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Every day of teaching would be every awesome teacher’s dream come true. Without the love and passion for educating others, and the motive to see kids morph into intellectually stimulated beings, nothing would be worth a day in a classroom.

So how can you be on the Awesome Teacher’s list?

Our educational experts have specifically analyzed and gathered the top-rated qualities any aspiring teacher has, and to inspire you, here is how you know you’re an AWESOME teacher:

  1.  ‘MAKING A DIFFERENCE’ IS YOUR MIDDLE NAME

You know you’re awesome when you love making a difference. You will do what it takes to inspire others with new and exciting information, encourage children to open their minds and think critically, as well as analyse and address the needs of the children and community, where you can influence positive change.

 

2- YOU LOVE CHILDREN

6c4fa981111447d6_shutterstock_82693060.xxxlarge_2xThat is a given. How can you teach without having passion for your audience?

Teaching is not only about transferring new information to students, but cooperating with each one to help them flourish with knowledge and critical thinking, while understanding their different qualities and abilities to drive them towards being better people who strive for their goals and aspirations.

 

3- YOU RAISE EXPECTATIONS = RAISING THE BELIEF TO ACHIEVE

becoming-teacherWhen your students see that you believe in them, and expect the best from them, they will strive to be better at what they do. Bit by bit, they will learn to adapt their best qualities and abilities to achieve their goals inside and outside the classroom.

Not only are you setting high standards for your students, but you are igniting the fire of ambition by helping them build confidence, hope, and a strong belief to achieve.

 

4- YOU CREATE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY

If your classroom environment gets students to collaborate together, promotes discussion and dialogue, and gives forth to the school and the community, then we’d have to congratulate you: you have created a strong sense of belonging. Where this kind of environment exists, you will succeed in teaching your students to be part of a community, care and respect others, as well as harmoniously work together.

 

 

5- YOU APPLY EFFECTIVE DISCIPLINE SKILLS

teacher-with-discipline-written-on-board-for-blogYou are that awesome teacher that knows how important character building is in improving education. You nurture your students into a moral and disciplined environment, where they learn to care and cooperate with one another, build trust and loyalty with their peers and teacher, as well as apply positive and respectful behavior in the classroom and the community.

 

 

6- YOU APPLY SUCCESSFUL OBJECTIVES

shutterstock_142995178-300x300As an organized and structured teacher, you start each class with a clear lesson plan and target objectives. This way, you have every minute planned for a certain goal, and every student following you through without confusion or tardiness.

Your students not only learn the quality of organization, but trust in your ability to achieve a successful outcome.

 

 

 

 

7- YOU MANAGE A CLASSROOM LIKE A PRO

refuerzoA pro effectively manages a classroom by applying clear guidelines that will ensure positive student behavior and conduct, promote effective study habits, and encourage organized classroom collaboration, while maintaining an enjoyable learning environment.

 

 

 

8- YOU ARE ACCESSIBLE

Depositphotos_5397496_l-300x300Be that awesome teacher who listens and addresses student problems, needs, goals and dreams. Be that trustworthy educator who always welcomes parents to ask, learn and suggest ideas on how to encourage their children. Be that aspiring co-worker who helps and advises other teachers, gives a warm welcome into the office, and promotes a productive environment. Be accessible in a warm, welcome and communicative way.

 

 

 

 

9- YOU ARE AS PROFESSIONAL AS IT GETS

1Yes you are one of those teachers who knows how to promote an enjoyable educational environment. Yet, you have not forgotten how to be professional in your own field. You care for your personal appearance and representability, which in turn aspires respect from your students, co-workers, and parents. You also know how to maintain fantastic organizational skills, as well as inhibit excellent communication skills.

