#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.


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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How to encourage your child to ask questions

Human beings are born with an innate need to satisfy their curiosity at all times. We are the only creatures smart enough to wrack our brains about anything and everything happening around us, to the point where it becomes mandatory to find an outlet that can answer all our questions, while simultaneously allowing us to expand our horizons and attain as much information as possible.

Unfortunately, most human beings tend to live in a culture where knowing everything is considered to be an indication of strength while asking questions is generally seen as a sign of weakness. This backwards mentality is prevalent in society, which means that most people don’t end up learning about the basic fundamentals merely because they’re too intimidated to pose a question in the first place.

This can prove to quite a hurdle, especially for a child whose mind is a blank slate that’s just waiting to be scribbled on. Instilling the mentality in these children that asking questions is perfectly fine is the first step that needs to be accomplished in the process of in-taking as much information as possible during these formative years. Here are the best ways through which you can encourage your child to ask questions constantly.

1. First and foremost, questioning should be considered as a perfectly normal thing to do: It’s understandable that most children might perceive the act of questioning to be intimidating mainly due to the negative stigma attached to it. However, this is the most crucial aspect of questioning that needs to be rectified – a child should not feel that asking a question is a sign of weakness. The concept of an “ego” being weakened should not even come into play, in the first place. It’s only after overcoming this seemingly impassable obstacle that a child will be able to expand their horizons by asking the relevant questions. Basically, what we’re trying to say is that questioning should be – and this is putting it very simply – “cool.”

2. An element of playfulness and interactivity can be added to questioning: Gamification is taking over the world by storm, and something so simple as the act of asking questions can also be integrated with this concept as well. This will compel more and more children to ask questions and attain knowledge. There are many ways through which this can be accomplished –incentivising the act and adding certain levels to the questions being asked are both great ways to achieve this goal.

3. Questioning should not be easy: there should be a challenge and reward element to it: The act of asking questions should never be easy. If this is the case, then every Tom, Dick, and Harry will start asking questions left and right without any sensibility. To counter this, these queries should involve a fair bit of effort. Pondering over a problem, connecting the logic threads, and deciding upon a proper conclusion is infinitely more rewarding than a simple Google search.

4. It shouldn’t take any effort to pose a question: Rather, it should be natural: Children shouldn’t push themselves to ask questions. If even a bit of effort is required to ask a question, then something somewhere has gone wrong. Asking questions should become a habit for children since it will allow them to observe situations from an analytical angle and attain quality insights as a result.

Therefore, by following the points mentioned above to a T, you’ll compel your child to develop an inquisitive mindset that will allow them to push the boundaries of their mind and attain a better understanding of the world around them as a result.

7 Study Hacks To Help Crack IIT-JEE


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. 🙂

10 Ways To Raise A Child With A Creative Mind

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As a parent it’s only natural to want your child to reach their full intellectual and creative potential. While doing well in academics will without a doubt give your child a huge advantage all their lives–what’s more important is that they derive lifelong joy from learning, exploration and natural curiosity.

Raising a child with a creative bent of mind can be both challenging and fun for young parents. The first step is to understand that creativity is more skill than inborn talent, and one that you can help your kids develop through the years.

Here’s how you can start:–

  • Find answers together. As your child grows older, they will ask questions that you might not necessarily have the answers to. Rather than guessing the answer, a better response is, “I don’t know” and add, “Let’s find the correct answer.” Then you could do some research with your child in order to find the answer.
  • Teach them how to cook. Cooking, and especially baking, is an incredibly creative process. Once your kids learn the basics–making cookies or frying an omelet–let them experiment. Don’t correct them beforehand unless they are endangering themselves, others or your kitchen. By experimenting and seeing what happens, they will learn a valuable creative process.
  • Encourage them to make mistakes and fail. If your child is afraid of failure and judgment, it will curb their creative thoughts. Tell them about the mistakes you’ve made recently, so they get the idea that it’s okay to mess up. Laughing at yourself when you do is a happiness habit that will take your child a long way.
  • Encourage them to participate in the arts and read for pleasure. Limit their TV and other screen time in order to make room for creative activities like acting out a play, reading fiction, learning to sketch, crafting knick-knacks for the house, designing their own clothes, etc.
  • Provide them with resources that will help in creative expression. You can start off with having a basic inventory of art supplies at home–blank papers, crayons, oil paints, fresh markers, glue sticks, etc.
  • Designate a space for them to use–their study table for crafting/painting or a corner in the family room for their Lego, where they are free to make their creative mess.
  • Provide them with unstructured playtime. Instead of telling your child what activity you want them to do, let them take the lead. Your child needs the “white canvas” time in their day where it’s completely up to them to CREATE the activity they want to do.
  • Take them outside! There’s no greater source of inspiration than the great outdoors. Cut out the computer/TV/video-gaming time, by taking your child to the park, the zoo, or a heritage site on the weekends. Encourage them to use their visit as inspiration for their next project–a short story, drawing, poetry or skit.
  • Don’t correct immediately. Ask why instead. If your child pronounces a word wrong or uses bad manners at a dinner party, don’t immediately correct them. Ask them “why do you think that?” or “why did you do that?” instead. You will teach them how to question things this way, which is important for a creative mind.
  • Get creative yourself! No one understands your child’s personality and interests better than you. So, don’t hold back when encouraging them or gently nudging them towards intellectual and creative pursuits that are best suited for them.

