Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dear Nation’s builders!!

I wish Vijya Dashmi & Durga Pooja to you all. Today we all countrymen are celebrating our glorious past… the victory of good over evil. The festive ambience is full of joy, happiness and ardent. Among all celebrations like bursting of crackers, enjoying Ramleela, burnig Ravana’s effigy in Mela….. the good hidden behind Vijya Dashmi celebration is to be exposed to young minds to inculcate the Indianess among them. The heroism of the characters of one of the greatest epics of our country- RAMAYANA is to be made aware to our next generation.

Though, the values inculcation is an integral part of teaching-learning, but the mentors are to be focused on it. In present scenario, every teacher is very much particular to complete the lessons in the textbooks, assigning homework, project work, conducting series of tests, evaluating and awarding grades. Children are completing school education successfully and doing their higher education.

But…. have we really trained our children to be righteous selecting dos and don’ts? Have we made them emotionally strong not to be carried away by negative thoughts? Have we touched their hearts to the consequences of immoral deeds? Have we made them to practice the values in their own life which they learnt out of their lessons and written in their answer books ?
There is a big question mark ?

We have become the natives of scams…corruptions…. and what not??? young girls are being abused… our leaders are deviated.. the list is endless.
Here we can give a thought to our role. We have to engrave the goodness deep in our primary students so that it never evaporates from the minds and souls. They should carry the values throughout their life.

Most of us blame the system living within the system. We discuss other countries and prove them better than us in many ways. For the introspection I would like to bring the address of Honorable A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of our country to you..
It goes like this…

                                                   DEVELOPED INDIA

                           Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. (The former President of India )

“I have three visions for India.

In 3000 years of our history, people from all over the world have come and invaded us, captured our lands, conquered our minds. From Alexander onwards. The Greeks, the Turks, the Moguls, the Portuguese, the British, the French, the Dutch, all of them came and looted us, took over what was ours. Yet we have not done this to any other nation. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them. Why? Because we respect the freedom of others. That is why my first vision is that of FREEDOM. I believe that India got its first vision of this in 1857, when we started the war of independence. It is this freedom that we must protect and nurture and build on. If we are not free, no one will respect us.

My second vision for India is DEVELOPMENT. For fifty years we have been a developing nation. It is time we see ourselves as a developed nation. We are among top 5 nations of the world in terms of GDP. We have 10 percent growth rate in most areas. Our poverty levels are falling. Our achievements are being globally recognized today. Yet we lack the self-confidence to see ourselves as a developed nation, self- reliant and self-assured. Isn’t this incorrect?
I have a THIRD vision.

India must stand up to the world. Because I believe that, unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. Only strength respects strength. We must be strong not only as a military power but also as an economic power. Both must go hand-in-hand. My good fortune was to have worked with three great minds. Dr. Vikram Sarabhai of the Dept. of space, Professor Satish Dhawan, who succeeded him and Dr.Brahm Prakash, father of nuclear material. I was lucky to have worked with all three of them closelyand consider this the great opportunity of my life.
I see four milestones in my career:

Twenty years I spent in ISRO. I was given the opportunity to be the project director for India’s first satellite launch vehicle, SLV3. The one that launched Rohini. These years played a very important role in my life of Scientist. After my ISRO years, I joined DRDO and got a chance to be the part of India’s guided missile program. It was my second bliss when Agni met its mission requirements in 1994. The Dept. of Atomic Energy and DRDO had this tremendous partnership in the recent nuclear tests, on May 11 and 13. This was the third bliss.

The joy of participating with my team in these nuclear tests and proving to the world that India can make it, that we are no longer a developing nation but one of them. It made me feel very proud as an Indian. The fact that we have now developed for Agni a re-entry structure, for which we have developed this new material. A Very light material called carbon-carbon. One day an orthopedic surgeon from Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences visited my laboratory. He lifted the material and found it so light that he took me to his hospital and showed me his patients. There were these little girls and boys with heavy metallic calipers weighing over three Kg. each, dragging their feet around. He said to me: Please remove the pain of my patients. In three weeks, we made these Floor reaction Orthosis 300-gram Calipers and took them to the orthopedic center. The children didn’t believe their eyes. From dragging around a three kg. Load on their legs, they could now move around! Their parents had tears in their eyes. That was my fourth bliss!

Why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?

