Self-Worth Driven Education – July 2018

If you use the word “YOU CAN’T” in front of kids, they wont accept that.  Immediately, they will start working to prove “I CAN.”  Their feelings and emotions immediately become obvious.  Quitting is not something that kids have build into them.  There are other factors in kids quitting in the classroom. In my article “Tips for a Meaningful Education at Every Age“, there are three levels of education.  The kids at each of these three levels can learn by what they are seeing, learn by comparing with the real world and learn through fun. Only at the highest level, the tenth standard kids, they no longer benefit from the comparison… Read More

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Attention Parents! – Rote Meets Art Memorization

Attention parents! Here is a tip to help your child remember concepts better! Try out Word Frames! It is easy to do and enables your child to remember key concepts about any topic. All you have to do is instruct your child to draw out a concept using words. For example, if your child is learning about a Clock, all he/she has to do is pick out 5 to 10 keywords that describe the Clock like round, time, hands etc., and then draw the Clock using those keywords only. This method enables a child to retain more information and is proven to be effective. Our Word Frames program model turns… Read More

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Tips for a Meaningful Education at Every Age

Students discover the value of education in different ways.  This is because there are a lot of paths to a meaningful education. There was a time not too long ago when students had no facilities for higher studies.  Today, however, there are many opportunities made available by the government and NGOs for students to achieve and to explore in education.  All it takes is for a child to want to gain that meaningful education. Developing education within the Kallukuttai community, a marginalized area of Chennai, provides a study on the concept of a meaningful education. Meaningful Education Begins with Awareness In the Kallukuttai community, a marginalized area of Chennai, education… Read More

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Attention Parents! – Math can be Fun!

Attention parents! Is your child struggling with basic math? Here’s a tip for you! Try Hope Torch’s Mathletics program with your child. So what is this Mathletics? Basically, a child is given a test with math problems of simple addition, subtraction, multiplication or division, and the child is challenged to see if he/she can complete it in under 3 minutes. If the child can, then yay! If not, he/she is encouraged to take the same test again and try to complete it in under 3 minutes again. It works like a video game; you fail, you try over and over again till you succeed. Raju, one of our HT Chapter… Read More

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No Fear of Math

You know what makes Math beautiful? It’s the absoluteness of it. One thing must equal something else. Or it must not. The concept of equals has a symmetry that embodies perfection. The preciseness of equals is captivating. There is an attractiveness towards this absoluteness that innately draws us. We have affinities for certain foods. We either like the food.  Or we don’t like the food. This absoluteness builds an affinity for that food which identifies the food as “a food that is for us.” There is no in-between. For me it is PB&J sandwiches. I liked them as a kid, and I knew I liked them. Now, when I think… Read More

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Word Frames – How It Works?

The program utilizes the unique Word Frames method of studying subject matter.  The students review and reinforce the subjects taught in class by creating a Word Frame drawing based on the specific sections in the textbook recently covered by the school teachers. What is a Word Frame? Based on the textbook content assigned, the child draws one simple drawing which “reminds” the student about the subject. The child does not do any coloring. The child selects keywords or key phrases from the text. Using colored pencils, the child writes the keywords over and over in rows, filling in the spaces in the drawing. The keywords appear to color in the… Read More

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Word Frames – Introduction: A Picture can Teach a Thousand Words

Introduction Problem Many children consider their education as an obligation or as a task of childhood.  However, the intention behind education is to equip children for life in adulthood.  This can only take place if the child is able to understand that the content they learn from school is derived from the outside world and more importantly, has meaning to them in the outside world.  This is true for all subjects, including and especially mathematics.  Unfortunately, most educational programs focus on filling a child with knowledge without making this connection to the outside world.  Word Frames is an attempt to change this mindset for the children. Vision To discover self-worth. … Read More

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Hidden Treasures – Creativity

1      Program Objectives Creativity thrives at the intersection of the “possible” and the “not possible” idea.  Creativity takes place when practical, reality-based thinking is unbridled by perceived limitations. 2      In Action The Program Admin motivates the group to first choose a theme for their Hidden Treasures, project, the concept they wish to convey to their audience.  Next, the children are encouraged to develop an idea for the project that is best-suited for illustrating or accomplishing the theme regardless of any limitations in skills, resources, time, etc…  Finally, the children then design the project to reach as close as possible to their “not possible” idea. 3      Reasoning Kids are taught to… Read More

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Hidden Treasures – Introduction: Our Sum is Greater than Our Parts

Problem With the focus on individual performance and evaluation, the development of children within team and community is insufficient.  While children are taught team skills, they do not see the value in teams beyond just a shared workload.  Children must not only learn the necessary skills of teamwork, but the added value that occurs through teamwork.  Hidden Treasures instills the benefits of teamwork made possible in functional teams. Vision To instill an understanding with kids that the sum is greater than its parts; that teamwork isn’t simply adding together independent work, but combining independent skills and experiences to create one functional unit which is capable of much greater things than… Read More

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Hidden Treasures – How it Works

This program is designed to develop a sense of belief in the kids that the sum is greater than its parts and together, they can have  a tremendous impact.  In other words, they as a team, working as one unit, can create and accomplish things which as individuals wouldn’t seem possible.  The project challenges their collaboration and organizational skills.  It teaches them to bring out a single vision or point of emphasis in their work. One of the key principles of Hope Torch is to realize the impact that you can have upon your family and your community.  Self-worth exists for this purpose.  The projects the kids design should have… Read More

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