Education

Perfect School – My way

I will present below what a perfect school and education system should look like.

Curriculum
Identify the essential learnings necessary, integrate curriculum where possible, connect curriculum to real-life application and design high quality work to engage students. Understand the power of developing a personal plan for progress.

Instructional Strategies
Learn how to select multiple instructional strategies based on the learning style of your students. Learn how to become a facilitator of learning for your students.

School Environment
Establish a safe and healthy school climate for teaching and learning and an atmosphere of responsibility, ownership and student advocacy.

Technology
Understand the importance of establishing a forward-thinking technology plan and how to effectively implement the use of technology in the classroom.

Organization and Time
Understand the traditional schedule and why its time has passed. Learn the benefits of alternative schedules and how they can impact student achievement.

Assessment
Learn a variety of ways to assess student knowledge, comprehension, application and critical thinking skills.

Professional Development
Learn how to design and implement a staff development plan that yields results. Learn how to create a learning community, implement an in-service program and how to make professional development a continuous process.

Diversity
Diversity within a school community can enrich the learning experience. Hear how lesson plans can be taught and resources can be uncovered to teach using multiple perspectives.

Governance
What is the function of a school board? High performing schools define the roles and responsibilities of the board, the administration and the faculty and how to involve the community in decision making to gain consensus.

Resources
School administrators and teachers need to know how to look beyond the traditional funding sources to expand educational initiatives. Learn how a multi-faceted approach can work for your school.

Ties to Higher Education
Establish relationships with institutions of higher learning as well as community and government resources to assist students in their transition from high school. Learn how to involve higher education in your academic program.

Leadership
Learn the characteristics of a good leader and hear how high performing schools encourage leadership within the faculty. Learn how good leaders gain consensus and involve all stakeholders in decision making.

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Safe Schools, Healthy Kids – Second Part

I was telling you about 3 weeks ago about a program that I followed when I was in school. I present you the second part of that program. I still think that kind of programs should be implemented in our schools.

 


Prevention and Intervention

We all know the only way to keep our schools safe and our children healthy is to create an environment in which our children feel cared for and connected.

This section encompasses 6 hours on identifying and intervening with students:

  • Learn techniques to identify when a child is at-risk and how to approach that child.
  • Learn about the “signs” that kids post in their attempt to seek help and what you can do to assist the professionals who can fully address the issues.
  • Learn how to quickly gain rapport and test if you have attained it. Once established, you can open the communication channels in ways which were previously unavailable.
  • Learn the characteristics of a good disciplinarian and how you can model those traits to improve your disciplinarian skills.
  • Utilize the skills you learn to create a school environment that will allow your students to feel safe.

Crisis Planning and Management
When the time comes to enact a School Crisis Plan, you gain a true appreciation for all the pain-staking planning that went into its development.
Chris Arsasi, Assistant Superintendent of Policy and Planning, Cobb County Public Schools, a suburban Georgia, school district, gives you an in-depth look at how his large school system collaborated with a number of outside agencies to develop a strong, well-rounded crisis manual. From suicide hotlines to Columbine-like attacks, Tony walks you through the development of a plan. Understand the reasoning behind the directives they established and how they communicated their plan to faculty and staff, parents, students, community members and outside agencies. Cobb County also provided a copy of their manual as a resource to assist other schools in the development or revision of their manual.

Case Studies of Planning in Action

Learn from those who have had to enact their plans in a variety of ways, from bomb threats, fire drills, death of a student/faculty member, to a full blown crisis exercise.

Crisis Response

Learn the importance of establishing a relationship with local law enforcement. Doing this while in the development or review of your plan will increase your local agency’s familiarity with your plan and can greatly assist all involved during a crisis.

Learn about the types of information you should have readily available when the police arrive on your campus.

Learn how providing building blueprints, clearly identified building keys, etc., greatly expedites a police intervention.

Learn about the variety of law enforcement deployments being used and how they impact response to a crisis.

Learn how to manage the incredible mass of people, parents, concerned citizens and the media who appear on your campus as news gets out about the crisis.

Learn how to act as an interim hostage negotiator until the official hostage negotiator arrives on site.

