Archive for December, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Wishing you the best during this joyful season. I hope your holidays are filled with festivities and plenty of merry enjoyment.May your family feel the love, peace, and joy that come with the spirit of Christmas. Enjoy the happy cheer.

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Student Life

1296647029student_400The most important factor that affects the student life is the value of time. Being a student we should do everything on time as it never waits for anyone.

There are different stages in our life. One of these stages is student days. Student life is considered as the most important period of our life. Our future dreams, desires and hopes depend upon it. Student life is a period of preparations. It is a period of education. At this time, our mind is like clay. Clay is a soft thing and the potter designs various things out of the clay. Like clay, our mind can also be shaped in different ways. Once the pots are made their shape cannot be changed. Likewise, once our character is formed in one way, it cannot be changed easily. If we make right use and receive good education during our student life, we shall be successful in future. On the other hand, if we aren’t serious at this time, we can’t achieve our goals. Students, therefore, should be very careful. We must think seriously before every step we take. We must learn new things as much as possible at this period.

Students are the future leaders of a nation. The prosperity of a nation depends on its students. We have a responsibility to acquire proper education, maintain good character and live a respectable social life. Obedience, diligence, regularity and forbearance are the important parts of student life. We must learn perseverance; it is the root of all success. If we are idle and cannot move on according to time, we can achieve nothing.

The most important factor that affects the student life is the value of time. Being a student we should do everything on time as it never waits for anyone. Obeying one’s parents and teachers and respecting and loving one’s elders are the great virtues of a student. Another important part of a student’s life is his/her social life. A student must have good discipline and he/she must be co-operative with everyone. Social life influences our character in many ways.

Many students enter college expecting good times, friendship and a good sense of direction. They soon find out that colleges come with challenges and struggles because of the great demands and expectations that are put on the importance of education. Students experience a great deal of stress many times. Thus, it is very important for them to manage a proper routine and stick to it.

Student life is the best part of an individual’s life. At this time our main task is to study. We should stop thinking of anything else and concentrate on education. Education must be given the top priority.

Faith, Fears & Attitude

It’s a matter of choice, not circumstances, how we deal with a particular situation. Our attitude can influence our faith. It’s up to us to influence our decisions today, to make a future we’re dreaming about. Our attitude can change everything. You don’t necessarily have to be the best, but we can make our thinking run in a positive way, to make negative thoughts disappear. You can face anything in this world, if you have a will, strong enough to make you go ahead. We all live in a vicious cycle, but what matters the most is to be able to manage daily something that will add perspectives to our future. You can now take your personal road possible for your dream achieving, or if you are not ready yet to make this step, you have to go through some points, that I will count in a few steps:

MOTIVATION

People always needed motivation to face the reality, motivation to move ahead, motivation to overcome challenges, motivation necessary to bring you to success. Motivation makes us handle all the fears , lift your head up and move to your goals. Motivation was always needed when people had a difficult situation in their life, and the influence of the third person was to make him deal with his fears, to find the strength in you, to reach your limits. Motivation makes people be determined, makes them make decisions. But, still – you don’t have to get stocked in the trap of motivation. Sometimes you have to forget about it, and just do it, because some people might use it as an excuse, not to go on. Some people think, I don’t have enough motivation to work. That is an excuse that keeps you where you are. When you start doing the thing, that’s when the motivation comes.

TRUST

Trust has always been a skill that people needed to move forward. You need to be 100% sure, or want it so much, to find the trust in you. Some people think their environment does not fit their attitude and goal construction.  They always question themselves – what if? For this you need trust — The trust that you will be able to overcome all the challenges, the trust that you will learn and improve yourself, the trust that you can do it. Then you can look at your life from different views. Who is going to be next to you on the trip to success? — Of course, your family. Family can always be the trust that you need, and the motivation to show yourself that this process of achieving is not long-term.

FOCUS

Concentrate yourself on the things you have to do, rather than alarming situations. That is why I keep telling you about the priority list you have to make, to get rid of urgency. After you will get clear with your alarming situations, you can think and focus your attention and attitude on your goal reaching. Remember, that success is a journey, not a destination – All you need is a dream and a date, and focusing on these things make life easier for you. You must build trust and focus on it, with the help of your competence, and character. You will need to prove yourself that you can be an example for your family, first… and then for the others. You have to take things seriously, and if you really decided you are ready enough to move ahead, focus yourself and your attitude to do it!

ATTITUDE

Attitude Is everything. This is one of the main principles for personal grow, and achievement. You have to have the right attitude to lead yourself well, to self-manage your emotions, your priorities, you positive thinking, your time, and your personal grow, by living this experience. Yu have to know how to treat yourself, to achieve the maximum potential. The attitude to stay away from different circumstances and challenges is the best way what to start with. People who had disabilities, have had the right attitude and this brought them to success. People had no arms and legs, but they found their talents, and with the right attitude they did it. What excuse do you have to stop in front of the challenges, and complicate yourself, when things are in fact, so simple.