 

10- YOU ARE CONSTANTLY UP TO DATE WITH YOUR TEACHING GADGETS

thToday’s 21 st century education always calls for gadgets that will help speedup and improve the learning environment. Being up to date with today’s educational tools promotes you as a teacher who constantly seeks to improve and change to the better. Accordingly, teachers nowadays work with the device that suit their needs and abilities. Many use electronic learning methods like SMART Board, White Board, and Learning Management System (LMS), which help them coordinate a modern, fun and effective educational experience.

11- YOU ARE A STRIVER FOR KNOWLEDGE

You love fueling your knowledge in the subjects you teach and in other fields as well. You constantly enrich your mind and soul with new information, trends and data. Your passion for knowledge is, therefore, transmitted to your students. Your students will ask questions and you will always answer, and if you don’t know the response (which would be unlikely) you’ll always strive to get it. Not only do you always strengthen your know-how about your subject matter, but also about the overall curriculum. This is an awesome teacher’s trait: to constantly grow.

12- YOU HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF SELF (EGO)

As a self-aware teacher who knows that not all days in the classroom are sunshine and rainbows, you are able to stand any hardships. Your students may behave with misconduct or have trouble grasping new information. Yet, your strong sense of self will keep your head up high, your vision clear, and your optimism shining.

13- YOU HAVE A HUMBLE SENSE OF SELF (HUMILITY)

Though your ego boost is high, you must always remember: it’s not about you, it’s about your students. Maintaining a sense of humility is what it takes to adapt a sharing and giving environment in your classroom. As an awesome teacher, you give floor to your kids and strive to enrich their learning experience as best as you can.

14- YOU REFLECT, ANALYSE AND TAKE ACTION

Finally, you know you’re an awesome teacher when after every lesson you reflect on what happen, why, and how you can always improve. You analyse each situation and apply action plans towards the objective of being an awesome teacher.

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  1. Let your child grow their own wings

We all look forward to seeing our kids grow into healthy, independent individuals. To do so, give space for your child to carry out things on their own as long as they know how. For example, let your children tidy up their rooms on their own, dress themselves, or clear their plates away from the table by themselves. Step by step, your children will learn to gain responsibility and develop a strong self-esteem.

 

  1. Give room for your child to fix their own problems

We know how difficult it can be not to help your child when you already have a clear solution to his/her problem. But how else would your children learn to rely on themselves and develop toughness. Instead, you can resolve by acknowledging your children’s aggravations while leaving them to find a solution and act upon it.

 

  1. Focus on the things that really matter

Kids will surprise you in so many ways, and most often, you won’t like it. Don’t argue about everything you don’t approve of. Pick your battles. For example, don’t remark about what he or she is wearing or his/her random language. Rather, give notice to the things that are more ethically related, such as no hitting, no lying, no rude talking, etc.

 

  1. Travel with your kid

The whole idea of travel is an enriching experience for both kids and adults. It helps us see the world from different angels, develop a sense of community, and there is always something new to learn. What better to explore and grow with the most important people in your life? You and yours kids will appreciate every moment of it and grow closer together.

  1. Be Yourself – Laugh and Have Fun!

Rather than always being an authoritative figure for your kids, show them that down to earth, fun and simple side of you. Be yourself with your kids, and they will learn the important of being true to themselves, enjoying the moment and cherishing moments with their parents. Live, laugh and have fun!

 

*Think there are other ways that make an awesome parent? Feel free to comment below!

Top Ways to Manage Your Classroom Effectively

As teachers, we want to see our students’ eyes brighten with new knowledge and enlightenment in a fun, disciplined classroom. Yet, many common classroom management mistakes happen and it may take you some time to learn how to achieve an efficient learning environment.

You might have spent days and nights planning lessons and activities, and sadly faced your worst nightmare: student misconduct. Your plan, therefore, changes and your class becomes less of a fun learning experience and more of pointing out misbehavior.

Have no fear! This all falls back on your classroom management style. As teachers, you have to learn how to manage, control and monitor the behaviors of your students in your classroom.

This does not mean you have to force your students into a required code of conduct. It is much simpler than that with a guaranteed dose of fun!

