The School Weekly - 24th February 2014

17th February 14: Pre-Board examination for Class X is conducted from today.

20th February 14: Ms. Joan Cohen and her granddaughter Delphine visited the school today. Ms. Joan is from U.S. and she is one of the donors of a girl child & providing her wings to fulfill her dreams.

21th February 14: Different Friday activities carried out in all the classes.

22th February 14: Different activities carried out in all the classes. Class I to III had art & craft activity in the first half. The students under the guidance of their teacher made beautiful craft work & decorated their classes. In the second half the students had game activities. Class IV & V had music & library classes. Class VI to XI had Inter house cricket tournament while the rest of the students watched the movie ‘vertical limit’ and ‘puss in boots’. Class VIII decorated the display boards.

Interview with Ms. Joan Cohen
Q. Is it your first visit to India?
Ans. It is my fifth visit to India. I visited India for the first time in 1964 when I was living in Hong Kong. There we stayed for one year. After that we were staying in Boston where I was teaching history in the School Museum of Fine Arts. Now we have moved to New York.

Q. Tell about your experiences in India?
Ans. I love India. It is just wonderful. The people are friendly. I like the traditional wear of the people of Rajasthan and I am obsessed by the jewellery they wear.

Q. How do you like the education system here?
Ans. I feel it is superior than the other American schools. There is no question of competition. The education here is much better.

Q. Who inspired you to empower a girl child?
Ans. I was extremely touched by the lowered role of women in Asia. Many are trying to empower them and develop them in different fields. I honor everyone who is trying to empower girls. When my friend Ms. Bim Bissell asked me to contribute I was thrilled with the idea that I have got a real opportunity and so I started donating for a girl child and fulfilling her dreams.

Ms. Joan Cohen's visit

"We were thrilled with our visit to the Fabindia School! It really  shows the power of education in the countryside and your imagination to found a school that would serve that rural community in such a brilliant way. I was thrilled to meet Divya Rathore. Our guide Yogendra was exceptional, and we want to give him gold stars for his knowledge and engagement; we recommend him to you for others. We loved the farm, and had a marvellous 5 mile walk with Yogendra which offered us a remarkable opportunity to see the neighbouring community in an intimate way."
~ Delphine and Joan

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The School Weekly - 17th February 2014

15th February 14: Local community and the school staff had an informal meeting to discuss the formation of the Constitution of the Local Management Committee (LMC)

Brig. Karan Singh Chauhan, PVSM, AVSM, Retd. ~ Chairman  to lead the Low. This 11 Member Body and represents the parents, teachers, alumni, members from the community, local schools and the Principal of The Fabindia School. The Local Management Committee meets 6 to 10 times in the year or as needed at the community level.
A) Chairman
B) Principal of The Fabindia School
C) Parent Representatives - Five (5)
D) Staff Representatives - Two (2)
E) Community Representatives - Two (2)
The purpose of the LMC (Local Management Committee) is four-fold:
i) to serve as a demanding partner in engaging the Principal  concerning the strategic direction of the school;
ii) to provide advice and counsel to the Principal with respect to curriculum and needs of the local community;
iii) to work with students and faculty in programs of interest ;
iv) to assist in the development of the school.

The LMC will nominate individuals to head sub committees for:-
1. Scholarships
2. Campus Development
3. Alumni Association
4. Parent Teacher Association
5. Annual Day
6. Careers & Livelihood
7. Training and Skill Development

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How to live well
Worry less & work more
Ride less & walk more
Frown less & smile more
Talk less & think more 
Eat less & chew more 
Preach less & practice more
Spend less & Save more
- Anumesh Rao (Class V)
My mother gave me birth 
And my father gave me worth
God gave me wealth
And food gave me health
My friends gave me joy
My relatives gave me toys
Teacher gave me guidance
Seniors gave me confidence
My book gave me consultation 
Exams gave me good result
My clothes gave me grace
And work gave me praise
My luck gave me chance
Success gave me a little glance
- Vaishali Rao (Class X)
Impact of media on society
Present time is the age of media. Modern man is changing very fast and media has become a necessary part of his life. From last three decades it has been playing an effective role to change man physically and mentally. It has brought about revolutionary changes in the social, cultural and economic standard of man.
In India television has much influence on society rather than computer, internet, newspaper and radio. In 21st century, most of the middle class families have television at their homes. Mostly television has made a bad impact on children's character and spoiled their life.
Now children are more likely to play video and computer games rather than playing football, cricket, basketball etc. in the fields. So they are weakening physically.
Most of the program on T.V ignores our culture and moral values and children are not learning anything from them. Today, there is no program on T.V. that entire family can watch together. The kids get affected they live in a fantasy world and want to imitate those good looking people on Television. They are getting extremely figure conscious which is not good for growing bodies. The children are accepting the ideas and suggestion which are presented on T.V. They are losing their own thoughts.
Although it is right that media is providing information about whole universe but in pursuing of modernity. We are losing our power of thinking and forgetting our own culture and civilization, so the future in the context of media and entertainment seems rather negative from all possible angles.
- Rashika Rawal (Class X)

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  "Great spirits have always faced violent opposition from mediocre minds."
— Albert Einstein 

The One Activity I Recommend for Every Teacher
 - Richard Byrne
The only technology-related activity that I recommend to every teacher is blogging. A blog can be used for a lot of things in your classroom and outside of your classroom. I have three general categories for blogging activities; distribution of information, discussion of information, or demonstration of knowledge. 

