominant lobby can suppress the spirit of innovation.

For students to evolve into skilled professionals of tomorrow, they need to be able to operate in a free atmosphere, exercise choices with a certain level of independence to shape their own lives. The idea is to look beyond the pass-fail binary. We don’t need just engineers, doctors and learners who attain the highest scores in an examination.

To put India truly on the global forefront, we need to nurture innovators, thinkers, philosophers, leaders and writers–to list a few–reflecting the diverse aspirations and dreams of a developing nation. For this, we need to establish newer ways of approaching education and reLauren_Rolwing_girl_reading_book_RGBdefine learning. MyPedia aims to implement these reforms, which are essential for smooth transitioning of students to skilled professionals of tomorrow.  

The first step to get closer to the vision of holistic learning is to embrace new methods of learning and teaching. It is important to familiarize teachers with newer concepts and different structures of delivering education.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach will further substantiate classroom education and support holistic development of children as well as teachers. Introducing a framework of continuous assessments, regular and real-time feedback can drastically improve the performance of students and help them identify their interests early in life.

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Introducing Soul To The Experience of Learning

We are constantly learning and unlearning concepts in an environment where information access and knowledge are in abundance. In such a dynamic set-up, it is important that one is well-versed with the basic fundamentals of several disciplines. Across sectors, adaptability, critical reasoning and creativity are among some of the highly valued skills

The most pragmatic approach to develop these qualities in students is to catch them young and foster these skills at an early age in their classrooms. Integrating teaching tools into a scientific process of learning is one of the most effective ways to build strong and everlasting layers of skills and concepts in tender minds.

Famous Nobel-Prize and Oscar-winning Irish playwright, critic and socialist, George Bernard Shaw said:

My schooling not only failed to teach what it professed to be teaching, but prevented me from being educated to an extent which infuriates me when I think of all I might have learned at home by myself.

While Shaw pointed this out in 19th century, the state of affairs for education is so that millions would still relate to his story. Hence most academic experts would agree that going beyond strBen-Wiseman_brain_thumprint_arrows_RGBuctured curriculum and syllabus is need of the hour. Uncomplicated and personalised learning is the key to producing innovative thinkers of tomorrow.

It is imperative, therefore, that we embrace practices that help children break away from the monotony of rote learning. Integrated studies help children view concepts from the lens of multiple disciplines, understand and see them as they would be in real life and hence apply them adequately. This in-turn captures the interest of students as well as increases their engagement and productivity levels.

This approach also opens up windows of endless possibilities in the thought-process of a child, weaving layers of knowledge with a solid understanding of concepts. It also allows children to paint a realistic yet buoyant picture about the world and all that is there to it, without making the process a herculean task.

MyPedia is one such integrated learning tool, which is consistently working towards realising this goal and aims to transform the education delivery in schools.

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Pearson – Voice of Teacher Survey 2015

September is a month of teachers, and on this occasion, the teaching community has collectively voiced their opinion on the employability quotient of the Indian students and gave critical recommendations for the formulation of New Education Policy to enable Education for Employment, through the Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2015. This is the 3rd edition of the annual survey. Untitled

  • Teachers (57%) believe that students are not adequately prepared for employment
  • Collective call by teachers (75%) for industry collaborated curriculum restructuring
  • Urge for industrial training of teachers (44%) to impact employability of Indian students
  • Majority (66%) support technology adoption across levels; school teachers, specifically, consider installation of smart boards (77%) and bundled multimedia content (51%) key initiatives
  • High costs (38%) and lack of infrastructure and maintenance (23%) seen as foremost challenges for technology adoption at educational institutions

The survey carries significant insights and possible solutions from teachers that can aid the Government’s deliberations on themes such as Employability, Industry collaborations and integration of ICT in the framework for the New Education Policy.

With teachers considering 57% of the Indian students to be educated but not adequately prepared for employment, the survey respondents strongly called for increased industry academia collaboration, particularly for course restructuring (75%), to help boost employability. Interestingly, the teaching community (44%) expressed the need for industry training of teachers in addition to merit-based industry internships (48%) for students.

Teachers’ Perspective at State level:

“Percentage of students that lack the skills adequate for employment”

  • Highest:     Haryana – 67%
  • Lowest:     Uttar Pradesh – 49%

“Current Assessment framework provides specific action items to teachers & parents”

  • Highest agreement from Karnataka (61%)
  • Lowest agreement from NCT of Delhi (32%)

“High cost is a challenge in technology adoption”

  • Highest agreement from Gujarat (46%)
  • Lowest agreement from NCT of Delhi (25%)

“Our education system is providing holistic education to students”

  • Teachers in Karnataka (69%) agree the most
  • Teachers in NCT of Delhi (45%) agree the least

Announcing the survey, Mr. Deepak Mehrotra, Managing Director, Pearson India, said,

“Being the world’s largest learning organization, Pearson has taken an initiative to engage with the teachers to bring-out the topical issues facing Indian education sector and suggest measures to transform the learning landscape in the country. We are glad that the platform is gaining relevance among the teaching community and this is evident from the growing participation of teachers every year.

