Akal Academy Kajri Teacher’s article published in Delhi based publication ‘The Progressive Teacher’

Since the inception of formal education system in India and abroad the teacher’s role has been of paramount significance. During the last few decades due to much shift in teaching-learning paradigm, the role of a teacher too has undergone a remarkable change. Today, our school system, parents and society expect a teacher to be a person of dynamic traits and proficiency. Some decades ago, as a student, I would have written that the best and the most popular teacher was one who provided classroom entertainment and gave very little homework and assignments to his pupils. But after a long and close association with people working in schools, shouldering administrative responsibilities, doing teacher evaluations, participating, conducting and organising teacher’s workshops, my notion about a teacher has undergone tremendous transformation. Today, as a teacher I try to evaluate myself with the outcome of my efforts in this ever changing and challenging profession. In the current pedagogical terms, a teacher has been redefined as a person capable of creating nurturing and challenging environment for a large growing up community under their care to make it progressive, well polished, cultured, skilled and responsible citizens. It is true that teaching is hard work. A teacher’s characteristic role and personality can be best narrowed down using the word, ‘TEACHER” as an acronym. Tolerance I often watch and observe a hardworking gardener of our school, very loving and meticulous about his garden, always looks after saplings, plants and flower beds with his caring hands and tools. He exhibits amazing patience, compassion and love for each collection grown by him with a gentle touch. A teacher too must assume himself/herself to be a gardener with the same manner of love and care. Children always obey, love and remember those teachers who show tolerant attitude and give them a patient hearing. Can a child love or like a teacher who flies into rage at. It is, however, necessary that a teacher must not compromise with undisciplined behaviour. Earnestness ‘Teaching is Fun’! No doubt, it can be fun in the literal sense of the term but real teaching, undoubtedly, is a serious affair. So on the part of a great teacher, earnestness is the attribute of seriousness, somberness and productive attitude towards the profession. Acumen Acumen is the ability to understand, decide and judge things quickly and well. Though it is not easy to understand human nature but the same is not difficult for a teacher to understand the behaviour, nature and attitude of his pupils. A great teacher not only identifies, shapes, reshapes nascent potential, capabilities and latent traits of learners but digs deep to find out real cause of negative elements which stall a child’s progress. Character builder Alexander, the great once said, ‘I am indebted to my father for living but to my teacher for living well.’ Though every profession occupies a prominent place in society but a teacher’s role is of extraordinary significance. The teacher has to be the torch bearer to show the upcoming generation the path to virtuous, respectful, socially and morally responsible life. Humour Researchers on education have done considerable work to identify the relationship between teacher’s use of humour and learning outcomes and have found positive affect of humour on teaching learning. Humour is not about telling jokes but it is the awareness and ability to see when to lighten up and bring forth liveliness amid tense and stressful situations. Humour in classroom situations can take many forms such as a purposeful joke, a story on real or imaginary event, pun, puzzle or riddle, etc. that come handy and become an interesting tool of stress free and lively learning. Moreover, humour can reduce stress and strain and helps a teacher to manage his class well. Efficiency and Effectiveness Efficient and effective teaching is both a science and art. At a glance, efficiency and effectiveness seem to be confusing terms but both stand together and are important traits of a teacher. A teacher is called efficient when he/she reaches class on time, well prepared with lesson plan, instructional material, and executes the teaching learning process regardless of result produced. Effective teaching is the teacher’s ability to make students learn and master skills and learn to apply them to real life situations. Resourcefulness Resourcefulness is not an inbuilt trait of a teacher but is learned over the years through a variety of experiences. Being resourceful means doing things or approaching a problem in a different way using the available resources. A teacher can easily spark resourcefulness among his learners too by assigning them with the tasks such as ‘decorate your classroom’, ‘design display board’ with thrown away and discarded objects, etc. Whereas teaching is a gift that comes naturally to some, but to be a great teacher, some others have to work and struggle over time. The real reward of a teacher is when your students remember you as a great teacher years after they leave school. Askok Singh Guleria, a teacher of nineteen years standing, is a post-graduate in English Literature. He writes on pedagogical issues and children’s behavioural problems. Currently, he is the Head of Department of English and Academics Coordinator at the Akal Academy Kajri, UP. ~ By Askok Singh Guleria ~ Akal Academy, Kajri ~ Source: http://www.progressiveteacher.in/

