Students are Host, not Hostages

According to the present day system of education, teachers are under the pressure from Board, Management and Parents, and its effects will reflect on children. The participation of the students is very important in the classroom by the practical method. If they are allowed to do things in a different way then they will be more excited and participate actively. When a teacher enters the classroom there will be a specific planned topic in his or her mind, but student’s reaction may be different. They may say, Sir, don’t teach today we will play. By this, they are showing their interest, but the teacher does not listen to them and forcefully starts to teach and becomes the host. This is the time to think about the changes that the teachers need to bring in their classroom considering students as the host. 
Our learning from: Can You Teach a Zebra some Algebra? By: Debashis Chatterjee
Kavita Devra, Byju Joseph, Krishna Gopal Dave and Vinit Kumar
The Fabindia School

पूर्णता पाने की कोशिश करें।

1. पूर्णता पाने के लिए सबसे महत्वपूर्ण बात है सकारात्मक सोच रखें क्योंकि कभी-कभी बहुत मेहनत के बाद भी असफलता मिल जाती है परन्तु कभी भी निराश नहीं होना चाहिए बल्कि यह सोचना चाहि कि मेहनत में कोई कमी रही होगी और अगली बार और ज्यादा मेहनत करेंगे और इस कमी को पूरा करेंगे।

2. सफलता पाने के लिए निरंतर प्रयास करते रहना चाहिए तथा अपना ध्यान लक्ष्य की ओर केंद्रित रहना चाहिए।

3. अगर असफलता मिल भी जाए तो हर बार कुछ नया सीखने को मिलता है इसलिए निराश होने की  बजाए और ज्यादा मेहनत पर ध्यान देना चाहिए।

4. सर्वश्रेष्ठ बनने के लिए सबसे ज्यादा आवश्यक है कोशिश करते रहना चाहिए ओर अपने लक्ष्य को छोटे छोटे भागों में बांटकर उसे प्राप्त करने का प्रयास करते रहना चाहिए।

5. प्रथम स्थान पाकर केवल सर्वश्रेष्ठ ही नहीं बनना है बल्कि पूर्णता प्राप्त करना है। प्रथम वाला पद एकबार मिल जाए फिर व्यक्ति अपने कार्य से संतुष्ट हो सकता है परन्तु पूर्णता की चाह हमें स्थिर नहीं होने देती।पूर्णता का शाब्दिक अर्थ त्रुटियों या दोषों से रहित होने  की स्थिति।

6. अगर हारने का दुखः ना हो तो जीत कि खुशी का कोई आनंद नहीं हो सकता । व्यक्ति का ध्यान सफलता पाने से ज्यादा संघर्ष पर होगा तो सफलता जरूर मिलेगी ओर यह एक सही उदाहरण होगा पूर्णता प्राप्त करने का।  
हमारी सीख - आइसक्रीम मेकर by सुबीर चौधरी - अजय विजयवर्गी , कुसुम डांगी , तरुण मिश्रा & उस्मान गनी
The Fabindia School

Seeing with the New Eyes

We as an educator should be able to see the hidden talents and difficulties of our students, that they are not able to excel or discuss with us freely. Consider an example - a student is not able to perform well in a particular subject or in study/skill/sport, the subject teacher or all teachers teaching him will tag him/her as a weak student without understanding and finding out a reason, why is it so?

There can be many reasons behind this nonperformance, such as -
                -   basic foundation or concepts may not be clear to him
               -    the family atmosphere may be not peaceful

The reason can be anything, the duty of an educator is to see the unseen, and find the reason that is deflecting the student from performing and excelling in that field. Seeing with New Eyes will help the educator to assist the student to excel in a particular field or help the student to come out of his problems and become a good student and later a good citizen. 
Our learning from “Can You Teach A Zebra some Algebra” by Debashis Chatterjee.
- Ajay Vijayvargi, Kusum Dangi, Tarun Mishra & Usman Gani
The Fabindia School

Should Knowledge Chase Students

According to this topic, the answer is NO, knowledge should not chase students, but the students should chase the knowledge.

Unfortunately, by the development of science and technology, this is not happening. There are many knowledge resources which are available at any time through the internet or other social networking means.
If we want to make children chase the knowledge, first as teachers we should start to chase knowledge. What we mean is that teachers should acquire the knowledge according to the needs of the children, and make it available to them at their level and joy.

Our learning from: ‘Can you teach a Zebra some Algebra’ -by Debashis Chatterjee
- Kavita Devda, Byju Joseph and Jafar Khan.
The Fabindia School

Knowing Your Subjects

With the growth of professionalism in education, it has become an industry. Whether it is a school or a coaching institute – everywhere professors and teachers are highly oriented and targeted for their subject specialization –for example, a Chemistry teacher will be specialized in Physical/Organic or Inorganic Chemistry or maybe even Biochemistry. And most of them are proud to say that –I am a professor/teacher of Organic Chemistry. The question here is everyone teaches a subject, not what the student needs.

