Saturday, December 26, 2009
Its time for real action now!
Enjoy the Atmiya Parichay experience sitting back in your drawing room and marvelling at the little wonders of Atmiya Vidya Mandir.
Please click on the following link or copy & paste it in your web browser for live webcast of the event that shall begin from 5:30 PM onwards today, the 26th of December.
Atmiya Vidya Mandir
Monday, December 21, 2009
Due to unforeseen technical problems, our email system was down during the end of last week.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and would humbly request you to please re-send any emails you may have sent during last week.
Atmiya Vidya Mandir
Sunday, December 20, 2009
To foster the basic but vital skills of students, Atmiya Vidya Mandir had participated in the HDFC standard Life Spell Bee competition – India Spells 2010 held at St. Xaviers School Ahmedabad on 15th Dec 2009. The objective behind the competition was to motivate the children to learn the language, create awareness amongst the children to learn and improve the vocabulary skill in English. Improving vocabulary skill involved improving their spellings, learn concepts, work on their vocabularies, work on their pronunciations, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.
Experts and artists from PIDILITE, (which is a well known company to build creativity through drawing and painting) were invited to hold a workshop. This three days workshop was coined around the concept of individual development in an atmosphere that is both pleasing and accepted by every child. Students were given hand on experience of mask making, modern art and clay molding which are organized to inspire and instill aesthetic sense.
The various activities like coloring, engraving, paper mache helped students build self esteem as they take pride in the works of art they create. These activities help to develop their problem solving skills, especially when faced with three dimension problems such as sculpting. Moreover, a fifteen days exclusive workshop on pottery making is being conducted for which a special artist is hired and a pottery machine is set up to train the students. Pottery making on the pottery machine help children to improve their sensory awareness and improve their manual dexterity.
Appreciating works of art is as important as encouraging the child to take up art. Regardless of whether a child is a budding artist, or merely likes to look at pictures, this kind of workshop help to get the creative juices flowing. Children, at different ages, are found to appreciate different aspects of art during this workshop.
One such entertaining, grilling, full of learning opportunities event was organised by the Science and Social Science departments at Atmiya Vidya Mandir. The event, held on the 5th of December 2009, was titled as ‘Gyanodaya 09’ – marking the ascent of knowledge.
The creative teachers had carefully chosen interesting and challenging questions related to both the subjects, with students being the ultimate beneficiary. The event was quite lively and there were many moments like those in the final overs of a 20-20 match! There were two divisions in the event – the Juniors (Std I to IV) and the Seniors (Std V to IX). For each division there were four teams selected with a student from each class of the division. The teams were named after inspiring people who made their mark in the history. Below are the enthusiasts that took part this time around:
Aryabhatta: Smit (I), Taarak (II), Nirav (III), Suraj (IV A), Sneh (IV B)
Galileo: Niel (I), Harshil G (II), Kashyap (III), Nimit (IV A), Het (IV B)
Neil Armstrong: Manav (I), Megh (II), Viraj (III), Smit (IV A), Dhanvin (IV B)
Rakesh Sharma: Niramay (I), Param (II), Smit (III), Yathansh (IV A), Pranesh (IV B)
Aryabhatta: Jay (V C), Prashant (VI B), Love (VII B), Sagar (VIII A), Parth (IX)
Galileo: Dhwanit (V A), Vaishvik (VI B), Deepak (VII B), Abhishek (VIII A), Purva (IX)
Neil Armstrong: Taran (V B), Sumit (VI A), Anmol (VII A), Vinay (VIII A), Ghanshyam (IX)
Rakesh Sharma: Nikunj (V B), Utkarsh (VI A), Nishit (VII A), Karma (VIII A), Aniruddh (IX)
The quiz had five rounds - General, Mixed Bag (that contained a plethora of questions), Clue, Visual and Rapid Fire.
The participants were full of passion – both for gaining knowledge and for setting higher benchmarks of winning. In the Juniors Competition, quite interestingly, the Aryabhatta and Galileo teams shared the winners’ position. In the Seniors Competition the Neil Armstrong team emerged as the winner while the Aryabhatta team had to be satisfied by the runner’s up position. It was a nail-biting finish in the Seniors’ as both the teams were tied till the last round - the Rapid Fire which proved to be the decider!
