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MULTI INTELLIGENCE AND ITS BENEFITS TO STUDENTS
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INTRODUCTION: 

Multi intelligence is a theory proposed by a development psychologist at Harvard University 

named Howard Gardner in 1983. According to this theory, human intelligence can be 

divided into eight modalities. They are:  • Visual-spatial • Verbal-linguistic • Musical-rhythmic • Logical-mathematical • Interpersonal • Intrapersonal • Naturalistic • Body-kinesthetic 

Multi intelligence is a theory about the different ways students learn, understand interpret 

information. This can include the use of words, pictures, understanding numbers, 

responding to music, social-interactions, introspection, and intervene with nature. The main 

thing about multi-intelligence is that the teacher can adjust the learning and teaching style 

based on the type of intelligence of the students. It also helps to determine the IQ of the 

students. People not only have the intellectual capacity, but they have much other 

intelligence too. Finding that intelligence and improving will help to be more successful. It is 

the use of the bits of intelligence or skills you possess which you do not know yet, that you 

are smart at. 

BENEFITS OF MULTI INTELLIGENCE: 

Everyone is not the same. Different people will find the interest and they will excel in 

different things. Understanding multi-intelligence will help the students to know what they 

are good at. Some benefits are: • Students will develop more confidence if they are excelling in a particular field of 

interest. Even though they may not good at certain things that traditionally valued 

most in schools, they will not be disappointed when they are winning in something. 

• If the classrooms are made based on multi-intelligence it will become more vibrant 

and interesting to the students. It will help the students to become active learners 

and also help in character development. • Students will be able to understand themselves more. They will explore themselves 

and their interests. It will make the students speak up about their ways of learning 

cogently. • It will help the students to understand how to learn and to adapt the content to the 

learning. By following the different styles of learning the students can grasp the 

content easily. • It will help students that have learning disabilities. Understanding multi-intelligence 

will help the student to overcome the problem. • When the students are allowed to study in their way they will not lose interest and 

will be committed to the study. They will feel motivated and enthusiastic. • It helps in self-development and formation. It will help both students and teachers to 

understand their abilities. It will help them to know the weakness and to improve 

them. • Understanding and improving the intelligence the student possess will help their 

brain development. It will provide more concentration power, memory capacity, 

comprehensive and interpretation ability, more attention to students. • It will help the student to love studying more. It can generate interest in them since 

they are learning in their way. There won’t be any pressure on students so that they 

can be more successful. • It gives the students a different perspective on problem-solving. It interconnects the 

hobby of studying which make the student achieve more. 

 

 

Importance of Extracurricular Activities in Student's Life
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Importance of Extracurricular Activities in Student's Life 

The importance of extra-curricular activities in your child’s school life has always been a topic of argument. Activities that fall outside the scope of your child’s education are considered extra-curricular activities. These activities require a regular time commitment like being in a sports team, learning a musical instrument, drawing, painting, etc. 

Extra-curricular activities are a vital element in the holistic development of your child. These activities help students learn about themselves and develop various skills that they can use in different contexts in their life.  

Benefits of Extracurricular Activities 

Here are a few reasons why Extracurricular activities can benefit your child’s overall growth: 

1. Improve Academic Performance 

Many parents worry that if the child participates in extracurricular activities, it can hurt the child’s academic performance. But the truth is, these activities can help improve your child’s grades. Good performance in academics requires memory, problem-solving skills, critical thinking, time management, and creativity. Extracurricular activities can help impart these skills in your child, helping him/her perform better in academics. 

A study by Texas A&M University shows that academic outcomes like course grades, math achievements, and reading ability were positively influenced by the children who participated in extracurricular activities. 

2. Impart Essential Life Skills  

The most important benefit of extracurricular activities is that it helps your child in honing real-world skills like teamwork, prioritization, leadership, analytical thinking, time management, problem-solving, public speaking, social, and goal-setting skills. Each skill your child develops through extracurricular activities will help him/her throughout his life.  

3. Provide Social Opportunities 

These activities don’t only impart life skills but are also helpful in providing your child the opportunity to spend time with other children with similar interests. Your child can meet other children from different social groups through these activities and build strong social skills. Extracurricular activities are a great opportunity for your child to meet new friends and become more confident. 

4. Develop New Interests 

When your child participates in various activities, he or she can explore different interests and develop passion you never knew he/she had. These activities provide a chance for your child to broaden his/her perspective of the world. Extracurricular activities allow your child to pursue interests outside of the context of their academics.  

5. Provide Sense of Commitment 

When your child participates in extracurricular activities, he/she learns how to commit to an activity they get involved in. These activities are important in the life of the child. By committing to an activity for the long term, your child will develop a sense of commitment in their life and will commit to other activities including academics. 