Here are the top 7 effective ways to manage your classroom and student conduct:

Develop rules together

Teachers, this is a hands-down effective way to encourage your students in participating and feeling included. By developing a joint agreement with your students on the class rules, you are both reflecting fairness and responsibility among the students.

How? Have the students collaborate by brainstorming a set of rules that they would like to apply in class. Involve them in deciding what the penalties would be should the rules be violated. Write down no more than 5 rules on a chart or on the board for everyone to see. Keep those rules until the end of the semester to enforce its validity. Some rules could be: no chattering, switch mobile phones on silent, no shouting out the answers, listen effectively, etc.

Reward positive behavior

Many teachers neglect their students by not recognizing their disciplined behavior or accomplishments. This is one of the biggest mistakes teachers can do. As teachers, you need to motivate your students and encourage their positive behavior. Verbal recognition is not enough.

One of the most successful ways to do so is by applying a reward system or a point evaluation system.

How? For each positive behavior a bonus point would be attained. At the end of each week, summarize the points collected for each student and promising a prize at the end of the semester or at the end of each month. Some of the prizes could be: a class field trip, tablets for the top five scores in class, etc.

Always include student activities

Theoretical teaching alone is past tense. Nowadays, education involves hands-on learning.

Modern twenty-first century education constantly encourages in and outside classroom activities.

Applying lessons in real-life is an effective way to amplify the students’ learning curves, and as teachers, you need to invigorate your students’ interests as much as you can. In addition, always make sure to incorporate character building activities that will encourage positive attitudes for their everyday life. Make sure to involve your students in class room discussions and presentations after each activity to motivate collaborative learning and team play.

Recap old lessons in the new

At the start of the class period, always recap the important points of the lesson before. This rejuvenates the students’ memories and helps highlight any missing points. Also, encourage students to ask questions or discuss what they thought of the previous lesson and what they learn. The students’ interests will surely be stimulated and kept the right track. It will also motivate them to pay attention to future lessons.

Be a positive example

Students look up to you, teachers. Make sure to model your behaviors and attitudes appropriately as this will reflect on your students. There are many positive examples that you can set for your students, including always being on time. If you expect your students to respect punctuality, then it starts with you. Also, dressing professionally. Representability is very significant as it reflects respect to one’s self and to others, hygiene, confidence, alertness, care, vitality, and credibility.

Imagine if you were to dress recklessly and look tired when teaching your students. The probability will fall on your students’ disinterest and might have a negative reflection on their attitudes as well. Conclusively, always be a positive example to those you teach.

Practice mobility

Are you one of those teachers attached to the blackboards? Your students’ attention spans are very short and are usually stimulated by movement and engagement. Instructing from one spot might only catch the attention of those at the front row for some period of time, but for those at the back, they’ll probably pull out of tune right away. Practicing mobility is key to involve all students and avoid off-task behaviors. Some teachers arrange their class rooms in ways that make movement impossible. Make sure that the class room is mobile-friendly. Make eye contact with students as you move across the room while instructing. This will maintain the student’s focus and interest.

Structure, structure, structure

Routine can be dull at times. But when you want to apply structure, it is the key answer to induce positive behavior and focus among students. When structure fails to prevail in class rooms, students might more likely seize ‘downtime’ and provoke misbehavior. As teachers, the ball is in your court to control student conduct by applying class room structure.

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When you are all grown up and wish you could go back in time to be in that particular school, this is when you know this school is awesome.

 

We’ve gathered the best traits that make up an awesome school for you. Feel free to suggest your favorites in the comments section below!