ਅਕਾਲ ਅਕੈਡਮੀ ਦੇ ਖਿਡਾਰੀਆਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਹਾਕੀ ਮੁਕਾਬਲਿਆਂ ‘ਚ ਪਹਿਲੀਆਂ ਪੁਜ਼ੀਸ਼ਨਾਂ

ਪਿਛਲੇ ਦਿਨੀਂ ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਸੀਨੀਅਰ ਸੈਕੰਡਰੀ ਸਕੂਲ ਛਾਜਲੀ ਵਿਖੇ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਕੂਲ ਸਿੱਖਿਆ ਬੋਰਡ ਵਲੋਂ ਕਰਵਾਏ ਗਏ ਜ਼ੋਨ ਪੱਧਰੀ ਹਾਕੀ ਮੁਕਾਬਲਿਆਂ 'ਚ ਅਕਾਲ ਅਕੈਡਮੀ ਚੀਮਾਂ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੇ ਲੜਕੇ ਅਤੇ ਲੜਕੀਆਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਟੀਮਾਂ ਨੇ ਚੰਗਾ ਪ੍ਰਦਰਸ਼ਨ ਕਰਦਿਆਂ ਪਹਿਲੀਆਂ ਪੁਜ਼ੀਸ਼ਨਾਂ ਹਾਸਿਲ ਕਰਕੇ ਸਕੂਲ ਦਾ ਨਾਂ ਰੌਸ਼ਨ ਕੀਤਾ, ਅਕਾਲ ਅਕੈਡਮੀ ਚੀਮਾਂ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਿੰਸੀਪਲ ਮੈਡਮ ਬਲਜੀਤ ਕੌਰ ਨੇ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਅੰਡਰ-੧੭ ਸਾਲ ਲੜਕਿਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਅੰਡਰ-੧੭ ਸਾਲ ਲੜਕੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਹਾਕੀ ਮੁਕਾਬਲਿਆਂ 'ਚ ਅਕਾਲ ਅਕੈਡਮੀ ਚੀਮਾਂ ਦੇ ਖਿਡਾਰੀਆਂ ਨੇ ਚੰਗੀ ਖੇਡ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਦਰਸ਼ਨ ਕਰਦਿਆਂ ਪਹਿਲਾ ਸਥਾਨ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਕੀਤਾ, ਇਸੇ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਅੰਡਰ ੧੪ ਸਾਲ ਲੜਕੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਮੁਕਾਬਲਿਆਂ 'ਚ ਦੂਸਰਾ ਸਥਾਨ ਹਾਸਿਲ ਕੀਤਾ, ਜ਼ੋਨ ਪੱਧਰ 'ਤੇ ਚੰਗਾ ਪ੍ਰਦਰਸ਼ਨ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲੇ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਖਿਡਾਰੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਜ਼ਿਲ੍ਹਾ ਪੱਧਰੀ ਹਾਕੀ ਮੁਕਾਬਲਿਆਂ ਲਈ ਚੁਣਿਆ ਗਿਆ।ਖਿਡਾਰੀਆਂ ਦੀ ਇਸ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤੀ 'ਤੇ ਅਕਾਲ ਅਕੈਡਮੀ ਚੀਮਾਂ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਵਿਖੇ ਪੁੱਜਣ 'ਤੇ ਨਿੱਘਾ ਸੁਆਗਤ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ।ਪ੍ਰਿੰਸੀਪਲ ਬਲਜੀਤ ਕੌਰ ਅਤੇ ਵਾਇਸ ਪ੍ਰਿੰਸੀਪਲ ਮਨਜੀਤ ਕੌਰ ਹੋਡਲਾ ਨੇ ਖਿਡਾਰੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਸ਼ੁੱਭ ਕਾਮਨਾਵਾਂ ਦਿੱਤੀਆਂ।

~ ਜਸਵਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਸ਼ੇਰੋਂ Akal Academy Won First Prize in Hockey Competition

Akal academy Gomtipul Celebrated Tree Plantation Day

Akal Academy Gomtipul under the aegis of Kalgidhar Education Trust, Baru sahib celebrated its Annual Tree Plantation Day on 23 August, 2014.The programme was aimed to aware children and community about the need for safeguarding the mother earth from major environmental crisis. The hon’ble chief guest on the occasion was Mr. R. P. Yadav Forest Ranger and Mr. Sahir Ahmed, Deputy Forest Ranger.

With the warm welcome by Principal, Staff, and Students the chief guest was greeted with hand-made paper flowers made by the students themselves. On this occasion the students presented a Skit. Junior students recited poems on plants. Mr.Sahir Ahmed on addressing the students explained them the role played by the plants in saving the earth and it is the need of the present scenario to plant more and more plants to make the planet earth being green and pollution free.

The plantation ceremony was done in the school playground area by the principal Mrs. Rangbeer Singh, the chief guest; grandparents, children and teachers. As per the guidelines of The Kalgidhar Trust, this year selected fruit sapling comprising of mango, pomegranate, papaya, guava, jack fruit, lemon, neem etc. were planted. More than 125 saplings were planted with the help of assembled volunteers. The Eco Club of the school played a key role in motivating children and grand parents to make this day great.

A signature campaign on the occasion was also conducted by Ajay House of the school. The chief guest, grandparents, and teachers wrote their messages and slogans to make this day unforgettable.

~ Kanwaljeet Kaur
~ New Delhi, 26th Aug ’14

Akal Academy Chogawan planted 50 plants on the occasion of Independence Day

Akal Academy Chogawan celebrated Independence Day by planting 50 saplings of shady and fruit-bearing trees in the school premises under the fourth round of “Ajit Greenary Drive” to make India green and pollution free. Under the supervision of Principal Gursharanjeet Kaur, staff and students planted the saplings. To plant more trees is a worth praising step taken by the Principal Gursharanjeet Kaur to fight against one of the major Global Problem. Hail the efforts! ~ Deeksha Singh ~ New Delhi, 18th Aug '14

Heritage Bonanza…..An activity organized by Akal Academy Mahal Kalan

Our Punjabi culture is very rich and today’s young generation in the race of modernization has been detached with it. Akal Academy Mahal kalan has made a beautiful attempt to aware and attach our young generation to our rich heritage by organizing an activity on Heritage Bonanza.

Parents, students and staff of the school participated in it.

A number of stalls on traditional items were displayed. On one stall utensils, used by our forefathers, were displayed while on the other stall traditional outfits were displayed showing their simple way and style of living.
On a stall a live demonstration of traditional way of churning the curd and making butter and buttermilk was shown by a student. On one of the stalls a student was spinning the wheel and singing a beautiful folk song taking the audience in the remote land of some imaginary world.

There was a stall on which there was a miniature of a house showing each and every detail of items used in past and still are being in some of the houses. Whether it is a wooden ladder or a spinning wheel or a toy each and every detail of the household item was there.

A live cultural progamme was performed by the students. They presented folk songs, folk dances Gidha and Bhangra. Their performance was wow, worth praising.

This activity was based on learning with enjoyment. This has enhanced the knowledge of the students. Parents were very happy and appreciated the programme.

This was really a very sincere step taken by the school authorities to acquaint and attach the young generation to their heritage and make feel them proud of their heritage.