Learn how to survive as a hostage and how to help others survive a hostage situation too.

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Aftercare

In many cases, when an incident occurs, it is not over when its over. Learn from people who have assisted schools in handling some of our country’s most horrific school crises and provided the support and services both staff and students need to regain a sense of normalcy. Understand the concept of a “Flight Team” also known as “Rapid Response Team” and the role it plays in managing a crisis and supporting your school community after the crisis. Different events have different outcomes and require different types of support services and aftercare. Learn to identify how to meet the needs of your school community. Learn how to identify and defer students whom you think need counseling. Teachers and administrators shouldn’t feel as though they need to provide counseling services, but need to recognize the signs of someone needing assistance.

The Quick CLICK Personality Assessment

Understanding your own and a student’s personality can greatly impact the effectiveness of your communication. Use the CLICK Personality Assessment to identify your personality to better understand how you respond and react to your environment. Identify a student’s personality to learn how to approach that student. This Assessment offers insight into how to communicate better!

 

 

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Safe Schools, Healthy Kids

Long time ago my school was a part of a great program named:Safe Schools, Healthy Kids takes a comprehensive approach to developing a safe school.I will present you below what was that program all about and why I think it should be implemented in every school.

Violence Prevention

  • The impact the media has on establishing fear
    Pathways to violence
    Understanding the psychology of “school shooters”
    Understand the statistics behind violent juvenile crime
    Understanding what works in school discipline
    Establishing a safe and responsive school
    Early warnings and early interventions
    Minimizing the negative effects
    Understanding the effect of bullying

Physical Security

  • Why and who should conduct a physical assessment
    Types of assessments and reporting
    Environmental design
    Signage
    Traffic Flow
    Policies and Procedures
    Access Control
    Electronic Surveillance
    Bomb threats–planning, searches, threat assessment and evaluation
    School and Community Relations
    Proven communication techniques
    Preparation for dealing with the media
    Understanding the news media’s values
    Media “do’s” and don’ts”
    How to control an interview

Plus, activities for you to use at your school to help create a safer, healthier school for your students and staff.

 

 

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More On: Teacher Evaluation

Few days ago I met with ex teacher. I told him about my blog and he was very happy. He sent me some material about what was school when he was young. Enjoy it.

I remember way back to 1987 when I landed my first school administrator’s position and had to start evaluating teachers.  I was all of 28 years old and proud that I was now a school principal, but it suddenly dawned on me that this was for “real.”

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I was responsible for evaluating teachers who worked at the school and it scared me.  I remember talking to my father one weekend and telling him about my concerns.  He told me to remember, “Don’t tear them down. Build them up.”  That was great advice that I still believe in. However, building them up was more or less subjective.  I had to use a union approved form that gave the options of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” in whatever areas the district and union agreed were important.  Anything beyond that was my opinion and observation. There was very little science to the process.  I wanted the process to be meaningful, but in the end I couldn’t honestly say the evaluation process was a meaningful growth experience.  And, ultimately I couldn’t say that the evaluations resulted in better teaching and improved learning.  It was a process mandated but not meaningful. Much has changed over the past 24 years.  Research, practice and implementation of best practices have become the norm.  Frameworks are employed to help create a meaningful process.  Standards of practice are widely accepted and the evaluation process is much more meaningful.  The Charlotte Danielson Teaching Framework is widely adopted and creates the ability to conduct meaningful teacher evaluations and allows for a growth process that benefits teaching practice.

The ultimate goal for teacher evaluation is to improve student learning.  What was missing when I started in administration was a structure.  Teacher evaluation was based on the whim of those who held authority and not really based on research and best-practice.  Take a look at the video below to view an introduction of the Danielson Framework as it relates to teacher evaluation.  Then, if you will, please share your thoughts below as comments.

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Significance of a Uniform in the School

Let it be a private or public school, most of them have their own dress code for their students. Every morning when we go for a walk, we watch the kids rushing towards their schools in different uniforms. Sometimes, we wonder the significance of a uniform of a school.

Why is it important for the kids to be in uniform? Does it make any difference?