 

  1. Teachers use e-mail as a viable tool for communicating with parents and one another.
  2. Teachers look forward to another day at school, and another day to enrich their students.
  3. Students wake up with a huge smile on their faces, ready to go to school.
  4. Students miss school during their summer holidays.
  5. The school constantly introduces new games and activities to engage their students.
  6. Teachers always seek the best educational methods to develop their students.
  7. A teacher is patient and persistent with his/her intellectually challenged student.
  8. The whole class celebrates a student’s success during a difficult task.
  9. All the children, parents, teachers and the faculty participate together in a sports day.
  10. Student organizations take turns picking up the trash on campus.
  11. High school students volunteer as reading tutors for Kindergarten students.
  12. Parents volunteers as reading tutors for the students in their children’s class.
  13. Teachers reward students who do the ‘right things’.
  14. A teacher takes the time to write notes to parents of the students who have aced their assignments or have done something special.
  15. Students apply what they learn in real life and talk about it proudly to their peers and parents.
  16. Students carry out their homework during school hours and spend their time at home with their friends or parents.
  17. Teachers offer strong emotional and social support for their students.
  18. Teachers act as the student’s social guidance, mentor and parent.
  19. A student looks up to his/her teacher.
  20. A parent looks up to his/her child’s teacher.
  21. Students carry out community projects and help others.
  22. Students, teachers and parents together use the world’s top learning management systems.
  23. A leading school management system organizes its administration process.

 

5 Effective Communication Techniques for School Principals

5 Effective Communication Techniques for School Principals to build a successful educational environment for teachers and students.

School Principals have a significant duty in shaping a successfully enriching school environment for all teachers and students.

Here’s our insider’s advice on how school principals can communicate effectively with staff, faculty and students.

 

  1. School Newsletters:

A newsletter is a great tool of communication that engages parents, and even faculty and students, in the school’s latest and necessary updates. You can either choose to send the newsletter via a mass e-mail service or as a hardcopy on a weekly and/or monthly basis.

Several schools dedicate a weekly newsletter that sums up all the necessary information in one page, including the school’s activities, trips, events, and any significant achievements. It is a cost-effective method that saves the printing of many flyers and leaflets. Its regularity also creates a bond between parents and schools, and is an awaited tool for parents who want to know more about the school’s performances and activities.

Weekly newsletters gives a chance for monthly newsletters to hold more information. Monthly newsletters will serve parents with excess details, articles, news, polls and other exciting updates. Like the weekly newsletter, it may be distributed through mass e-mail to the parents’ database (and optionally students and teachers’ database). Or it can be sent by mail to parents’ homes. This will entirely depend on your budget and how internet-friendly the parents are.

 

  1. School Podcast:

As a school thriving with twenty-first-century teaching techniques, new technology should always be introduced. Principals can benefit from the School Podcast by dedicating thirty minutes each day to talk about important updates, interesting insights, engaging and knowledgeable information, etc. The more creative and interactive the content is, the more credible and trust worthy your school reputation will be. Not to mention, students, teachers and parents will be able to not only read words by listen to opinions, facts and necessary data.

 

  1. Face-to-Face Communication:

The best, most effective form of communication is face-to-face. The more serious or important the topic is, the better it is to communicate directly. Principals may invite parents over a ‘Coffee with the Principal’ event the start of every month, where they can address issues, concerns and updates. It also created a friendly sphere were parents can engage with a credible school official to build further trust. As well, ‘Parents Meetings’ are a great channel for parents to directly interact with their child’s teachers, and learn about his/her performance, concerns, achievements, etc. Other effective events could be small group discussions where the parents’ inputs may help improve and evolve the school’s performance.

 

  1. Parents Portal:

What’s better than dedicating a portal of online communication for parents? This tool is essentially effective, as parents will have the luxury of signing in to their personalized profile, check streaming news and updates, have a real-time chat with teachers or principals and monitor their children’s performance at school. Any needed information, updates, stats or the like can be found on this portal. iStudent EDS has similarly created iSite that is a specialized online portal displaying an array of public data to parents (and also to teachers and students) including applicants registration, generic school reports, statistics, tuition fees and more. For more information, check features about iSite here.

