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Look beyond your low scores to explore a world of opportunities and develop your true potential.

It was a joyous day for Asha when she received a doctorate for her study on mythology and classical dance. At a celebration dinner held that night, all her close family, friends and her many disciples gathered to shower her with flowers, praise and gifts. It was a moment of triumph for her, but her thoughts flew back in time, briefly, to dwell on her school days, when she got her Class XII mark sheet. She had been devastated — her total marks were dipping a bit, just low enough to ensure that it would be very difficult to get the B.Com. seat in a popular college that she had set her heart upon. At that moment, it had seemed like the end of the road for Asha who could only imagine a career in commerce and business. It would have been a terrible time for her, if only her teacher Alison had not noticed her crying in a corner and started talking to her.

New horizons

As she talked to Alison, Asha’s fears subsided. From being convinced that she was good for nothing, she came to see that she had many talents and capabilities, and even if she did not get a B.Com. seat, there would be a million possibilities available to her, if only she would open her mind’s eye and see them. As she received yet another bouquet of flowers, Asha’s mind jerked back to the present, but not before dwelling on the numerous bharatanatyam shows she had done, her huge network of rasikas, her dance school which had about 150 students and her latest achievement, a doctorate. In every sense, she had found success all because of her teacher’s guidance to seek new horizons, and because she had seen beyond the boundaries imposed by scoring low marks in one subject.

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கோடை விடுமுறை குழந்தைகளுடைய சுதந்திர காலம். ஒவ்வொரு ஆண்டும் ஜூன் முதல் ஏப்ரல் வரை தினமும் முழுமையான தூக்க மில்லாமல் அவசரகோலத்தில் எழுந்து பாதி வயிற்றை மட்டுமே நிரப்பிக்கொண்டு பள்ளிக்கூடங் களுக்கு சென்று பாடங்கள், தேர்வு, டியூஷன், வீட்டுப்பாடம் என வீடு முதல் பள்ளிவரை குழந்தைகள் ஓய்வின்றி உள்ளனர்.

இந்த குழந்தைகளுடைய மூளைக்கு சற்று ஓய்வு கொடுக்கக்கூடியதுதான் இந்த கோடை விடுமுறை.

ஆனால், பெரும்பாலான பெற் றோர்கள் கோடை பயிற்சி, அடுத்த கல்வியாண்டுக்கு முன் தயாரிப்பு என மீண்டும் குழந்தைகளுடைய சுதந்திரத்தை பறித்துக்கொள்கின்றனர்.

அதனால், குழந்தைகள் மன அழுத்தத்துக்கு ஆளாகி அவர் களின் மூளை நரம்பு செல்கள் பாதிப்படையும் அபாயம் ஏற்படும். அத்துடன் நினைவாற்றல், கற்றல் திறன் குறையும் என திண்டுக்கல் காந்திகிராம கிராமிய பல்கலைக் கழக கல்வியியல் துறை பேராசிரியர் ஜாகீதா பேகம் தெரிவித்தார்.

இதுகுறித்து அவர் `தி இந்து’ விடம் கூறியதாவது: ‘‘மூளைக்கு ஓய்வில்லாமல் தொடர்ந்து வேலை தரக்கூடிய அறிவார்ந்த பாடங் களைப் படித்து குழந்தைகள் சலிப் படைந்திருப்பர். கோடை விடுமுறை குழந்தைகள் மூளையை புத்து ணர்ச்சி செய்ய உதவுகிறது. மூளையில் `நார் எபி நெப்ரின்’ எனும் வேதிப்பொருளை அதிகளவு சுரக்கச் செய்து மனதையும், உடலை யும் உற்சாகமாக வைத்துக்கொள்ள உதவுகிறது.

மேலும் படிக்க…

The disciplinary boundaries between the arts and sciences are set in stone in most Indian colleges, both literally and metaphorically. The pure sciences and related disciplines like microbiology, electronics and nanotechnology are typically housed in a separate building from departments like English, history and journalism. Once a student opts for a particular stream, he can bid farewell to studying subjects offered by the other. Very few colleges in India offer programmes that allow students to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries between the Arts and Sciences. And due to this narrow, streamlined mindset, many students hold misconceptions about a liberal arts education, even when they are applying to foreign universities.

Learning across disciplines can help you broaden your perspectives.