We teach our subject but have the students understood it or no, as learning time required by each student will differ even though they are in same class. As some students learn theoretical part easily and quickly and take more time to learn the derivational pare and vice versa, the same content will be learnt by different students in different time.

Our aim should be to teach students not our subject of speciality.  
Our learning from “Can You Teach A Zebra some Algebra” by Debashis Chatterjee.
- Ajay Vijayvargi, Kusum Dangi, Tarun Mishra & Usman Gani
The Fabindia School

An Educator Is More Than A Traffic Policeman

It is true that an educator plays an important role in our society. A traffic policeman's duty is to control the bad elements and show the right path to vehicles on the road. But an educator does his/her work in the following way, and does more than just policing the students:
  • An educator is more responsible in comparison of a traffic policeman because he/she make ready our future in the classroom.
  •  To do their overall development and are facing a lot of challenges in classes and also has the ability to overcome the challenges on another hand beyond the classroom.
  • Also teaches them morality and responsibility and the traffic rules along with social and environmental awareness.
  • More implement is that not only showing them the right path but encouraging & motivating them to take the good path for a lifetime. 
Thus an educator is more than a traffic Policeman.

Our Learning From -"Can You Teach a Zebra Some Algebra"- Debashis Chatterjee
~ Urmila Rathore, Vimmy Rajpurohit and Tarun Mishra.
The Fabindia School

Hoarding Knowledge Like Property

Just imagine lot many books on various subjects are closed in a room and locked, all authors who had great knowledge and their experiences published in the form of books (knowledge) exists, but this knowledge which is not given (shared) with others to read,  it will remain there only and one day books in the room will be damaged by time.
Similarly, if an intelligent person does not share his knowledge and experiences, one day it will get destroyed along with person’s death. Learning is not storage of knowledge but it is about sharing with others, it will then get multiplied. Learning is abstract and cannot be divided. 
Our learning from “Can You Teach A Zebra some Algebra” by Debashis Chatterjee.
Ajay Vijayvargi , Kusum Dangi , Tarun Mishra & Usman Gani - The Fabindia School

Should Knowledge Chase Student

Under this topic, we have learnt what the other's tried to explain, that how can we attract our students to a class. It is not always necessary that we push our students into the class rather it should be like they are pulled towards the classroom. The teacher creates and generates the curiosity within the students that they are pulled towards to gain and chase the knowledge.

Following points are the measures a teacher can apply in her/his classroom to pull /attract the students:
  • We can conduct an activity-based study for chapters.
  • Giving them responsibilities and making leaders (chance to everyone) work in a group.
  • Sessions of audio/visual classes attract students e.g. storytellings, adventure activities/tours.
  • Taking a value-based class and practical knowledge- Learning by doing.
  • Asking them to find solutions to problems and in return rewarding them.
  • Appreciating always, whatever they do or submit work and knowledging their efforts in the class.

Our Learning From- "Can You Teach a Zebra Some Algebra" by Debashish Chatterjee
- Urmila Rathore, Vimmy Rajpurohit and Tarun Mishra - The Fabindia School

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This is a unique topic which has a hidden meaning. Normally teachers go into the classroom and teach. They ask the students some questions and expect particular answers. They listen to what they want to hear, but there is always some unheard part which all teachers do not hear.

An educator can alone understand when the certain child is having some problem. The educator looks at a child and can find out if the child is behaving in a normal way or not. There may various reasons for this either the child is having some problem related to family or peer pressure or maybe he/she is not interested in the topic taught or maybe is not able to understand the topic taught.

An educator must find out the reason by communicating with the child and find solutions to solve his/her problem. This will help to build a better communication and also the child will be motivated to speak up and share his/her problems with the educator. He/she must be motivated to face all problems bravely and also try to find solutions on his/her own. This will help him/her to face the outside world in a better way. An educator must also develop this habit of listening to the inner voice of the students. If this happens then the students will be successful in their life. Thus one must listen to the voice of heart and mind and we can become good human beings.
Our learning from ‘Can You Teach A Zebra Some Algebra’ -by Debashis Chatterjee.
- Aysha Tak, Prerna Rathod & Suresh Singh Negi
The Fabindia School

Knowing Your Subjects

When a teacher goes to the classroom she/he must not only have subject knowledge but should know each and everything about all the students because all the students belong to different background and their way of learning is different. If a teacher knows all the aspects of the child, the teacher will be able to deliver the knowledge in the required style and this will make learning possible for every child in the class.