 

  1. Listen and Suspend:

Listening and suspending is an effective communication technique that many will need to use in challenging situations. Principals have the responsibility to listen to parents, teachers, and students’ concerns. However, many will find their emotions immersed in such challenging situations, and as a result, stimulate subjectivity within the problem-solving process. By setting the emotional factor aside, and logically listening to the issues being addressed, an act of suspension is being taken. Suspension will, hence, allow a fruitful discussion where problems may be solved accurately and efficiently.

The top 5 effective modelling techniques for parents

The top 5 effective modelling techniques for parents to positively influence their children’s characters and behaviors.

Have you ever asked yourself who your role model is? Not surprisingly, your mind will probably contemplate your parents before skimming through other options.

Why is that so? Well, at the beginning of our lifespans, the first ever individuals we get to meet are our parents. Most of our childhoods echo with what we have observed our parents do, what they have said, how they have handled a situation, and the way they have exemplified most values to us.

Children form their values and behaviors based on what they see, hear and sense from others. They imitate, not only behaviors, but also words, speech tones, expressions, gestures, and even feelings. Everything is multidimensional when it comes to children. Through ongoing observation and imitation, their characters come to shape like pros.

Accordingly, parents have the responsibility to help build their children’s characters by modelling their own behaviors effectively.

  1. Keep calm and think positive

It’s bound to happen that your child infuses rebellious, sarcastic, defiant, or possibly aggressive behavior. Think positively and don’t take what your child says personally. Think about your child’s action and the type of consequence he/she deserves. Don’t incorporate violent or physical punishments as they’ll be brought up to think that it’s only normal. Your child will remember your reaction towards such stressful and challenging situations, and it is your chance to substitute his/her actions with your logically calm ones.

 

  1. Apply discipline consistently

You’ve handled your temper just right by deciding to stay calm. Your next step is to think about how you’re going to discipline your child. You will need to apply a consequence, which is by definition, “adding a negative consequence to prevent or decrease a certain behavior, which is problematic, or taking away something that the child holds dear”. For example, not allowing your child to watch TV, or use his/her computer, or do extra house chores. By time, your child will be able to differentiate appropriate behavior from inappropriate ones.

Balance this out with positive consequences by enforcing positive behavior. Clearly communicate to your child the kind of behaviors you want him/her to do less and more. If your child applies the behaviors as you’ve agreed together, it is important to reward him/her. Reward systems play a significant role in stimulating moral behaviors and character. But without consistency, your parenting would be meaningless. Make sure to reflect that you are serious about what you say and do. With that, you will reflect qualities of reliability, fairness and responsibility which will help build his/her character effectively.

 

  1. Use effective reasoning and logic

“Because I said so!” is the common phrase all children have heard their parents exclaim. It is not, however, advisable. Constantly enforcing authority on your child by dictating rules is negative karma. Your child needs to see you as a friend – someone they can talk and turn to for advice. How? Increase their understanding of certain behaviors, rituals, and ideologies by encouraging discussions. For example, if you want to teach your child to attend prayers regularly, have a sit down and talk about the importance of prayer, the benefit it leads on spiritual, physical and psychological levels. Encourage your child to hold discussions with others and come back to you about the results. This way, you are rearing your child to moderate critical thinking, exposing them to dialogue and open discussions, and building their knowledge and understanding.

 

  1. Be a role model for your kids

Kids are constantly watching you, and as mentioned above, they observe and imitate. Think about the qualities you’d want your kids to have. The way you speak and treat others, the way you talk about others, the way you dress and clean up, the way you think about yourself and how you express it, etc. The younger your child, the more attention they will have for you. According to several studies, it was found that children who act violently by hitting or shouting are doing so when aggression is staged at home. Make sure to model the behaviors and traits you wish to see in your child.