With these fun steps you can raise a child who’s intellectually creative, excited about learning and curious on every level–for the long haul.

Pearson India Wins At The Indian Education Awards 2015

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We’re excited to share some great news with you! Pearson India has won at the Indian Education Awards 2015 for the 2nd consecutive year at the glorious ceremony held at Vivanta by Taj in Delhi on June 10 and 11, 2015.

The awards conferred were in 3 categories, namely, Best Educational Use of Social Media, Best Education Webinar Series, and Best Vocational Training Institute of the Year. The awards were received at an event brimming with the nation’s best minds, intellectuals and entrepreneurs in the education sector.

Known as Asia’s biggest education show, the Indian Education Awards 2015 by Franchise India draw attention to best practices and promote innovation to capture consumer interest, and aid the growth of the Indian Education Sector.

The jury considers standards, ethics and best practices at the top of their agenda. Through positive recognition of those that lead the way, the Indian Education Awards are seen as the education industry’s top accolade. As India’s foremost publisher education segment, we at Pearson India, proud to receive this honour.

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Staying Involved in Your Child’s Education


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.

Kick-Start Your Career With Work-Related Qualifications


Good management skills, the skills required to use modern information technologies, and the ability to communicate in more than one language are essential to have a competitive edge in today’s employment market.

It’s imperative to have these work-related qualifications as a part of the educational curricula to know the in and out of the industry your child is interested in. The desideratum is also to provide the finest opportunities for further studies after school.

Work-related qualifications in the field of Engineering, Hospitality, IT, Media, Fashion & Design, and Business help in developing skills to be competent in one’s field as well as acquiring the right knowledge to continue with higher education.

While gaining work-related education importance is given to the self-development of youth to help them build a successful life and career as well as development and understanding of intercultural understanding. The process of study is organised in such a way that theoretical, classroom learning is replaced with practical training and workshops in school.

Work related education prepares people for a specific trade. It gives them hands-on experience and develops expertise in technology, skill, and scientific technique that are included in all aspects of the trade.

Applied learning develops practical knowledge and skills, which help students to prepare for the career of their choice. It helps learners determine the path that they want to take, and take responsibility for their own learning.

Pearson offers a number of work related qualifications under BTEC. BTECs are designed to provide students with the skills that they need to either move to higher education or immediately start working.

The courses are designed for learners who are taking their first steps into employment, are in between careers or planning for higher education. BTEC courses are available in the field of Business & Services, Fashion & Design, Media, Engineering, Hospitality and IT.

BTECs are work related qualifications designed to give students the skills they need to either move on to higher education or go straight into employment.

To know more about the BTEC work related qualifications, log on to btec.pearson.co.in.

How To Prepare For IIT-JEE


JEE consists of two levels: JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Before you start preparing for IIT JEE, it is important to understand the structure of the exam.

The JEE Main is three hours long and consists of 90 multiple-choice questions. The exam has three sections: Physics, Chemistry, and Maths. Each section has 30 questions, having equal weightage.

The JEE Advanced is very different from the main exam. It has the same topics as the mains, but it is divided into two three-hour long papers. Each paper has three sections divided according to topics. It is considered tough as compared to JEE Main.

IIT JEE can be a difficult exam to crack. It requires a lot of preparation and hard work. Here are some steps that will help you crack it in your first attempt:

1. Use Class XII textbooks first: NCERT books will definitely help you start the preparation, as they briefly cover most of the topics.

2. Know the topics well: Even though both the exams have the same subjects, Physics, Chemistry and Maths, the topics and the level of difficulty is very different. Know what to prepare for which exam. Read the syllabus before you start preparing.

3. Don’t use too many books to prepare: Select a handful of books that you can keep referring to. Too many books may confuse you. Some of the suggested books published by Pearson are given below.