The biggest impact of a uniform is that it depicts the sense of uniformity in each student. Uniform hides the social status of kids and creates the aroma of equality among kids. Whether the kids belong to a royal family or come from a servile community, sense of equality and uniformity persists among the kids. Being in uniform, it also generates the sense of discipline among students and belonging to a particular institution. Students get a complete environment to concentrate on their studies and are not carried away by other distraction. Pride and bonding develop among the kids, this improves their attendance and self confidence germinates in them.

Miscreants from other schools or from outside the premises could easily be identified. Thus prevent the mishap before hand and safety of kids is well maintained.

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A few schools that missed implementing the uniform in their premises often run into trouble in various areas. Students wearing trendy dresses often create an inferiority complex among each other.  A small power group starts developing in the premises depending on the money, dress and power. Kids often get lured to such dresses and money and in no time get involved in wrong doing. Some parents do cry about the financial burden of uniform implemented by the school. School is the stepping stone for each kid. Grooming them in the best way is our priority. A uniform may not be mandatory in a school,but its absence is questionable.

Uniform is panache of discipline and equality, kids should be proud of it.

 

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Physical Education: Do Our Kids Need It?

Physical education is the course introduced during schooling of kids. With increasing demand of kids with high IQ, the system is pushing away the physical education out of the curriculum and is getting replaced by unrelated subjects.  Burden of books and excess pressure among kids to compete for the Top Three have constrained them to their study room.

How physical education can help the kids in future and why it is needed?

Kids being preoccupied in their rooms and left baffled with their puzzled questionnaire often develop health issues. Lack of physical activity slowly cripple the functioning of the body and leave the mind exhausted. On a detailed study of physical education, its biggest positive impact was seen on the health of the kids. Physical education boosts physical fitness. Physical activity such as sports helps in development of muscle, blood circulation and immune system at the early stage of kids.  Body composition, flexibility and coordination enhances with the period of time. Yoga, Karate or Ti chi (ancient martial art) work as stress busters for the kids. Objective of all the three activities is to increase concentration and generate positive vibes within the kids. A sense of self confidence springs in kids, and they can think and decide in a much positive way. Such activities will not only excel kids in sports but in their academics too.

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Physical education course that deals in soccer, basket ball, cricket or sports that involve groups of kids tend to develop the cooperation and responsibility for each other. Leadership traits and accountability of their actions gradually progress during their schooling days. Sense of responsibility and commitment tends to develop easily if physical education is provided through a good coach. Statistical finding has pointed out that most of the parents have always back footed while favoring for physical activities of their kids. Over protective, fear of losing the games and waste of time were a few astonishing facts that were highlighted during the survey.

Being protective is not wrong but being overprotective is just making the kids ignorant towards the real fact of life and social responsibilities. If a kid losses a game, it doesn’t symbolizes the kid is a loser. Physical education is not about winning and losing the games. It is to motivate them and to keep the winning spirit alive in their minds. Wastage of time is the oldest and a common myth existing in a parent’s mind. The fact mentioned above contradicts such myth. Physical education is an excellent way to develop kids mind, body and soul and promises a productive and healthy adulthood.

 

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Education: My English Teacher and a Smiley

I was almost 15 when I got enrolled in high school. Things never really bothered me whether it was money, place or at school.

Why should they?

I belonged to a royal family, and I am born royal. My childish and immature mind never let me slip from my formal state and framed me into a spoiled brat in my school. Friends treated me graciously while teachers conveyed their remarks as the most stubborn and a failure kid of all time. I was a spoiled kid but not in all subjects. I always scored fantastic marks in all other subjects except English. Whenever, my dad used to gaze down the report card, his smile abrupt and eyes get stuck on one subject prominently. As usual, same question was yelled out at me, time and again:

-You scored less in English.

My answer: My English teacher doesn’t like me. It is always easy to blame others especially when the dad questions you! English was not my favorite subject, not because I didn’t like it. But, often it was the teacher’s attitude towards me, which de-motivated my interest for the subject. Grammar and Punctuation used to turn the blue pages of my note book into red remarks. I used to explore my work between the remarks and cross signs displayed on the pages. It was my first day in class tenth. It was a habitual morning, surrounded by my familiar friends and yes, as usual, classes commenced with the English class except the books were new.Oh! One more change happened that day. A new English teacher had come to teach us. So what?  That didn’t inspire me to study English!