 

  1. Your time together is number 1

Keeping the best for last: make time for your kids. Dedicate a day in the week where you and your kids can spend time together – a family day. By appreciating family time and creating positive memories, your kids will not only have a sense of belonging, but will also appreciate important rituals, decrease misbehavior, and learn consistency. Kids who are not getting the appropriate care and time from their parents will most of the time act out to seek their attention. Though, don’t worry if you’re a working parent, it’s the little details that count. For example, wake up thirty minutes earlier in the morning to have a family breakfast together, take a walk together, have a movie night, or better yet, take turns at deciding what to do at a special weekend. As well, attend sport games, events and concerts with your kid to get to know him/her better outside of the home environment. This way you are showing that you care and are positively involved in his/her life.

Character Building

 

Aristotle once said, “When we do good things, we become good people.”

As teachers we have the responsibility of not only bringing academic knowledge to our students, but also shaping them into the best versions of themselves.

Throughout the centuries, many educational movements have set on the mission of developing the best character education techniques, curricula and schools. After so many trials and errors, discussions and dialogues, and laws being passed and reformed, a good sum of data has emerged to produce reliable and strong character education programs.

In this light, we gathered the top 10 character building activities for teachers to apply in their classrooms.

THE 6 PILLARS OF CHARACTER:

Character Traits

Each of the following character traits shape a strong individual that can make positive change: Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

The best way to nurture these traits is to involve your students in activities where they will be able to reflect, discuss and apply them in real-life.

More traits are usually added in character building education programs, including: courage, diligence and integrity.

Here are the top 10 character building activities:

 

TRUSTWORTHINESS

  1. The Character Value Jar activity:

How it works: Divide your students into groups. Announce to the groups that you will be observing their behaviors which indicate one or more of the 6 pillars of character. For example, if you spot an act of caring, a jelly bean (or another item of your choice) will be placed in the group’s jar. Emphasis that it’s about quality and not quantity by color coding each item and announcing that it’s not a race. When the jar is full, each group will be rewarded with a special treat, such as pizza for everyone or a class field trip. Make sure to look out for genuine behaviors and praise the students for their acts. Write down the color codes and have the jars in clear sight for everyone to see. Periodically comment on the greatest number of colors in the jar and the particular ones that might be scarce.

Lessons learnt: The students apply the 6 pillars of character in real-life and learn how to collaborate with each other to do so. Essentially, they learn trustworthiness by being rewarded for genuine and authentic behavior, and not by reaching the means to an end. – See more here.

 

  1. Art Reflections:

How it works: Write down the important aspects of trustworthiness in clear sight for everyone to see. These aspects are identified in what you say and do: honesty, reliability, loyalty and integrity. Have your students illustrate these aspects through any form of art (drawing, painting, craftwork, etc.) Have each of them present their own reflections about the art work they create for the chosen aspect. Finally, hang their art works around the school with a brief description of the art work. See more here.

Lessons learnt: Students learn to perceive trust within their own frame and express it openly. They will learn that each perception is different but falls under the common grounds of the aspect. Creativity and imagination is also induced in this activity.

 

RESPECT:

  1. Character Clippings:

How it works: Have your students clip out pieces of newspapers and magazines that identify situations in which respect or disrespect are seen. Have them describe how the clippings reflect the issues of respect or disrespect, and discuss the traits that have resulted to them. Hang the students’ clippings in clear sight for everyone to see in class and involve them in a discussion about the consequences of disrespectful and respectful behaviors.

Lessons learnt: Students are exposed to various media types and data from which they could enrich their analytical and decision making skills, as well as their creativity.

 

  1. Giraffe Hero Game:

How it works: Ask the students who their heroes are. Write them on the board without commenting about them or labeling them with the students’ names. Afterwards, tell them at least two stories from the Giraffes on this website. Engage them in a class discussion asking about the risks they took, their positive actions and the good characters involved. Don’t forget to assert that the Giraffe heroes stick their necks out for others. Following that, return to the heroes on the board and spark a discussion around the risks that each has taken and the people they have helped.

