An exposition of a memory artist par excellence

As all great events focus on every aspect of the attendee experience, GEMS Modern Academy, Gurugram too had a rocking morning on 6th of April at the ‘Super Memory Workshop’ by Dhaval Bathia. The event turned out to be a great show for the kids and the attending parents. Born on 26th June this Cancerian super human – Dhaval Bathia was the mathematical child prodigy who came into limelight in his early years due to his capability of doing blazingly fast mathematical calculations. Born in Mumbai, he is the Guinness World Records Holder and the author of 5 bestselling books…

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Real Meaning of Education

The time has come to contemplate whether we can separate education from the culture and civilisation of this Country….. The very step of a child to seek education in a formal set-up need just “a lovely look” of an educator assuring the child with a happy directive… “You are here to grow into your best, You need to be free to grow, To have the emotional room to breathe, To stretch and try your wings, to succeed, And especially, to fail.” The clouds of confusion disperse with this lively welcome and a general sense of being in control through understanding…

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Right to Individuality

Attributes like respect, discipline, truthfulness, finesse and an endless list of moral values are expected from well-groomed children. Parents and Schools are supposed to train the new generation. ‘Respect your elders’, we chant like a mantra. Thus ‘Age’ is implied as the only cognizable criterion for deserving respect. As per this paradox, the child in turn does not deserve to be respected! Can we really expect them to learn real respect without respecting them for being their individual selves? The fact is, all we make them learn in the garb of discipline and respecting elders is ‘Fear’. Incidentally, the paradox…

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Of Praise and Punishment

‘Learning by Doing’ or ‘Hands–on Learning’ has become the new chant of most new schools today. The child is loaded with a deluge of praise and the fear of the loss of certain opportunities of fun as punishment. It is believed that praise and blame / punishment go together at making a child learn. The degree of usage of Praise vs. Punishment varies amidst educational institutions, the more sensitive ones inclining more towards the former. However varied the proportion may be, these are considered the most appropriate learning motivation factors. Let’s rethink! Does praise or the fear of punishment really…

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Approval Vs. Authority

‘We go to school to learn!’ This is one of the most obvious statements that schools are associated with. However, every toddler, setting foot into a school building for the first time, has already acquired and even mastered at times one of the most complicated, difficult and abstract of skills—‘Language’. She / He has found ways to communicate with the world around (in the mother tongue, which would be seen as an achievement only if their educators could decolonize their mind.) She / He is more curious, more confident, eager, persistent, independent, better at analyzing and asking questions than she…

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Well Begun is Half Done

Most of us agree that beginnings have a lasting impact on the process as well as the outcome of any activity. While choosing a school for a toddler in the pre-primary years, decisions are often made on misplaced objectives. One of the most conveniently repeated statements is: ‘Arre bhai is umar mein kya pharak padta hai?’ Do beginnings lose meaning when it comes to our child’s education? The first five to seven years of human life are known to be the most critical in terms of growth. The physical, mental as well as the socio-emotional development of a human child…

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LOVE TO DO WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO ….

Showing the way to transform a crisis into success, depression into elation, challenge into opportunity and failures into great achievements is what a teacher does. Whenever a critical situation in life of a child arises, the teacher must perceive with insight the time, the place, the situation and the people involved and conceive with imagination and creativity the possible solutions to the crisis. The school becomes the second home for a child who studies in the same school for 14 years – from KG to Grade 12 (K-12). A lot of investment goes into the making of a scholar. But…

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Professional Development at Schools

Each one of us is born to learn. Our learning journey starts from the cradle and continues till the last breath. Through the years as we think, question, struggle, explore, unlearn and relearn; we develop as unique individuals with unique ways of making sense of and negotiating our options in the world around us. We grow, adapt to change and we all learn differently, each carving out a path, a niche and meaning to satiate existential angst. Schools are a microcosm of this compelling journey of learning that weaves us together as a species. Be it for school leaders or…

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Introduce Your Kids to Time Management

    Most parents today are faced with extremely busy schedules and often end up postponing or missing out on important things. And more often than not we end up sacrificing on things we love to ensure that our duties and responsibilities get precedence. Effective time management is the one foolproof method to ensure that we get through the day without disruptions and confusion. So is time management an inborn skill or an acquired one? Time management if taught at an early age, can do wonders towards instilling discipline in children. And the benefits of this cultivated habit will remain…

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7 WAYS TO GET ALONG WITH YOUR KID

Parents are like the guiding light for kids but their role is not just to show them the path but be there as a good friend in this journey. Most of the problems that kids face nowadays are because they hesitate to express their feelings. As a parent, you need to be there with your kids as a friend and listen to what they have to share. Here are some useful tips on how you can get along with your child easily. Listen to them It is very important to listen to your kid when he or she is trying…

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