We are the first in milk production.
We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.
We are the second largest producer of wheat.
We are the second largest producer of rice.

Look at Dr. Sudarshan, he has transferred the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self driving unit. There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters.

I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture Of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert land into an orchid and a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the newspaper, buried among other news.

In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime. Why are we so NEGATIVE ? Another question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? We want foreign TVs, we want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology. Why this obsession with everything imported. Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance?

I was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is. She replied: I want to live in a developed India. For her, you and I will have to build this developed India. You must proclaim. India is not an under-developed nation; it is a highly developed nation.

Do you have 10 minutes? Allow me to come back with a vengeance. Got 10 minutes for your country? If yes, then read; otherwise, choice is yours.

YOU say that our government is inefficient.
YOU say that our laws are too old.
YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage. YOU say that the phones don’t work, the railways are a joke, The airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination.
YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits.
YOU say, say and say.
What do YOU do about it?

Take a person on his way to Singapore. Give him a name - YOURS. Give him a face - OURS. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International best. In Singapore you don’t throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in the stores. YOU are as proud of their Underground Links as they are.

You pay $5 (approx. Rs.60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of Mahim Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM. YOU comeback to the Parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you have over stayed in a restaurant or a shopping mall irrespective of your status identity.

In Singapore you don’t say anything, DO YOU? YOU wouldn’t dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai. YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah. YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange in London at 10 pounds (Rs.650) a month to, “see to it that my STD and ISD calls are billed to someone else.” YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop, “Jaanta hai sala main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?). I am so and so’s son. Take your two bucks and get lost.” YOU wouldn’t chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand. Why don’t YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo?

Why don’t YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston? We are still talking of the same YOU. YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground. If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country, why cannot you be the same here in India?

Once in an interview, the famous Ex-municipal commissioner of Bombay, Mr.Tinaikar, had a point to make. “Rich people’s dogs are walked on the streets to leave their affluent droppings all over the place,” he said. “And then the same people turn around to criticize and blame the authorities for inefficiency and dirty pavements. What do they expect the officers to do? Go down with a broom every time their dog feels the pressure in his bowels?

In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job. Same in Japan. Will the Indian citizen do that here?” He’s right. We go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all responsibility. We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government to do everything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative. We expect the government to clean up but we are not going to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick a up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin. We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.

We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the least opportunity.

This applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the service to the public. When it comes to burning social issues like those related to women, dowry, girl child and others, we make loud drawing room Protestations and continue to do the reverse at home. Our excuse? “It’s the whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone forego my sons’ rights to a dowry.” So who’s going to change the system?

What does a system consist of? Very conveniently for us it consists of our neighbors, other households, other cities, other communities and the government. But definitely not me and YOU. When it comes to us actually making a positive contribution to the system we lock ourselves along with our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at countries far away and wait for a Mr. Clean to come along & work miracles for us with a majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away.

Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask in their glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure we run to England. When England experiences unemployment, we take the next flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued and brought home by the Indian government. Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country. Nobody thinks of feeding the system. Our conscience is mortgaged to money. Dear Indians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for a great deal of introspection and pricks one’s conscience too....I am echoing J.F.Kennedy’s words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians.....


Lets do what India needs from us. Forward this mail to each Indian for a change instead of sending Jokes or junk mails.

Thank you
Abdul Kalam

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Incredible Foundation - Primary Education: Substitution Periods- Happy Story Time....

Incredible Foundation - Primary Education: Substitution Periods- Happy Story Time....: SUBSTITUTION PERIOD     Happy Story Time... Listening stories has been always fascinating for kids. Sometimes due to unavoidable c...

Substitution Periods- Happy Story Time....


  Happy Story Time...

Listening stories has been always fascinating for kids. Sometimes due to unavoidable circumstance school is to send you to a class to take care of children out of your schedule. It is called arrangement or substitution period. Thinking you a great manager of the children in absence of regular subject teacher, school trusts upon you to spend quality time with children. But, most of the teachers confuse how to carry substitution periods assigned to them. Well, we can convert the period into an exciting time for primary kids as HAPPY STORY TIME.

Today, I am publishing an example of a story which primary teachers can narrate to the children focusing on UNITY IS STRENGTH. The Story goes like this….