Make sure to involve the class into a discussion to engage the shy ones and avoid embarrassments. Help the students realize that being rich, talented or good looking doesn’t have to make you a hero, but respecting one another and sticking your neck out for others makes you one.

With that, divide the class into groups and ask them to brainstorm and choose a hero represented in films, books, series, history or the community. Have the students present their heroes’ stories using narratives, art, drama or through a song. Lead the class into a discussion about each hero presented. Discuss the risks that have been taken and the caring that is shown to help others. In a new list, write down the heroes that have genuinely stuck out their necks (including the ones from the first list). Present the heroes in a ‘Hall of Heroes’ around the school. See more here.

Lessons learnt: Students collaborate with each other, learn from example and enhance their creative, presentation and research skills.

 

RESPONSIBILITY:

  1. Role Play:

How it works: You’ve committed to completing a project during the weekend that’s due Monday. Unexpectedly, your friends invite you to a trip in the weekend and you decide to go with your friends instead. Explain your decision to the team members of the project. Afterwards, have a class discussion around this behavior. What would each person do to achieve his/her goal? What is are the general guidelines that can be learnt from this behavior? What are the actions that motivate responsibility?

Lessons learnt: The students will reflect and analyze the situation upon themselves, collaborate in discussion and learn the significant traits that come with responsibility.

 

FAIRNESS:

  1. The Fair Square:

How it works: Have the students collect clippings from newspapers, journals and magazines that refer to facts and opinions. Instruct them to pay attention to details, accuracy and credibility. Separate two columns, one for fact and the other for opinion. Have them identify what is fact and what is opinion in those clippings and hang them on the relevant column. Afterwards, assign each student to write an op-ed about any subject of their choosing, instructing them to be as fair as they could by referring to their previous exercise. Combine their op-eds into a class magazine, writing their names next to each of their articles, and then distribute a copy on each student.

Lessons learnt: The students will learn to identify the traits of fairness and take responsibility of being fair. They will see the outcome of their fairness in a hard copy hand book that will encourage them to apply this trait in everyday life.

 

CARING:

  1. Caring for All:

How it works: Have your students watch the film Pay It Forward which is a great example of caring. Afterwards, assign each student to research the missing needs within the community. Have each student develop a plan to fill the gaps in whichever way they choose and apply it. For example, crocheting blankets and distributing them among the poor or creating books or magazine for retirement homes or kids. By the end of the school semester, have the students present their achievements and the influence they made on the community and themselves. See more here.

Lessons learnt: Here the students are also learning the concept of community involvement and citizenship, as they are engaging with individuals outside their school environment and learning about their lifestyles and needs.

 

CITIZENSHIP:

  1. Our City is Our Country is Our Home:

How it works: Divide your students into groups and take them on a couple of field trips (preferably in different cities). Have your students engage in beautification and/or environmental projects. Ask each group to create a blog to illustrate their journey and discoveries and share them with the class, friends and families (this is optional). At the end of the school semester, each group presents their discoveries through interactive media (i.e. videos, pictures, etc.) and achievements to the class. See more here.

Lessons learnt: community involvement, learning more about their country, and discovering new places, people and ideas.

 

Finally, you may involve your students in the following activities to wrap up the 6 pillars of character: 

  1. The 6 Pillar Bash:

How it works: Divide the students into six groups. Each group will be responsible for one of the 6 pillars of character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship). Assign a movie/TV Drama/sitcom for each group. Have each group pay significant attention to the behavior of the main character to identify their assigned character pillar. Ask questions like: How much of the character pillar behavior did they find? How much of the opposing character trait did they find? Have a class discussion about these issues.

 

  1. Community Involvement:

How it works: Divide your students into two groups, and sign each group to a non-profit organization of their choice. Throughout the school semester, have the students partake in the organizations’ activities to fulfill personal and social responsibilities. At the last week of the semester, have each group conduct a presentation and an oral report about their accomplishments and the lessons they have learnt with regards to the 6 pillars of character.