~ Deeksha Singh
~ New Delhi, 16th Aug ’14

ਅਕਾਲ ਅਕੈਡਮੀ ਚੀਮਾ ਵਿਖੇ ੬੮ਵਾਂ ਅਜ਼ਾਦੀ ਦਿਵਸ ਮਨਾਇਆ

ਅਜ਼ਾਦੀ ਦੀ ੬੮ਵੀਂ ਵਰੇਗੰਢ ਅਕਾਲ ਅਕੈਡਮੀ ਚੀਮਾਂ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਵਿਖੇ ਬੜੇ ਉਤਸ਼ਾਹ ਨਾਲ ਮਨਾਈ ਗਈ।ਅਕਾਲ ਅਕੈਡਮੀ ਵਿਖੇ ਤਿਰੰਗਾ ਲਹਿਰਾaੇਣ ਦੀ ਰਸਮ ਅਕਾਲ ਅਕੈਡਮੀ ਦੇ ਵਾਇਸ ਪ੍ਰਿੰਸੀਪਲ ਮਨਜੀਤ ਕੌਰ ਹੋਡਲਾ ਨੇ ਅਦਾ ਕੀਤੀ।ਅਕਾਲ ਅਕੈਡਮੀ ਦੇ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀਆਂ ਨੇ ਰਾਸ਼ਟਰੀ ਗੀਤ ਪੇਸ਼ ਕੀਤਾ ਅਤੇ ਸ਼ਹੀਦ ਊਧਮ ਸਿੰਘ ਅਤੇ ਸ਼ਹੀਦ ਭਗਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਦੀ ਦੇਸ਼ ਦੀ ਆਜ਼ਾਦੀ ਲਈ ਕੀਤੀ ਲਾਸਾਨੀ ਕੁਰਬਾਨੀ ਸਬੰਧੀ ਭਾਸ਼ਨ ਦਿਤੇ ਅਤੇ ਕੋਰਿਓਗ੍ਰਾਫ਼ੀ ਵੀ ਪੇਸ਼ ਕੀਤੀ। ~ ਜਸਵਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਸ਼ੇਰੋ ~ Cheema Sahib

Little Wonders Show their Patriotic side during Independence Day Celebrations!

Change is the only constant in life, goes a saying. For nearly as long as one can remember, the routine of independence Day Celebrations has remained the same, Flag hoisting, national anthem, parade, speeches, and cultural programmes in varying order. But Besides this essential routine, Akal Academy Kajri celebrated 68th Independence Day- 2014 with lot of exciting activities and patriotic tint. The celebration started with the unfurling of the National Flag by the Principal and staff amid the patriotically enthralled students. This was followed by the singing of the National Anthem and thunderously raised slogans, “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Vande Mataram”. The Principal Mrs Simran Kaur Thind in her message asked the students to get away from social evils and work hard to become perfect human beings. She told the children to follow the path of truth, honesty, and hard work to make India stronger. Mr. Ashok Singh Guleria motivated the students to follow the principle of ‘Self Governance’, ‘Self’ Discipline’ and ‘Self Responsibility” to become ideal citizens of tomorrow that India really needs. Mr. Vijaypal Singh too spoke on the occasion. On behalf of the students Tanupriya and Abhijot Kaur addressed the audience. Yashi Mishra and Jashandeep Kaur read a poem on Jhansi ki Rani . A unique and wonderful feature of the programme was conducting of Inter House competitions organized by different departments. Social Science dept organized Indian Heritage Quiz Show for class VIII and IX. Divinity and Music Dept. Organized - Poetry Compilation and Recitation competition for class VI-VII. Sports activities such as Kho - kho for girls, Volleyball for boys were also held. Last of all, Tug of war between senior boys of Class X to XII stole the show. The programme concluded with thanks giving speech by the Principal followed by sweet distribution. ~ Deeksha Singh ~ New Delhi, 16th August '14

Students of Akal Academy Bhadaur celebrate 68th Independence Day!

15th August, 2014 the 68th Independence Day was celebrated with great pump and show by the students and staff of Akal Academy Bhadaur in central corridor in the school premises. It was conducted by the students of XII class along with Atul house holding the incharge ship. Principal Madam Ms. Gurdeep Kaur along with Vice-principal & coordinators hoisted the National Flag.