The show was impressively handled by the quiz masters, Mr Anand and Ms Samidh who by their humour and presence of mind held the audience captive throughout the event. This event also formally inaugurated the state-of-the-art Auditorium of the School.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Atmiya Swajan Shri,
Through a system wherein, values are integrated with education, His Divine Holiness Hariprasad Swamiji Maharaj’s dream of nurturing global citizens equipped with the 21st century skills who would whole-heartedly serve their parents, society and souls, has taken shape at Atmiya Vidya Mandir.
We feel glad and honoured in inviting you to intimately experience the dream manifested. This event will be graced by the presence of His Holiness Hariprasad Swamiji.
Empowering leaders of tomorrow, today
Time: 5:00 PM onwards
Date: 20th December 2009
Venue: Atmiya Vidya Mandir
After the event, please join us for the dinner with your family and friends. Also, please wear suitable clothing as the event will be celebrated outdoors.
Note for parents: You are kindly requested to meet the children only after the event.
This event will be webcast live, for more information, please log on to Atmiya Parichay or contact us via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cordial Invitation from
Sadhu Premswaroop Das, Sadhu Guruprasad Das, P. Vitthaldas Patel
Atmiya Vidya Mandir Family
Monday, December 14, 2009
With the New Year approaching, we are sure you have much to look forward to and so do we!
In line with that, we are glad to inform you that we are in the process of upgrading our school website. This will be a phased project and we are shortly bringing in new and exciting interactive features especially keeping in mind the requirements of the parents and the students’ community. Since we will be updating the site, you may face difficulties in accessing the site. Therefore we will be temporarily posting all our updates on another site. You will be able to find all updates related to the school on www.avmfact.blogspot.com.
We sincerely apologize for any missed opportunity to communicate with you in the past and would request you to kindly note the updated contact details. We would like you to continue sending us all your questions, comments, feedback and/or suggestions at the following addresses:
Vitthaldas Patel (P. Fuva): email@example.com
Ashish Tanna: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will try and get back to you promptly.
Thank you for your kind and continuous support.
Atmiya Vidya Mandir
This will be the second round of the competition where students from different parts of Gujarat will compete to secure a place in the next round which will be held in Mumbai early next year.
Here is the list of the students participating from our school:
To test such basic but vital skills, The Times of India Group brings to you a unique and scholarly, yet fun filled quiz contest - HDFC Standard Life Spell Bee - India Spells 2010.
The objective of the exercise is to help and engage Indian students improve their spellings, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, work on their pronunciations, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. This concept would offer novelty and freshness, & engage them through the mechanics of spellings; a first time initiative. The city rounds would entail usage of various methods to test students on spellings offering proper and repeated pronouncing of each word as well as its etymological meanings. There would also be a lot of fun woven around pictures, symbols etc. used as props to help students spell correctly.
For more information please visit the following website. http://natgeotv.co.in/spellbee/Default.aspx
Thursday, December 3, 2009
These all schools have one thing in common, they are desperately crying out for teachers. We may have our periodic overabundance of doctors, engineers, MBAs and IT professionals, but we never seem to have enough teachers. Though everyone knows that the bedrock of any country is its education system but no one is unduly concerned about this glaring lacuna. Little wonder that we are docile or better say paying a heavy price in terms of the quality of our leadership.
This pitiful state of affairs (teaching profession) has much to do with the way we, as a nation, view the teaching profession. Teachers are not considered frontline professionals in the same manner as, doctors, lawyers or engineers. It is believed that anyone irrespective of qualifications or training can teach. And that is exactly what happens. From the village schoolmaster who could be a labour contractor (teaching when time permits) or a disheartened chap who has found teaching as the last option as a breadwinner, to the bored or desperate urban housewife who is more eager to earn something rather than contribute, teaching is open to all. Add the fact, it is a relatively poorly paid profession, and you have a deadly mix (various and ambiguous reasons to join teaching). Teaching then generally becomes the domain of the ‘bored’ or ‘failed’ individual. This is not to suggest that we do not have some of the world’s finest teachers. Ranging from NGOs to private schools we have extremely competent and motivated teachers. But when you consider India’s billion one population, their number appears disappointing.