Lessons learnt: for both the above mentioned activities, students solidify their memory and experience with regards to the 6 pillars of character. The hands-on experience will amplify the positive effects good character does, and encourage them to apply those traits in everyday life.

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Here’s our special guide to failing your exam – which you should NOT follow.

Sometimes students enter the down spiral of studying the wrong way. Many students may spend countless hours studying, reading books, and researching, yet still find themselves receiving low grades.

We’ve gathered a list of ineffective studying techniques that will give you a hint of what to dodge. Here’s how you can epically fail an exam!

1. Reading to Read

Ace your exams like a champ

Students spend hours reading but forget to learn what they read. Read to learn, not read to read. Your exams will come to you in points, testing your ability to remember significant information, and to express your answers effectively. Students can avoid this mistake by gathering their information, and stimulating their learning, according to the nature of the exam. This is called direct studying, which is more focused and, hence, takes less time. So start reading to learn!

 

2. Doodling Away

Ace your exams like a champ

During class, many students bore out of spending hours listening to their teachers go on and on about a subject. It is tedious, we admit. And they resolve to doodling their way out of this boredom during class. But to their misfortune, they end up skipping significant information that would most probably be brought in exams. On the other hand, other students found that taking notes is a more useful method to handling the monotony, while still acquiring the essential subject points. Taking notes actually makes studying a lot easier, and is a great reference point for exam revisions.

 

3. Ticking Hours of Play

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The dreadful mistake that many students do is not pay attention to the time in their hands. Time is an important factor of productivity. When utilized in the right way, you can fruitfully get things done in ‘no time’. Making a list of priorities will help you finish the most important tasks first. This will not only be an efficient means of studying, but will further motivate you to complete the rest of the tasks on your list. Dedicating useful time will construct proficient learning hours, and hence, a path to success.

 

4.Dispersing Attention

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You’ve dedicated the time to study, and now you’re on your desk opening up your course book, just when your phone rang. You immediately set the book aside, answered your phone while the clock kept ticking. Your attention here is therefore dispersed. This is the basis of failing an exam. To avoid that, you have to know that your learning curve cannot improve without focus. Students who give studying the deserved time and effort it needs will find the grades rocketing. Their focus will, hence, automatically shift to their priorities, and will become more productive and efficient in their studying techniques.

 

5. Learning Passively

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When students take the information as it is without analyzing and probing questions, this is when their learning process is passive. Successful students use critical thinking when studying their lessons by producing questions and seeking their answers. They may also initiate discussions with other students or teachers to increase their understanding of the subject. This way, the student is not only working his brain around the subject, but also enforcing his/her memory of the information acquired. This is when a student learns proactively.

 

6. Spending All-Nighters

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Some students have it in them to spend an all-nighter before an exam. This is just biologically destructive when it comes to the real deal. Your mind and body need approximately 7-8 hours of sleep to rejuvenate substantial functions. Sleep deprivation can be your ticket to failing an exam. Not only does sleeplessness negatively affects memory, but it also affects your concentration and judgement of situations, as well as messes up with your diet and appetite. Eventually, it might even lead to depression. Now, can you imagine studying while going through some, if not all, of these sleep debt symptoms? No matter how hard you’ve studied before an exam, if you haven’t taken your good hours of sleep, you’re most probably going to face one or two of these symptoms. Sleep well and miracles may just happen.

LMS Advantages for Parents

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Parents can gain quick access to learn about the school’s educational provisions and their children’s performances.

LMS Advantages for Students

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Students can enjoy asking questions, answering and engaging with each other. A dynamic environment of cooperative learning and team work evolves.

LMS Advantages for Teachers

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Teachers are inspired to upload learning tools and curricula for students. They can easily monitor the students and evaluate their progress on an online basis.

LMS Advantages for School

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Task assignment tools, real-time monitoring, performance evaluation indicators, and automated reporting are the cutting-edge for competent administrative uses.

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