जानते हो बच्चों ! कोई भी व्यक्ति चाहे कितना ही योग्य हो, सक्षम हो, काबिल हो, कुछ भी कर सकने की क्षमता रखता हो, पर वह सबके साथ मिल कर काम नहीं करता या समूह में दूसरे साथियों के साथ मिल-जुल कर नहीं रह पाता तो उसकी योग्यता का फ़ायदा उसको और समाज को न के बराबर मिलता है। 

सबके साथ मिलकर काम करने से अपनी योग्यता को खुलकर विकास पाने का अवसर मिलता है। साथियों के गुणों का लाभ भी मिलता है। अन्यथा अकेले पड़कर अपने आत्म-विश्वास में कमी आने लगती है। कभी-कभी तो प्रतिभाएँ समय के गर्त में लुप्त हो जाया करती हैं। योग्यता से भरपूर होने पर भी कई व्यक्ति अपना अस्तित्व तक खो बैठते हैं। 
इस समय मुझे एक छोटा-सा उद्हरण याद आ रहा है। इसे मैं तुम लोगों को बताना चाहती हूँ। तैयार हो तो , अपने दिल और दिमाग से मेरी बात के सार को सावधानी से समझो। इसे अपने जीवन में उतारने की कोशिश करना। 
यह तो तुम जानते ही हो कि कौरवों और पांडवों के गुरु द्रोणाचार्यजी थे। एक बार वे अपने राजकुमार शिष्यों को अस्त्र-शस्त्र की शिक्षा के लिए जंगल में ले गए थे। सर्दियों का मौसम था। जंगल में लगे शिविरों में रात के समय भीषण सर्दी थी। सर्दी से बचने के लिए लकड़ी के कोयलों को एक बड़ी सी अँगीठी में जलाया गया था। पांडव राजकुमार भी कौरवों के साथ अँगीठी के पास बैठकर आग ताप रहे थे। यह बात दुर्योधन को अच्छी नहीं लग रही थी। वह बार-बार पाण्डवों को कुछ न कुछ कह कर अपना आक्रोश प्रकट कर रहा था। गुरुजी के समझाने पर वह उठा और पैर पटकता हुआ कुछ दूर, अकेले जा कर बैठ गया ।

गुरुजी ने अँगीठी में से एक बड़ा सा दहकता हुआ कोयला निकाला और दुर्योधन के सामने रख दिया। कुछ देर तक तो कोयला अच्छी तरह जला पर धीरे-धीरे उसकी तेज़ी कम होती गयी। थोड़ी देर के पश्चात कोयला जो अंगारे की तरह दहक रहा था, पूरी तरह बुझ गया।

कहानी के बीच में एक विराम लेती हूँ और तुम सबको सोचने-समझने का मौका देती हूँ।
बच्चों ! देखा तुमने - दहकता हुआ अंगारा जिसका गुण है इतनी गरमी देना कि यदि भूल से भी कोई उसे छू ले तो जल जाए। जब तक वह दूसरे कोयलों के साथ मिलकर जल रहा था, उसकी उष्णता,गर्मी, तेज़ी प्रखर थी, प्रचंड थी। लेकिन जब गुरु द्रोणाचार्य ने उसे अकेले अलग स्थान पर रख दिया तो न केवल उसकी तेज़ी कम हुई बल्कि वह पूरी तरह बुझ गया। यानि अकेला पड़कर उसका अस्तित्व ही समाप्त हो गया। 
ठीक इसी तरह जब तुम्हें समूह में सबके साथ मिलकर काम करने का मौका मिलता है तब तुम सब मिलकर उम्दा प्रदर्शन कर पाते हो। तुम्हारी अच्छी बातों का फ़ायदा तुम्हारे समूह को मिलता है तो वहीं तुम्हें भी अन्य साथियों की अच्छी बातों के सीखने का सुनहरा अवसर मिलता है। उनकी अच्छाई तुम्हारी अच्छाई से मिलकर कई गुना ज्यादा प्रभावशाली बनती है। एक और एक मिलकर जब ग्यारह बन जाते हैं तो ढेर सारे मिलकर कितना बनेंगे, य़ह तुम खुद सोचो। 
इसके विपरीत अकेले गुणों का भंडार होते हुए भी कहीं उस अंगारे की तरह ...... इसका तुम स्वयं अनुमान लगाओ। 
याद रखना तुम्हें बड़े हो कर अपने लिए, अपने परिवार के लिए, अपने समाज के लिए और अपने राष्ट्र के लिए बहुत सा काम करना है। मिल कर रहोगे तो जादुई सफलता पाओगे। आगे बढ़ते रहो... सबको साथ आने दो... कारवाँ अपने आप बन जाएगा । एकता में शक्ति है... संगठन में बल है। एक रहो... बलशाली बनो। 
मेरे प्यारे नन्हें - मुन्नों ! मुझसे बातें कर, मेरी बातों को सुनकर तुम्हें कैसा लगा, ज़रूर ज़रूर लिखना। इस प्रसंग पर यदि तुम्हें भी हमें कुछ सुनाना है तो तुम्हारा बहुत-बहुत स्वागत है। तुम मुझे English में भी लिख सकते हो।
प्यार से ... 
तुम्हारी नारायणी मैम।

