Mar 26, 2022

Study Skills Workshop

This is a brief guide for teachers planning Study skills workshops and parents who may want to help their children study better. We need to use the following resources to begin with. So please try to read carefully through them. Also, there are certain tests which are appropriate only for certain ages and which tell us where the child stands. These tests are only an indication and the child’s preferences or attitudes will change somewhat over time. SO they are not to be taken as final. You should test the child in this and use the scores to guide the child.


Please note that teaching kids to learn is a highly specialized field and not the same as teaching them a subject. However, with effort every teacher can attempt to better the child’s life.

Methodology

Will add soon

Resources

  1. What is Effective Learning? (My Presentation)

    1. The case for learning to learn for Life

    2. What is Effective Learning?

    3. Knowing Yourself

  2. What is VARK and why should teachers, parents and students know this?

  3. What are VARK study strategies for students?

  4. How to find your VARK Mode of Learning? 

    1. For Std 5 to 8

    2. For Std 9 to 12

  5. What is Multiple Intelligence? How does it affect one’s study and career goals?

  6. How to find your Multiple Intelligence? - 

    1. For Std 5 to 8

    2. For Std 9 to 12 

  7. What is the Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator? How can it help determine a career?

  8. How to know your Personality type from Myers-Briggs Test? (For Std 9 to 12)

  9. How to plan a career? (My Article for Std 9 above)

  10. Learning Strategies - Steps in learning; How to preview; How to read; How to make notes; How to ask questions; etc. (My Notes)

  11. Previewing  Medthods and Strategy

  12. Reading Strategies - Online Reading Lab (Excellent tutorials and samples), 

  13. Note Making - The Cornell Method, Cornell Method Template, Also use - Outlining, Mind-Maps, Annotations (Look here)


Jan 7, 2021

Why am I shutting down the Indian Philosophy Olympiad?

 Why am I shutting down the Indian Philosophy Olympiad?

The Journey

I started this endeavour in November 2007 to give a shape to my creativity and to do something for my country, a path I knew I would have to walk solo. Since then it has been hundreds of hours of planning, coding and administration and over ten thousand hours of  teaching students who were utter novices in Philosophy and about 15 lakh rupees from my pocket to sustain this endeavour. 

The result was that until 2 years ago, India ranked among the top 5 nations out of 45, consistently for over 5 years. Both students who participated each year got medals, and always at least one silver. The gold somehow always eluded me. Maybe I now know why.

The aside was a host of wonderful experiences with people from dozens of nations and most of who, I thought, were like family.

Did I achieve my goals? Creativity was on an all time high with setting up a unique way (from what I gathered from other teams) to select and train young minds into rational thought. However, I failed to get the media to recognize what the country was getting out of this, in terms of medals. I had hoped to go on until the end of my time and establish the Indian Philosophy Olympiad as my legacy to the nation.  

The Termination 

In my enthusiasm, and what a loving friend puts as my child-like qualities, I failed to notice the simmering discontent among some of the senior members of the International Philosophy Olympiad. I failed to see them distancing themselves from me. And I totally failed to counter what can only be called as internal politics. I am actually pretty bad at that.

Suddenly in 2018 some of these members tried to bring about a rule that non-philosophy graduates cannot be a part of the IPO. I am an astronomy graduate. I was prevented from jurying that year, which after a lot of arguing, I could manage to do. 

The next year, May 2019, just a few days before the IPO, and after all my travel plans and my team had been prepared, I was told that I cannot be a part of the IPO delegation, because I had misbehaved in front of my students. I haven't been given any details yet. 

I tried to argue my case over emails, in vain. Every sincere point met with a flurry of irrational accusations and mockery. I asked each of my students, especially the females, if I had ever given them reason to feel offended and none of them had a clue about these accusations,

Almost the entire committee of delegates which rules the IPO (There is no higher body) was somehow convinced that I was "evil". Even though some sane voices among them tried to convince them otherwise, I was declared a persona non grata at the IPO. 

What followed was only anguish and denial on my part that this was clearly an attempt to remove me from the picture, solely because of the success of the Indian delegation over the years. What followed was bouts of bad health and cynicism towards everything, especially TEACHING. And teaching is what I live for.

Now, I am out of resources and out of wits and the only way I can keep myself alive and working is to forget the IPO and everything that ever happened these past 13 years.

I sincerely apologise to the hundreds of hopefuls who apply every month for the Indian selection process. I hope you can use your creativity elsewhere. And I hope that others learn from my mistakes and never try to go solo in any public endeavor, however righteous the cause.

Finally, I sincerely apologise to my friends at the IPO who urged me to persevere.

 

 

 

May 22, 2016

Ninth award in nine years ... fifth silver in a row



IPO2016-356India participated at the 24th International Philosophy Olympiad, held from 12th to 15th May at Ghent, Belgium. A total of 90 students from 44 countries participated of which India secured an overall third place. Drishtti Rawat (17 uo, Noida) won a Silver medal while Tathagat Bhatia (17 yo, Lucknow) won a Honorable Mention. (www.ipo2016.be/results) This is India's 6th medal (5 Silvers, 1 Bronze) and 3rd HM till date. This is especially significant since our students do not learn philosophy at school level and are only trained in the few months preceding the IPO. 
The Indian Philosophy Olympiad, which is the official selection process of the Indian team, is held every December (since 2007) through online tests conducted via Facebook, Twitter, and the competition’s official website (philo.abhinav.ac.in). This year about 250 students participated in Stage I, out of which about 40 students were selected for the next stage. Stage II consisted of a series of tutorials and tasks which lasted for a week. Finally, the top two students were selected to represent India. A training camp was held at Abhinav Vidyalay, Dombivli in the month of April to prepare the team for the competition through extensive workshops and lectures. Like each year, Pooja Bilimogga(member of the international jury) assisted with the training and selection-and was joined by the ex-olympians. The Indian Philosophy Olympiad does not receive any funding and the costs are borne by the team members individually.

“It was a brilliant experience, and certainly one to last a lifetime. Students from all over the world not only provided me an opportunity to look at Philosophy from the eyes of different cultures, but also to understand the cultures themselves. India at the IPO has always proved its excellence, and we are very glad to be able to continue this legacy. I would like to thank our teacher Kedar Sir who has put many efforts through the workshops, lectures and late night conference, along with Miss Pooja, my family and friends who supported me throughout. I hope I have made my family and friends, Kedar Sir, and most importantly- the nation, proud.” said Drishtti.

“The entire IPO experience is life-altering and mind opening; meeting people from diverse cultures and making new friends, discovering the things we share and respecting our differences, and enjoying the beautiful city of Ghent are definitely the highlights of my trip to Belgium. I This has been, truly, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and I am very thankful to all my teachers, especially Kedar Sir and Pooja, my family and my friends for their constant support” said Tathagat.

Kedar Soni: “Year after year the IPO is a meeting of minds and a celebration of international camaraderie. This year’s theme - War & Peace - was on the backdrop of the centenary remembrance of the First World War. On this background and the background of the Brussels attacks, the stage was set for an intense discussion around the state of world affairs and concerns of refugees and immigration. It was inspiring to see the friendship between America and Japan and Serbia and Croatia and many such nations who were bitter enemies at some time. The IPO is always a homecoming for me with warm hugs and great laughs with one and all of the teachers and organizers. It is also a great place to mingle with bright young minds from all over the world - young and old - and to be able to influence the thought of the Gen X.”