RESULTS

To have results, you need to follow all those 4 steps written above, but adding to them daily impact. Let’s say – how would it be like, if you wake up in the morning, and first what you see is your dream book. Give yourself this question? – What do I have to focus on today, to make it come true? What are you going to be tomorrow, you are becoming today. Things that you do day by day, make your future. The decisions you take today, will influence they day you live tomorrow. What you live today, is the result of the decision taken in the past. Doing the right thing daily, will influence on your future, and, depending on your dream size, in 5 to ten years, you will become what you always wanted to. The power Is in your hands, nobody has the right to take the decision instead of you. You can take your life in your hands, and decide for once, that you deserve to live the way you want to live.

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Effective learning patterns for successful Students.

 Always keep one thing in mind – Good Leaders are Good Readers. To become a successful student, you must have good study routine. Successful kids apply many good habits to all their classes. Read about some excellent study routine and try to develop the study pattern that you do not comprise.

Superior study practice for booming kids:

  • Try not to read too much at a time: If you attempt to study to a larger extent at a time, you will get exhausted and your schoolwork will not be very effective. Distribute your work to be done in short periods. Taking short breaks will bring back your mind power.
  • Map specific time period for studying: Study time is any time that you do something related to schoolwork such as completing some assignments, or preparing for an exam etc. Being punctual in life is very important. Schedule specific times throughout the day for your learning time.
  • Study at the same times each day: If you can try to study at the specific time daily, set up a routine that becomes a regular habit of your life, such as eating or sleeping. When the scheduled time arrives on the day, you will be mentally prepared to begin studying.
  • Set objectives for your study hours: Goals help you stay focused and observe your improvement. Only sitting down for study has slightly less value. You must be clear about what you want to achieve during your study times.
  • Begin to study at the scheduled time: Can you delay your beginning time for study because you do not like an assignment or think it is very complicated. Any holdup in studying is called “leaving it for later.” If you leave things for later for whatever reason, you will find it more difficult to get things done when you need to do them. You may have to hurry to make up for the time lost at the beginning, which can result in careless work and errors.
  • Work first on assignment which is most difficult: Your most difficult assignment will require the most effort. Start with the most difficult assignment since at start you have the most mental energy.
  • Review your notes before every assignment: The re-analysis of your notes can help you make sure you are performing properly on the assignment. Also, your notes may include information that can help you complete the assignment in effective way.
  • Keep concentrated during your hours of study: Two problems may occur if someone calls you during your study times. First, interruption to your work. And not so easy to pick up the thread of what you were doing previously. Second, the other person can talk about things that can distract you from what you need to do. Simple ideas – turn off your cell phone, switch off your TV and shut the doors during your study times.
  • Don’t hesitate for friends help with a difficult assignment: This is a case where “two heads are better than one.” You can solve out problems effectively if you work in collaboration with your friends.
  • Review your work over the weekend: Of course, weekend should be a time for entertainment. But there must be some time to review your previous work. This will help you be ready to start on Monday morning when another school week begins.

 These are some of the study habits that can help you in improving your learning skills and knowledge. Make sure they are your learning practice.

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Teachable Moments

A teachable moment is a point in time that there is an opportunity for a teacher, parent, or mentor to share a piece of knowledge with their student.  They are a point in time when due to circumstances that are not planned, the student is most receptive to learning a particular lesson. Teachable moments are spontaneously generated, and the moment may or may not be repeated.  This once in a lifetime aspect of teachable moments mean that it is important for adults to take advantage of each and every teachable moment that occurs in their student’s life. 

While it is important that all parents take advantage of teachable moments, it is particularly important for homeschooling parents to utilize these opportunities because they are not only parent but teacher.

There are three things that parents and teachers must do to have maximum impact during teachable moments.

Encourage the child’s natural, inquisitive nature. When children are encouraged to ask questions, and are given answers that are age appropriate to questions, they learn that inquiring is not only acceptable, but
encouraged.  Consider the time period when children are learning language, and they point at an item, a ball
perhaps.  The young parent immediately jumps in and supplies the word ball.  In the moment when a child discovers the item has a name, she is encouraged to ask what other things are, and colors, shapes. 
There seem to be many teachable moments when a child is very young, because they have so much to learn.  If
the parent fosters a child’s curiosity when the child is young, then there will be more teachable moments as the child grows older.  If the parent is unresponsive to the child’s desire to learn, then there are likely to be fewer teachable moments as the child gets older.