Our learning from:  ‘Can You Teach A Zebra Some Algebra’ by Debashis Chatterjee.
Aysha Tak, Kusum Sharma, Sharmila Vijayvargi & Suresh Singh Negi - The Fabindia School

Good Teachers Explain, Great Teachers Enliven

A good teacher goes to the classroom and explains the lesson or his/her topic. The teachers' aim is to make children aware of that topic and children should learn the answer for their assessments and secure a good position in the classroom.

The great teacher teaches in the classroom with live examples of their life and with the clear aim of explaining that topic. The children can then use their experience in future and the knowledge in their daily life.  For an example, if a teacher teaches them Electoral Politics she can show the children complete process of voting in the classroom.  Thus, in future they can use their voting writes properly and can become a good citizen of democratic India.
Our Learning from the book Can You Teach A Zebra Some Algebra, by Debashis Chatterjee
- Ishu Chouhan, Kusum Sharma, Urmila Rathore and Rajeshwari Rathore.
The Fabindia School

गुणवत्ता के लिए हर व्यक्ति जिम्मेदार है |

एक अकेला व्यक्ति किसी संस्था की गुणवत्ता नहीं सुधार सकता ।संस्था के हर विभाग का कार्य उत्तम होना चाहिए ।सारे व्यक्ति जिम्मेदारी ले तो कार्य उत्तम होगा । हर व्यक्ति को अपने कार्य में पूरी निपुणता पाने की कोशिश करनी चाहिए । कोई भी व्यक्ति कमियाँ जाने बिना सुधार नहीं कर सकता हैं ।

समय - समय पर अभिभावकों से मिलकर विद्यार्थियों की कमियों को जानना एवं उनमें सुधार के लिए कुछ उनकी मदद भी लेनी चाहिए। इस प्रकार कमियाँ बताने वाले से सुझाव भी ले सकते हैं ।

कर्मचारियों को संतुष्ट रखना भी गुणवत्ता को उत्तम बनाने के लिए आवश्यक है । कर्मचारियों को ज्यादा कार्य भार नहीं देना चाहिए । जो व्यक्ति जिस कार्य में निपुण हो उसको वहीं कार्य देना चाहिए । कर्मचारियों को आपस में एक - दूसरे की सहायता भी करनी चाहिए । हर व्यक्ति को अपने कार्य के प्रति पूरी जिम्मेदारी लेनी चाहिए । इस प्रकार गुणवत्ता के लिए हर व्यक्ति जिम्मेदार हैं।
हमारी सीख ; आइसक्रीम मेकर
लेखक - सुबीर चौधरी
समूह अध्यापकगण - आयशा टाक, प्रेरणा राठौड़, सुरेश नेगी & स्वाति सूद - The Fabindia School


Looking at the present scenario of education, the picture that comes to our mind is of students standing at the bus stand in the morning with a heavy bag on his shoulders, carrying all subject books, notebooks, help books and refreshers to school. As if carrying books to the school, the teacher will try to make them understand their subject in a time lapse of 40-45 minutes.

The students whether understanding or not is expected to score higher grades in tests and exams. Similarly, in higher classes, students need to find the solution from digital information and gain it is knowledge. It is as if so-called knowledge (most of the times without understanding) is forced as a burden on students.

Is it true education? Learning without understanding students are forced to attend classes, coaching etc. It is very right that interest is created in students. They will be attracted to the class rather than pushing them to the class.

Our learning from “Can You Teach A Zebra Some Algebra” By Debashis Chatterjee
Ajay Vijayvargi, Kusum Dangi, Tarun Mishra & Usman Gani - The Fabindia School

विषय- आपको हर दिन सोचना होगा के अपने शिक्षण और सेवा को कैसे बेहतर बनाया जा सकता है।

अपने शिक्षण के लिए पहले हमें यह देखना पड़ेगा के जिस तरह के बच्चों को हम शिक्षा देना चाहते है वह
विभिन्न प्रकार के परिस्थितियों से आते व गुजरते हैं। उनके लिए हम जिस तरह से पढ़ा रहे है शायद वो ना
समज पाये। इस बिच हमें अपने शिक्षण मैं बदलाव लाने की आवश्यकता पड़ती हैं। इसका अर्थ यह नहीं की
हमें पड़ना नहीं आता पर जिन विभिन्न प्रकार के छात्रों के साथ हम हैं उनको समझाने के लिए हमें अपन
शिक्षण के तरीके बदल ने पड़ेंगे या पड सकता हैं। हमें ऐसे बच्चो के साथ बहुत सहजतापूर्वक उन्हें पड़ाना व
समझाना चाहिए। हमें एक बच्चे का ध्यान मैं रखते हुए पूरी कक्षा को उसी तरह से खीचना शायद सही न हो।
हमें अपने काम मैं शामिल होने वाली हर चीज़ को सुधारने की इच्छा रखनी चाहिए। न के उसे गलत रूप में
लेकर अपने आप को कौसना चाहिए। हमें अपने शिक्षण मैं रचनात्मक कौशल का प्रयोग करना चाहिए।
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हमारी सीख-
आइसक्रीम मेकर से लेखक - सुबीर चौधरी ।
समूह सदस्य - ईशु चौहान, कुसूम शर्मा, उर्मिला राठौर व राजेश्वरी राठौर।
The Fabindia School