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A quick introduction to the new class, the teacher started with a new chapter and gave home work for the next class. Next day, I came to class without completing my home work. Expecting the usual treatment for not completing my homework did not made me nervous. How bad she can be? Kneel down for a whole day or being out of the class or insulting remarks would be yelled into my ears. Still puzzled within the option punishment, my English teacher came to me and asked for the homework and I nodded my head indicating that I did not do? She smiled and asked me to do it next day. I repeated my carelessness and my teacher smiled and offered me the chance repeatedly. My carelessness started to deter, and I dared to complete my home work. Mischievous devil in me laughed and said be prepared for all bad remarks in the notebook. Well, the very next day I handed my homework. Her scrutinizing eyes went through my homework. Her eye brows raised, and she looked at me.

That’s it! I am back to square one, flashed in my mind. At the end of the class, my English teacher gave me my note book and thanked me for completing my home work. It was strange. I knew the consequences and much aware of my mistakes. Yet, I wanted to open my notebook. At the end of the page was a “Smiley”. I don’t know what happened next! My body and soul felt light and elated. I wanted to melt in the thin air with joy! Suddenly, English seemed to be the most interesting subject and my grammar and punctuation stopped bothering me in my homework.

Today, I am an active blogger and an established article writer. With each passing day, I never forget to thank my English teacher for the laurels won by me! This article is an attempt to highlight the issue of educating kids in the school. Teachers can always make a healthy change in a kid’s life!

 

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Educating Kids

Education is a process of learning and acquiring knowledge. We can either learn through our experiences in life or we go to a school and university. Overall education equips us with sharper thought and skill that help us to build better future. Educating our kids is a big step towards growth and prosperity. A kid who is at early phase of life relies on us for his upbringing and education. They learn what is taught to them and act how they see us behaving. Educating kids is not merely sending them in an expensive school or stacking their bag with big books, but it is also about educating them the ethics of life.

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Social responsibilities and equality towards each other regardless of gender and color is often found in syllabus of the schools, but implementing them in a right way is to be taught by parents. It is the home and surrounding environment where kids spend most of their time and learn valuable lessons on life. They perceive every tit and bits going around them and try to engrave it in their mind. Answering to a question of our child exhausts us but each time we answer their question, we are helping them to clear away the ambiguity developing in their mind. Today, everyone is in the race to educate their child in a manner that they succeed economically.

Well, that’s not a wrong wish!! The ‘Question’ is how kids achieve it?

-Kids often get bounded with the books and laptop to get their goal. Social and moral concern gets side lined with the passage of time.

-Achieve the best result, achieve the best jobs are the only lines that keep buzzing in their ears!

-A few land in big companies, nonetheless with little lessons on ethic in their thoughts!

-It is prudent to educate our kids in a way that the blend of knowledge, skills and ethic goes hand in hand.

 

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Educating Women in Developing the Nation

Women’s education has been debated for pretty long and the conclusion always ended up with a unanimous “Yes” i.e. educate the women. Education plays a vital role in developing the nation and so does its importance becomes more crucial in breeding up the family.

From ancient times, women have been deprived of their many rights of which one is the education. Statistical researchers have found that about 584 million women in the world are still illiterate.

A few would say: What a big deal? Why to educate the women?

An educated woman here does not just symbolize with the degree or result they get from the school or a university. Educated women here mean the women who are at least equipped with knowledge and skill that could help her to improve the quality of life of her family. Education fills in the void of confidence through knowledge in women. The more we educate her, more likely a family benefits.

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A survey in various countries came out with an interesting finding. It was found that an educated woman is more likely to have smaller and healthier family than her uneducated counterpart. An educated mother helps in decision making and educates the child in a better way. They are more concerned with the health and welfare of their immediate family and take a viable step towards it.

Booming economic and advancing technology has raised the standard of living. In this scenario an educated women gives an extra helping hand to raise income and boost in smooth running of family.As wisely said by Brigham Young “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” It is times for us to reach out our hand and educate each girl or women for the complete development of a nation.

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