Indian Government has shown intent to build greater industry-academia partnership by proposing a consultative theme in the National Education Policy framework. We are glad that the teachers have not only collectively validated this idea of industry-academia collaboration but offered a specific solution of curriculum restructuring.”  

52% of the respondents believe that India’s Education Assessment Framework lacks specific action points for teachers and parents to enable holistic education. Dissatisfaction with the assessment system in India is much higher at Higher Education level (60%) than School level (43%).

“Assessments play an important role in giving teachers and parents the right benchmarks to follow for personalized learning and better learning outcomes of students. In the New education policy, teachers expect a more robust assessment framework.” added Mr. Mehrotra

For integration of ICT in the education system, teachers across India recommend provision of computer and internet connectivity across institutions (66%) and installation of smart boards (62%) as key requirements. However, teachers consider high cost of technology installation (38%) and lack of infrastructure & maintenance (23%) as the biggest challenges for technology adoption at educational institutions.

“It is great to see widespread acceptance for technology adoption as well digital education tools across the learning curve. Going by the survey findings, there may be a case for the government to consider introducing technology subsidization schemes for educational institutes”, commented Mr. Mehrotra.

However the silver lining of the findings showed in teachers’ belief (60%) that India’s education system is providing comprehensive and holistic education (subject knowledge along with social, creative, physical and ethical) to learners. However, teachers at higher-education level are less convinced with the existing system’s ability to provide holistic education (51%) vis-à-vis counterparts at school level (72%).

To facilitate transition from ‘subject-based learning’ to ‘holistic learning’, teachers across India ranked appropriate continuous assessments of students’ performance (47%) better integration of technology & digital content into teaching methodology (44%) and linkage between concepts across subjects/discipline (43%) as the most effective ways.

Released on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey is an annual initiative of Pearson, the world’s leading learning company. The survey focuses on key challenges facing the Education sector in India and shares teachers’ perspective on the changing dynamics of the ecosystem.

The survey, fielded in July 2015 – August 2015 represents the views of 5,387 teachers from schools and higher education institutes across 527 cities and towns in India. One of the leading strategic market intelligence consultancies in Asia Pacific region – Spire Research and Consulting – partnered with Pearson for the survey.

Indian students are educated, but not employment ready, this calls for transformation through industry collaborated curriculum: Pearson Voice of Teacher Survey 2015.

Download the VOT 2015 Report: http://bit.ly/1UL0uUh

7 Study Hacks To Help Crack IIT-JEE

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Over 10,00,000 students take IIT-JEE each year, but only a small percentile make it. The most essential step in cracking any competitive examination is to believe that you have it in you to realize your dream. With this perspective, as you prepare for IIT-JEE means you’ve won half the battle.

Now, let’s find out how to win the other half:

  • Plan a study timetable. One of the challenges aspirants face is the problem of managing their time effectively. The best way to do this is to plan your study well in advance, and then to stick to the plan consistently. Pay judicious attention to the three subjects: Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  • Start with the basics. Take special care in ensuring that all your basics are clear. Focus on topics you have trouble with, and be persistent in getting the basics cleared for the same.
  • Time yourself. This will help you be mindful of the time barrier. Every question that you attempt should be completed within the stipulated time.
  • Practice self-reliance and never leave a question half-solved. Don’t jump to the solutions section before trying to get the right answer yourself a few times. This will teach you self-reliance, and help you with any problems you might have in the basic understanding of the question and concepts.
  • Have a conceptual approach. While reading a question carefully before attempting is expected, it’s also important to look for the concept the question needs you to apply when attempting to solve it. This will help you understand the problem to be solved in a leveled and proper manner.
  • Avoid burning the midnight oil. Our minds are the freshest after we sleep, and studies have shown that we retain information better when we study after a good night’s sleep. Rise at 6 AM and sleep at 11 PM. This will keep your brain activity at maximum in the mornings, and will help you on the day that you take the exam.
  • Take 2 hours each day to do something you enjoy. Unwinding after long hours of studying is as important as regularity and consistency in preparation. Giving yourself time to relax with a hobby or sport of your choice will help you de-stress and avoid anxiety before the exam.