Another area of concern is the dwindling number of men in the profession. It seems all the men have hopped off to greener pastures (the other so called luring or challenging vocation). The IT sector has recently claimed a larger number. While women do make great teachers but they also have the role of homemaker. Being a teacher for a woman is not as professional as, say being a corporate executive. And the men, who remain, have largely embedded themselves in the tuition market, as opposed to being genuine mentors as school teachers. The most sensitive issue in this sector is there are no top-of-the-line teacher’s training institutions, certainly not one of the statures of a St. Stephen’s and IIT or IIM. What we do have is an excess of ‘fly-by-night’ B.Ed courses, in most cases not worth the paper the degree is printed on (mostly in Bhopal and in U.P). Nothing in the higher education scenario will attract bright young boys and girls to enroll for a teacher-training course. Yet all we can do is to talk of increasing the number of IITs and IIMs!
Career growth in teaching profession is also very slow. Surprisingly, not too many teachers today aspire to be principals. Women feel it puts too much strain in their role as homemakers: men feel the seat is not worth the trouble it brings. Moreover, the system does not provide for any systematic grooming of principals. Most are there either by accident or ‘teachers on promotion’, certainly not as a result of some long term scientific plan. So where does one go as a teacher? Becoming a head of the department may well be the end of the road for most. The profession itself suffers from a sense of low self esteem. Teachers do not see themselves in the same category as lawyers, doctors, civil servants or engineers. How many of us are being proud as teachers? Are we less than those engineers who construct building while we construct future of the nation? Are we less than those doctors who are to stand guard against fatal diseases while we are to safe guard our society against social hitch (through making students a better individual). Do we need to be less proud than an IAS who governs and deals with state affairs; whereas we direct the thought process of a child who can be tomorrow’s Vivekanand or Sardar patel. We are no less than an industrialist who manufactures the most expensive product as we are in the exertion of MAKING OF MAHATMAS. What do you think friends? How noble but vulnerable this profession is? It is nothing apologetic about being teachers. The irony is that we are still supposed to be the epitome of all that is noble and good. A redefinition of our attitude to the profession is highly required.
Submitted by: Seema Joshi
Monday, November 30, 2009
- More Mobility: Teachers can access information wherever they are, rather than having to remain at their desks.
Highly Automated: No longer do the teachers need to worry about misplacing a piece of paper with some important information.
- Reduced Cost: Teachers’ and administrators’ time saved is actually money saved for the school. Besides, cloud technology is paid incrementally, further saving the school’s money.
- Efficient Archiving: Schools can store more data than on private computer systems and retrieve within seconds when needed.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The above said scene in the corporate environment is mainly due to the implicit knowledge that it isn’t important or necessary to connect with the person on the ‘other end of the line’. The prime importance of financial gains and the lack of human element in day-to-day communications draw a non-existential form of the colleague/customer, someone you could feel free to become irresponsible for and even worse – get away being that! There is little visibility or lack of it, of the impact of one’s actions on a human being. Hence the individual is turned into a “can’t be bothered” slacker.
Enter the Teaching World. There’s a radical change in attitude needed here. You are no longer dealing with just another “good for nothing and always demanding” customer at the other end of the line. You have innocent, unselfish and at times demanding lives to care for and cater to. Every step you take, every move you make, every word you speak is all noted by them and has the potential to change them in either of the two obvious directions – good or bad. So, the Teacher, at whatever level, has to be like those few enlightened beings of the corporate world and more. There is an uncompromising need to connect with the lively minds both in the classroom and outside. The teacher has the potential to make the deepest impact in a child’s life. Till the day I entered a classroom for the first time as a prospective teacher, I held the view that a role within the Investment Banking industry was the most important job in the world. Because it was the most important, the challenges faced and overcome were of the highest concern for the well-being of any world citizen. Little did I know back then, how wrong I was!
As a teacher, I have come to realise that to connect with the students is of the utmost importance. Connecting is the outcome of communicating – both verbally and non-verbally. As listed by John Maxwell, one can’t afford to commit the “Four Unpardonable Sins of a Communicator”: being unprepared, uncommitted, uninterested, or uncomfortable. He aptly explains further that in order not to commit these sins and to connect requires energy. The teacher is the communicator and has to walk the talk 24x7. This is not an extra responsibility, rather, an absolute fundamental requirement to be a teacher. This makes the job of a teacher The Most Important job in the world. At the same time, the prospect of touching so many lives makes the job of a teacher The Most Honourable job in the world.