6. Provide Productive Breaks 

Extracurricular activities provide your child the time for fun apart from school. These activities can provide a break from tiring studies and homework. Depending on the interest of your child, these activities can provide the opportunity for him/her to get outside and meet friends, pursue the hobby, or refresh the mind.

If you as a parent think extracurricular activities can impact the child’s overall academic development, you need to take time to think about these activities to maximize the holistic development of the child. The lessons and skills your child will learn from these activities will help them throughout life. 

15 STRATEGIES FOR ONLINE TUTORS TO BE PRODUCTIVE IN ONLINE CLASSES
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In the current pandemic scenario, everything is limited to the home. In the past studying means the physical presence and interaction of students and teachers. But now it is through computers. This unavailability of physical interaction can be considered as a loss. But technologies like the internet and computers are helping to overcome that in a big way. For teachers, it can become an issue since some of the things cannot be conveyed online because of problems like network issues, lack of technological knowledge, etc.

TIPS FOR TUTORS TO BE PRODUCTIVE IN ONLINE CLASS:

  1. Set the perfect goal:

Set the goal by thinking about the tool to make teaching easier, create notes like slideshows, set the topic to be completed in a day, etc.

  1. Plan makes everything perfect:

Before starting the teaching plan the notes, questions, how to interact, the best software for teaching, presentations, quizzes, know about the software you are using, etc.

  1. Connect with students:

The shift from classrooms to online classrooms requires strong connections with students. Establish your presence not just by online class but by online quizzes, assignments, and other activities.

  1. Grab the things you want:

Make sure you have all the materials and things like notes, earphones, pen, etc you needed for the class near you. Avoid opening unnecessary tabs in the browser. This can help to save time and keep the students in interest.

  1. Use good software:

Make sure to use meeting software that has good audio and video quality. Otherwise, the communication between the teacher and students may not be clear. It will be a distraction for the teacher too.

  1. Remember to be slow and clear:

Always try to teach slowly and clearly. Some of the students may have network issues so be open and available for clarifications and to repeat the class if the students wanted to.

  1. Take a break:

Do not just continuously teach. Make a pause for doubt discussions and you can invite the interaction of the students by asking questions in between the class. This will make the students more attentive.

  1. Silence is the key:

Always try to take the class in a silent environment. If you are sitting in a noisy place the students may not be able to hear clearly what you are saying. And try to sit in a place that has good lighting so that the face can be visible to the students. This will help to grab their attention.

  1. Motivate the students:

The change in learning patterns can become a problem to the students. Understand their situation and try to motivate them. Give deadlines to the works and give more points in the discussion. This will help to get the most out of the class.

  1. Teach yourself first:

Acquire knowledge about the technologies first like how to on and off the video and audio, how to share screen, how to add questions, how to adjust the settings, etc. This will help to save time.

  1. Allow criticism:

Get feedback. This will help to improve teaching. Try to communicate with the students and even parents.

  1. Grab the center of attention:

Try to make sure everyone can attend the class and respond to the class. If not suggest any alternate solution to their problem.

  1. Use an alternative teaching method:

Try to use methods like presentations, providing suitable links, articles, pdf files, etc to the students. This will help them to follow the lessons easily.

  1. Make a pause:

Give time for the students to take notes in between the class. This will help them to be more attentive and to easily understand.

  1. Give works:

Assign the students to do more research related to the lessons. This will help them to read more and to gain interest in the subject. It can also help the teacher.

RANJITSINH DISALE - The Global Teacher
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RANJITSINH DISALE - The Global Teacher

Global teacher prize is a very much respected and renowned recognition given to teachers all over the world who have made an invaluable contribution to the profession. It is an annual $1 million award. It is given by the Varkey Foundation. And in the year 2020, a teacher named Ranjitsinh Disale has made proud of the Indian nation and all the teachers by receiving the Global Teacher Prize for the best teacher. He is special for not only receiving the prize but also has made history by an outstanding act of sharing half of the money gained with the rest of the 9 finalists as support for their works and efforts.

ABOUT RANJITSINH DISALE:

Ranjitsinh Disale is a school teacher from a village named Paritewadi, Maharashtra. To speak more about his past, he initially wanted to be an IT engineer. But he did not succeed as expected in the engineering college. So his father suggested him to become a teacher. And he decided to go to teacher training college and it changed his life forever. He gets to know that teaching is not just a mere profession and decided to take it as a service.

MAJOR WORKS DONE BY DISALE:

He initially began working in a school in Paritewadi village named Zilla Parishad Primary school. And the situation of the school was very pathetic. The building was starting to destroy and was compacted in between a cattle shed and a storeroom. Disale changed the whole situation and translated the textbooks into the local language to help children study in their mother tongue.

The major contribution made by Disale is adding QR codes to the primary class books so that the students can open the links to get the study materials like poems, assignments, video lectures, etc. This has made the materials easily available. After implementing this in his school, he came forward with a proposal and successful pilot scheme. In 2017, the Maharashtra government also decided to do the same across the state for textbooks of all classes. In the next year, the HRD ministry proclaimed that all the NCERT textbooks in India will have QR codes added to them.