Be engaged in your child’s life.  While teachable moments are spontaneously generated opportunities, if the parent is not attentive to the child’s circumstances it is easy to let a teachable moment pass by unnoticed.  If a parent is too engrossed in the television, internet, or smart phone, then that parent is probably missing opportunities to teach their children.  A parent or teacher needs to know a child, understand what the child is going through at the time, and watch for chances to add insight to the child’s existence.  The dinner table is a classic time for teachable moments.  Find out how your child’s day went, find out about the moments during the day when your child would have been receptive to learning.  Be gentle in leading the child to the answer.  Remember that teachable moments are not lectures, but moments of guidance, when the parent or teacher helps the child come to the correct conclusion or understanding. 

As the teacher, be knowledgeable.  It is true that teachable moments are generally spontaneous.  It is not possible to know when a moment might occur, but it is possible to be aware of when a teachable moment might
occur.   This may sound confusing, but perhaps an example will clarify.  If a parent were to take her child to a Civil War battlefield as a field trip, it would be in everyone’s best interest for the parent to study up a little bit.  The parent should brush up on their history of the location and the period.  Learn something about the major figures associated with that battle field.  Read a little about the politics, medicine, and ammunition of the period.  By being
well read on the subject, the parent will be able to help the child learn, in the moment when the child is most engaged, in this case, when the child is at the battlefield.  The more knowledgeable a parent is, in general, the less likely he is to be caught off guard.  While it is permissible to tell the child you don’t know, and can look it up when you get home, it is preferable to teach in the moment.  Your child is more likely to remember if they get an answer when they ask the question instead of hours later.

Teachable moments are the parents or teachers responsibility.  The children do not necessarily know what they don’t know and therefore don’t know what they need to ask, or what they should learn in a certain situation.  Teachable moments should not be lectures, and they do not have to be associated with something traumatic.  The classic example of traumatic teachable moment is driving by the scene of an accident, indicating the injured person
being loaded into the ambulance, then stating that if they had used their seat belt they would not have been injured so badly. Teachable moments should occur when a child is interested and receptive and traumatic teachable moments, while memorable, may not occur when the child is most receptive to learning.

Art Is A Great School Subject

Art is a fantastic subject. It is taught from children being of young age up until secondary school in Year 9 where they can then either choose to continue it on or drop it. No matter what age you are or level of skill possessed, anybody can create a piece of artwork. Having a creative mind is a great thing to build in a child as it grows and expands across various areas of the curriculum.

Children love to be messy so covering a bit of paper in bright colored paints and using sponges and potatoes to do so must be a lot of fun, it is also great for their minds too. It is a known fact that children are stimulated by an array of bright colors so using these to create what is going on in their imagination is amazing for them to be expressive.

Some children are not naturally gifted at drawing or creating pictures however they will still enjoy using the different products such as paints, so it is a subject they can all participate in. It is also a great subject for quiet children who feel they cannot necessarily express themselves, although they may not realize this until a later age. Drawing and painting can be therapeutic for many as it is an enjoyable hobby. Starting to explore this subject at a young age will like all the rest taught within a school, can get their minds going and help to keep building their skills every year up. The younger a child starts a subject the more they will take in. It is known that young children’s minds are like sponges so teachers want them to soak up as much as they can!

Children of a very young age are much more receptive at being interested in a subject that uses more of their senses than just listening to a teacher talk. Being able to create something for themselves and feel the different materials with their hands will get their minds stimulated. Creating craft products is also a lot of fun and beneficial. These can include making birthday cards, purses, paper hats, a variety of things really. The difficulty of what they create will obviously develop as the children age, perhaps starting off decorating a hand puppet moving all the way up to the top end of primary school by creating their own cross stitch pictures. This allows them to explore further materials and also gain new skills. Encouraging a small amount of sewing will come in handy when they come to build upon this skill in secondary school. All in all, arts and craft are a wide subject area and there will be something any child can enjoy.

Writing about children’s educational resources, Zoe Robinson aims to provide readers with informative knowledge into her experience gained within this area and offer readers the chance to view a website she has experienced positively. Take a look at a range of arts and crafts for children today.

RIS Teachers selected as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts

Proud Moment for RIS……..

Rayat Teachers Mrs Poonam Dogra and Mrs Taljit Heer selected as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts for Transforming Teaching with Technology

Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts are selected each year based on their innovative use of classroom technology – from cloud storage to mobile and everything in between. They integrate progressive pedagogy with advanced technology to advance learning and better prepare students for the jobs of the future.

In being chosen, these education thought leaders join an exclusive global community dedicated to trying new approaches, sharing ideas and learning from each other. They receive free tools and technology, including Office 365 Pro Plus (along with an IT Academy certification); participate in cases studies, speaking engagements and content development; and are eligible to earn an all-expense paid trip to the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Redmond, Washington next April, 2015. These experts not only advise Microsoft on technology development; they also advise other educational institutions and their peers on how to integrate technology in pedagogically sound ways – a key pillar (and differentiator) for Microsoft in Education.