I am very fortunate to have company of highly motivated inspirers whose lives are embodiment of this connecting process. Further, I have the privilege of knowing some of the best of the available literature on education. Allow me to narrate an illustration. One fine day on our way to the training institute in Bangalore on the public bus, I was reading “What Great Teachers DO DIFFERENTLY” by Todd Whitaker. The title of the chapter was ‘Make it cool to care’ wherein Todd briefly describes this incident. In (Principal) Todd’s own words...
“In Chapter 1, I described my interest in understanding what great teachers do differently. The first time this struck me was during an informal visit in the classroom of my best teacher, Mrs. Heart. I watched as Darin approached her desk – Darin, a rough, tough, tattooed discipline problem who easily intimidated the other students (and many of the teachers, and maybe the principal!). Making no effort to keep the other students from hearing him, Darin said, “Mrs. Heart, I was working on my poetry last night and I had a hard time with some of the words in the third verse, I was wondering if I could get your help on...” My jaw must have hit the floor.
Believe me, Darin was not a fan of poetry. Darin was a fan of Mrs. Heart. She had made it cool to care about whatever was happening in class...Getting along with others, treating everyone with respect, doing your best – that was Mrs. Heart.”
This incident was very touching for me and furthermore, enlightening to me. There were a lot of reflections from this small incident Todd narrated. The most obvious one was the connection Mrs. Heart had successfully made with Darin, regardless of his appearances or apparent behaviour with others. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to guess it that Mrs Heart would have poured her heart in establishing such a platform for effective teaching-learning. The connecting process always requires energy.
There’s however a way to effortlessly radiate this energy. Let me briefly narrate another incident to that effect. A friend of mine had an interview with the Head of the Department at a highly respected, industry leading company in the UK. His technical interview overran for more than an hour (total to almost two hours) and most of his responses were technically wrong. Despite this, he got offered the job! He later revealed to me that after the interview, when his interviewer showed him around the department, he was almost hopping around out of excitement seeing the opportunity to learn and contribute. His energy made all the difference. He didn’t have to put in efforts for radiating that energy, it just happened naturally for him. This was because he had the appreciation of the significance of that job and that industry.
So, connecting with students, after all isn’t necessarily draining, despite its need for energy on the teacher’s part. However, for that, natural enthusiasm has to be bred by the teacher. And this, my fellow inspirers, is possible only if we allow ourselves to gain the right perspective that – Teaching is The Most Important job in the world and that we are THE MOST FORTUNATE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD to have that job.
To quote the gifted Robert Frost,
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Teaching is a life long endeavour of fulfilling promises, a life long connecting process. So, let you and I not settle in for something good enough, instead, embark on the journey of excellence.
Because, it’s worth it...
Sunday, November 22, 2009
We have a very interesting education system. Our education system gives the memory unit of our brain a lot of exercise. Can anyone guess how does our education system gives a workout to brain? Yes, you all have guessed it right; it’s the retention and recall. Our education system has taught us how to memorize and how to reproduce what is learnt.
Picasso once said, “All the children are born artist; the problem is how to save and nurture the unique artist.” i.e. All the children are born with a unique talent. It is us the teachers who have the responsibility to nurture the artist within each child. But, do you all think that our education system allows us to do so? Do you think that only improving the memory power and testing the memory through various examinations we are nurturing the artist?
Our education system evolved in an era when industrialization was at its peak. To meet the demands of industries, education was designed to impart the knowledge to produce efficient workers. The only area we emphasize on is academics. Don’t do music, don’t do arts’, don’t dance, is all this going to get you a job? Do science, do math, study language that is what will fetch you job. Crash! Amidst all the jostling ofdemand, supply and producing human terminators, education system missed out on certain very critical and crucial point that is to develop the creativity in the child which will help him survive in the future. We have restricted or streamlined the learning curve to meet the current demands thereby strangling the creativity of the child. The kids are not afraid of exploring; they are not afraid of trying new things and experimenting. It is our education system in which mistake is the worst thing a child could do. As a consequence we are suffocating their creativity. We are not saying that being wrong is being creative, no. But what we do know is, “if we are not prepared to be wrong we will not come up with anything original” says Sir Ken Robensen world renowned coach in the field of creativity.