He also worked for making awareness about the importance of educating girls and attempted substandard practice of child marriage which is still prevalent in some parts of the country. He works has made a great impact on the life of people in the village. It is reported that the school now has 100% attendance of girls and there were no teenage marriages. He has become a great man and a hero for the deeds he has done.

OTHERS WORKS DONE BY DISALE:

He not only made a great change in education but also tried always to bring peace between the people. His effort to bring young people from India and Pakistan, Palestine and Israel, Iraq and Iran, and the US and North Korea through a ‘Let’s Cross the Borders’ project together are appreciable. In this six-week program, students are matched with a cross-border peace buddy with whom they interact closely. There was huge support for this program as an incredible 19,000 students from eight countries shave been initiated into this.

He also built a science lab at his home and demonstrated experiments to make science more approachable and understandable to the students. Disale also takes students with depleted resources from schools around the world on virtual field trips on his weekends, using the Microsoft Educator Community platform.

This is not the first time he is receiving awards for his work. He has also previously won the Innovative Researcher of the Year 2016 award and the National Innovation Foundation’s Innovator of the Year 2018 award. He is also mentioned in the book ‘Hit Refresh’ by the Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

The world needs more teachers like him to spread not only knowledge but also a new life to the students.

 

 

Benefits of Yoga and Meditation for Kids
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The physical and mental benefits of Yoga and meditation are well recognized across the world.Yoga encourageshealth and wellbeing through practices of different postures,movement, relaxation, meditation, and breathing exercises. It can build emotional, physical, and mental strength,and the benefits are not limited only to adults. Research has revealed that yoga and meditation can be highly beneficial for children of every age. For example, Children with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who practice yoga and meditation regularly can experience better concentration and reduced hyperactive outbursts.

Practicing Yoga and meditation is beneficial for kids for the same reasons as it is for adults. Yoga can help kids to relax, get better sleep, improve concentration, relieve stress and anxiety, and improve mood, empathy, and emotional regulation. It also helps in teaching them to become more mindful.

As adults, stress is something we learned about gradually and adapted to with ages. It has been a regular part of our life. However, for kids, it is something they will be learning about and they don’t know what it is and how to deal with it. They need to learn appropriate and effective tools to manage the stress and emotions. Yoga can be one of the simplest toolsthat kids can learn and benefit from. Here are some benefits of Yoga and meditation for kids:

·         Improves Cognitive Functioning and Memory

Practicing yoga regularly can help in improving cognitive functioning and memory as it helps in creating the focus within. Yoga and meditation practices require a concentration of mind and body simultaneously. One needs to pay attention to the body movements and how the breathing coordinates with the movements of the body.  Some yoga poses require more concentration than others. When the kids practice yoga and meditation, they practice the ability to focus on the task at hand. This will help them improve their focus, memory, and cognitive functioning, resulting in improved academic achievement.

·         Improves Breath Control and Strength

Practicing yoga needs physical and mental strength. When kids practice yoga regularly, many cognitive and physical changes can be observed including better upper body strength, and flexibility, along with mental clarity. All of this strength relates to breathing. When a person breathes quickly or harshly, it can reduce focus, increase muscle tension, and intensifies fight or flight response. All these can have an adverse effect on the mind and the body.

Teaching techniques for breathing properly, and building mental and physical strength at a young age can help reduce the chances of depression, anxiety, and obesity while enhancing self-confidence and self-esteem, helping develop overall well-being.

·         Improves Perseverance and Determination

Yoga can be a fun activity for kids of any age, providing them a non-competitive environment where they can learn new breathing techniques and yoga poses. When it is fun, kids want to learn it more. It is a great feeling to master a thing that one thinks hard to do. For example, some of the poses in yoga can be quite difficult. When the kids learn to practice such poses and regularly do it, they get excited and want to show others what they have learned. This perseverance and determination can result in a feeling of excitement. This feeling encourages kids to do anything they want, even if it is difficult. They carry this feeling to other areas of their life too, like academics, sports, etc.

·         Improves Self-Regulation

Self-regulation is the ability to analyze and change the thought, emotions, and behavior according to the situation. This can help kids solve problems and adjust to new situations and challenges in life, helping them set and achieve goals. By paying attention to the mind and the body, one look inward to understand the thoughts and feelings. Regularly practicing yoga and meditation can help kids understand and manage emotions, feelings, and thoughts according to the situation.

All these benefits of yoga and meditation for kids make it clear that it is an important tool for a kid’s mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing. Practicing yoga can help kids unwind and release stress. Kids who practice yoga regularly tell their teachers and parents that they can focus better on their day-to-day activities, and pay attention to the task at hand.

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