Dear Teacher brothers and sisters,

Story telling is one of the constructive ways to substitution period. Some other ways to manage the substitution periods may be-

1.  Conducting a quiz programme
2.  Word Antykshari game
3.  Poem Antyakshari game
4.  Write story in form of art /drawing & colour it.
5.  Write poem in form of art /drawing and to colour it.
6.  One minute game- Write the names as many as you can in one minute of-
    Flowers, Friends of the class, Birds, Animals, Insects, Monuments, People who help us,   text books of all subjects,  films, models of cars, transport etc…..
7.  Recitation of poems.
8.  Enlisting the known words from the lesson
9.  Sudoku
10.  Maize words in Hindi & English

Your suggestions are always welcome.... Please share.

Bye...Take care.

Proud to be a Primary Teacher...

Dear Primary teachers, Nation’s Builders!
This is Mrs. Narayani Singh, feeling great to talk to you. At the outset let me congratulate you all for choosing a profession of a teacher which is the mother profession of all professions. Greater than that, being a Primary teacher is somewhat more precious because, the glamorous kangoora is visible to be appreciated of any structure but the foundation. It lies underneath giving strength to the entire building unnoticed. The firmness of any structure without solid and strong foundation is beyond imagination. So happens with the primary education in life.
Without a systematic primary education, higher education is not possible. As the smell of mother undoubtedly creates confidence in an infant, the association of a primary teacher creates bonds of learning among the tiny tots. Children encounter Primary teachers first in their life. They get associated with higher section teachers at later stage.

Therefore my dear friends, you would agree with me that if a primary teacher fails in discharging his duties genuinely, the child will not have proper base to construct knowledge further.

It is a primary teacher only who makes the child to learn alphabet to read and write. It is he only who helps the child to open his eyes wide to observe the world around him and identify things. It is a primary teacher only who encourages a child to count things using the numbers and compare things big and small, less or more and begins to know how much. Primary teacher encourages first the tender fingers to draw lines, shapes, images and fill them with colours. It is the primary teacher only who makes the child feels thrilled running on track with his tiny steps or participate a Jalebi race. It is a primary teacher who fills the innocent mind with curiosity to discover facts and surprise the world. Imagination commences to dwell far and wide in life with the inspiration of a primary teacher. 

As the elementary or nursery schooling is a parenting at school, primary education is the stepping stones for producing a poet, artist, scientist, Musician, Mathematician and so on….

Therefore, my dear beloved primary teachers!  Embark on an exciting educational scenario nurturing budding talents to bloom with their maximum potential.

Let us together give the children of our nation wings to fly to the zenith. Let us help the other teachers to nourish and ignite the souls to manifest the perfection within them. Let us prove our birth worth as primary and foremost important teachers in the society. None should have the feeling that Alas! I would have got good primary teachers to turn up into anything else....

So, become Dronacharya to shape Eklavyas and Arjun. Create Aryabhattas and Ramanujam, Make Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi. Our world is in need of such incarnations once again badly.

We have not to wait for others to start. Have faith in you. Primary teachers can do wonders to bring a new dawn in education system. Make the fundamentals of learning clear to your students rather than merely completing of syllabus without concepts. Let all the students know to read and write, to do all four operations in Math, be smart to observe and identify to derive concepts by themselves and to carry themselves without fear.

Kindly share your experiences, opinion and views on the role of primary teacher... I wish to be connected with thousands of true teachers...  

Bye…..Take Care.