Despite of all the expertise, research and projections we do not know how the world will look like 20-25 years from now. In contrast we do not know how the child would adapt and flourish in this extremely unpredictable environment. So instead of being a Hitler, we should expand our boundaries for the children’s growth. The child should be given his own space to explore, adapt and flourish through learning and experiencing variety of things.
Our only hope for the future is to adopt a new course one in which we start to reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capacity. We have to re-think the fundamental principles on which we are educating our children. Our education system should be aimed at holistic development of a child. Both the scholastic and co-scholastic curriculum should be designed and given equal importance i.e. along with mathematics, science and languages- sports, art, music, drama and dance should be given equal importance to instigate the creative artist within each child. It is important to expose the child to do the right things at the right time to develop his creativity. Lastly creativity is not an inherent skill or only for those with a talent for it; it could be successfully taught to and used by people of any age, walk of life or cultural background.
Dr de Bono said creative thinking needs to be included in curricula as a distinct but parallel subject. "Mankind had tended to associate the term 'creativity' solely with its expression in the arts," he said. "However, creativity was also about recognizing and creating value."
So, my fellow inspirers, it’s up to us, whether we want to foster the creative talents of our children or to manufacture high speed data access human machines.
What will you do? The choice is of course, yours!
Friday, November 20, 2009
कौन समय ? कैसा समय ?
समय एक ऐसा,
करता नहीं इंतज़ार किसी का ,
जल्दी आता, जल्दी जाता ।
गर करें इंतज़ार किसी वार का ,
कभी नहीं वो जल्दी आता ।
न किसी का दोस्त, न किसी का दुश्मन ।
फिर भी वह साथ हमारे , पास हमारे ।
गर हैं हम साथ समय के, तो दुनिया कदमों मे ;
गर दूर समय के, तो अस्तित्व खतरे मे ।
समय का तुम करों उपयोग ।
करों सदुपयोग, बनो महान,
छू लों आसमान, पा लो मान ।
पहुचों बुलंदी पर, बनो महान
अंकित करवाओ अपना नाम,
करो देश को भी महान ।
करो देश को भी महान ।
समय एक एसा, जल्दी आता जल्दी जाता ।
Friday, November 13, 2009
C.B.S.E. has started an online forum for teachers. On this forum they allow all the teachers around the world to submit their sample question paper. It is an open site and is intended for the benefit of both the students and teachers. It is a matter of great pride and pleasure for us that our dear Paras Sir had submitted his English sample paper of standard 9th few months ago on this forum. His paper has received a rating of 4 out of 5 and is on the TOP of the list with the highest number of hits 8082 i.e. so far 8082 people have downloaded his paper.
Congratulations Paras Sir for crossing this milestone from the entire AVM (Atmiya Vidya Mandir) team. We wish You Good Luck for all your future endeavors! Paras Sir is a great teacher and a guide, mentor and friend of the students at AVM. We pray to god to help you continue with your excellent work and to keep sharing your experience & expertise with all the teachers.
This is a great achievement for him and hence for the school; so, let us all congratulate him together!
To download Paras Sir's paper please click on the link below:
Those who are interested to submit their respective subject sample paper for the year 2010, please follow this link:
Submitted by: Pranesh Shah
Sunday, November 8, 2009
मैं लगातार,मेरा नाम लगातार,
मैं बार-बार और मैं ही हर बार।
मैं नहीं कहता कि,मैं ही हूं.....
पर,मैं कहता हूं कि,मैं भी हूं,
सफलता का एक आधार।।
मैं लगातार,मेरा नाम लगातार,
मैं बार-बार और मैं ही हर बार।
जिसकी इच्छा अभी अधुरी है,
तो वहां मेरा होना ज़रुरी है।
सफलता चाहे वो बुरी हो,
अच्छाईयों से भरी-पूरी हो,
जो सदा मुझे अपनाता है,
सफलता देना मेरी मजबुरी है।।
मुझे निरन्तरता भी कहते है।
निरन्तरता काम है,निरन्तरता सम्मान है।
निरन्तरता विश्राम है,
निरन्तरता ही आराम है।।
ये तप है,तपस्या है,
जीवन का विकास है।
ये जिस-जिस के पास है,
दुनियां मे वो ही खा़स है।।
निरन्तरता के तपस्वी को
हर मुकाम पर शाबाश है
निरन्तरता के तपस्वी को
हर मुकाम पर शाबाश है।।
Submitted By: Pushpak Joshi