Broaden perspectives

Students who are inclined towards the sciences and related fields tend to eschew applying for programmes that offer a Liberal Arts education. However, the rationale for this decision is misplaced as one can avail of an excellent science education in a liberal arts college.What liberal arts entails is that a student takes courses across multiple disciplines while specialising or majoring in a subject of one’s choice. Thus, a student can major in chemistry but has to take a prerequisite number of courses across an array of disciplines ranging from anthropology to women’s studies, to philosophy.


“But what is the point of taking

A survey shows students are increasingly opting for universities with a strong digital infrastructure.

Gone are the days when classrooms were limited to a monotonous teacher-student relationship based on rote learning from textbooks.

Today, students are opting for colleges and universities which provide a number of facilities. Technology has penetrated to a level where before opting for a college, students keep in mind various factors such as the use of digital tools in the teaching methodology, online classes, wifi facilities and so on.

Students across the world spend a large amount of time on digital platforms.

Mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets have become indispensible for information as well as entertainment.

In such a scenario, there are several reasons why students opt for universities that have a digital presence. A digital platform is contemporary and extremely relevant today. It is mostly convenient and usable on the go; not as mundane as books and, thus, easier to engage with and, lastly, it can help generate interest among students and enable them to learn subjects better.

What students want

A recent worldwide survey by IT firm Accenture says that students seek the most promising digital capabilities and services while choosing a university. A total of 1,500 students were observed for this survey in mid-2014 (300 per country, including university-bound secondary students, current university students and recent university graduates).

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The overall number of international students in the US has grown by 72 per cent since the first International Education Week briefing was held in 2000.

WASHINGTON: After three years of decline, the number of Indian students at US campuses increased by six per cent to 102,673 in the 2013-14 academic year, according to a new report on International Educational Exchange. 

The number of international students at colleges and universities in the US increased by eight per cent to a record high of 886,052 students in the 2013-14 academic year, the 2014 Open Doors Report released on Monday found. 

The overall number of international students in the US has grown by 72 per cent since the first International Education Week briefing was held in 2000, it noted. 

There are five times as many Chinese students on US campuses as were reported in Open Doors 2000; almost two-and-a-half times as many Indian students; seven-and-a-half times as many Vietnamese students; and more than 10 times as many Saudi students. 


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Use Active Learning to Engage Hibernating Students


All teachers know a certain type of student: the hibernator. This is the student who walks in and immediately puts down his his or her head, making it very clear they do not want to have anything to do with you, your lesson, or his classmates.

Active learning is worth the initial resistance, because it ensures that students are learning. Not only do administrators look to see whether teachers are engaging all students, it is an educator’s responsibility to reach them. These recommendations are a good starting point for teachers unfamiliar with active learning:

  • Commit to using active learning and communicate confidently about it.
  • Begin implementing these strategies early in the year. Make them a part of your expectations.
  • Explain the reason for using active learning and how it benefits students.
  • Frequently use this type of learning so students know you are serious; they will accept their roles more readily.
  • Give clear directions. State the goal, time limits, procedures, and partner/group members’ names.
  • Post instructions in a visible location for student reference.
  • Divide students into pairs or groups yourself.
  • Start with low-impact strategies like think-pair-share or in-class writing exercises.
  • Then, move into more involved active learning activities.

The teachers also developed Interactive Learning Non-Negotiables, a model of 10 best practices used in every lesson, every day:

1. Essential Questions: Determine the lesson’s intended goal. Use one essential question per lesson that students must answer by the end of the lesson. Make sure the question is at the highest possible level of learning. To be effective, these queries should require analysis and application, an extended response, and cover multiple skills.

2. Activating Strategy: Get students actively thinking or connecting to that day’s material. Cochrane teachers often use video clips to immediately engage students by piquing their interest and then helping them connect to the lesson.

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When students are excited about a subject, the sky’s the limit

Educators wear many hats, but their main job is to engage their students so that they become life-long learners. As a teacher, there is nothing worse than presenting a lesson only to find your entire class starring back at you with the “huh?” look in their eyes. Once students reach this point, it’s often hard to turn them on to the subject matter that they didn’t grasp the first time around. In order to effectively reach them, educators need to find innovative methods for teaching students. There are many ways to achieve this, as discussed below. 

Increase Student Involvement
One of the most effective ways to increase student engagement is to get them involved in the lesson. Once students are able to interact and experiment with a subject matter, they are more likely to grasp it.