Distribution: this is the most basic use of a blog. As the teacher you can use your blog to post assignments, reminders, and general information about what is happening in your classroom and school. Think of this as a digital replacement for a classroom newsletter. If you don't think that you can post updates daily, start out with a schedule of posting updates on Monday morning and Friday afternoon. That schedule will allow you to start the week with a look-ahead and end the week with a review. 

Discussion: this is when you post information that you want your students to respond to. You could post a "question of the week" or post an interesting article you've recently read. My favorite discussion activity asks students to write their own posts to reflect on what they've learned and ask questions that they have about the recent lessons. 

Demonstration: this is when you have students create their own blogs to use as digital portfolios to showcase what they've learned and what've created. 

To help teachers get started on the road to blogging I created a free 90 page guide to using Blogger in school. The guide is embedded below. You can also find it here (clicking the link with initiate a PDF download).

This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers .

The School Weekly - 10th February 2014

4th February 14: Basant Panchmi was celebrated in the school. In the assembly speeches were given by the students and poems were recited on the occasion of Basant Panchmi. The students offered their prayers to Goddess Saraswati the goddess of knowledge on this day.
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7th February 14: Friday activities were carried out in all the classes. Some did report writing, some did creative writing, some did mental sums and some went to the lab for practical.

8th February 14: As decided for every Saturday sports activities were carried out in all the classes. Class I to VI had different sports activities like dog & the bone, cricket & basketball. Class V had music & library classes. In the first half class II had G.K. classes and in the second half they had sports activities. Class IX was shown an educational movie while class X & XI had regular classes. Class VII & VIII went to Dantiwara. There were three teachers with them. There they learnt about animal husbandry & organic farming.
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It's very important
If you have food in your fridge, if you have clothes on your body, roof over your head and a place to sleep than you are richer than 75% of entire world. If you have money in your wallet, a little change and go anywhere you want. You are among the top 18% of the world's wealthy people. The most important thing is to remain healthy. If you are healthy and illness is away from you than you are 100% wealthier of the entire world for if you are healthy than only you can prosper and achieve success in life.

- Krithika Mansion (Class VIII)
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The future of the school is seemingly limitless

Marika Viragh writes to us

My first visit to the FabIndia School fell on a day where class was not in session and there was not a student in sight. Despite the seemingly empty school ground, I felt a deep sense of excitement and energy by simply walking around the campus. The classrooms were decorated with student work, flowers and vines draped the sides of the buildings, and it was evident how much the organic setting of the school influences the student experience. The next morning I jumped on the school bus with my host brother and mother, a student and teacher at the school and we bounced along the road towards the school. Upon arrival, the kids ran out of the school bus and through the gates, dropping their oversized backpacks before playing all sorts of games before the first morning bell and I could immediately sense the harmony that existed between the school grounds and the spirits that filled it. 

Each day after assembly, the six periods of the school day begin, and each of them proved to be a formative aspect of my experience. Whether I was observing, helping a student navigate a dictionary, playing charades to explain a new work, or reciting a poem to the class, I found myself continuously energized by the spirit of the students and their willingness to learn. 

I spent my time working with english classes varying from grade 2 to grade 9, as well as the history, economics, and social studies classes for the upper levels. My involvement included helping the students understand new vocabulary, work through comprehensions questions, design activities and lessons, and help when ever a hand was needed.  Some highlights included my discussions and lessons with 8th and 9th grade social studies classes and asking the students to close their books and simply brainstorm, connect and formulate new ideas in order to make sense of a new concept. We had engaging discussions about agriculture, farming and genetically modified organisms and the positives and negative repercussions that result from the development of new technology in this industry. Success, in my mind, was measured by bright eyes and focused attentions and the students that stopped me on my way out to ask my opinion on the matter. Days were also marked by competitive and fun games of soccer, basketball, badminton, or kickball that happened during the games period or conversations with the older girls about hobbies, dreams, interests and experiences.

One overwhelming sentiment I was left with was the feeling that the answer was always yes, to any sort of innovation, lesson plan, exercise or activity for the students. The future of the school is seemingly limitless, especially with the leadership that is constantly thinking big and challenging traditional notions of education. The positive energy of the students and their obvious love for the school and community is both exceptional and inspiring. I look forward to remaining a part of the continuous growing process and the community that is the FabIndia School.

Marika Viragh, a Columbus, Ohio native, is a 2013 graduate from Colorado College where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. She was a volunteer at the school from January 6th to January 22nd, as part of her 5 month experience in India.

The School Weekly - 3rd February 2014

30th January 14: Martyrs Day was celebrated in the school. In the school assembly students gave speeches and recited a poem on the occasion of Martyrs Day. During the silent hour a silent prayer was said by all the students at 11.00 am.

31st January 14: As usual Friday activity was carried out in all the classes.

1st February 14: A number of activities were carried out in the school. Students of Class VII and Class VIII went to do social service. They went to Dantiwara village to create awareness among the people. The students went door to door and told the villagers the importance of girl education, sanitation, hygiene cleanliness, etc. Class VI remained in the school and did SUPW in the school. Class III to V had cricket match in the first half while in the second half they went to the library to specialize their reading skills and there were also music and computer classes. Class I and II played dog & the bone. Along with one teacher students of class eleven assisted them. The rest of the teaching staff did their work in Fedena (School management software). Class IX and X had regular school.
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