4. Clear your fundamentals before starting difficult topics: Knowing the basic topics will help you understand the difficult topics. You will save on a lot of time and effort. The exam tests students on their understanding of the topics.

5. Revise: Once you are done with a difficult topic make sure you revise it so you can retain it better. Revision is very important.

6. Practice papers are very important: Keep solving the previous year’s papers. They will help you prepare, and boost your confidence. Make sure you finish the papers in the prescribed time.

7. Manage your time: Make sure you have enough time to cover all the topics. Don’t leave too many things for the last minute.

8. Plan: A well planned preparation is much better than a disorganised one. Make lists, get a calendar and make sure you stick to the plan.

Here’s a list of books that will help you ace the test:

S.No Name of Book Author ISBN Buy on Flipkart
1. A Crash Course in Mathematics for the JEE MAINS 2015 Dinesh Khattar 9789332541535 Click To Buy
2. A Crash Course in Chemistry for the JEE MAINS 2015 K. K. Arora 9789332541542 Click To Buy
3. A Crash Course in Physics for the JEE Mains 2015 Ravi Raj Dudeja 9789332541559 Click To Buy
4. Objective Physics for the JEE Mains 2015, 1/e Sanjeev Kumar 9789332536975 Click To Buy
5. Objective Mathematics for the JEE Mains 2015, 1/e Dinesh Khattar 9789332536982 Click To Buy
6. Objective Chemistry for the JEE Mains 2015, 1/e Atul Singhal 9789332536968 Click To Buy
7. Chapter-wise Solution JEE Main Physics Bhupendra Sudan 9789332537798 Click To Buy
8. Chapter-wise Solution JEE Main Chemistry Shivanand Upadhyay/Neha Upadhyay 9789332537811 Click To Buy
9. Chapter-wise Solution JEE Main Mathematics Bhupinder Singh Tomar/ Hansa Soni 9789332537804 Click To Buy

Raising Entrepreneurial Kids for Tomorrow

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All parents dream that their children, one day, will be successful in what they do. In this pursuit, they send them to the best schools and colleges, so they can secure good jobs. Most parents tend to look at a stable job as the best career option for their children, therefore overlooking the importance of encouraging their child’s entrepreneurial tendencies.

Our children are the future, and we can help them become tomorrow’s leaders by nurturing their entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. So, what makes someone an entrepreneur, and what can you do to help your child become one? You can begin by honing these skills and qualities in your child early on in their lives:

1. Confidence: Children who are confident often stand out in the crowd. Give them challenging tasks, and drop hints that will help them if they get stuck. The feeling that they were able to finish something difficult will give their confidence the boost it needs.

2. Passion: Entrepreneurs are passionate about what they do. Encourage your children to do what they love. Teach them to follow their dreams.

3. Creativity: It is said that a child’s imagination is bigger than the universe. Children are extremely creative. Parents must nurture that creativity, and channel their energy in the right direction.

4. Communication Skills: Teach them all types of communication. It will help them share their vision with others. Learning different languages will help your child in many fields.

5. Risk taking: Children need to be taught how to take calculated, well-informed risks. They need to be comfortable with the idea of risk taking from the beginning. Don’t try to over shelter your children. Teach them that any failure is a learning opportunity to do better in the future.

6. Perseverance and hard work: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Everyone works hard, but it is important not to give up when you fail. Boost your child’s problem-solving skills. If they face any problem help them by brainstorming with them.

7. Optimism: Teach your children that failure is just a part of life, and that they should not fear it. They should learn to look forward to their future. It is important to have a positive attitude toward failure. When they fail, ask them to think about how they could have done things differently.

8. Initiative: Teach your children to be go-getters. Let your children be independent and take their own decisions sometimes like what to have for dinner or what to wear for a picnic. As they grow older you can trust them with bigger decisions.

9. Leadership: Your children can be leaders from the beginning. A good leader not only thinks big, but also motivates others to do so. Teach your child good interpersonal skills.

10. Planning: A great way to help your child is to teach them the importance of planning. If they face any problem ask them not to jump on it, but to think about it and make a plan. Don’t give them a solution. Let them figure it out themselves.

11. Exploring: Let your children explore through books, games and the internet. Closely monitor what they do. The internet offers many tools like prezi.com, weebly.com or canva.com that can help children learn new skills like designing, editing, even making their own websites.

Encourage your children to be curious, and let them know that no idea is a bad idea. As a parent, you can inspire entrepreneurial skills in your child by letting them be themselves and leading by example. Teaching your children these skills will help them solve problems, lead others, ask questions, learn from mistakes, and more importantly it will remind them to never give up, be creative, save money, ask for help and find solutions instead of problems. 🙂