The National Anthem was then sung with great vigor by the students and teachers. All of them were dressed in white attires keeping in view the sanctity and regard for the National flag.

The function started with Shabad recitation by students of class X. K.G & 1st class students presented beautiful poems on patriotism. Folding their hands, they paid tribute to their nation. Their saffron colored turbans added color to the celebrations.

Class 2nd students holding the national flag in their hands sung a beautiful patriotic song which was followed by a skit depicting the sacrifices done by Indians to achieve independence.

English & Punjabi speeches were delivered by the VIII and IX class students. Three choreographies were represented by the students of IV, VII, VIII & IX classes. VI class girls represented Kawishri-“Kalgidhar di Vaar”.

At last Principal Madam delivered a speech on this occasion explaining the students the importance of celebrating this day.

On this eventful day the students were awarded certificates and prizes for their achievements in academics and sports. The event ended with reciting the National Anthem.

The programme was very well organized and all the students actively participated in this programme. Such programmes inculcate in students the feeling of being proud to be Indian and in the wake of bringing students at par with the students of city schools, such events boost the morale of these little wonders…

~ Kawaljeet Kaur
~ New Delhi, 16th August ’14

An Exclusive Report on – Creativity Development Activity organized by Akal Academy Bhadaur!

On Saturday 9th August, 2014 Akal Academy Bhadaur organized an “Inter House Heritage Bonanza Competition” for the students of 6th to 10th classes. It was conducted by Amul house and Social Science Department in the central corridor of the school. Competition was based on Model Making activity.

Two students from each class and each house participated in the competition. Different topics were assigned to the student participants according to their classes where the participants were supposed to make models on the topics given.

For class 6th the topic was Solar system while for class 7th it was Volcanoes. Class 8th faced the challenge of model making on Scrap on Natural Vegetation and wild life whereas 9th class participants were busy with Chart Making on Hitler. Rain Water Harvesting was the topic for 10th class student participants.

It was a spectacular vision to watch future generation at work with such concentration and enthusiasm. Their zest and zeal was worth praising! Beautiful models were made by these tiny creators. Their imaginations and the ideas of representation were amazing.

At last the student participants were asked questions based on their Models. Participants were well versed in that also. They knew each and every detail of the subject and answered all the questions with confidence.
Such activities organized across Akal Academies are one of the progressive steps taken towards the all round development of the students and are the need of today to make India one of the topmost developed country in the world!

Hail the efforts!

~ Deeksha Singh
~ New Delhi, 16th August ’14

Akal Academy Kajri holds Mock Fire And Evacuation Drill to Spread Awareness!

A mock fire and evacuation drill involving students and fire fighters was conducted by Akal Academy Kajri to create awareness among the student community of fire fighting techniques and the ways to respond swiftly in times of such emergency situation. Prior to the commencement of the exercise, the students and teachers were split into various teams including fire alarm, search and rescue, evacuation, site safety, transportation and media management teams to carry out the mock drill. A group of fire fighters comprising of students led by Disaster Management head, Mr. Harpal Singh, armed with necessary paraphernalia required for fire fighting and rescue operations positioned themselves at vantage points to guide and assist the students in the mock fire and evacuation drill. The “evacuation” operation began moments after the fire alarm team alerted the students about “fire” in the building. The students were immediately evacuated from their classrooms and asked to gather at the assembly area. Using the fire extinguishers, fire was immediately put out. Later Mr. Ashok Singh Guleria explained and demonstrated different improvised methods needed to rescue and evacuate people caught in such emergency situations besides explaining the ways to operate the fire extinguishers safely. Principal, Mrs. Simran Kaur Thind lauded the efforts of teachers and students who carried out this informative and well planned exercise. Mrs. Kulwinder Kaur, Mrs. Kanak Tripathi, Mr Phillip Xavier too contributed to conduct this group activity. ~ Deeksha Singh ~ New Delhi, 13th Aug '14