Posted on: December 15, 2017 by John Parankimalil
Harold Byne says that our life offers two choices. We can live scurrying for survival or we can soar to unlimited heights. He explains it citing examples of two creatures he noticed while sitting in a boat with a couple of friends.
He noticed a field mouse on the river bank. He emerged out of his hole, darted in a couple of directions, and then scurried back. I thought of the existence of this little creature. His life is spent running around, frightened and frantic, following his nose. He darts here, scurries there, turns in circles, but never really sees much beyond his nose.
Posted on: December 14, 2017 by John Parankimalil
A parable tells about a martial artist who kneels before a master sensei in a ceremony to receive the hard-earned Black Belt. After years of relentless training, the student finally reaches the pinnacle of achievement, in the discipline. “Before granting the belt, you must pass one more test,” the sensei solemnly tells the young man. “I’m ready,” responds the student, expecting perhaps one more round of fight. “You must answer an essential question: What is the true meaning of the Black Belt?”
“Why, the end of my journey,” says the student. “A well-deserved reward for my hard work.” The master waits for more. Clearly, he is not satisfied. The sensei finally speaks: “You are not ready for the Black Belt. Return in one year.”
Posted on: December 13, 2017 by John Parankimalil
The Movie, Stand and Deliver, speaks about a teacher named Jaime Escalante, who taught mathematics at Garfield High School from 1974 -1991. Escalante had two Johnny’s in his class. They couldn’t have been more different. One Johnny was an excellent student, a clear leader and a role model. He worked diligently, participated in discussions, and was helpful to those around him. He always had his home assignments done on time.
The other Johnny was sullen, disheveled, and unresponsive. He usually came in late, took his seat at the back of the class, and disrupted the class, causing trouble. He never did his homework and often came in without his books.
Posted on: December 12, 2017 by John Parankimalil
One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.
Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk.
He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”
“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay
Posted on: November 22, 2016 by John Parankimalil
PAPER 301 (UNIT V) – CONCEPT OF TEACHER BEHAVIOUR
The quality of nation depends upon the quality of its citizens. The quality of its citizens depends – not exclusively but in critical measure-upon the quality of their education. The quality of their education depends, more than upon any other single factor, upon the quality of their teachers.
Teacher’s behaviour is defined as the behaviour or activities of persons as they go about doing whatever is required of teachers, particularly those activities that are concerned with the teaching-learning process. The behaviours exhibited by teachers determine to a great extent their effectiveness in the classroom and, ultimately, the impact they have on student achievement.
Posted on: November 18, 2016 by John Parankimalil
As children, Abdul Kalam and his best friend Ramanadha Sastry sat together on the first bench of the classroom. Ramanadha Sastry was the son of the head priest. One day, a new teacher who came to their class objected to the fact that a Muslim boy sat with a Hindu Brahmin boy. In a harsh manner, he asked Abdul Kalam to go and sit on the last bench. This incident hurt both boys. The head priest took strong action against the teacher. He summoned the teacher and said that he can no longer teach in that school. The teacher learnt his lesson that his duty was to teach religious harmony and not to poison little minds with superficial differences. He asked for Kalam’s forgiveness and seeing that the teacher was sincere in his emotions, the head priest allowed him to continue teaching.
Posted on: November 17, 2016 by John Parankimalil
Zhang Ning of China, known as Badminton Queen is the only player of either sex to win consecutive Olympic singles gold medals in 2004 and 2008. She is known for her consistency of shot, deception and constant pressure, dictating the pace of rallies and working her opponents in all four corners of the court.
Posted on: November 16, 2016 by John Parankimalil
Pranav Dhanawade, son of an Auto rickshaw driver at the age of fifteen became the highest run-scorer with his 1,009*. This is the first four digit score by an individual in an official match, surpassing 13 year old Arthur Collins’ 628 in a house match in England in 1899.
Posted on: November 15, 2016 by John Parankimalil
Michael Jordan is universally recognized as the greatest basketball player in the history of the game. The number of records that Jordan holds will boggle the mind of even the most seasoned mathematics wizard. In an ESPN survey of media members, athletes and others associated with sports, Michael was declared 20th century’s greatest athletes.
Posted on: January 25, 2016 by John Parankimalil
Justice S H Kapadia former Chief Justice of India expired on 4th January 2016 in Mumbai at the age of 68. He was born in a poor family with abject poverty. At one time he had to survive with a little food being provided by the roadside peanut seller.