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Dr. Amrita Vohra

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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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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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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Understanding the ‘Other’

From material possessions to thoughts and ideas, everything is available readymade in the age of the ‘Google Devta’. From mechanical gadgets to sensational drama, it is available, all on sale (sometimes even free), in an array of variations, often exceeding human fancy. Colourful clothes, shining toys of all cuts and variety, mobile phones, television and laptops, sheets, mats, cribs, room decors and the list is endless! Most of our fortunate babies see bright pictures and fascinating material all around them right from birth. Thus, lost is the need to look inwards for the things desired. Why conceive anything of your…

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The Changing Face of School Education

  The term ‘Academic Excellence’ should be synonymous with ‘meaningful education’ focused on the development of a well-rounded personality ready to face the challenges set for Generation ‘Y’. Rather than the vague reflection of some digits on paper, the most important concern in this process of development should be the need to preserve the wonder, the sheer inquisitive yearning to learn and the inspiring joyous spirit of a happy pressure-free childhood. Thus, the new mantra is the ‘Holistic Development of Each child’. Given the growing pressures of competitive examinations, stringent admission ‘Cut-offs’ in colleges, peer pressure on parents and much…

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The Facilitators of the Learning Voyage

Education Revolution Immersed in the fear of separation, inexorably anxious about stepping into an unknown world, unguarded by the snuggle hearth of parents’ affection, the little one steps into a school for the first time… The tearful eyes are looking for a reassuring smile and the hands need to be held by a mother’s magical touch. Thus, the child embarks on the voyage of formal education. The journey of learning continues for a lifetime. The anxieties and fears keep shuffling their reasons as learning happens while years of variegated achievements and failures pass by. The institution of School boasts of…

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