With these 7 steps, you’ll be better prepared to take the IIT-JEE exam. Do you have any personal favourite study hacks of your own? Share them with us in the comments. 🙂

Staying Involved in Your Child’s Education

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Parents are a child’s lifelong teachers. While many parents may not have the time to be fully-involved in their child’s education, it’s imperative for them to be consistent about keeping communication channels open with their child and their child’s teacher. This will help them achieve an accurate picture of their child’s academic experience. Staying involved in your child’s education will enable you to support them effectively. Your involvement in their life is crucial to their social and educational development. These are some ways in which you can stay actively involved in your child’s education:

  • Have a conversation with them about their day at school and the homework they have received, every day. You should know your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses.
  • Designate a quiet, comfortable, and well-lit place with a study table and school supplies for your child.
  • Encourage them to develop a routine, which they feel responsible to follow. This will enable them to avoid distractions. Put away smartphones/tablets/laptops during study time.
  • While you should help them with their homework, doing it for them will slow down their learning. Instead, praise them for their efforts and help them clear any doubts, which they may have.
  • Create a small library in the house with books, magazines, and comics to encourage reading and learning from outside the prescribed syllabus.
  • Encourage your child to participate in before and after-school activities. This will help them stay involved outside of the school day.
  • Interact with their friends and their friends’ parents. Work towards developing parent groups and programs, or organizing play dates for the children.
  • Attend parent-teacher meetings, educational fairs and special meetings, whenever possible. At Pearson Schools, parents are methodically appraised of their child’s progress with the help of personal portfolios, while regular Open Houses allow them to directly interact with teachers.
  • Show your support by attending annual days and sporting events. Volunteering at your child’s school may also help you actively participate in their life at school.
  • Make an appointment with your child’s class teacher whenever you feel necessary to discuss their progress. Pearson Schools record every student’s efforts, progress and achievements in individual portfolios, integral to assessing their academic journey. They can help you set achievable goals for your child.
  • Class teachers must always be informed about any significant changes in your child’s life, such as a death in the family, a new sibling or the divorce/separation of the parents. This will help them give your child special attention, if needed.
  • Emphasise on the importance of school rules and expectations at home. Read school newsletters, follow the Pearson School’s Facebook Page, or visit the school website to keep up-to-date about what’s happening at school.

Staying involved in your child’s learning will help you enhance your child’s academic progress. You can also talk to friends or counsellors for any extra help with your child. Consequently, you will be able to create a safe, positive and nurturing environment for you child, both at school and home. 🙂 Follow our Facebook Page for more schools and parenting tips to help your child learn better.

Why Learning is the First Step to Achieving Anything

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It’s often said that knowledge is power, but in today’s world it has become a necessity.

In every economy across the globe, knowledge has become the most valuable commodity. People will get the best jobs if they are well educated no matter where they live or what they do. Every country is working towards developing their human resource and the foremost way to do that is by educating their population. It’s well understood that a flourishing career is more often backed by a rock-solid education. Our will to do well and make a name for ourselves is what makes us successful in life.

Now, let’s answer the question of why learning is a necessity:

  • Learning is needed for many things, but most importantly, it gives an individual the power to think rationally, question, reason, and see beyond what’s in front of them.
  • Humans are naturally curious and learning satisfies this curiosity.
  • Learning has broadened our horizon and has given us a better understanding of the world. It provides the base for a civilized and structured society that the world needs.
  • Education is the only thing that can reduce social and economic disparity, and allow real progress to happen. For developing countries, education is a means to alleviate poverty and achieve social change. Education is the first step to bring ourselves out of ignorance, poverty, oppression, and war.
  • Ignorance can also prove to be dangerous when it comes to our health. People need education on preventive methods that protect them from diseases. Educated people are more aware of the symptoms and take better care of themselves and their family.
  • Studies have shown that educated people have live longer because they tend to lead a healthier lifestyle. They understand the importance of making healthy choices for themselves.
  • Education makes us confident. Our lives can be better planned, and find a more definitive direction. It also improves our problem-solving skills and equips us to handle everyday decisions.
  • Education and learning are one of the main reasons for technical advancements in Science and Technology. It also helps us keep up with the latest technology.
  • Educated people contribute positively and constructively to society, and even towards the environment. They understand the consequences of their choices and actions better.
  • Studies show that children of educated parents have higher cognitive abilities as compared to children of uneducated parents.

History has, time and again, shown us that education has helped societies grow. Our lives are very different from what they were thousands of years ago. To realize the need for education we must study our past generations. It is important to understand the needs of the society and constantly strive to improve the education system for the future generations.

The sole purpose of learning is to empower our minds and soul, and to achieve the full potential of the human brain. Learning is very important, and is supported by imaginative thought. Learning makes us who we are. It helps us think, solve problems and come up with new ideas.