Know a day's teachers have many educational and professional degrees. But when we go to the classroom we teach children only by using their textbooks. We in our everyday life learn a lot of things by using the internet, reading extra books and from our colleague so in the classroom, we should use that extra knowledge along with the textbooks.

We can take help from the internet to make our teaching very effective and interesting. Everything we know should be shared with the students and we should try to upgrade and refine our knowledge because if knowledge is held back then it decreases, we will not be able to hold our knowledge for a long time! So, by adding knowledge with the material of the textbook will help students in learning and upgrade teaching-learning also.

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Our learning from Can You Teach a Zebra Some Algebra? by Debashis Chatterjee
Ishu Chouhan, Kusum Sharma, Rajeshwari Rathore and Urmila Rathore - The Fabindia School

Qualified Teachers Are Not Always Quality Teachers

A quality teacher doesn't mean that to have a qualified knowledge or degree. He must have a practical knowledge because bookish knowledge is not complete but practical knowledge is complete knowledge. He must be experienced because by the experience he can learn many things from his mistakes and can become a qualified teacher. He must have practice how to teach and know the method so that he can impart knowledge to his students. His teaching must be effective and should emphasis more on moral values and should work for the overall development of a child then impart only bookish knowledge and stick to the curriculum. Quality Teacher always takes his work as a craft and not a burden and he teaches from his heart and not just mind. A quality teacher is one who understands his student well and delivers knowledge equally to them. 

A quality teacher's work reflects from his/her students work. They are inspiring motivators and are the idols of their students. A qualified teacher is a teacher who comes with his bookish knowledge and sticks to the curriculum. Yes, a quality teacher can be a qualified teacher but a qualified teacher is always not a quality teacher. The definition of a quality teacher is that he is an educator who looks after the overall development of a child and makes him perfect to stand and face the world. of a child and makes him perfect to stand and face the world.
Our learning from “Can We Teach a Zebra Some Algebra “by Debashis Chatterjee
- Bharti Rao, Krishan Gopal, Usha Panwar & Gajendra Mewara - The Fabindia School

प्रथम प्रयास मे ही सही काम करें

किसी भी प्रयास का अंतिम लक्ष्य सफलता प्राप्त करना होता है | सफलता प्राप्त करने के लिए हमें यह प्रयास करना होगा कि अच्छी रणनीति के साथ एक अच्छी कार्य योजना बनाई जाए | हमें भविष्य कानुमान लगाकर और  अपनी गलतियों में सुधार करके आगे बढ़ना चाहिए | हमें अपने ज्ञान और अनुभव का उपयोग करते हुए प्रथम प्रयास में ही सफलता प्राप्त कर लेनी चाहिए | प्रथम प्रयास मे  ही सफलता प्राप्त करने से हमारा मनोबल उच्च कोटी का बना रहता है | सफलता प्राप्ति के लिए हमें अपने कार्य को प्रसन्नता से पूर्ण करना होगा | कार्य को बोझ  या अतिरिक्त भार नहीं समझना है |

हमें हमेशा नए ज्ञान को ग्रहण करने का प्रयास करना है | हमें छोटी से छोटी बातों पर भी विशेष ध्यान देना है अपने प्रयास में हमें सामान्य से विशेष कि और आगमन करना है | सामान्य का मतलब यहां आसान कार्य से है तथा विशेष का मतलब यहां कठिन कार्य से है | उचित एवं सही परिणाम पाने  के लिए हमें अपनी व्यक्तिगत परेशानियों का प्रभाव अपने कार्य पर आने दे | हमें अपने कार्य का समय समय पर स्वयं विश्लेषण करना होगा तथा अपनी त्रुटियों का सुधार करना होगा सफलता प्राप्ति के लिए हमें अपने मुख्य  तथा महत्वपूर्ण विषय पर विशेष ध्यान देना होगा अपने लक्ष्य पर निशाना लगाते हुए आगे बढ़ने से हमें निश्चित रूप से सफलता मिलेगी |
हमारी सीख आईसक्रिम मेकर से - लेखक सुखबीर चौधरी समूह सदस्य : गजेंद्र मेवाड़ा, मोनिका वैष्णव, जफर खान & हीरेद्र कुमार - The Fabindia School

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